Beep, Beep. Kopper the Doxie Coming Through: A Dachshund Rescue Story

Aug 9, 2014 | 2014 Articles, Animal Rescue Adventures, Lee Juslin, Pets

by Lee Juslin

Kopper is a special needs Dachshund who, despite his challenges, is a happy, loving boy.

Susie, a regional representative for Dachshund Rescue of North America, says Kopper is adoptable, but would need a special home. After some kind of accident in his original home, the owners turned him in to rescue because they could not deal with his medical problems and needs. “We don’t know what actually happened,” said Susie. “The owners claim he woke them up during the night yowling in pain. Somehow, he had hurt his back and, while back injuries are common with Dachshunds, it may have been a severe scolding from the owners because I notice he slinks away and hides if he has an accident in the house.”



Because of his injury, Kopper needs his bladder expressed in order to pee and sometimes must be encouraged to have a bowel movement. His back legs are still weak so he occasionally uses a cart. However, Susie feels that with additional laser treatments and perhaps some acupuncture, Kopper will continue to improve. “If we can lessen his cart time, that would be a good thing, because he is a terrible driver. He runs over tails and often has wrecks, so he is not allowed to drive unsupervised.”


Kopper in his cart looking for a squirrel

Kopper used to live with children, and as a result, is very gentle. He likes to hold his person’s hand in his mouth, but he never bites down. However, a good home for Kopper would be one without young children because of the risk of too rough play, stepping on him or tripping over him. A home with older children who know how to treat a dog, especially one with special needs, would be considered. Kopper gets along well with other dogs, though perhaps not large breed ones, so a home with other canines, especially Dachshunds, would work well for him.

Recently, Susie and Kopper attended the NC Weiner Roast, a gathering of Dachshunds, Doxie lovers, and Doxie wannabes. Kopper competed in the dog cart race and came in second. More importantly, he was very patient and loving with everyone, and Susie said she couldn’t have been prouder of him.


Kopper at the Wiener Roast


Joy-Ci and Kopper

Update on Joy-Ci: The little blind Doxie whose story appeared several weeks ago, is in the process of being adopted. Though Susie is having a hard time letting her go, especially as the adoption is out of state, the most important thing is what is best for Joy-Ci. You can read Joy-Ci’s story here:

If you would like to learn more about Joy-Ci or the other rescued Dachshunds ready for their forever homes, visit the organization’s website: Dachshund Rescue of North America.

You can find more animal rescue, therapy animal, and other pet related articles in our pet section.

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Lee Juslin is a free lance copywriter living in North Carolina with her husband, Scott, and her band of misfits: Tarquin, a Wheaten Scottish Terrier, and three handicapped cats. They can be seen on their website: Hampshire Hooligans. She owns I B Dog Gone, a small embroidery business and is the author of the Nurse Frosty books for children and Frosty’s Story: Tales of a Therapy Dog. She supports a number of national and regional terrier rescue organizations.


  1. Lee’s done it again! fabulous story about a terrific Rescue group – am I prejudiced? sure I am — Susie and the DRNA have been a huge help to the Doxies from our local shelter – that does an awesome job of getting dogs into rescue –
    Contact a DRNA rep in your area and see how you can help –
    foster homes are always needed!

  2. How lucky Klopper is to have found such loving help. I hope he can find a forever home soon and continue to improve.

  3. Well-written article! Loved reading abt. sweet, lovable, Kopper. Here’s hoping this helps him find his ‘forever family’. 😉

  4. Kopper probably has DEGENERATIVE DISK DISEASE. I had the BEST LITTLE DOG IN THE WORLD, Vincent, formerly Lennon, who started his life in Picayune, MS, and came to the Capital Area Humane Society in Lansing, MI, for a better life. And that’s where I found and fell in love with him. And being a mixed breed, I thought he was healthy. But in 48 hourse, he went from a perfectly normal, healthy dog to paralyzed and in way too much pain to help him. The only way we could help him was euthanasia. He was already beyond being helped by surgery and/or a cart. So KEEP UP WITH KOPPER’S CARE! And best of luck & lots of love to you!



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