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It was set up in 2013 by sausage dog owner Laura Bright, who was hoping to connect with other Dachshund fans on Facebook. Since starting, the community has grown a cult following of over 1000 members.
Proud founder Laura said: ‘It all started on a whim. I didn’t think it would grow to what it is now.
‘It started with around 100 people in the beginning, but steadily grew to a tight-knit group of 500 owners.
‘After an organized member’s walk, we were suddenly inundated with around 8000 requests – there’s just over 1000 of us now, but it’s growing all of the time.
She says: ‘The whole group will make you laugh if you’re heartbroken.
‘A lot of phones go up and start filming us during our walks – not a single owner will get through the day without being asked if a stranger can stroke their dog.
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‘We support each other and we help one another.’
Laura says that everyone in the group has their own story. But they’re there to look after one another.
She added: ‘Some members are battling diseases, and they always have someone to speak to or meet up with for a bit of light relief.
‘I’m indebted to these people.’
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