At Flickennel, we believe in treating our dogs with love and respect, which shows in the affection and loyalty they feel for us. When the day comes that we decide to place them in their "forever home," it is with a heavy heart - these are members of our family! However, we also believe they need to have their own home and family, just as much as their puppies do. We don't "use up" our girls, breeding them until they drop, like some places do, but follow our vet's and the American Kennel Club's recommendations, and retire them after a reasonable time.
These gals & guys have a lot of life in them and a lot of love to give the right person or family. We want them to be able to enjoy the rest of their lives - our dogs make excellent additions to family homes, and to keep company with older folks who don't have time or energy to keep up with a puppy. Some of our staff have adopted retiree girls and boys, and they rave about how these dogs fit into their family of other dogs and humans. They definitely love sharing a rocking chair, the sofa, your bed, or any cozy place where they can snuggle up to someone willing to love them - an empty lap is their favorite landing-spot!
Our adults have definitely been socialized with other dogs - dachshunds, that is, and the big guard dogs
we keep - but we don't have cats, birds, ferrets, or other pet-type animals (or children). We do have deer, elk, goats and horses wandering near the dog-yards, and have a couple of pigs that keep the rattlesnakes at bay, so the doxies are used to seeing some other critters from a distance. Dachshunds are natural and compulsive hunters, so if you have cats, any rodents, chickens or cage-birds, snakes, turtles, or other little things like that, you might take that into consideration when adopting an adult that sees any other species than itself - and within its reach - as being "fair game." If you want a dachshund that will get along with "prey" animals, please adopt a very young dog and bring it up with the other critter(s)!
After you pay for and before you take your retiring girl or boy home, we will take him or her to our vet to be "fixed" and have any necessary dental work done, which will cost you the price listed for each one, which is about a quarter to a half of their value if you could have bought them as puppies. So, you get a micro-chipped purebred Flickennel dachshund plus spay/neuter, plus dental and pedicure, plus any needed vaccines, for a greatly-reduced price - a deal you won't find anywhere else, and sometimes MUCH less than a shelter or rescue would charge - and we don't subject you to a background check, either.
After the vet visit, boys can go straight home, but we bring the girls back to the kennel for one full week to make sure they get all of their antibiotics and are well on the road to recuperation from the surgery. It goes a lot better with them if they are still in their familiar home, instead of regaining consciousness in pain, on the way to a strange place with people they don't know. We also keep them on bed-rest, carefully crated so they can't run and jump until they're healed sufficiently, and keep an eye on the incision to make sure it doesn't get infected. We do our best to only send home healthy dogs, which our customers have always appreciated.
Some folks like to bring a dog-blanket or used sweater or something else with their smell on it, to leave with the dog they pick to help her get used to them, and that's fine. We make sure it's kept with the dog until she goes home.
These dogs all come with their health record, will be up-to-date on vaccinations and worming, and if they've recently had pups, they will be weaned before Mom can go home. We do not send the adults' AKC registration papers with them after they've been spayed/neutered - those stay with our permanent records. Our adults have all been micro-chipped already, and that registration will be transferred to you.
Our adult dogs have only known love all their lives, are all crate-trained, have never worn collars or harnesses, are not leash-trained, and are not housebroken because we're just not set up for all that, but most learn and adapt very readily. The girls use guillotine-style doggy-doors, so they learn very quickly how to use a regular flap-style doggy door. The boys don't use doggy-doors here, but also readily adapt to whatever they find at their new home, especially if they watch your other pets use the doggy door or ask to go outside.
Since small dogs don't have the "bull necks" of big dogs, we do prefer harnesses over collars with ALL dachshunds, to protect their little throats. Also, some doxies can slip out of a collar with no effort at all, but the right harness can be nearly escape-proof. Most of ours will take a small to medium-size harness, with the majority leaning toward the medium size.
So, take a good look at our great little friends posted here. If one really appeals to you, give us a call at 719-783-2955 to set up an appointment between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. (ONLY!) to meet her (or him) - we find our dogs like to pick out their own people, and we want them to be happy with whoever takes them home, so ask to see a couple or more - we're always happy to show them off.
DACHSHUNDS REGULARLY LIVE TO BE 15-18 YEARS OLD OR MORE, SO OUR 5+ YEAR-OLDS ARE STILL VERY YOUNG, AGILE, FRIENDLY AND EAGER TO BE YOUR NEWEST FAMILY MEMBER! SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE TO SEE SOME OF OUR OTHER GALS AND GUYS WHO HAVE FOUND FUREVER HOMES.
AN UNSOLICITED TESTIMONIAL 6-28-15
Tulip is doing exceptionally well in her retirement home. She is the BEST dog I have ever brought home - zero accidents, and she's learned to walk on lead with no tugging on her harness! Tulip is the happiest dog - her tail is always wagging, she is friendly to her new brother Hooter, my 10 yr old doxie, and everyone she meets. It is evident that she has been well socialized and cared for.
To anyone looking for a doxie, you can be assured that Janet's description was very accurate: Tulip is "spunky and full of love". So true! She enjoys exploring the garden and naps on my lap. She's discovered the joy of running around after birds (which, lucky for them, can fly). You should consider one of Flickennel's older dogs. I can't think of anywhere else to get such a well- bred, well-behaved and cared for little doggie-friend!
I have to add: Hooter is a shelter dog, purebred, but he came with issues, and I spent a fortune ($100.00 per hour with a trainer!) and a year for him to adapt and be the loving good boy that he is now. This may sound cruel but getting your new adult fur friend from Janet will be a lot easier on you and the dog than getting one from a shelter.
Unlike Hooter, Tulip has not been neglected or worse. At 6 yrs old she has never been scolded, never peed in a house and never had her leash yanked at - never left alone in fearful situations. This is why she has adapted and learned leash and house training in a few days! I realize each dog is different, but just think about that!
Also I must mention breeding: if you love a dachshund's funny, brave and sweet disposition, you can be assured that your dog from this kennel is "true to breed" with all the desired characteristics - Janet is a very talented person this way. The hardest thing for me to teach in one of my classes in the concept of "heritability" (having to do with inherited traits), she totally gets! She goes all the way to see that her retired dogs get good homes - she helped me arrange for a family member to bring Tulip to me as I would have had issues making the drive, and sent a care package for Tulip with one of her blankets - that Tulip loved to have in her new bed!
Thank you again, Janet! I honestly think that Tulip will rival my beloved Truman to be the "dog of my life." Chris, Grand Junction
THANK YOU, CHRIS! WE'RE THRILLED THAT YOU'RE SO PLEASED AND SATISFIED WITH TULIP, AND HOPE YOU HAVE A LONG AND HAPPY FUTURE.
WE HAVE ALL BEEN ADOPTED AND ARE NOW IN OUR RETIREMENT HOMES, BUSY KEEPING OUR PEOPLE HAPPY!
Strawberry has been adopted by repeat customers Anthony & Christine G. of Longmont, CO. She will be joining Coco, a lovely chocolate & tan LH 2014 daughter of Bon Bon & Wolfman Jack.
Nutmeg went to Loveland to be Julie's new best furry friend!
John H. of Colorado Springs adopted Annie Oakley. He had bought one of Annie's first pups and now he has mother and son.
Charlie & Sherri G. of Elizabeth, CO are giving Heineken his fur-ever home!
Linda O. of Aurora, CO is Lickota's new mom.
Tulip is in Grand Junction, CO with Chris and her new dachshund pal, Hooter!
Adopted by Sherry M., daughter of Loretta L. who adopted Garland! We like it when our dogs get to stay in an extended family in their new homes.
I am thrilled to be in my new home with Gary N. of Boulder, who needed a playmate for his chocolate dachshund. She's a swell pal, too!
Hilary E. came back for another Flickennel dachshund! Whiskey will be living with her and Nano (the first) in Colorado Springs!
Loretta in Castle Rock, CO adopted Garland, who has a new doxie sister named Zoe.
Sara H. took Blue Belle to Colorado Springs to be a little city girl!
Hope switched from being a Colorado lady to a blue southern belle. She packed her toys and moved to the great state of Texas!
Sarah B. is Rose's new mom! They are living happily ever after in Aurora, CO.
Jack P. took Heidi (L) and Sugarbaby (R) home to Aurora, CO.
Penny & Allen took BOTH of us home! We are HAPPY furry sisters and we adore our new people. See the Testimonials page for updates from Angel (top) and Cuddles (bottom)!
Zuzu's new home is in Longmont, CO with David S.
Wendy S. of Aurora, CO is Blue Sky's new mama.
David K. has taken Blondie home to spoil absolutely rotten, but she's too SWEET to be rotten!
Dash has gone home with Howard and Delora H. to brighten their lives and share lots of love with them. Flickennel dachshunds are "love in a dog-suit!"
Carry and Dakota got to go home together, with John & Theresa B.
Hi Janet, How can I ever thank you enough for introducing me to my beloved little Maggie?! Mags is one of your retired "girls" and she is just awesome. It only took her a week to get into the swing of things and get used to her older brother, Web. I was amazed how social and loving she was right from the start and I could tell that she had had a lot of love and care when she lived with you. I commend you for the effort you take to place your retired dogs and make sure they are going to good homes. Maggie is soooooooooo
wonderful and I cannot thank you enough for all the care and support you gave me through my adoption process. I did appreciate your sensitivity
to my medical needs and offering to meet me in Colorado Springs because you knew this would be easier on me. I so enjoyed visiting your kennel, meeting several of your available retired doggies and picking my little Maggie out to give her a new forever home. I am glad you keep in touch with us so I can share just how spoiled Mags has become. You can sure tell that she was loved and cared for before she came to live with Web and me. We both love her so and she is totally spoiled rotten. Again Janet, thank you. Maggie says Hi to all of you and that she loves her new big back yard and her older brother and new Mom. - Gail
"Tinsel has done super-well since we brought her home to join our other Flick dachshunds. We're all just one big happy family. I'm amazed at how well the fur-kids absorb a new member into the pack, as if they feel "the more, the merrier!" They romp and play together, and come nap or bed-time, they snuggle up to us and to each other. Puppies are fun, but if you have to be gone at all, it's SO much easier to deal with an older dog that will just snooze while you're away, than a baby that doesn't know not to chew things, or how to use the doggy-door and go potty outside!
Tinsel took to home life right away, as if she had always been in a loving home (thanks for taking such wonderful care of her at the kennel!), and since she's the only one of our dogs that's ever had pups, she even adopted our puppy, enjoying raising one to adulthood for once. . . . We are very, very pleased with her! She even loves it when we have company, going to them for a pet or to be held - she rarely shows any signs of her former shyness. Given the opportunity, we would take as many retirees as we could haul home! Thank you, thank you!" - Jim & Becky
P.S. - Now that our puppy has grown up and had her first litter of pups, Tinsel has been in dog-heaven, helping to tend and raise them, as if their mother didn't know how! Tinsel is such a sweet-heart - we LOVE her!
Stormy has a new home with Kyla C.
Vicki & Louis have adopted BOTH Pitter Pat AND Diva! Pitter Pat is Tinsel's daughter, if you noticed their resemblance!
Tammy R. took Noel home, and now she has a new brother!
Lindsey F. adopted Rainbow, who found her one true love with Ollie, who seems to think she's awfully special, too - that's him on the right.
Zuzu is at home in Longmont with David S.
Fabian is moving to the woods of northern Michigan to spice up the lives of his new family!
Jinx has found her new home with Jim & Carol S. of Arvada, CO!
Leah T. took La Veta home to Loveland, CO to be with her new brother, Toby, who really needed a gal-pal!
Chuckles is making a military family at Fort Carson very happy. They also have another dachshund, who is ecstatic to have a new girlfriend who speaks his language! Have a great life, Chuckles!
Remington has found his new family and home!
I'm going to Rye, CO with Duane O. - at least I'm still going to be a Wet Mountain dachshund! I love my mountains! - Sparky
Buttercup and Spot both went to live with Andrea K.
Liz B. is Maxine's new pet-mama.
Checkers went home with Louis S., and now lives in Woodland Park, CO.
Sorry! We have no adult dogs up for adoption at this time. Keep checking back, though - we never know when we'll have one available.