been confined to a crate in the puppy mill
for the first eight months of her life,
Kloshe and her sister Mollie were bought by
an agent of the Dandies In Distress program
of the DDTCA, shipped to a rehab home where
a video reveals they could barely walk. She
was then spayed in readiness for going to a
forever home. Subsequently, this girl
“tried out” two homes and was sent back
for ”lively” reasons.
The third time was the charm and life
became one grand adventure. She was so
turned on to life she wrote letters to her
chums at the rehab home.
These were ultimately published.
a year or so Kloshe acquired a new friend,
Skookum, who was another rescued Dandie.
Skookum and Kloshe were the truest of
buddies, but Fate intervened.
Skooky developed a slipped disc, was
paralyzed and ultimately passed on from a
virulent bladder infection.
Mickie was then obtained, as Kloshe
was definitely pining over loss of her very
Mickie was a left over pup at age 3
from a breeder who needed her own home.
was a nemesis to Kloshe in later life
to which she never surrendered her
freedom. Her blind state never
deterred her from the nightly need to
go downstairs and outside to take care
of necessities and return to the
communal bed. Nor did blindness stop
her from following her friend Mickie
through a discovered hole in the fence
to go chipmunk hunting across two back
and return with a prize,
all on her own, or to take walks with
the family around the block.
Her charming letters are
available for purchase to support the
Dandie Dinmont Trust.
had a powerful effect on many.
As a Dandie of distinction,
though never one of the show ring,
she was nominated to become the
poster girl for the Dandie Dinmont
Trust, an international group that is
dedicated to raising funds for
research in health issues of the breed,
most particularly glaucoma. More
personally, Kloshe instilled a
profound love and respect for her and
The realization in the early
1990’s that Dandies should be on the
endangered specie list drove me to
want to do my part to produce new
healthy Dandies and work for
preservation of the well being of all
Dandies, a breed I had never heard of
and introduced because of a similarity
to a silly Peke-poodle- dachshund mix.