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Sunday 8 September 2019

The fastest summer ever

This summer flew by in a hurry. I will remember it as the most time spent with raising puppies. 

Yes, I was mostly occupied looking after our litter of Dachshund puppies. They required a lot of attention, feeding, cleaning up and pee pad training. After my return from Germany I had them vaccinated and ready to be rehomed. They were already 9+ weeks old. Legally pups are not permitted to be rehomed before they are 8 weeks old. I placed an ad in Kijiji, an Internet buy and sell firm. Most items are placed for free, however pets are not one of them so the ad costs money (have to re-purchase after 4 weeks) and if you don’t want it to be buried, boosting the ad to the front costs extra. The ad, although placed for our area is also posted for all of Ontario. That is maybe a good thing, but most people will not drive long distance to get a puppy. At the same time our ad was placed, there were 41 other ads for Dachshund puppies running, each with several pups! I could not believe the amount of Dachshunds on the market, some people advertising the pups as early as a few days after they were born, ready to receive deposits!

For the doxie lovers here are some pictures:

This time around it took much longer and more effort to find a loving family for our pups. It turned out that none of our puppies ended up in Leamington. Some we had to deliver partway to meet their new owners as they came from afar as Port Perry, St. Catherines and Fort Erie, all in Ontario. One pup went to Windsor and one to Chatham. In the end we are confident that all new families are happy with their pups and we have received pictures and phone calls telling us that it was a good match every time.

This picture of "Marvin" was emailed to me from its new owner

This last litter of puppies was not planned. Our Elsa demonstrated that she is a very good mom and she diligently cared for her puppies day and night before we weaned them. Now its time she just enjoys being our pet together with Reggy. We had her spayed and the whelping box and playpen were sold to a breeder out of town. 

Our grandson Hans playing with the puppies when he was here for a visit

While I spent so much time with the pups, Benno had projects of his own. He decided to extend the parking area for our travel trailer to make the back-in process a bit easier.  That included a few hauls of various gravel, backbreaking shoveling of the stuff and the rental of a plate tamper with Honda engine to pound the gravel down.  Now finally we could park even a 45 ft. Motorhome in this spot. (Don’t give Benno any ideas!)

Also the new property needed more work. He rented a MT85, Diesel Mini Bobcat and spent a day digging out tree stumps, moving dirt and two piles of woodchips around the property. By mid summer the place looked somewhat decent, but the ground was still uneven. 

We hired Brian from the Deer Run Excavating Services to put several truckloads of soil on the low spots and then to level it out. Most of the grass is covered with dirt now and we should get our rakes out to smoothen the surface, pick rocks and debris that come to the surface in the process and then sow new grass.

Benno’s cousin Regine, who lives in Germany, flew with her husband Atti and daughter Lisa for a vacation to New York. They rented a Motorhome to tour some of the USA. When they drove up to see the Niagara Falls, we met up with them in the area. Since the Hwy 401 is under construction for long stretches, we opted to take the Talbot Trail Road #3, which is very scenic, but also a long journey. While we were parked for our visit with our cousin all these exotic cars came into the parking lot. They were new customers out for a test drive to the Falls.

The end of summer is in sight and the Monarch butterflies are coming into our area for their flight south. Usually they gather by the thousands in Point Peele National Park, which is near us, to take advantage of North winds to assist in their journey. 

Also, I am getting ready for my next journey this coming Thursday to Germany. Mom is selling her house and it has to be emptied of all contents by month end.  Wishing everyone a great September, I will be back in October. Thank you for visiting again.


  1. The pups always looked so cute but we are sure they were a lot of work. Now Elsa can just enjoy life as a pet.
    You've both been busy working on your property. It has really changed since we saw it last.
    Wishing you a Safe trip to Germany.

    It's about time.

    1. Thank you, I will be busy over there also, that's for sure.

  2. The summer has flown by this year, nice that you have the pups in new homes and can't back to normal after your trip to Germany and settling your mother's house.

    1. Already looking forward to coming back home and enjoying life. ;-)

  3. I am sure you are relieved to have good homes for all the puppies. The parking area for your trailer and the side property look great, you sure have been busy. Safe travels back to Germany, hoping all goes well with the house closing.

    1. Thank you. Yes, we are happy and relieved with the rehoming of the pups. The extension for the trailer had been on Benno's mind for a while. Glad it got done.

  4. Love those puppy pictures!!! Your experience finding homes was more difficult that I ever would have thought but it worked out in the end and now elsa can relax. :) (you guys too!)
    The property is looking wonderful!! Wow, lots of work and love the extra gravel area for your trailer. ditto to Bill's comment, just realized he responded too, regarding your trip to Germany. xo

    1. Thanks. This was a busy summer for sure and now I am looking forward to more relaxing times once I am back home. But you know, we are not the types to just sit around :-)

  5. My so very many doxies for sale. Difficult to find them here, at least from a good breeder. Your photos are delightful, so sad to see them go. Elsa can now just enjoy life as it comes with no more puppies.

    You will be very busy back in Germany. Not an easy task. Good luck with it all. I will be thinking about you.


    1. Contessa, there were only 5 pups. There are two pictures of each one at different times as they grew. Yes, we had inquiries to ship them out, which I think is too much stress for such a little one.
      Yep, Germany will be difficult not only to get rid of all the stuff, but Mom wants to be with us all the time! I am hoping for a good outcome.