Dolly the Doxie
Dolly the Doxie is a pet lifestyle blog about a Dachshund mix rescue dog named Dolly, and the Lady she rescued, Sandra. While focusing on the unique and special bond shared between Sandra and Dolly, and the mischief Dolly creates, its other focus is on urban fitness, how Dolly and Sandra keep fit living in the big city of Chicago. The blog also covers important health and safety issues concerning raising pets today, the latest in pet trends, and reviews and giveaways on great pet products. Told in Dolly’s voice, the blog is from her point of view, with her extremely stubborn personality shining through to deliver their message.
Dolly the Doxie intends to be an entertaining blog, while informative and worthwhile at the same time. Please send Dolly and the Lady your feedback about the blog in general or any questions you may have via email, they would love to hear from you!
Our email address is: DollytheDoxie@gmail.com
The “Lady” Sandra
Sandra adopted Dolly at a turning point in her life. She lost her job at a large national banking company in 2008, at the beginning of the economic meltdown. She took advantage of the time to return to college, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Business and Consumer Behavior at DePaul University. While attending DePaul she took a study abroad trip to China and Tibet. After completing her degree, with the economy still down, she never returned to work full-time. Through taking social media marketing training she met Bobbi Panter of Bobbi Panter Pet Products, working part-time on contract for her, which led to her interest in the pet product industry and blogging.
After over two years of unemployment, her husband finally said yes to adopting a dog, after saying goodbye to the last of their three cats. Right away Sandra found Dolly on Petfinder.com, simply by typing in her zip code. There she was, at a rescue shelter in Niles, IL, just a few miles from her house. The description only said Dachshund Mix, there were five of them, three boys and two girls, six weeks old. They all had names starting with a “Z”. She showed the picture of one of the females to her husband, after his approval on her way to call the shelter for more information, maybe it was fate, she gave them the name of the other female, much cuter with prettier markings, Zola, now Dolly.
Sandra had to wait almost seven weeks to meet Zola. Wright-Way Rescue operates differently than other shelters. She “reserved” Zola for a meet-and-greet at the adoption facility in Niles, for when the intake facility in Southern Illinois relocated her after they passed the vet’s exam and healthy enough for adoption. Pulled from a high-kill “humane” shelter from the area, they were in poor health from the unclean facility, taking weeks for them deemed healthy enough to make the three-hour transit. The minute Sandra and Brad saw Zola, they said they’ll take her, what else could they do after waiting seven weeks, change their mind? Her front feet were huge, and she had the most amazing tan brindle markings against her black fur. After a few hours of paperwork and training videos, finally in the car holding her, she started licking Sandra’s face. “Oh boy, we’ve got a kisser,” she said. And they do.
On the way home Zola became Dolly, the name Sandra dreamt of the night before. The rest of her and Dolly’s story is in their blog.
Sandra’s love of writing, based out of her early love for reading taught to her by her mother, is why she decided to start her blog. To tell the story of how Dolly changed her life from being lonely, to meeting other dog lovers in her community, then opening up the whole world of social media with Twitter, Facebook and more. Sandra hopes that Dolly’s blog will lead to a book some day about how Dolly utterly and completely changed her life.
Sandra’s extensive corporate career includes business and marketing administrative positions. Sandra is also a military veteran with a total of 14 years of duty combining Air Force, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserves. She lives in the neighborhood of Portage Park, on the northwest side of Chicago. Married to Brad (dog daddy Brad) who works for the Army Corps of Engineers, they live in a 1920s two-flat apartment building that they will never finish remodeling.
Rhette and Taffy
In October 2014 Sandra added to her pet family by adopting an unknown age brown tabby cat named Rhette. Rhette came all the way from Rhode Island, where a vet found him in his carrier in her clinic’s parking lot. She took him home to live with her other five cats, unfortunately passing away and leaving behind her cats. Sandra learned through her friends in the blogging community about Rhette and offered him her home. Check out Rhette the Cat categories to read more about him.
A month later in November 2014, Sandra’s mother’s beloved Taffy, a Cocker Spaniel, came home to live with her after her mother’s death. Posts that are mostly about Taffy can be found in her own category, Taffy the Cocker Spaniel. Sandra’s favorite post about Taffy is Taffy and Grandma, the one she wrote about the day her mother passed, leaving Taffy behind.
Taffy and Rhette are now a part of Dolly the Doxie. Rhette not as much as he’s pretty lazy, spending his day sleeping in his favorite places. But Taffy, and her relationship with Dolly and Sandra, are an important part of the blog now. There are many products that Taffy can review (like Halloween costumes) that don’t work for Dolly. Also, as a pure breed, Taffy requires special care and grooming, providing great content for the blog. But, Sandra still intends for the blog’s main focus to remain on her and Dolly’s special bond.