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About Husker's Hope Dachshund Rescue

Click Here to read the Purpose and Mission of Husker's Hope Dachshund Rescue

Husker's Hope was inspired from the ashes of a 9 year old Puppy Mill Dog, named Husker. Husker came into rescue in October 2008, arriving during the Nebraska vs Missouri Football Game. His name, according to the tattoo in his ear, was B3. Nebraska lost, but Husker was given a new name.

Husker lived 9 years in a puppy mill and less than 1 month in rescue. His jaw, so severely deteriorated, that within a week of having most of his teeth pulled, his mandible snapped in two. The rescue opted to have Husker humanely euthenized, when attempts to repair his jaw failed. His ultimate fate, following months of having his jaw wired shut, would be amputation.

Chastity & Husker

Husker Wired Jaw

Husker had his jaw wired for nearly a month, but his jaw was so rotten, from years of neglect, that in just a couple weeks, the wiring was failing, and his jaw was advancing in it's detachment. When it got to the point that it was wide open, they sewed his mouth shut, threading around his mandible and securing his jaw in place, through his snout. There was no guarentee that what little bone there was would seal itself together. There was a greater chance that, if it did work, it would break again and again; and there was nothing to surgically attach a titanium plate to.

The rescue felt that the funds would be better spent on healthier dogs; dogs that had a better chance of being adopted; and, that Husker did not deserve to live for 6 months with his jaw wired shut, unable to interact with his family and friends. He would then require constant care, to protect his exposed tongue and prevent further injury, in the event of amputation.

The foster mom, and founder of Husker's Hope, Carla Chapman, had no idea there were options. None were offered. All she could do was abide by the decision, but, opted to adopt Husker, first, so that he would go to the bridge as a member of a family that loved him; a member of her family. On October, 31, just 27 days into his freedom and less than 24 hours as a part of a family that loved him, Husker's mom held Husker in her arms as the veterinarian injected Him with the (rescue-ordered) final chapter of his last hope; And, he fell asleep, for the last time.

Husker's Wire Failing

Since then, Carla has made it her mission to take on the dogs that no one wanted; Those with extreme medical, emotional and behavioral issues. Her mission was not only to give them a loving foster home, but to learn everything she could to help them heal; To give them hope; To prove to them and their new world, they were lovable, worthy and deserving of a chance at life, in spite of the odds.

All of the volunteers that work with Husker's Hope Dachshund Rescue have worked in rescue for many years. They have worked with special needs dogs, training behavior and obedience, and other issues that are common with dogs that have been abandoned or abused. All offer unique skills that are beyond valuable in our efforts to save lives. Although we specialize in dachshunds, we also work with other breeds, as being abandoned, hurt, abused or sick is NOT breed specific!

Click here to read more Special Needs Dogs' stories that found HOPE in the founding hearts that inspired the creation of this rescue.