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  • Writer's picturePaige H. Perry

Living with Lazy Dachshunds who are the Stars of a Cozy Mystery Series


picture of Casey and Copper sleeping

The average lifespan of a dachshund is between 12 and 16 years. That means by the time they reach the age of 10, they are considered senior dogs. Both my babies fall into the senior category. Copper just turned 17 and Casey is 11.


Puppies are so much fun and have a lot of energy. I remember Casey and Copper running around the yard, going on adventures, and getting into mischief in their younger years. These days, they do much more sleeping and much less adventuring.



Picture of sleeping Copper
Picture of sleeping Copper

I loved their puppy stage. But I equally love their senior stage.


These pups have been through a lot of milestones with my family. Copper has been with me for the majority of my adult life. He's loved on two babies, been moved across the country and back, and has been a faithful friend to all of us in the house.


Casey has always been a bundle of energy, even though her energy is different these days. She still likes to run in circles in the morning, wiggle until we give her enough pets to get her through the day, and jump around until we give her treats.


That's why writing my new mystery series, featuring the younger versions of Casey and Copper has been so fun. As I sit here reminiscing about the journey Casey and Copper have taken me on over the years, I can't help but smile at the countless memories we've shared.


From their mischievous antics as puppies to their gentle snoozes as seniors, these two furry companions have been constants in my life and have always offered unwavering love and companionship through every twist and turn.


One memory that always brings a chuckle is the time Copper managed to get out of our yard and play in a mud puddle for a while. After his adventure, he returned to the front door and wasn't too happy that he had to have a bath.


Another sweet memory was the day we brought Casey home with us. Copper immediately treated her like a sister and wasn't happy when a stranger picked her up at the pet store later that day. He scratched at the lady's leg until she handed Casey back to me.


Picture of baby Casey
Picture of baby Casey

Fast forward to today, and while Copper might not go on as many adventures nor is Casey little enough where strangers want to scoop her up, they still find joy in the small things, like a good morning stretch or a well-deserved treat.


As I reflect on their journey from playful pups to beloved seniors, I'm reminded of the lessons they've taught me about love, resilience, and the beauty of aging gracefully. Watching them navigate the challenges of old age reminds me to cherish every moment we have together.


Adding their vibrant personalities into my cozy mystery series has been a labor of love and has allowed me to capture our shared adventures on the page. From the energetic antics of young Casey to the wise intuition of old Copper, each character reflects a different version of my beloved dachshunds.


I want to create a tapestry of warmth and nostalgia that readers can't help but fall in love with. And what better way to celebrate our furry companions than by sharing a piece of our lives with others?


So as I raise a toast to my faithful companions, I invite you to join me in celebrating the joy of aging gracefully, the beauty of shared memories, and the unconditional love that knows no bounds. Here's to Casey and Copper, the two greatest mysteries I've ever had the pleasure of solving.



Casey and Copper standing guard
Casey and Copper standing guard

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