Rufus’ farewell tour continues

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It has been a busy week for Rufus and his pack. Monday we had our second quarter blood work for Rufus; and we can confirm Rufus has progressed to Kidney Disease Stage III. 😦 We did some sub q fluids (Subcutaneous) on Monday and Wednesday, and we return on Friday (today) for another dose of fluids. #WishUsWell ❤

Right after our vet visit on Monday, we went on our weekly excursion to Rose Valley Falls (Ojai / Los Padres) with the whole pack. No amount of bad news was going to stop us from getting out together. ❤ It was certainly more work with three dachshunds in tow, and the photos were a little tougher to get with so much happening. Nonetheless, we managed to snag a few acceptable ones. Yay! #ThankGoodnessforDigitalPhotography 🙂 #Canon

Tuesday, Rufus enjoyed a casual jaunt to Studio City and Burbank. He loves a good car ride, and we love Katsu-ya’s crab rolls. ❤ . Wednesday we were back in Ojai (as we previously mentioned for some sub q fluids) and Thursday we took Rufus on another excursion – just him! 🙂 #SpoilHim #AllAboutRufus This time we visited Seven Falls / Inspiration Point Trail in Santa Barbara. And although the waterfall(s) were mostly dry (boo) we did find a few fun vista points.

Rufus is dying. That’s the truth of it. His appetite comes and goes. He breath smells (like death and decay – even after his teeth cleaning, so it’s something deeper / something internal), he sleeps a lot and his back legs seem to get a little more wobbly each day. #AgingIsntForWimps

We can choose to be sad about Rufus’ continued decline, or instead, we can celebrate his life each day and week. We have affectionately named Rufus’ recent expeditions of Southern California trail heads as Rufus’ Farewell Tour (and like Cher’s constant touring, we’re not really certain when it’ll actually end but plan to enjoy it for as long as we can). Ha! 🙂

Rufus, at his prime, was hiking popular trails in Los Angeles (Runyon, Fryman and Griffith) regularly. Rufus (along with friends and pack mates) used to hike 3.5+ miles easily in less than 60 minutes, and often with energy to spare. Rufus once hiked 30 consecutive days with his humans. ❤ #GoodOldDays

Rufus physically hikes less today, as I carry him most of the roundtrip up and down these mountains, but he still gets so excited to be out and about. And when I do decide set him down, he loves to explore and follow his nose. And of course, leave his mark (pee) everywhere we go. 🙂

Friday we return to the vet. Rufus gave a urine sample on Wednesday and we’re hoping to get a more complete look at his levels / proteins. We’ll keep y’all updated as we can, but we believe the best way to celebrate Rufus and his gift to our canine community is to keep living. That’s our plan. ❤
Be certain to do something fun with your posh pups this weekend, and share your photos below in the comments or on our Facebook DOGS Page

Let’s continue to inspire each other to be the best dachshund humans we can be to our ever loyal hounds. 

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Dachshund Sunday Funday

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As another Sunday comes to an end, we’re grateful for the opportunity to spend some quality time with our long-time friends. ❤ Today was our monthly meetup, and although the turnout was an inmate group, a visit to the dog park is always a fun with my pack in tow. I love flooding the park with dachshunds, but we also enjoy a chill time and thorough catchup with a favorite few. 🙂 Proof is in the pictures. ❤

Today’s excursion was also good for Rufus’ appetite. The last few days Rufus has not been interested in eating much, but thankfully when we got back home this afternoon he was hungry. Yay!

Have a wonderful week friends. ❤

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Paradise Falls

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Another week. Another Monday. And another adventure with Rufus in the books. This time we visited Paradise Falls in Thousand Oaks, and it was an absolutely perfect day for it. There was a little overcast, but that often helps the pictures turn out better and makes the hike a little easier for hound and humans. #BeautifulTimeofYear ❤

I’m committed to taking Rufus on these weekly excursions sans the girls in tow, for a few different reasons, but mostly because he really seems to enjoy it. On these trips, Rufus is fearless, full of energy and even young and healthy again. I do carry him most of the way there and back, but when I set him down, he’s eager to follow his nose and explore. #ScentHound It’s sweet to see. ❤ Proof is in the pictures. #MakingMemories

When we return home, Rufus is always good and tired, and sleeps hard most of the evening after his bath and dinner.

Every day is a gift and we’re grateful for them all. We’re wishing all of our friends a very wonderful week ahead. Do something fun with you cute canine companions.

AND, if you’re in the area, remember our LA Doxies’ Monthly Meetup is this Sunday. Click here for details. Hope to see you there, if it works. 🙂

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Happy Mother’s Day

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We want to wish all of our friends a very Happy Mother’s Day!!! Whether you’re a mom to four legged or two legged children (or both) – we appreciate you!!! And remind all of our friends to visit the Pricilla in Ojai, either in person or online for your mother’s day gifts today and any day. I mean, the store’s ambassador is the magnificent Milo!!!! #SupportLocalBusiness #SupportDachshundPeople ❤

Whatever you and yours do today, we hope it is a great one. Be kind to each other. #StyleHound

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Monday’s Malibu Hike

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On Monday Rufus and his human (and our nephew Sam) decided to visit the Edward Albert Escondido Canyon Trail and Waterfalls in Malibu, California. It was a wonderfully fun excursion, and one we happily recommend. I did carry Rufus for most of the way of the 3.8 mile round-trip hike, but when I did occasionally set him loose he acted like a fearless puppy running around following his nose. It was so nice to see. #HappyHoundDog ❤

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❤ Love this dog. ❤

Okay friends, enjoy the photos. And please make certain you and your handsome hounds are getting out and about and seeing the world. 🙂 #DachshundsPerspective

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Wiener Dog Wednesday

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Wishing our friends a very Happy Wiener Dog Wednesday. These are a few handsome hounds we shot on Sunday at our last LA Doxies’ Monthly Meetup. With photo subjects like these, how could I not enjoy what I do!?? 🙂

Additionally friends, Happy May 1st. For the month of May, Rufus’ human (me) is accepting new (and old) clients. We’re available to shoot this month; if you’re interested in some new professionally posed portraits or lifestyle shots of your fabulous fur-babies, please send us a message and we’ll forward our rates. All inquires are welcome. ❤

  
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Another Dachshund Sunday Funday

 

 

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Organizing our monthly meetup events can sometimes be more works than I enjoy (in the moment), but once my pack of hounds and I are there on the scene and see all of our friends (new and old) showing up one by one, it truly brings a smile to our faces (and theirs). 🙂 Proof is in the pictures. Check them out friends. It was another Dachshund Sunday Funday with our LA Doxies’ friends. ❤ We had 29 dachshunds and their humans. ❤

  
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Carrizo Plain National Monument

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Last week after our adventure to see the beautiful poppies in Lancaster, we decided to take the pack to the Carrizo Plain National Monument. It was a scenic, serene and sweet satisfaction for the soul. Exactly what we needed in the wake of my father’s passing and Rufus’ continued health challenges. There was less evidence of the super bloom there, but we really enjoyed the afternoon together making memories. Proof is in the pictures (and video). Enjoy friends. 

Big thanks to my nephew (Sam Tibbels) for the gift of the drone footage. He’s just beginning, and we appreciate him practicing on us. 🙂

  
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Poppy season

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I move forward like the seasons
That season ends, then another begins

— Greyson Chance

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With my father’s recent passing, we’re certainly mindful of taking advantage of as many opportunities as we can each day. ❤ I have wanted to take our pack to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve for the last several years, but the state-protected reserve is not dog friendly. Boo. 😒  Thankfully, our state flower knows no bounds and grows freely near and around the state park. On the upside, the surrounding hills populated with poppies is also free to the general public. This past Monday with the help of my nephew, we got to see some poppies, snag some shots with the pooches, and saved some money. ❤ It was a great day for it friends. I’m grateful Rufus and his pack finally got to enjoy the poppies; proof is in the pictures. ❤ Enjoy friends. Let us know if you have favorite pic among the bunch. 🙂

  
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Rufus’ grandpa died

Dad & Blossom March 2019

Dad & Blossom March 2019

Rufus’ grandpa died on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. My father. Johnny N. Ortez, Sr.

Rufus and his humans give our deepest sympathies to our grandma (Maudeain Ortez-Vickers). Who has now survived four of her five children. Along with our Aunt (Vicki Ortez-Taylor) who has now survived her four siblings. Vicki is the last one standing.

My father was married three times. Some people might have a judgement or opinion on the matter, but for me, I believe dad improved as a person, as a husband and as a father with each marriage. Some of us need a little more time and practice to get it right, and I’m just glad dad finally got there. These improvements not only benefited his new immediate family, but the whole family. Our condolences go out to dad’s three wives: my mom (Rosa Ortez), and my two step mothers (Tracy Stalkfleet Ortez and Tana Lyn Ortez). My dad enjoyed life better with a partner, and I’m glad he had three wonderful leading ladies in his lifestory. If my math is right dad was married to mom for 16 years, Tracy 12 and Tana 14. ❤

I want to give a special thanks and appreciation to Tana and her two daughters (Amber and Mandy) for loving and caring for my father in his final years. Rufus and I got a chance to return to Texas and see where dad spent his last days, and he was surrounded by love. ❤️ 💕 💗

My deepest sympathies go out to my sister (Blossom Ortez) and brother (Thomas Ortez) who simply adored and worshiped my father. In many ways they idolized the man, and their grief is tremendous. I’m so sorry for their loss.

I could share a 100 different stories about my father that would be entertaining and insightful, but I think I’ll simply tell the three things I admired most about my dad.

Each story has a beginning and for me the story of dad started with my mom. My parents were high school sweethearts. They were so in love, that they couldn’t wait to graduate high school to marry, so they didn’t. A year later, I was born. I am the product of love. My parents wanted me and made me purposefully – from their love. I really couldn’t have asked for a better start in life.

Growing up, it was almost ridiculous how much my father loved my mom. As a child it was a truly something to witness, and although my parents faired better apart than together, I remember telling myself that if I ever found someone to love me, I’d love them back like my dad loved my mom. (You’re welcome Kirkland Tibbels). My father was an example to me of what it meant to love another thoroughly and truly.

My father was a walking paradox. He had this rough and tough exterior. He rarely smiled (especially in pictures), and always wore sunglasses (they were prescription but it only added to his intimidating menacing presence). But the moment he spoke, he’d invoked laughter and smiles all around. He’d walk into a room a stranger and often leave being everyone’s new best friend. I always admired how easy it was for dad to be liked and make new friends, it’s not the same for me. I see this trait in my baby brother (Thomas Ortez) all the time. He’s truly his father’s son.

My father was not a rich man, but he was generous. When my father owned his construction company I remembered he’d keep his crew on payroll even when there were no jobs. He may not have been the best or smartest businessman, but he just couldn’t lay people off. He knew they (and their families) were counting on him, and he literally gave his last dollars. The company eventually closed, but the love, loyalty and life-long friendship from that team was evident at the viewing and funeral.

My father showed me what true loved looked like, he proved appearances can be deceiving and as long as you have friends, you’ll never be poor.

Living in California, I didn’t physically see dad often in this final chapter of his life. And I sometimes worried he might be lonely (which in retrospect seems silly now), but I’m grateful to my cousins Brian Mitchell and Brad Mitchell, and my step brother Jesse Sheets, for being part of dad’s life. I’m glad y’all had each other. I’m sorry for your loss too.

Attending my father’s funeral on Saturday, it was standing room only. The place was packed, and the love we all had for him washed over all of us. Grief doesn’t belong to any one person, dad’s passing effected many, and as his first born son, I offer my sympathies and condolences to all who are left in the wake of the man I called dad.

My father, like me, was a philanthropic man. As a founding member of his motorcycle club, Chula Chasers, dad his brothers raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for MHMR of Tarrant County. He loved to help people, and his legacy will live on through them and their continued work.

My father, unlike me, was not a man of many words. He didn’t prattle on (like me). 🙂 Our telephone exchanges (no matter how I tried to stretch them out) were always concise and to the point. However, each call either started or finished with two questions. How’s Rufus? How’s Kirk? My father met Rufus a few different times over the years, and loved him. And dad had two small dogs of his own in his final years. And I was told one of his favorite things to do was to sit in his ugly recliner with his puppies. I guess he and I were more alike than I sometimes realized. Rufus and I got to sit in that ugly recliner, and what it lack in aesthetic it made up in comfort.

I’m so grateful to those who have already made contributions. If inclined to honor my father’s memory and to express your sympathies, please feel free to make a tax-deductible donation to the charity Rufus inspired. DOGS. Click here.

Finally, I have to give a ginormous THANKS to my mother’s side of the family. All of my aunts, uncles and cousins came out to pay their respect and to be there for our my family. It was completely unexpected by me, but so very much appreciated. Thank you. Thank you to everyone who expressed their sympathies on social media, via text and on the phone. Each of them were received.

My father died on Wednesday, and the two days that followed, I was an emotional wreck. I experienced feelings I didn’t even know I had. Dad’s funeral was yesterday (Saturday) and today (Sunday) I’m at peace. I now sincerely understand why we have funerals. I retuned to Texas to see how my father spent his final years, months, days and hours. Not really knowing what to expect, I found a man surrounded by people and love. I’m at peace knowing he lived a full life.

Rest in peace dad.

Johnny N. Ortez, Sr.
September 22, 1955 – March 27, 2019

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Dad & his boys (Thomas & Johnny)

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Dad’s ugly recliner. ❤

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