Hi, I’m Tony Brecht. I’m a recently retired Chemical Engineer after over 40 years of work. I started work in the then BHP Newcastle Steelworks in 1977, before moving to Brisbane in 1982. Since then I’ve lived in Brisbane working for a variety of manufacturers and engineering companies before moving to contract and consulting work in recent years. Over these years I’ve been mainly involved in project work including roles in process design, Project Engineering and Project Management.
I’ve been around dachshunds from about 8 years of age dating back to the 1960’s. I bought my first dachshund puppy as an adult in 1986 and have had them ever since. In those early days it was all standard dachshunds and mainly black-and-tans. I didn’t get my first mini until 1996 which was also my first long haired and first dapple. She lived until almost 17. My second dachshund was given to me back in the early 90s and thus was perhaps my first unofficial rescue. Mitch was a 3 year old large standard (~22kg!!) who went on to become my most loved. I recently lost my last standard at 15 years. My current two are both minis with one only recently adopted from D2DR which was also my first official rescue. I suspect he will not be my last.
I’m a relative newcomer to D2DR having only started to help out Rosalie, Ricky and the crew with volunteer work (transport, fundraising activities etc) in the last 12 months. As I enter full time retirement I’m becoming more directly involved with fostering surrendered dachshunds prior to their adoption. I hope to be able to devote more time to helping D2DR and their important work they do for the breed we all love.