Back to the beach

Lily, Rufus & Emily | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Lily, Rufus & Emily | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

While the kids were heading back to school this week, the hot dogs and I headed back to the beach! We just love it there, and we are so lucky to be so close to so many dog-friendly playas.

Here is an idea. Many folks have inquired about us making a calendar and adding it to our DOGS’ Shop. One idea is making a 12-month calendar featuring our dogs and their friends at the beach. What do you think?! Would you like to see a dachshund at the beach on your wall for a year?!? More importantly, would you purchase a calendar like this!??

We feel like the beach theme is distinctively us – your favorite Southern California beach hounds in their element. Although the beach for many in the world is something they 0nly visit seasonally, we enjoy all year round, and we think many of you would too – even if only in pictures. When those cold wintery nights hit, perhaps it’ll be a nice escape to look at the calendar and remember happier and warmer days with dachshunds?!?? Let us know in the comments and on Facebook. Inquiring dachshund photographer wants to know.

Today’s featured photos are of little Lily in her element. She continues to be a shy and suspicious dogs, but at the beach she comes alive and loves it there. Proof is in the pictures.

Lily | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Lily | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Lily | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Lily | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Dachshund days of Summer

Lily & Rufus | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Lily & Rufus | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Dachshund Days of Summer | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Dachshund Days of Summer | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Dachshund Days of Summer | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Dachshund Days of Summer | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Dachshund Days of Summer | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Dachshund Days of Summer | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

If you’re in the greater Southern California area, please mark the calendar and join us for LA Doxies‘ August Meetup at Huntington Dog Beach. Click here for the details.

I know some dachshunds like the water and others really don’t. But remember the beach is more than just the water. To be perfectly honest, my doxie trio is indifferent to the ocean. They don’t love it, but they also don’t hate it. They just accept that it’s there and part of the terrain we visit regularly. What my dachshunds DO LOVE about the beach is 1) the varied amount of smells, 2) running off leash, 3) the cooler temperatures when the inland is in the triple digit heat, 4) chasing seabirds from the shoreline, and 5) hunting lizards and baby crabs, and 6) digging in the sand.

I personally enjoy them getting some mental stimulation and physical exercise. Running on the beach has replace hiking for us, and I think it’s better for their backs. Instead of climbing steep hills and navigating uneven earth, they able to run in the mostly level sand – which provides a healthy amount of resistance and strength training for their little legs and back.

Whether you are here or somewhere else, take them hounds to the beach whenever you can. They may not like getting in the water, but the beach is so much more than its body of water. Food for thought friends. We typically walk from one end to the other and that’s our main source of exercise these days. My pack loves it.

Also, if you are in the area and plan to come out this Sunday for LA Doxies’ August Meetup, that day also happens to be Rufus’ 12th Birthday!!! So come celebrate with us. AND, if you can’t (for whatever reason – geography or another commitment); please enjoy 15% off everything in our DOGS’ Shop. Simply use the promo code RUFUS at checkout. In lieu of gifts or cards, we prefer you treat yourself to something nice in Rufus’ honor and our DOGS’ Shop is a great place to start. Enjoy friends and thanks for the continued support.

Dachshund Days of Summer | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Dachshund Days of Summer | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Dachshund Days of Summer | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Dachshund Days of Summer | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Rufus| August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Rufus| August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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3rd Annual LA Pool Party

Dachshund Pool Party | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Dachshund Pool Party | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Dachshund Pool Party | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Dachshund Pool Party | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Dachshund Pool Party | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Dachshund Pool Party | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Dachshund Pool Party | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Dachshund Pool Party | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Last week was our 3rd Annual LA Pool Party with friends. Here are some pictures and videos from the day with more to come so stay tuned. Keep them happy hot dogs cool friends!!!

Don’t forget, we’re celebrating Rufus turning 12 this weekend by gifting you all 15% off everything in our DOGS’ Shop. Simply use the promo code RUFUS at checkout. In lieu of gifts or cards, we prefer you treat yourself to something nice in Rufus’ honor and our DOGS’ Shop is a great place to start. Enjoy friends and thanks for the continued support.

Dachshund Pool Party | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Dachshund Pool Party | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Dachshund Pool Party | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Dachshund Pool Party | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Our host Sophie | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Our host Sophie | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Sweet reunion

Emily, Lily & their human | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Emily, Lily & their human | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Lily & her human | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Lily & her human | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Emily, Lily & their human | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Emily, Lily & their human | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Rufus, Emily and Lily‘s humans were traveling for much of July without their little sausage hounds in tow. It has been three full years since we have been separated for any significant time, and we often prefer to only go to places where we can bring our wiener dogs. Nonetheless, our return home earlier this month was a sweet reunion, and we celebrated the joyous occasion with a picture perfect sunset beach frolic.

The best part was that our homecoming was that it was purposefully timed to coincide with Rufus’ forthcoming 12 birthday in a few weeks (Aug. 21st). We had to be make certain we were home in time to commemorate the very special day.

Here are the beach pictures. Can you see and feel the jubilation!? Enjoy friends.

Additionally friends, in anticipation of Rufus’ birthday, we want to start the party early with a special gift to YOU for your continued love and support. Grab your Rufus gear while you still can and SAVE 15% now! Use this code at checkout at our DOGS’ Shop and save: RUFUS. The promotion will end on Rufus’ birthday at midnight! Don’t delay, get your limited edition collectibles while supplies last.

Lily & her human | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Lily & her human | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Emily, Lily, Rufus & their human | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Emily, Lily, Rufus & their human | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Emily, Lily, Rufus & their human | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Emily, Lily, Rufus & their human | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Grab your Rufus, Emily & Lily gear while you still can! Save 15% now using Promo code RUFUS!!!

Grab your Rufus, Emily & Lily gear while you still can! Save 15% now using Promo code RUFUS!!!

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Happy independence day!

Rufus, Emily & Lily | July 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Rufus, Emily & Lily | July 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Rufus, Emily and Lily are wishing all of our friends a very happy and safe 4th of July!!! All of the loud explosions can be scary for our hounds so safeguard them. Click here for some additional tips on how.

Rufus, Emily & Lily | July 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Rufus, Emily & Lily | July 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Rufus, Emily & Lily | July 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Rufus, Emily & Lily | July 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Rufus makes contact

Rufus | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Rufus | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

I absolutely adore this series of photos featuring Rufus from last Sunday’s meetup. Rufus is always very curious about the canines on the big dogs‘ side. This particular dog from the other side looked very much like wolf or coyote hybrid, and watching him and Rufus make contact was priceless. What do you think friends!? It’d be fun to know what they were thinking in this moment.

Rufus | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Rufus | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Rufus | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Rufus | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Rufus | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Rufus | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Rufus | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Rufus | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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LA Doxies’ May Meetup

LA Doxies' Monthly Meetup | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

LA Doxies’ Monthly Meetup | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

This past Sunday was our LA Doxies’ monthly meetup. It was a great day with lots of fun with friends from all over the greater Southern California area. We continue to share pictures from our monthly meetups for a few reasons.

First, we want to invite friends in the area to join us. If you’re ever in nearby on the third Sunday of the month, join us! All dachshunds, small dog dachshund-friendly canines and their humans are welcome. (The second Sunday of the month is Ojai Doxiesmonthly meetup.)

Second, if you’re not in the area, we want to inspire you to find a meetup group in your part of the world. AND if you can’t find one, consider starting your very own! Look at all the fun. Proof is in the pictures. So many happy hounds and their humans.

LA Doxies' Monthly Meetup | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

LA Doxies’ Monthly Meetup | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

LA Doxies' Monthly Meetup | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

LA Doxies’ Monthly Meetup | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

LA Doxies' Monthly Meetup | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

LA Doxies’ Monthly Meetup | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

LA Doxies' Monthly Meetup | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

LA Doxies’ Monthly Meetup | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

LA Doxies' Monthly Meetup | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

LA Doxies’ Monthly Meetup | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Sassy Sophie

Sassy Sophie | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Sassy Sophie | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Last Sunday we got a chance to hang with one of our favorite longhair hounds: Sassy Sophie. She’s a real looker, isn’t she?! As you can imagine, I love to photograph this beauty and she has been featured on past T-shirt campaigns, two gallery showings and is currently part of our notecard box set. So all of you can enjoy her also! For me, she’s simply stunning. What do you think!?

Sassy Sophie | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Sassy Sophie | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Sassy Sophie | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Sassy Sophie | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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My pretty girls

Emily Sue | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Emily Sue | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

I love my #StyleHounds Emily Sue and Lily Blossom. They make it all look so effortless. Happy hounds, happy humans and happy days!!! Enjoy the photos friends.

Lily Blossom | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Lily Blossom | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Happy Mother’s Day friends

Ojai Doxies' Mother's Day Monthly Meetup | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Ojai Doxies’ Mother’s Day Monthly Meetup | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Wishing all of our friends a very Happy Mother’s Day!!! We especially want to acknowledge all the moms of the four-legged variety. It takes a special kind of person to be a mom (and dad) to our cute, cuddly canines, and today we include you among all those mothers being honored.

Since we could not be with our mom today, we celebrated the occasion with our dachshund friends at a local dog park. It was a great time with some cool folks. Proof is in the pictures.

Finally, don’t forget to take advantage of Mother’s Day promotion which run through tomorrow, Monday, May 9. Enjoy friends!!

Ojai Doxies' Mother's Day Monthly Meetup | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Ojai Doxies’ Mother’s Day Monthly Meetup | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Ojai Doxies' Mother's Day Monthly Meetup | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Ojai Doxies’ Mother’s Day Monthly Meetup | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Ojai Doxies' Mother's Day Monthly Meetup | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Ojai Doxies’ Mother’s Day Monthly Meetup | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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