Lexie (1997 – 2012)
My wife’s family often included a Dachshund or two while she was growing up, first in the UK, and then here in the US. First there was Cindy, then Honey and Cuddles, and also Razz. Dogs were absent from the house for many years until my mother-in-law welcomed a new addition in 1997. A short hair, red brown female, Lexie was a mischievous and playful puppy, and a bit of a hyper adult. Although not especially friendly to other dogs, she was always warm to people.
Lexie had two litters of six puppies, all of whom found good homes. Of course, my wife and I were all too happy to take in a puppy from each litter, with Max joining us in 1999, and then Basil (named after Basil Fawlty) following in 2001. They may be the most spoiled dogs in the world… and the most wienerful.
Around 10 years of age, Lexie experienced serious back problems, to which the breed is highly prone. She temporarily lost the use of her back legs, but with plenty of rest, she recovered. She became less active in later years, and suffered hearing loss, but was ever a vigilant guard dog, keeping watch at windows and the front door.
Lexie often came to stay with us when my mother-in-law went away on vacation—we said she was ‘coming to the spa’, as we groomed and pampered her during her time spent. She also came in handy during cold winters—we had many a three dog night!
Sadly, Lexie passed away on Sunday April 1. A loyal companion for 15 years, she will be dearly missed.