A Penrith mum has paid homage to the short legged, long bodied sausage dog in her self published book Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations and Sixty Dachshunds.
Lisa Fleetwood, 43, penned the book after losing her hound Coco and then travelling with her extended family through Turkey, Russia, the Baltics, Europe and the USA while globe spotting for her beloved dachshund breed.
“We lost Coco quite tragically just days before the trip … as a writer, blogger, dog lover and keen traveler, writing a memoir combining all of these elements seemed like a natural thing to do.
Her humorous blog on the journey inspired the book which she has self published. The book tells the story of the “grieving of loved ones, both human and hound, and the extraordinary effect they have on our lives,” she said.
“So many people experience pet loss, and travelling for three months with three generations was a once-in-a- lifetime thing. I didn’t know anyone who had done that.”
Mrs Fleetwood who has three dachshunds Charlie, Barney and Rosie, said her family has a long history with the breed.
“We have a long history of dachshunds on both mine and my husband’s side. My parents and grandparents had dachshunds and some of my aunties and uncles had dachshunds,” she said.
“Growing up surrounded by sausage dogs I was devoted from a young age, but they are just so lovable, loyal, and funny. They are also very cheeky and stubborn, but it’s part of their charm.”
Initially published as an eBook, the title quickly became an Amazon bestseller in travel after its initial release as an e-book.
“Most Indie authors are keen to receive the orange bestseller tag on Amazon … I’ve had almost 4000 downloads of the e-book.”
The book is currently being sold at Dymocks Penrith and at Megalong Books in Leura.