I had to finish my initial post quickly as Merlin and Bandit were alone upstairs and I wasn't sure what they would do (they were fine). Craig and T had gone to the store to get Merlin a new crate.
Merlin is 9 1/2 months old and is a purebred black and silver long haired miniature dachshund. He does have papers but his previous owner wanted to keep them (doesn't matter to me). She apparently has health issues and is no longer able to take care of him. He is neutered, up to date on shots, microchipped, and supposedly housebroken (fingers crossed!). He is definitely a cutie and so far has been having fun with Bandit.
It's funny - we had Binky and Snoopy for 14/15 years. Binky was a border collie/chow mix. Snoopy was purebred long haired miniature dachshund. So when they crossed the Rainbow Bridge, what did we do? We got a border collie and a long haired miniature dachshund. Do you think they are looking down and smiling?