Scarlett’s House is the dream of April Scott and Joyce Tudor, the owners of Dachshund Delights in Garrettsville, Ohio. April and Joyce are dachshund people. They work with the Dachshund Rescue of North America, have dachshunds of their own, and started a business 20 some years ago catering to the dachshund lovers.
I came to know April and Joyce several years ago when they rescued a little dog from the dog pound. The dog was listed as a dachshund mix, but when they got to the pound they found him to be more of a beagle mix. They could not break his little heart and leave him there as he was so happy they were there to get him. So just like the rest of us animal lovers, they took him home and found him a place to live, and that place was with me.
Dachshund Delights is famous for their Hug-A-Dog-Harness, something I learned about because they gave one to the little beagle guy when I came to pick him up. They make them at their shop in Garrettsville and sell them online or at events. I have acquired several of them through the years to use with my personal dogs, and they have donated many to Rose’s Rescue. I love them.
In 2012, April and Joyce put into motion their dream of Scarlett’s House, a sanctuary and hospice for senior dachshunds. What a true loving thing to want to do for these poor animals that just need to leave this world with love. The reason as stated on the Scarlett’s House website:
Hosting seniors in foster homes is wonderful for the dogs, but because the senior dogs are slower to be adopted, they very often tie up a spot in foster care that could be filled and refilled by more easily adopted dogs. Rescue groups have only a limited number of foster homes available. When there is no room in foster care, dogs die in shelters that euthanize for space.
It is our hope and vision to create Scarlett’s House, a sanctuary and hospice for senior dachshunds, to help alleviate some of the “senior burden” that rescue groups and shelters face on a daily basis. By giving a place for these deserving seniors to call home, foster home positions will be open for more easily adoptable dogs to fill and refill. Not only will Scarlett’s House save the lives of homeless senior dogs (many who are dumped in kill shelters while they still have much life to live), but other dachshunds in need will have foster home spots opened up for them.
Sounds wonderful to me.
Scarlett’s House is not a reality yet. April and Joyce are still working on this by taking in donations and running fundraisers. Plans were delayed due to some building restrictions on the land that was purchased, but they forge ahead, ever diligent.
One of their fund raising events is called Hay and Hallowieners. The first Hallowieners event was held October 2012, and although the weather was rainy, the event was moved inside, and all had a great fun day.
This year Hay and Hallowieners is scheduled for October 27. The event will be held at In the Woods Barn & Garden Center 9916 Nichols Rd., Freedom, OH 44288. Let’s hope the weather is nice so it can be held outside. They ask that people attending call or email with the number that will be attending. The event is free, but there will be a $7.00 charge for those wishing to partake of the buffet lunch.
The event is primarily geared toward dachshunds, but any small breed dog is welcome to attend. They asked that no large dogs be brought as it scares the little ones. There will be games and contests, raffles, and just a bunch of fun for the little dogs attending.
I did attend last year and all the little dogs were in costume. There were contests for them to participate in, a few vendors, and a large table of raffle items. It was cold and rainy, but the event was moved inside a large barn on the property. It certainly did not stop anyone from having a great time. In the Woods Barn & Garden Center is a wonderful country setting. The driveway is long and you definitely are in the woods.
So bring your little dogs out to Freedom, Ohio on October 27, for a real fun time.
Hay and Hallowieners
In the Woods Barn & Garden Center 9916 Nichols Rd., Freedom, OH 44288
Email number of people and dogs to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330-527-9557