Wow, am I the first in the midwest to be on here? I know a LOT of Dachshund owners around here...though, some of them do not seem very interested in what great dogs they have. My husband's family in Connecticut even send us out 'care' packages for our two boys. It is getting harder to find their favorite tennis balls around here. The balls come from Target and we dont have any close to us. They will go through 40 of them in a two months time. Since Dachshunds have a high prey drive, it keeps their minds active. Which keeps them happy and exhausts just some of their energy for about 20 minutes.