We brought the little dog home that evening. The dog’s original name was Rebecca. We decided to change the name and we came up with Brownie. Even though she was black, the dog had a brown undercoat. The first thing she did when she walked in the door was to pea. Colleen was mortified. As soon as Brownie squatted to poop, Colleen rushed her out into the yard to finish the job. This was upsetting. We now had to decide whether or not to keep the dog. We consulted with a relative in Illinois and she convinced us to keep her. Immediately Colleen worked on house breaking the dog. Brownie was quick learner. She was potty trained in less than two weeks. Over the ensuing weeks Colleen trained Brownie to come, sit, stay, rollover, and other tricks. I was impressed by the speed in which the dog learned. This led me to believe that Brownie was a special dog. We only have one picture of Brownie as a puppy. It is posted below. Colleen photogtaphed Brownie on the dog’s first Christmas when she was nearly five months old.
As to her breeding, I found out that there are such dogs as Australian shepherds. That breed combined with a dachshund was the only combination that would fit Brownie’s description.