mrd My parents have some friends who actually drove from Florida to Colorado to get a puppy from a breeder. They named her Daisy (Driving Miss Daisy... I'm sure they had time enough on the return road trip to come up with that name). Cute dog, but I agree with you - there are plenty of local dogs who need good homes.
katgib13 I love dachshunds. Our Henry (the one in my avatar) is a rescue too and he's the best dog that I have ever had. He's a dox/beagle mix but he has all of the cute dachshund traits (sleeping, eating, chewing). Don't worry too much about your dog going deaf. Our other dog is deaf and it's really not that much of a problem (he never really "listened" to us anyway). Simon no longer barks at thunder or fireworks (because he cannot hear them) and we have noticed that he only barks when he SEES Henry barking.
Our vet told us that hearing aids are now available for dogs. Hmmm.... I'm saying NO. Our dogs hate baths and trips to the vet for shots and getting their nails clipped. I can't imagine trying to adjust a hearing aid (or worse - replacing the hearing aid batteries!).