This has been a very tough week for us.Two days ago our top dog Scout was put down. She was in her prime and would have been 6 years old in April 2014. Recently I returned home from work and discovered Scout was paralyzed in her rear legs. She had been fine the night before. The paralysis had also caused her to have trouble with bowel movements and urination. After working with the vet and weighing the options, I brought Scout home to try some treatment. Soon after I decided to have the vet put Scout down. This was a painful decision. She would of had a 5% or less chance of recovering the use of her rear legs in her condition. She could of survived by lying around the house in diapers and being moved around by us. This was not an option and not the way I wanted my dog to live. She was a hunter at heart and there was nothing she loved more than being outdoors using her nose while tracking or pursuing game.
Although there was no history of it in her lineage that I knew of, Scout’s paralysis was caused by back failure. It is the most common health problem with Dachshunds. It can possibly be hereditary. Initially I had decided not to breed my remaining bitch Echo again. I changed my mind. Echo is a dog that came from Scout’s A-litter. I took some time to think. I talked with our vet and also Scout’s breeder. Scout’s breeder is very experienced with these dogs. She has been at it a long time. She grew up with these dogs in Germany. She is a friend and I trust her opinion very much. She knows Scouts lineage very well and said back problems have not been an issue. My vet also has the opinion that the medical problem Scout experienced is not enough to justify ending my breeding of Echo. I will never know exactly what caused Scout’s back problem. You are never going to have every offspring to be 100 percent perfect. While breeding, if you see that there is a pattern of a known weakness or undesired qualities showing up in offspring, then it is time to end those breeding’s.
Scout was the main reason I got into tracking and starting a small breeding program. She was a great companion, mother, and tracker. She was a Field Champion. She whelped 3 healthy litters in her lifetime. If I went into a closed room in the house she would always be there on the other side of the door waiting for me when I came out. I am grateful for the time she was in my life. Rest in peace Scout. You will always be loved and never forgotten. I will think of you often.