Have a wienerful weekend

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

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

Rufus, Emily and Lily are wishing all of our friends a very wienerful weekend OR, perhaps said another way, a very happy hot diggity dog day! Whichever is more fitting, enjoy yourselves and be certain to include them happy hound dogs in your weekend excursions and activities. Love them, spoil them and cherish them all day everyday.

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

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

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More of Heidi

Heidi | September 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Heidi | September 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Heidi | September 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Heidi | September 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Heidi | September 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Heidi | September 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

A little while back, we featured the precious piebald puppy Heidi. Well here is her big finale. I remain a fan of my signature white, but I think Heidi really pops against the black backdrop. Proof is in the pictures. What do you think friends!? Cute canine!? Precious pup?!?

Heidi | September 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Heidi | September 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Heidi | September 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Heidi | September 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Happy Halloween 2016

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

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

Rufus, Emily & Lily want to wish all of our friends a very safe and fun Halloween. Try your best to keep them hounds from barking at all them kids trick and treating. I often try to meet them at the door as I see them coming up the driveway BEFORE they reach the doorbell. Sadly, I don’t always get them all. But a day without barking would be entirely too strange for a family that loves dachshunds, I think. Happy Halloweenie!

Emily & Lily | October 2016.  Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Emily & Lily | October 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Emily & Lily | October 2016.  Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Emily & Lily | October 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Emily & Lily | October 2016.  Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Emily & Lily | October 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Happy Got-you anniversary

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

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

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

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

I have told this story many times, but like any good tale, it’s worth repeating.

In early October 2004, we wrapped production on a movie in New York City. For the duration of this film (both in LA and NYC) we got a chance to work closely with a favorite actress of mine; who happened to have a small dog of her own. Watching her bring her pup to set and how she included her pampered pooch in everything, really inspired me. Her dog didn’t appear to be a burden or hinderance to her or her lifestyle. The actress even offered many words of encouragement during the shoot and our one-on-one interactions for which I’m forever grateful.

My partner and I had be in consideration of getting a dog since May 2003; we always knew we wanted a dachshund, but it was just a matter of when. After being home for a few weeks, we decided it was time. It was a Saturday morning, Oct. 30, 2004. We were reading the newspaper (back then when one still read a newspaper) and we noticed an ad from breeders that they had some doxie puppies available. This was before I knew anything about anything. We ended up taking a drive, about an hour from our home, to see what we could find.

When we arrived at the home of the breeders, they introduced us to two very fine, good looking red dachshund puppies. They looked very regal, though one seemed shy and the other pooped (luckily not on us, just near us). Not necessarily a great introduction. Then following behind a young boy, all on his own steam, came marching in another dachshund puppy. The other two were carried in, but not this one, he walked in all by himself, head held high and proud. He was 10 weeks old and the breeders said he was a little Napoleon. He came right up to us, greeted us with licks, tail wags and butt wiggling uncontrollably. AND after he took stock in us, he then walked around the room to see what else was there. This dachshund was confident and fearless. This was going to be our dachshund.

On the way home, the dachshund rode in my lap the entire time, and I strongly believe that in that hour drive home, we were bonded. We called this dachshund Napoleon for a day, but quickly decided to changed it to Rufus, which means red-haired.

Twelve years ago today, we got Rufus and my life literally changed its course forever. It has been a life-affirming, eye-opening journey with my little man. He has taught me so much about myself and the world around us. I have a long laundry list of things I have learned from Rufus, like being a better person with greater compassion and empathy for others, but above all, I have experienced a kind of joy and love that is truly priceless. Dogs are excellent teachers, I believe, and a good source of food for the mind and soul. I’m bonded with all of my hounds (Emily and Lily) but Rufus is my first dog as an adult, and will forever be extraordinarily special to me and all of those that know us.

Happy Got-you Anniversary Rufus!!! It has been a brilliant 12 years together, and I hope we have many more. Thanks friends for reading and sharing our special day with us. We love you guys.

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

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

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

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

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Halloweenie Weekend

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

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

Emily & Lily | October 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Emily & Lily | October 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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

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

Wishing all of our friends a very fun and festive Halloweenie weekend. We celebrated earlier this week with a Halloweenie beach photo shoot. We dressed the hounds in a Ghostbusters’ themed costumes against the beautiful backdrop of the Southern California shoreline. Check out the photos and the behind-the-scenes video. Remember, Rufus is 12, Emily (our black and tan) is 5 (in November) and Lily is 3, but Rufus continues to outrun them all. He loves the beach. Proof is in the video.

In regards to our wiener dogs, the beach and water – we’ve gotten a lot of comments online that, “my dogs don’t like the water.” Which many of us know, is pretty common to the breed; they’re not necessarily water dogs. However, the beach is so much more than just sand and water. The beach is great for our hounds because of all of the smells; it’s an excellent source of mental (and physical) stimulation. So please don’t discount the beach because your hot dogs may not like the water. They don’t have to swim to enjoy the sun, the sand and the smells; the whole experience makes for a fun excursion any day. Proof is in the pictures.

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

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

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Halloweenie Meetup 2016

Halloweenie Meetup | October 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels & Sam Tibbels ©

Halloweenie Meetup | October 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels & Sam Tibbels ©

 

Earlier this month we had our annual Halloweenie Meetup. Here is our group pics and a short video. I love watching all of the tail wags, butt sniffing and smiles (on both the hounds and and humans). Proof is in the video. Enjoy friends.

Halloweenie Meetup | October 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels & Sam Tibbels ©

Halloweenie Meetup | October 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels & Sam Tibbels ©

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Happy Friday Friends

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

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

Just wanted to wish all of our friends a very happy Friday and wonderful weekend from Rufus, Emily and Lily in Ojai, California. Licks, tail wags, butt wiggles and barks to all. Enjoy the photos, and stay tuned for more to come.

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

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

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

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

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The Great Pumpkin, Rufus

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

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

 

This week Rufus, Emily, Lily and their human visited a pumpkin patch (and petting zoo). Big shout out of appreciation to Prancer’s Village for making us feel welcome. It was a nice afternoon excursion that happen to be wonderfully festive; it really helped to get us in the Halloween and Fall spirit. Proof is in the pictures. Let us know in the comments if you plan to do anything seasonally fun with your sausage hounds this month.

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

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

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

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

Emily &Rufus | October 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Emily &Rufus | October 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Rufus date

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

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

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

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

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

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

With a pack of attention-hogging dachshunds, we’re huge advocates for spending quality time with each dachshund individually (as the occasion is afforded). A few weeks back, we left the girls behind for an afternoon and treated Rufus to a fun filled day in Santa Barbara where he was the center of our attention. I love to spoiled him, because after all, isn’t that why we have them?! Dachshund dates are great, and I highly recommend them to you and yours. Pick an afternoon or day and dedicate it to yours truly; it’ll strengthen your bond and certainly put a smile on everyone’s face. I especially enjoyed walking Rufus down the sidewalk adjacent to the beach with all the tourists staring in amazement of my little sausage hound in his cowboy hat. Proof is in the pictures (and video). Enjoy friends.

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

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

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

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

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Prepping for tricks and treats

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

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

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

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

My pack and I love Halloween. I love dressing up our little sausage hounds in funny costumes, and they’re excellent models. They love the treats they get for being such good sports, and I love the way they look. They totally crack me up with their silliness, and their expressions are priceless. Proof is the pictures. What do you think friends?! No dachshunds were harmed in taking these pictures, and on the contrary, it was another dachshund and dude bonding photo session. More Halloween themed pictures to follow so stay tuned.

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

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

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

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

Milo | October 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Milo | October 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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