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Posted on Mon, Jan 9, 2012 : 3:53 p.m.

Dachshund pup found shivering in the cold finds home with rescue group

By Cindy Heflin

The tiny, very cute Dachshund puppy Mike Jennings rescued from an Ann Arbor parking lot last week has gone to a safe home with a Dachshund rescue organization in southeast Michigan.


Jennings found this puppy curled up and shivering in a parking lot last week.

Photo courtesy of Mike Jennings

The person who abandoned the pup in the parking lot outside the apartment complex in Ann Arbor where Jennings works never came forward. Other people did contact him to say they would take the pup, but Jennings decided the rescue organization was a better option.

“I wouldn’t give him up to someone I don’t know,” he said. “He was always happy when he was with me. But I just don’t have the time to train a puppy right now."

The rescue organization, FunDoxie Dachshund Rescue, will keep him and train him for several months before trying to place him with an appropriate home, Jennings said.

Someone walking by pointed the pup out to Jennings last week outside the apartment complex on Catherine Street where he works. The puppy was curled up in a ball and shivering in the snow.

Once he warmed up, the puppy appeared to be in good health and was eating puppy chow well while he stayed with Jennings’ mother last week. Jennings' veterinarian, who confirmed the pup was healthy, determined he didn’t have a microchip, which would have allowed Jennings to find his owner.

“In the end it’s probably better that his owners didn’t come forward because they obviously don’t want him at this point.”



Tue, Jan 10, 2012 : 7:43 p.m.

FunDoxie is an awesome rescue organization. We've adopted two mini-dachs with their help. They are always looking for compatible homes for rescued dogs and can always benefit from financial donations. Glad to see this little goober will be with them until he's ready for a permanent home!


Tue, Jan 10, 2012 : 11:14 p.m.

Gotta love the rescue groups. We got a cute chihuahua from them. Boy did she etch herself into our hearts.

Pixie Belle

Tue, Jan 10, 2012 : 3:01 p.m.

Oh, I was hoping Jennings' mother would take the little guy in. Glad to know he's alright.

J. A. Pieper

Tue, Jan 10, 2012 : 11:48 p.m.

Pixie, I so wanted to keep the little guy, he was so precious, I just can't do a puppy right now. It was a tough decision for my son and I, we love Dachshunds so much (any animal, really), and felt the Fun Doxie Rescue organization was the best choice at this time in our lives. The foster family absolutely loves him!


Tue, Jan 10, 2012 : 4:44 a.m.

More proof that people really need to spay and neuter their pets. There is an over supply of dogs and cats in the world. There is no need for breeders or puppy mills.


Tue, Jan 10, 2012 : 2:42 p.m.

If you say this? Then sign the on line petition for ASPCA that calls for a huge over haul and regulation on puppy mills. It so does need to be. They had a huge on line sig and send to the white house and more can be added. Add it to your facebook too. Glad to hear the fur baby is in great hands.


Tue, Jan 10, 2012 : 2:22 a.m.

What a cute little dog. Dog almost always look like they are happy....except this one. He must have truly been miserable. How somebody can do that, I'll never know, but perhaps he just wandered out?


Tue, Jan 10, 2012 : 1:35 a.m.

This is great news. I'm glad that he will be fostered for a while during that hard "chewing and peeing" period, and should fit in well in his new permanent home.


Mon, Jan 9, 2012 : 11:07 p.m.

Thank goodness this kind passerby saved the life of this dog. It is going to make someone very, very happy when it gets to its new home!


Mon, Jan 9, 2012 : 10:03 p.m.

Glad to hear the little pup has found a good home..........


Mon, Jan 9, 2012 : 9:45 p.m.

Thanks for the update. I'm so glad to hear he is well and on his way to a good home.

Guinea Pig in a Tophat

Mon, Jan 9, 2012 : 9:09 p.m.

I was wondering about this little guy! Glad he's being taken care of.