Rufus update February 2019

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One year ago, Rufus was diagnosed with early stages of Kidney disease. It was heartbreaking. We changed his diet, as advised, and we just kind of put it on a shelf. There isn’t much one can really do (or so we’re told). Over the last year Rufus (at 14 and a half years old) has had some good days and not so good days. Today Rufus went in for his for annual anesthetic teeth cleaning, and the elected procedure was denied. His kidney levels were significantly elevated and our vet worried the anesthesia might comprise his already impaired kidney functions. Heartbreaking for a second time.

We’re awaiting the results of a urine analysis and culture. We have an ultrasound scheduled on Friday to get a complete picture of his kidneys. We’ve been referred to a local specialist for acupuncture and herbal treatment along with some other homeopathic options. We’re under no illusions, Rufus’ kidneys will be the end of him. We speculate Rufus may have 2 to 4 years with us, and it’s our commitment to make these final years the best and most comfortable we can. ❤

As I’ve said countless times, Rufus has been a great mentor to me. This occasion is no exception. I have had moments of shock, worry and great sadness. But Rufus continues to be a happy-go-lucky, precious pup with no concern for the future and simply celebrates the present. ❤ #LivesInTheMoment ❤

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© Johnny Ortez-Tibbels |

We have not talked publicly (much) about Rufus and his health this last year. But we can certainly use the support and encouragement of our community and friends. Many of you have been there for the several highs we have experienced over the years, so it only seems fitting to include you in our more challenging times.

For all those asking, Lily’s teeth cleaning went better than Rufus’ today, though it did include one extraction. Boo. Emily and Milo go tomorrow (Wednesday). Wish us luck.

We’ll update as we know more. Thank you in advance for all the love friends.

Humbly yours,

Rufus, and his pack of hounds and humans. ❤

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4 Responses to Rufus update February 2019

  1. abritswife says:

    Dearest Johnny & Kirkland… My heart is with you as you walk this path with our number 1 doxie Rufus. Aly Claire taught our family about living in the momemt as we celebrated her last 6 month in our care. Rufus is a lucky pup to have you as his pet parents….hugs and lots of 💘
    Sonny & Annie

  2. vkpretz says:

    Continued prayers for Rufus and your family and community of Doxie friends for the strength, courage and endurance needed to give him the best care possible at this time. He is a champion in life and yes, living in the moment. God has given Rufus and you all the greatest gift of time to celebrate his beautiful life and share his precious life and memories to all of us over these years. I thank you for including me in those memories, if only from afar. I applaud your positive attitude and acceptance and know that Rufus will in the best of hands and care until he is cradled in the arms of Jesus. Sending love, hugs and prayers daily to all. ❤ V

  3. Perri Kimono says:

    God Bless Rufus! And You, Johnny! The two of you have done so much for dachshund and dog lovers of all kinds! You have brought much Love and Joy to all of us!

  4. Lauri Trifon says:

    So sorry to hear about his kidney disease. I have love, hugs & prayers for you.
    My Lacey & Chance were just diagnosed with heart valve problems & Jacob had a cancerous tumor removed from his mouth & is under an oncologists care thru Access. I do know what it is like to worry about our babies.
    Jacob is my special one cause he is my first Doxie. He is 14 like Rufus.

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