Dogs have been a large part of my life ever since the age of 6, when my grandmother brought me my first, a red standard dachshund. A cocker spaniel and two weimaraners later, I decided a smaller breed might be better for this season of my life, and I did a Google search for dachshund breeders in the Las Cruces/El Paso area. I was thrilled, not only because I found Rodeo Doxies, but that Concho was expecting a litter. I had never seen a dog like her—a dachshund with the beautiful taupe coloring of a weimaraner—and I immediately emailed Whitney. We set up a date for a “Concho viewing,” but when I got to the house, Concho was in labor, so Whitney took me over to see a litter of long haired puppies. I picked up the little girl, a shaded cream with black rimmed eyes, fell in love with her, and all notions of a “weimarweiner” went out of my head. We have had Sherrill for 7 months now, and I honestly cannot imagine life without her. She is healthy, happy, and too smart for her own good. I hope Rodeo Doxies is in business for a long time to come—if I can convince the hubby, I’ll be back!