Fashion is functional friends

Fashion is functional friends
Fashion is functional friends

In the last 16 years, we have publicly discussed why it is important for dogs to wear clothes many times. Nonetheless, it continues to be a hot topic in our community of loyal and devoted dog lovers. So once again, let’s review for all the new people here, and anyone in need of a polite reminded. It’s good for people understand the purpose behind our practices.

Fashion debate continues
Fashion debate continues
Fashion debate continues
Fashion debate continues

After having 10-week old puppy Rufus for 5 very long days, we knew we needed help immediately. We sought it from a famous Hollywood dog trainer who remains a close friend today. He taught us to put Rufus in clothes not just because of our keen sense of style, but because getting Rufus used to wearing clothes would be very helpful if he ever needed to wear a surgical bandage or other wound dressing. #EyeOpening #TheMoreYouKnow #AhaMoment 👀

And, I can you tell today with certainty that it happens and happened more often than I wanted it to in 16 years, but we were grateful Rufus wasn’t bothered by it. Rufus was attacked on a beach by a big dog once and had to have stitches and required a dressing. Rufus had to have his paw wrapped once because of an infection, and he had to wear doggles during his many cold laser light therapies, and that’s only a few examples that quickly come to mind.

Emily, Lily and Rufus
Emily, Lily and Rufus

We believe part of being a responsible guardian of these of sweet souls, is thinking and planning for the future (within reason). Dogs are wonderful about living in the moment and not dwelling on the past or preoccupied with the future, but… as their humans we need to equip them (and us) with the right tools (and mindset) for when the unexpected tragedy becomes a reality. #BeingPrepared #ItWillHappen

Here is our pack practices. We never leave a dog in clothes alone. Our pack of precious pups only wear clothes while being supervised by their humans. At first, each hound was a little hesitant and confused about wearing clothes, but we rewarded them with treats and ensure the experience was fun and positive. Additionally, for first timers, we only put our pampered pooches in clothes for small intervals of time to start. We might keep them in their clothes for 5 to 10 minutes initially, and then the next time, a little longer until it’s wasn’t a consideration or concern for us or our style hounds.

Rufus has been to more than half of the states in the union, and he has experienced all the many different climates and temperatures one often does when traveling. He has walked in rain while in New York, he has peep in snow while in the mountains and pooped in the desert; he has visited beaches in Chicagos, Cafes in LA and mores. Rufus has traveled by plane, train, automobile and boat. And on many occasions, he has had to wear a jacket, a sweater, a life vest or other appropriate clothing to keep him safe and secure from the elements. For us fashion serves a functional purpose.

Lastly, don’t wait until the last minute. I believe this point is obvious and we’ve already made it today, but to be sure, here it is again. If you know you’re going on a boat and you plan to put your hot dog in life vest, get him used to it weeks in advance. Don’t show up the day of your water adventure and expect him to be cool in it, especially if he has never experienced it before. Make sense?! Don’t take your SoCal posh pup, who is used to the dry heat and has never seen rains, to the wet, cold and rustic Santa Fe in December without some prior conditioning and preparation.

But I will also say for us, it’s equal parts fun. We love to dress up our darling dachshunds in cute and stylish clothes. Ours, thanks to our diligent practices, don’t mind it and we enjoy it, so why not.?! Sometimes, the purpose of clothes, is to create smiles and laughs and maybe a few giggles, and gosh, we always welcome a reason to grin from ear to ear. #ClothesOnDogsAreNotThatSerious

Hope that helps friends. Every hound and human are unique and different. If it doesn’t work for you and yours to dress up your dachshund(s), we accept. No of us are making you, and for those of us that do, know that for us fashion is fun and functional. #DontYuckOurYum

This topic of discussion is timely because our friends at Witzig just released their new limited edition denim vest. And our handsome hounds are brand ambassadors so check them it out in theirs spreading the message of LOVE and PEACE.

Tail wags. Face licks. And butt wiggles to you and yours from Rufus and his pack mates. Have a wonderful week friends.

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Little Lovely Lily Blossom
Little Lovely Lily Blossom
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Rufus’ Super Sweet Sixteen Book

Rufus' Super Sweet Sixteen Book
Rufus’ Super Sweet Sixteen Book
Rufus' Super Sweet Sixteen Book
Rufus’ Super Sweet Sixteen Book

Rufus’ Super Sweet Sixteen book has arrived, and we love it! As I previously mentioned, this is our first time working #Blurb, and although we had heard many good things about the publishing company, one is never really sure, until he is. We are now sure and satisfied with the results.

So friends, if you want to take a piece of Rufus home with you to commemorate his 16 year journey to date, please grab your copy here. https://www.blurb.com/b/10260561-rufus-super-sweet-sixteen We’re very pleased with the final product, and think you will be too. All profits from the book will benefit DOGS’ charity.

We hope all of our friends had a safe and relaxing Labor Day Weekend. We stayed close to home, and did our best to avoid the heat wave torturing Southern California residents. Thankfully being close to Pacific Ocean meant, we didn’t suffer as bad as some of our friends inland.

Rufus continues to maintain and sustain. Sunday Funday was a little rough to start, because Rufus pooped inside, then vomited twice and later peed. Sometimes, I think he just gets confused where “outside” is. But, we just clean it up and keep moving. No drama here. Thank you Nature’s Miracle. Despite it all, Rufus still seemed to be of good cheer today; so we choose to be happy too. He did eat some dinner; provided I hand fed him. He enjoyed a hamburger patty from Wood Ranch; while he’s pack gobbled their kibble. I continue to mix in his prescribed kibble, but he lately just eats around it. #SmartDog #Spoiled

Okay friends. With great affection and appreciation, Rufus and his pack say thanks for tuning in and being an amazing source of support to us. Tail wags, face licks and wiggle butts from ours to yours. May we all have a wonderful week. 🥰✌🏼🌈

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Rufus' Super Sweet Sixteen Book
Rufus’ Super Sweet Sixteen Book
Rufus' Super Sweet Sixteen Book
Rufus’ Super Sweet Sixteen Book
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Happy Birthday Eve Rufus

Rufus | August 2020 Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels

Tomorrow, Friday, August, 21st Rufus will celebrate sixteen years of life, and we’re so very grateful to achieve this milestone. This time last year, we weren’t sure if Rufus was going to make it another year. Thankfully, Rufus continues to be that sassy sausage hound that can; which we believe is very distinctively dachshund. #DeterminedBreed #StubbornHound #HeIsLeavingWhenHeIsReadyAndNotBefore 😂✌🏼

We wanted to commemorate the occasion somehow, and after a little thought and reflection, it just made sense to observe the historical honor with (another) hardcover photo book. Rufus has been photographed innumerable times so why not curate a collection of our favorites photographs. Initially the book was only intended for us, his immediate pack, but my spouse said, Rufus is not just our precious pup, but he is a canine companion to everyone that has followed his journey since the first photo we shared on the Internet. And in the moment, I was astonished by this sentiment. Rufus is not just my loyal and devoted dachshund, but a friend to everyone who has known him. Rufus has never met a human or hound he didn’t like.

It is our pleasure to announce the debut of our new hardcover book: Rufus’ Super Sweet Sixteen. You can get yours by clicking here: https://www.blurb.com/b/10260561-rufus-super-sweet-sixteen 

Rufus’ Super Sweet Sixteen book

The 50-page book is a modest 7×7 square with 52 unique Rufus images. The book only has one page of copy, and the rest is dedicated to the likeness of everyone’s favorite classic red, regal smooth miniature dachshund named Rufus. It’s a pictorial tribute and testament to a short-legged dog’s long life well-lived.

In the spirit of complete transparency and full disclosure, this is our first time using the self-publishing company Blurb. We did our research and it was between this one and one other, and we feel confident with our choice. Nonetheless, we look forward to your feedback; let us know what you think of the book and the final product. With some success and continued interest from you (our friends), perhaps this will only be the first book of many more to come. Future books might be dedicated to Rufus & Friends, Our Black and Tan Beauty Emily Sue, Lovely Nervous Little Lily Blossom, Marvelous Milo, Dachshund Packs, and more.

Additionally, the book is priced at $57.99; and we worked hard to keep the book affordable for all. Please note all profits will benefit our 501c3 charity Dachshund Outreach Giving and Socialization (DOGS). We haven’t done much fundraising since Rufus got sick, and it is time to get back to work. The need in our community hasn’t diminished, and we hope to return soon and be a resource of help. Note. We will receive $16 for each book sold; a dollar for each year. The rest is simply the cost of production. We had the choice to mark up the book however much we wanted, but as I said, we really wanted this to be a book anyone could buy, if they wanted.

Okay friends. Thank you in advance for the support and for all the birthday well wishes. We have really enjoyed the Countdown to Rufus’ Super Sweet Sixteen on social media. We love you all. Hug them, if you go them. Rufus and his pack will certainly get theirs.

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Rufus | August 2020 Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels
Rufus’ 501c3 charity and benefactor of book proceeds.

 

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Witzig Bandanas + life update

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Hello Friends. In 30 days Rufus will be celebrating 16 years of life, paws crossed he makes it. He’s doing relatively well under the current circumstances of kidney disease, but truly some days are better than others. We celebrate the small victories as they come up, like when he eats his food; and we’re steadfast in our love and support on the days when his appetite wanes. Not much more we can do, right?!

Rufus, Emily, Lily & Milo | Johnny Ortez-Tibbels

In other news, and as a means of positive distraction, we have recently been working with a new dachshund centric website: Witzig. We have done some consulting, and photo and video services for the brand, and of course, we have to tell all of our friends about it. Check them out!!!

Visit their website and check out their products; they have an assortment of toys, clothes, harnesses, slow-feeding bowls, and more. They just released four new MIKEY BURTON X WITZIG BANDANAS, which we believe are very COVID-chic and appropriate for the current climate. #ProofIsInThePictures

Rufus & his human | Johnny Ortez-Tibbels

If you’re like us, we’re staying home more days than we’re not, and we’re occupying our time binge watching our favorite new and old TV series and shopping online. And Witzig is giving us all one more online outlet for our dachshund focused retail therapy. 👏🏼😁 Visit them and let us know what you think.

They’re a small, just starting company, but we look forward to seeing good things from them.

Rufus, Emily, Lily & Milo | Johnny Ortez-Tibbels

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Last Call for Pack Porch Portraits

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It’s time to share some more #PackPorchPortraits. Only SEVEN DAYS left ; get yours while you still can. Schedule yours today. All pooches and their people (in SoCal) are welcome to participate. 🥰👍🏽

Gregory Pack Porch Portraits https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNnw8Hh

Garcia Pack Porch Portraits https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNpoA4s

Tibbels Pack Porch Portraits https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNpyM4L

Murray Pack Porch Portraits https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNpXjiK

Brigham Pack Porch Portraits https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNq2Rqm

Complete Pack Porch Portraits Collection (to date): https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnnyorteztibbels/collections/72157714172641258/

I absolutely love seeing all these pretty people and their precious pooches on their porches. ❤️

It gives us reason to smile and celebrate the true beneficiaries of our safer-at-home orders; our cute canine companions. #PackPorchPortraits

I especially appreciate the diversity; young, old, married, single, gay, straight, etc. ✌🏼🥰

Still more to come. Stay tuned. Stay home. Stay safe. Wash Your Hands.

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Pack Porch Portraits by Johnny Ortez-Tibbels
Pack Porch Portraits by Johnny Ortez-Tibbels
Pack Porch Portraits by Johnny Ortez-Tibbels
Pack Porch Portraits by Johnny Ortez-Tibbels
Pack Porch Portraits by Johnny Ortez-Tibbels
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Pack Porch Portraits Extended

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Pack Porch Portraits © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

Pack Porch Portraits © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | www.Rufusontheweb.com

Pack Porch Portraits © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

Pack Porch Portraits © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | www.Rufusontheweb.com

Pack Porch Portraits © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

Friends, our Pack Porch Portraits are being extended through Sunday, May 31, 2020. Let’s quickly review what I’ve done and why I’d done it, and if you haven’t already scheduled your own Pack Porch Portraits, do it now.

On Tuesday, April 28, we announced our #PetPassionProject and photographed our first Pack Porch Portrait on Thursday, April 30th. Over the next 16 days (April 30 through May 15); we photographed 31 Packs (families). We traveled over 1,208 miles; and we visited 21 different and distinct cities / towns / boroughs. And by our conservative estimates, we spent a total of 24 hours and 30 minutes driving (in those 16 days) and snapped a 16,847 photos. Wow. That certainly explains why I’ve been unusually tired these last few weeks. 😂✌🏼

The Perfect Storm. As all Southern California residents know, traffic is the bane of living here. However, with everyone staying home, it has afforded me this unique opportunity to quickly travel all over with unusual ease and haste. Additionally, with gas prices at an all time low, it has also been reasonably affordable to travel those 1,208 miles in 16 days. I could not do this project at these bargain basement prices under normal circumstances.

Food for the soul. When I started this project, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I wasn’t sure how it would be received by our community. Thankfully, I have been pleasantly surprised. This pandemic has effected us all in different ways, and for some it has been harder than others. However, working on this project has given me a first-person accounting of our pooches and their people.

My favorite (and frequent) response has been, “you gave me something to look forward to.” In a time of uncertainty and confinement, it has been my pleasure and privilege to bring a little joy and levity to a heavy situation.

My intention. To be clear, I’m trying to responsibly create a historical record for future generations while paying tribute to our canine companions; the real beneficiaries of our stay home orders. We are living through a historical event, and I want to document it, in my way.

All packs are welcome. Normally, I exclusively specialize in photographing the long-bodied, short-legged, big personality sausage hounds and their humans, and I am often affectionately called the doxierazzie (paparazzi for the dachshund breed). But these are not normal times, and I have happily agreed to photograph all packs interested in participating. For the duration of this project, I’ve changed to the puparazzie (paparazzi for all pups and their people). Which has given me a special chance to included my fury friends and their families from many different and diverse backgrounds. And it seems fitting for this #PetPassionProject. 😁👍🏽

Last Call. All I know for sure, is that none of us really know when or how these safer-at-home orders will end, and when we’ll reopen completely. Be that as may, I have to put an end date on this project, and it will be Sunday, May 31, 2020. I could easily extended this project again (and again), but as we start to re-open and the traffic returns, that perfectly unique opportunity we’re experiencing due to these unprecedented circumstances will dissipate.

Moreover, this has been more work than I initially anticipated. On average, with travel time, photographing, downloading, editing and uploading, I spend two hours of work per client. With 31 clients that is 62 hours of labor at a deeply discounted price point. I’m happy to be in a position to do it, but it is not something I can sustain longterm. So schedule YOUR Pack Porch Portraits NOW while you still can, because soon enough this promotion will end and my regular premium rates will return.

Stay safe. Stay home (a little longer). Wash your hands. Wear your face masks. And, remember you’re worth the extra effort and care. Your health and well-being and the well-being of others is worth it. ❤️ #BetterToBeSafeThanSorry

I look forward to sharing more #PackPorchPortraits so stay tuned, and stay well friends. Sending virtual hugs and tail wags from my pack of hounds and their humans to you and yours. ❤️❤️❤️

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Pack Porch Portraits © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | www.Rufusontheweb.com

Pack Porch Portraits © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

Pack Porch Portraits © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | www.Rufusontheweb.com

Pack Porch Portraits © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

Pack Porch Portraits © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | www.Rufusontheweb.com

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Porch pack portraits…

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

Friends. When this pandemic is finally over, and we tell the story to future generations of where we were when it happened and with whom we were quarantined, what will you say? #FoodForThought

In addition to any personal anecdote and recounting of the great pandemic of 2020; I want to offer our dachshund community their very own Porch Pack Portrait of a Pandemic. If you’ve been watching your local news or have been glued to varied social media outlets, then you’re probably aware of this trend: Front Porch Portraits. #GoogleIt Photographers are doing it all across the nation, and I want to join in and ensure our short-legged, long-bodied sausages are thoroughly represented.

As Southern California’s own doxierazzie, dachshund fine art photographer, I am willing to travel all over Ventura and Los Angeles County and do the same for our handsome hounds and their humans.

Here are the rules:

  • No touching.
  • I’ll work from outside the front of your house, staying a minimum of 6 feet away. I will be traveling with my tape measurer to ensure accuracy. If you live in a condo or apartment, we’ll consider shooting from your balcony. I will not enter private residences at this time. So the shot must be had from outside, and I’m happy to be creative about it. #WindowsAreGoodToo
  • I want to photograph families that are quarantined together; therefore, this isn’t the time to call friends and extended family over. I want to capture who you have been sequestered with these last 40+ days with an emphasis on your dachshunds (and other pets are also welcome).
  • This is not a glamour shoot, unless you’re just naturally a glamorous person. Many of us are in need a haircut, our professional manicure and pedicures are lone gone, the facial hair of men seem to go unchecked and I suspect many of us have given less attention to personal hygiene today than we did before self-isolation started. My commitment here is to capture the life of quarantined families and their fur kids. #CaptureAMomentInTime
  • I welcome your creative art direction. If you and your family want to dress in bathrobes or other thematic clothing and use props like coveted toilet paper, hand sanitizer and Clorox disinfecting wipes, I welcome it. The more creative, the better I say, but I’m also cool with a simple, clean and classic portrait of a pack. Creative direction will be at the discretion of each individual household.
  • Each porch pack portrait participant will need to sign a doxie model release prior to me snapping my first shot. I will be traveling with printed stack of these releases.
  • Each photo shoot will last between 20-30 minutes. These are shoots are intended to be fast and fun.
  • Ideal times to photograph are before 11 am and after 3 pm; but exceptions will be made upon request.

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

Additional logistics.

I am not looking to make money from this endeavor, but I’m also not looking to lose money. I am happy to donate my talent and time for free, but I need participants to cover my expenses (like gas, wear and tear on my camera and lens, hard drive storage, etc).

After some serious thought, I found the following breakdown to be very fair; the price listed is per household base on location (in relation to my home base):

  • $25 Ventura (9 miles) / Oxnard
  • $25 Camarillo (13 miles)
  • $30 Ojai / Oak View (23 miles)
  • $35 Carpinteria / Summerland (25 – 30 miles)
  • $40 Santa Barbara / Goleta (36 – 44 miles)
  • $40 Agoura Hills / Thousand Oaks / Simi Valley / Calabasas (30 – 39 miles)
  • $45 The Valley (Studio City / Encino / North Hollywood / Burbank) (47 – 59 miles)
  • $50 Los Angeles (WeHo / Hancock Park / Beverly Hills) (59 – 65 miles)
  • $55 Pasadena / Arcadia / Montebello (68 – 75 miles)
  • $65 Lancaster / Palmdale (88 – 96  miles)
  • $100 Long Beach / Huntington Beach (85 – 101 miles)

** Miles above represented ONE WAY. **

If you’re asking yourself, what’s in it for you, well… each participant will receive a minimum of 3 color corrected, photoshopped digital negatives for their own personal (non-commercial) use for social media sites, printing, etc. You’ll be left with some sweet keepsakes from these challenging times that will perhaps act as a forever remembrance that it wasn’t all bad. #StrongerTogether #BringALittleCheerToOurWorld

Now here is the key component to this #PassionProject of ours, this limited-time offer is only good while the stay-at-home orders remain in effect. I’ve checked and Ventura and Los Angeles County “safer at home” health orders expire on May 15.

Starting tomorrow, that gives us 17 full days. I’m willing to work from sunrise to sunset, if our community demands it, but that’s the window we have. If the orders are extended, the offer may be extended, but… let’s please anticipate that our final shoot date will be Friday, May 15.

When I was a young college student studying print journalism, I remember thinking to myself, perhaps some day I’ll go abroad and report from a combat zone in Afghanistan, Yemeni or Syria. As I got older and more comfortable with my posh lifestyle, I knew I’d probably never visit a war-torn community overseas.

However, after surviving the Thomas and Woolsey fires, and now in the process of living through this pandemic of 2020; I no longer have to go much further than our own backyard to document the impact of this deadly occurrence and the effect it is having on us all.

My gift to you and our community, is that I’ll happily leave the safety and comfort of my home and daily routine, to #CaptureAMomentInHistory for you / us. I’ll be smart. I’ll be safe. And, I’ll do my best to snag a stellar image of our darling dachshunds and their pack for posterity.

Accepting bookings now. Don’t wait. Please schedule your shoot today via email, FB messenger, DM on IG, texts, etc. I’m a very accessible person so… please don’t hesitate to reach out. Looking forward to seeing you soon, paws crossed.

If we have 75-100 families participate (which would be about 6 families a day), I’ll consider complying a new book and releasing it with a print-to-order self-publishing company later this year; if that’s something our community wants. #ImSimplyAServantToTheLongDogandHisHumans ❤

Many thanks in advance for the consideration. Stay home. Stay safe. Wash Your Hands.

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Shop Priscilla’s online store

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

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

Friends, during this time of self-isolation, social distancing and staying home to keep safe from COVID-19, distract yourself and find a little joy by shopping online. We are. 🙂

Although Priscilla in Ojai, the small women’s apparel store, is closed in accordance to government guidelines, this past Saturday Marc, Milo and I stopped by the shop to check the mail, etc. While there, we did a quick photo shoot. Proof is in the pictures. Check them out. Milo is a such a great darling dachshund model. ❤

Additionally, the Priscilla online shop has been refreshed and updated with lots of new merchandise, whimsical accessories and candles. Make your virtual visit today! https://www.priscillainojai.com/

Remember to support small, local, dachshund owned businesses. ❤ And please stay safe by staying home and wash your hands. ❤ #WashYourHands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Life update with Rufus & the pack

Rufus March 2020 © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | www.Rufusontheweb.com

Rufus March 2020 © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

By Johnny Ortez-Tibbels

Hello friends. Does this ever happen to you? When you’re going through something profoundly personal (perhaps like the experience of an ailing canine companion), and instead of going out in the world brave face, strong and welcoming the support of our community at large, you retreat to your own private bubble?!? 🙂

Well, if you haven’t figured it out from our inactive presence on social media, we — Rufus, his pack of hounds and humans, have found solace and sanctuary away from prying eyes and questions by staying home. And, that’s not a reflection of you or your sweet comments and concerns for our wellbeing, but just us living in the moment and taking each day as it comes (and never really knowing what to expect). We’re enjoying life in real time, and choosing not to stop and share it with everyone (right now). ❤

People love to ask how’s Rufus doing. And the answer is always the same (for now). He’s sustaining and maintaining. I personally feel like he’s a on a razor’s edge and at any minute he could fall fast and decline in a very short span of time; but thankfully through some very regimented and specialized care, he’s thriving (considering he has little to no kidney function).

For example, we discovered that we can only leave Rufus alone for about 4 hours. Often anything longer results in us returning home and finding some accidents in the house. Which is totally fine with us. As doting dog dads, we’re not intimidated by pee, poop or vomit. We simply, thoroughly and properly clean it up and move forward. But, I imagine it bothers Rufus when he has an accident in the house. He knows it is not right, and he strives to please us, but for whatever reason his body is betraying him. So for us personally, we don’t want to put Rufus in that position, if we can help it. Which means, at least one of us – mostly me, staying close to home. ❤

Additionally, Rufus continues to do well, because we get subcutaneous fluids twice a week religiously since the summer of 2019, and in all that time we have only missed a few appointments in January when his humans got ill. We have found that animals (like some humans) really benefit from regular routines and consistent schedules, especially when they’re not well. Think dachshund hospice.

In February 2020, it was Rufus’ two year anniversary since being diagnosed with kidney disease, and here we are 25 months latter (March 2020) and we’re surprised as any, that Rufus is still with us. But, of course, we’re extremely grateful for each and every day.

If you’re curious about our girls, Emily & Lily, they’re doing great. Both went for their annual anesthetic dental cleanings the last week in February. 🙂

Emily (who will be 9 years this November) had two teeth pulled, which were her first two teeth since we had her, and Lily (who will be 7 this July) had no extractions. She has two extraction early in her life, because a few baby teeth didn’t fall like they should have done. Overall, we’ve been very pleased with the oral health of our chow hounds’ teeth.

In 15 years, Rufus had four teeth pulled on three separate occasions. And, this will be the first year (after 7 or 8 years of consistent dental cleanings for him), that he will not go under. The teeth cleaning might help prolong his life, but there’s also a risk. A risk, we don’t think we’re wiling to accept at this stage in his life.

Rufus’ appetite has been strong these days, and we take him out often to pee throughout the day. I even wake up in the middle of the night to take him out. It’s been about 9 months, since I have slept 8 uninterrupted hours. But I usually get two sets of 5 hours; so I can’t and won’t complain. 🙂

We weren’t sure if Rufus was going to be here this time last year, but he is. And my spouse and I had to re-evaluate our aims and commitment to him. We have some tentative travel this summer (as we do most years, a combination of work and pleasure) and although it’s enticing to travel, #FOMO, we’ve agreed and reaffirmed, I will stay home – by choice, to care for Rufus.

We could hire people. We could fly out family to watch Rufus, but at the end of the day, no one knows him like we do. Like I do. And I’m not resentful about it, but happy to rise to the occasion and be there for the dog, that has been there for me these last 15 years 6 months and 20 days. ❤

I take Rufus with me everywhere I can, in his BK Atelier dog bag, and he gets out frequently. He loves (and lives for) his daily car rides. We don’t visit dog parks often these days because we stopped his flea and heart warm medicines this past August when we almost lost him (in July) from an UTI. We didn’t want to put any additional strain or burden on his organs, which means we have to be judicious with our public outings (at parks etc).

So friends, that’s the latest and greatest. Rufus sleeps a lot, and often sleeps hard. Many times, I find myself checking him just to make sure he’s still breathing, because he’s not always responsive to my calls. Sometimes when we come home, all the other dogs will run to greet us and we’ll find Rufus tucked in the master bedroom asleep or on pile of dirty laundry unaware we’ve returned. It’s certainly a departure from how he used to be, but that’s our new normal, and however it looks today, we’re just happy to have him with us, for as long as he wants to stay with us. ❤

Big thanks to all for the continued well wishes, love and support from around the world. ❤ We appreciate it and you!!! Your messages, texts, comments, likes, etc help to make this difficult time a little less hard. Thank you! ❤

We you all.
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Rufus March 2020 © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | www.Rufusontheweb.com

Rufus March 2020 © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

Rufus March 2020 © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | www.Rufusontheweb.com

Rufus March 2020 © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | http://www.Rufusontheweb.com

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Day 14 & 15 of 2020

Rufus © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | www.Rufusontheweb.com

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

Rufus © Johnny Ortez-Tibbels | www.Rufusontheweb.com

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

Here is your daily dachshund moments of peace courtesy of the red, smooth miniature hound dog Rufus.

Thanks for tuning in friends.

We  you all.

❤️❤️

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