Happy día de los muertos

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Fred | April 2011. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels

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Coco | July 2011. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels

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Laci | July 2012. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels

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Daisy Mae | Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels

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Samson | February 2013. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Rudy | March 2011. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Joey 2011 | Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Max | April 2011. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Sandy | October 2013. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

The basic premise of día de los muertos (day of the dead) is that as long as we remember them, they will live on in our hearts and minds. Which is why, each year we designate a few days to celebrate the lives and memories of the dead. ❤ ❤ ❤

This year día de lost muertos is from Wednesday, Oct. 31 through Friday, Nov. 2. In honor of that Mexican tradition, we want to remember all of our dachshund friends that are gone. Generally speaking, we often find our favorite picture and put it out on display, share our sweetest stories of our beloved and put out their most-liked treats. ❤ ❤ ❤

As I mentioned in an earlier post this week, I’ve photographer over 500+ different dachshunds across 14 years and have millions of digital negatives. So naturally, there are some friends (too many by my count) that I’ve photographed and are now at the Rainbow Bridge. They are no longer here with us on this physical plane, but their indelible paw prints on our hearts are forever.

Today’s post honors them and the many more not seen here. The only crime a dog commits, I believe, is they often leave us too soon. ❤ ❤ ❤

If you want to share yours, please do so on our DOGS Facebook page. ❤ Let’s celebrate them friends, and never forget them. ❤ ❤ ❤

*** If you haven’t already seen the animated feature film Coco, check it out for a greater understanding of día de los muertos. It’s also a cute and sweet movie. ***


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Dachshund, doxies, RIP

Pookie | August 2012. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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RIP Preston. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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RIP Bella. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Oscar Mayer Tribute | September 2015. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Bailey Marie | May 2011. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Lenny | July 2012. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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RIP Jazmine | April 2011. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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RIP Oliver | August 2014. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Rufus showcasing a Sammy Tribute | August 2014. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Sammy | July 2013. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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RIP Bocce. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Max | April 2011. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Woody | 2011. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Moxie | April 2011. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Maggie | February 2011. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels

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Priscilla in Ojai

Milo Priscilla Mascot © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | www.Rufusontheweb.com

Milo Priscilla Mascot © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

It’s with great pride and joy that we announce our good friend Marc and his happy hound dog Milo officially launch their online store Priscilla today. Yay!!! #Clap #Applause Please visit it now at https://www.priscillainojai.com/  ❤

Pricilla is a bricks and mortar store in the lovely small town of Ojai, California that has been around for 33 years. Marc is its current owner, and after too many years away from the wonderful World Wide Web, Priscilla returns TODAY!!! (((And we helped.))) So now everyone both near and far can enjoy Priscilla’s fashions and fun!!! 🙂 To learn more about the store, click here.

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Milo Priscilla Mascot © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

If you’re asking why I’m sharing today’s launch. Well, in my experience, the Priscilla woman is a very similar client to those women that often hire me to photographer their darling doxies. So heck, why not?! #HappyToSupportOurFriends

Additionally, the Priscilla mascot is Milo the magnificent, and we have all watched this handsome hound mature these last 7 years on this very site. Remember, Milo, the comical sidekick? That was Milo’s debut in January 2012 on Rufusontheweb.com, and we have witnessed many fun adventures of Milo over the years. Click here to see a few of them.

We love Marc and Milo, and we love supporting our friends in their new endeavor. If you’re local to the SoCal area please stop by sometime, and visit them in person. AND if you’re not local, now you can visit too from the comfort and convenience of your smart phone, computer or tablet. AND, anyone who enters the discount code “WELCOME” at check out will receive 10% of their entire order. #Amazing 🙂 #DiscountAlert

Please share and forward with friends. Support small, independent business owners. Thank you! ❤

And of course, enjoy the photos and video, humbly captured by us. ❤

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Marc & Milo Priscilla owners © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

Marc & Milo Priscilla owners © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | www.Rufusontheweb.com

Marc & Milo Priscilla owners © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

Marc & Milo Priscilla owners © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | www.Rufusontheweb.com

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Happy Got-you Day Rufus!

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Rufus October 2018 © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

Fourteen years ago today, I met a little red miniature dachshund and our lives changed forever. Rufus was born on August 21, but we got him on Saturday, October 30, 2004. ❤

I have photographed over 500 dachshunds over the years, and I have over a million digital negatives of varied dachshunds on five different hard drives. But the first dachshund was Rufus. Below is the very first photo I took. And the rest, are the most recent photos I’ve taken.

Love you Rufus. ❤ ❤ ❤ We’re so lucky to be your humans. ❤ ❤ ❤

Hope you enjoy the photos friends.  

Rufus' puppy portrait.  Photo by. Johnny Ortez-Tibbels

Rufus’ puppy portrait. © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

#Halloween #Halloweenie

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Rufus September 2018. © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

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Rufus October 2018 © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com


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More doxiecorns

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And the Halloweenie fun continues in our house. 🙂 We’ve dressed our dapper dachshunds up before as unicorns – but these are different from the last. Also, we previously only focused on the two girls, and this time we dressed the complete trio in their full unicorn pride. Ha!!! #LoveMyDogs ❤

Okay friends. Enjoy the photos and remember to keep them safe this Halloween season.

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#Halloween #Halloweenie


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Three little pigs

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Happy Halloweenie Little Piggies © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com || Big Bad Wolf by Brad Woodard – Thank you!

Earlier this month a friend of ours dressed his pack of dachshunds as mice. I don’t know if he said it, or if I imagined it, but in my head I heard three blind mice like the nursery rhyme; even though he had four happy hot dogs pretending to be meek mice.

Since we have a trio of sassy sausages, I really like the idea of dressing them as a group. So pulling inspiration from our friend Mike S., we decided our pack would be three little pigs this year. 🙂 Dachshunds in pig clothing is so funny for us on multiple levels. Mostly because the breed is naturally chow hounds, and they L O V E  to eat a lot, so it seems very fitting. #DachshundAreGluttonousGivingtheChance Also, we refer to our little Lily Blossom as a little piggy regularly. She really enjoys her treats and even snorts sometimes (similar to what I envision a pig might sound like in real life) so for us, Lily is our little piggy every day. ❤

What do you think friends?!??? Dachshunds in pigs clothes afraid of the big bad wolf OR dachshunds in pig clothes waiting to collectively pounce on the big bad wolf in a twist of fate?!? 🙂 Either way no dachshund or wolf was harmed in creating these festive images.

Quick caveat. I know some folks have a visceral reaction to seeing dogs dressed up in cute costumes. I get it. That’s not your scene. So look away.

But for us, and our pack of cute canines, we love it. It’s fun for all of us – hounds and humans, and it’s a wonderful bonding activity for us. Additionally, training our dogs to wear clothes (or costumes) is great conditioning should the need (in their potentially long life) arise for them to wear a surgical bandage or other dressing.

Rufus is 14 years old, and in his life he has had to wear a bandage a few times now, and because he’s used to donning clothes, he didn’t try to chew it off the whole time he wore it. #ClothesAreMoreThanFashionForDogs There is a function and reason to have one’s dog(s) accustomed to clothing. Food for thought friends.

Anyhow. My pack and I had a lovely afternoon playing dress-up and taking these shots for y’all. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did creating them. ❤

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Happy Halloweenie Little Piggies © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com || Big Bad Wolf by Brad Woodard – Thank you!

*** Big Bad Wolf illustration by Brad Woodard. Thank you! ****

#Halloween #Halloweenie

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Preparing for Halloween

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Hi friends. Are you and your pack ready for another Happy Halloween??? Or, as we like to refer to it in our home, Halloweenie!!! 🙂 Ha!

We love celebrating Halloweenie. We really enjoy seeing all of our friends dressed in their funny and creative costumes. I do think the humans are more entertained than the hounds, but kudos to them for being excellent sports about it. I know we handsomely reward our precious pups with lots of treats for indulging us. Hopefully you do the same.

Here are a few quick tips as you prepare for the forthcoming holiday.

  1. If you do plan to dress up your posh pup, do it in advance of their public debut. It’s really important to get them used to their costume before they’re expected to show it off. I find it best to do it in short intervals of time to start, and the more comfortable they get, the longer you can leave them in it. And of course, we strongly recommend when you do dress them up, that you keep an eye on them. Never leave a dapper dog dressed in their costume unsupervised. #SafetyFirst
  2. The day of Halloween, when you’re expected to receive lots of trick-or-treaters ringing your doorbell, be certain to take your dachshund(s) for a long walk. A tired dog is a good dog, and I find it best to get them good and tired the day of the Halloween to ensure they’re less annoyed by that constant doorbell ringing.
  3. Finally, remember chocolate can be deadly to dogs so keep all of those delicious candies out of reach of our undiscriminating chow hounds. A rush to the vet, will certainly ruin the holiday so be smart.

Okay friends. Hope those tried and true tips will serve as a good reminder. If you have any others to add, please comment below.

BIG THANKS to our friend Luann McKenzie for the orange and black Halloween themed sweaters for our pack of cute canines. Thank you for thinking of us. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

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Dachshundcorn or unidoxie?

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Emily Sue as Dachshundcorn © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

We may have discovered a new breed of dachshund. 🙂

Unicorn
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Dachshund (Doxie)
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Dachshundcorn OR Unidoxie

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Lily as Unidoxie © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

Whatever you call it, I think Emily & Lily look precious. ❤ ❤

Emily Sue wears it especially well, I think, but Lily refused to be left out. She wanted her chance on the pedestal in the unicorn headdress. Ha!!! #HalloweenieIsComing 🙂

My darling dachshunds will do almost anything to please and entertain their humans; thank you girls, for always be such wonderfully great sports about playing dressup with dad. ❤ You both melt my heart. #ILoveYouMucho

Enjoy your daily dose of dachshund friends.

  

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dOGUMENTA Exhibition

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Ruben Rojas’ What Am I Thinking? wood panel featuring Rufus. © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

If you’re in the greater Southern California area, we happily invite you to visit America’s first art exhibition for dogs: dOGUMENTA. To learn more, click here.

Situated in Downtown LA, at #FIGat7th multi-level shopping center, you’ll discover the outdoor interactive exhibit. We love that both hounds and humans are allowed to see and touch the art. It’s fantastic. Proof is in the pictures. Check them out friends.

First and foremost, the exhibit is FREE!!! But, please do try to register in advance, if you can via eventbrite. There are 9 unique canine inspired mixed-media art pieces.  A few highlights for us are 1) Pig Totem with a swine scent and wiener atop, which Rufus especially liked. 2) kingKONG the oversize kong with dog kibble and 3) the painted wood panel “What am I Thinking?” Truly though, they’re all wonderfully whimsical and fun. ❤

If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend with your wiener dog, consider dOGUMENTA in DLTA. Unfortunately, this is its last weekend on display. So there’s no time to waste, if you want to go, get! It is an ON-LEASH event and they ask that you please keep it to one dog per person, which was the perfect excuse for Rufus and I to leave the girls behind for the day and enjoy some sweet time together. ❤

For everyone else, who won’t be able to make it, enjoy the photos of Rufus. 🙂

Huge hug of appreciation to the artists: #TibiNeuspiel #AlexSheriff #TuckerMarder #JoshuaLevine #SabrinaClouden #GailBasel #RubenRojas and #MeenaKhalili — Thank you!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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Alex Sheriff’s Monument to the Birth of Dogs Through Their Friendship with Humans featuring Rufus. © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

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Sabrina Clouden and Gail Basel’s Os featuring Rufus. © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

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Sabrina Clouden and Gail Basel’s Os featuring Rufus. © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

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Ruben Rojas’ What Am I Thinking? wood panel featuring Rufus. © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

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Ruben Rojas’ I Am Unconditional wood panel featuring Rufus. © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

  

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Tibi Tibi Neuspiel’s Any Dog Can Be a Guide if You Don’t Care Where You’re Going featuring Rufus. © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

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Tucker Marder’s Pig Totem featuring Rufus. © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

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Joshua Levine’s kingKONG featuring Rufus. © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

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Joshua Levine’s kingKONG featuring Rufus. © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

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Rufus appreciates Brookfield’s sponsorship, especially their bowls with refreshing, clean water on this warm Friday afternoon. © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

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Meena Khalili Fuel the Wag photo station with Rufus and his human. © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

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Meena Khalili Fuel the Wag photo station with Rufus and his human. © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

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3rd Sunday of the month

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LA Doxies’ Monthly Meetup September 2018 © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

Today was another Dachshund Sunday Funday at LA Doxies’ monthly meetup. We had about 22 happy hound dogs and their handsome humans. Proof is in the pictures. Hope you and yours had an equally wonderful day.

P.S. Dachshund Rescues in SoCal

A few folks at the meetup were considering expanding their pack, and we want to wish them the best of luck finding the right dachshund(s) for their family. 🙂

Please consider rescuing before buying. Always get and give wisely because loving a dachshund is a long-term commitment – emotionally, physically and financially. Here are our favorite dachshund rescues in Southern California. ❤

1) Dachshund Rescue of Los Angeles 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dachshund-Rescue-of-Los-Angeles/560584403966781
http://dachshundrescueoflosangeles.com/
Contact: Tamara Pitman tamarapitman@gmail.com

2) Dachshund Paws and Pals
https://www.facebook.com/dachshundpaws
http://www.dachshundpaws.org/
Contact: Tara Hamilton paawsplacement@yahoo.com

3) Southern California Dachshund Relief Inc. 
https://www.facebook.com/dachshundrelief
http://www.scdr.org/
Contact: Dena Delgado dena@scdr.org

4) Dachshund Rescue and Placement 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dachshund-Rescue-Placement-Inc/838899089518952?fref=ts
http://www.doxykeeper.org/
Contact: Joy Brunn doxiekeeper@gmail.com

  
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It’s never their fault

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I continue to assert that my dogs are not only my loyal cute canine campions; they’re also my teachers. They have taught me much. Before I can share the latest and greatest, I first have to offer a little background. 🙂

For the first seven years of Rufus’ life we worked closely with a Hollywood dog trainer, and he helped me to really understand the minds of our dogs. One philosophy he convinced me to adopt was, “it’s never their fault.” And, I truly believe it’s never their fault.

For example, if the a dog pees or poops in the house, it’s not their fault, it’s mine. I’m the one who controls want goes in so I naturally have some control over when it’ll come out. I believe if I stay present and aware of my pups, and listen to them, then I won’t miss the cues and hints, when they need to go outside to pee and poop (after they’re fully housebroken). I believe accidents (outside sickness and old age) occur when responsible dog guardians get too busy and ignore our precious pups. I’m not suggesting we intentionally forget about them, but sometimes life can get busy fast, and it often times comes at the cost of happy hound dogs — and a rug or two, maybe. 🙂

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Point: I can’t always control my dogs and what they will do and when they’ll do it, but I do have control over how I’ll react and what preemptive actions I can take to ensure I get the results I want. This has been a golden lesson learned for me. 🙂

This past Friday, I was on the phone and in the process of ordering some new equipment, and in the middle of the transaction, I was asked to be placed on hold while she secured our CFO’s approval for the purchase. After being on hold for a few minutes, the rep comes back on the phone and said, “He has declined the purchase.”

Wow. My initial biological reaction was to be upset. In my mind, I initially thought, does he not know how long I’ve been on hold attempting to make this purchase. Does he not know that I’ve already secured approval for our President!? And, then it hit me. It’s never their fault. And to answer my own questions, no. No he didn’t know how long I was on hold nor did he know that I had already received approval from our President. How could he, I hadn’t told him?!? I hadn’t given him the heads up. I had not taken any action to make him aware of what I was doing before, and therefore, he reacted accordingly. #FacePalm I quickly realized, I can’t be mad at our CFO. I missed up, it was my fault. 🙂

So I quickly shrugged it off, and accepted full responsibility and accountability for my part in the equation. This life lesson has been taught to me by my dogs and all of our years together. It’s one thing to accept and acknowledge this philosophy, but having dogs for these last 14 years has given many occasions to actually apply and practice this tried and true philosophy (for me). Amazing. ❤

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I believe, life with dogs is truly reciprocal. They give us so much in exchange for food, shelter and love. #DontUnderEstimateThePowerofLovingDogs #LifeWithDogs

Okay friends. Please don’t forget, if you’re in the area, join us for LA Doxies’ monthly meetup. Here are the meetup details:

Sunday, September 16 @ Arcadia Dog Park (small dog section) on 2nd Ave. and Colorado Blvd. Arcadia, CA 91066 http://www.ci.arcadia.ca.us/home/index.asp?page=1383 From 1 pm to 4 pm; group picture will be taken around 2:30.

All dachshunds, small dog dachshund-friendly canines and their humans are welcome.

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