This web site is dedicated to Lillie, one of the original III Dachshunds.
Without her inspiration, III Dachshunds would not exist!
Lillie was like a puppy and had to begin to learn everything. She had no confidence and was afraid of everything. The difficult task of training her was even harder since this was my first dog and she was a 4-1/2 year old puppy. The next two months were challenging, but then along came Otto, Our second Dachshund. Lillie began to copy and learn from him. As she gained confidence, she became friendlier and more trusting and her personality shined through. She began to spend hours in the yard chasing squirrels and birds, guarding her home. Squeaky stuffed animals became her favorite toys, wrestling with them for hours until she finally defeated them. Just when she had finally had everything she ever wanted and deserved, we noticed Lillie was breathing heavier and was out of breath. The day before Christmas of 2003, she was diagnosed with an enlarged heart and fluid was filling up in her lungs. The puppy-like 5 year old, 2 weeks short of her 6th birthday declined quickly. Although she was weak and struggling to breath, she still would go potty outside, too weak to eat her treat. I could not bear to watch her struggle to breath and not be able to live the life she came to love. Sadly on Jan. 14th 2004, less than 2 years after we found her, we had Lillie put to sleep. Her stay was short but long enough to make a huge impact in my life. She will be greatly missed.
Who says "you can’t teach an old dog new tricks"!
Joseph G. Halser IV
Creator and Owner
III Dachshunds Beer & Cider™