I own a Teckel.
I use the term 'own' because I am not sure that I really do own him. I am the one that he listens too and normally can get him to come back if he is within 50m or so. Past that distance forget it.
I aquired 'Extra' as he was then called as a 3 month old pup. I made sure that he was chipped before I got him, changed his name to 'Dexter' and gave him his jabs when required.
I have now had Dexter for 3 years.
However last year he started going walk about. He would throw himself over a 3ft fence. Then we moved house. He escaped. He was found. He escaped again. He was found again. He escaped again. And was found again.
Last night when I let him out for his last wee of the night. I was chatting on the phone to a friend and he came in and went out again. I kept an eye on him. Just lately he has been good as gold, going out and coming in when called. Always being watched from distance to make sure he didn't go AWOL again.
The last time he went I said that was it. I wanted nothing more to do with a dog that had no pack instinct. But slowly he was working his way back in to my affections.
Now this time I don't want him back.
I wonder if he ever really bonded with me.