RIP Sammy

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

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

Last Thursday, June 19 we got word that Sammy the wirehair dachshund had gone to the Rainbow Bridge. These are absolutely my least favorite types of emails to receive, but I’m always touched that their humans contact me and let me know. I consider all of the dachshunds that I’ve photographed over the years friends – no matter if we only met once or several times. Each dachshund leaves an indelible mark on my heart after one of our photo shoots.

Sammy’s human wrote, “He was a great dog. I miss him. I was so lucky to have you photograph Sammy and Sophie.” And really the honor is all mine. I started photographing dachshunds at large in 2011, and I never charge a hosting or sitting fee (like many traditional pet photographers). I want every dachshund human to have at least one professional quality photo of their beloved long-bodied hound dog.

I asked Sammy’s human if she would mind if we paid tribute to Sammy and invite our community to celebrate him and his memory. To which she replied, “I would love it if you would do a tribute for Mr. Sammy. We miss HIM.” And that’s why I do it. Each tribute we’ve done takes several hours of my time to go back and review the archives and edit another set, but how can I not do it?!!? Humans get obituaries, funerals and memorial services so for me it’s only natural that we do something to commemorate the life of a dachshund each time one more is gone.

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

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

Apparently Sammy developed cancer. His human opted for surgery and chemo, and thought they were in the clear only to discover he had a mass in his heart. I think it’s particularly hard when it’s one half of a pair. Sammy and Sophie were a darling dynamic duo and according to Sammy’s human, Sophie is naturally a little depressed. They’re considering a new pack mate, and only time will tell what may come, but in the meantime let’s join together and celebrate the life of Sammy.

If any fan, friend or fellow-doxie human wants to make a tax-deductible donation in Sammy’s name a personalized condolence postcard will be mailed to his family. I especially like these because they make for a great keepsake. When our doxies pass, all we have are our memories and pictures. With your help Sammy’s family can have a few more pictures. My only request, in order to make it cost efficient for the charity, please ensure your donation is $10 or more which includes original artwork, postage, delivery and labor. I do believe these postcards are better and more personalized than a casserole or flowers.

Rest in peace Sammy. You will be missed but never forgotten.

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

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

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12 Responses to RIP Sammy

  1. Laura says:

    So sorry for your loss xoxo

  2. Laura M says:

    I send my condolences. It’s so sad when we lose one of our 4-legged Family members. Do take comfort knowing you are all being remembered, and that certainly includes Sophie.

  3. Sheri says:

    The words “I’m so sorry” do not express the sorrow that I feel for your loss. I’m loving the pictures of your Sammy & Sophie. Know that Sammy is running and playing, pain free, and will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge 🌈 when it’s your time and you will cross together! 💞🍖💗🐾💖🌹

  4. Eric Hausen says:

    So sorry to hear it. Our oldest of three wirehaired dachshunds, Hannah, is battling cancer. My thoughts and sympathies go out to Sammy’s human.

  5. Patsi Brown says:

    So sorry to hear Sammy crossed over the Rainbow Bridge, he was blessed to have a loving family and he will be missed I am sure.

  6. Nancy says:

    It is so hard to lose your best friend. I have rescue boston terriers and there are no words that can be said when you lose one. Just know in your heart that they are in a better place and are waiting . My heart goes out for Sophie. Good will take good care of Sammy.

  7. vkpretz says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of Sammy. My heart goes out to Sammy’s human and to little Sophie who. I am sure is missing him too. ❤ I am sorry that you have lost another Dachshund friend Johnny. I know you love them all. Hugs.

  8. Tim R says:

    I offer my condolences and support for you. Sammy is resting comfortably watching over you and Sophie. God Bless you and take care……………R.I.P. SAMMY

  9. Karin Lang says:

    Ohhh Sammy you were quite the guy with your side kick Sophie. The two of you were a real hoot when I had you at my house. My fondest for wirehairs was confirmed once again while you stayed with me before your trip to CA to live with Perri. You will always have a special place in my heart. Karin Lang Coast to Coast Dachshund Rescue

  10. cadaisyjane says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Sammy’s family a pack mate, Sophie. It is so hard to lose our beloved companions, I always think of these lyrics by Garth Brooks (“The Dance”) “Looking back on the memory of
    The dance we shared ‘neath the stars above
    For a moment all the world was right
    How could I have known that you’d ever say goodbye

    And now I’m glad I didn’t know
    The way it all would end, the way it all would go
    Our lives are better left to , I could have missed the pain
    But I’d have had to miss the dance”……Blessings Joy

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