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Weenie Mom Club

Find your people: dog meetups are building community

By: Written & photographed by Yaunna Sommersby

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“It’s great to have a community.”Nad Martin (right) and Dachshund Luna with Blair Bissett and Dachshund Tito


Amina Ayub, founder of the Weenie Mom Club, is dedicated to her favourite breed, the Dachshund. Not only does she run the Vancouver, BC-based Hello Doxie Rescue Society and a doggy daycare, but she also organizes monthly “Weenie Mom Club” Dachshund meetups through Facebook and Instagram.

“Two of my dogs, Mia and Patch…have been nervous around other breeds of dogs,” says Ayub. “The more I talked to other people who also had Dachshunds, the more I realized these dogs really like their own kind.”

Weenie Mom Club attendees with Dachshund puppies

Spurred by this recognition, Ayub started Weenie Mom Club meetups to build a community of Dachshund lovers and create fun, safe events for their long-bodied dogs. She posted her first free Dachshund meetup event on Instagram and a private Facebook group last year, sharing the Fraser River Dog Park location, time, and date. 20 people showed up. 10 to 50 Dachshunds and their humans now attend each month.


He really came out of his shell… He loves playing with other Dachshunds, like more than any other dogs.”Aziza Win and Dachshund Wiggles


“There has been really good turn out and a lot of people have made friends through this group, which is amazing,” says Ayub.

Weenie Mom Club attendee and her dogs

Some attendees now watch each other’s dogs when out of town. Others have discovered they live in the same neighbourhood and are meeting up in between events to go for walks.


We connected with Tito’s sister, Luna! The dogs have so much fun playing together. Dachshunds can be a little bit exclusive sometimes.”Blair Bissett and Dachshund Tito


“I always knew there was a community here, but I didn’t realize how many people have Dachshunds! I would never have met them if it wasn’t for social media and meetups,” says Ayub.

Dachshund Dog WigglesDachshund Dog Kooper


His reactivity to other dogs is improving! He needs meetups like these to get out excess energy.”Marie Hunter and rescue Dachshund Kooper


Don’t have a Dachshund? Dog meetup groups abound, from the breed-specific to the more general, such as big dog groups, rescue dog groups, little dog groups, and hiking groups. To find (or create!) a group in your area, check out or search Facebook for local breed groups and events.

This article originally appeared in the award-winning Modern Dog magazine. Subscribe today!



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By: Written & photographed by Yaunna Sommersby
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