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

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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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Dogs make me a healthy and happier human

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It’s true. Having dogs in my life has made me a healthier and happier human. ❤ I say this pretty often, and many folks that have cute canine companions agree. But some people (often those without dogs or pets) think it’s more lip service than actual fact. They sometimes ask for examples, as to why and how. Sometimes when pressed in the moment, I can’t immediately think of them, but I am compiling a list, and it’s getting pretty long. 🙂

Today’s share, is a good case in point. But first, a little more background on me. You should know I consider myself and extrovert introvert. What that means to me, is that I never long to be out in the general public among crowds of strangers and in a sea of new people. I often prefer the solitude and comfort of my home and the company of a few good friends, and of course our pack of handsome hounds. Now, once I’m out in public, I’ll put on a happy face, smile and engage with people – but, I’m often counting the minutes til I can be back home. For me, home is my sanctuary. For me, that’s what I mean when I call myself an extrovert introvert.

I’m also a person that loves routine and familiarity. Once I know and like a place – whether it’s a patch of beach, local restaurant or park; I’ll frequent it often and I will be resistant to go somewhere new. For me, if it’s not broke, why fix it. 🙂

Almost a year ago, I heard about a new off-leash dog park in my area, and it has been on my list of things that I need to do. As you can see, I never rush into action when it comes to exploring something new and unknown (especially if I don’t have another human available to go with me). I worry about the parking. I worry what kind of people will be there. Will they be dog-park, rule-abiding people or not so nice, rude people. I’ve experienced both kinds, and I prefer to avoid the latter when I can, especially when I have our precious pups in tow.

Well, as I mentioned last time during our Sunday Share / Rufus Update, we’re celebrating each day as a gift. And I told myself Monday morning, it’s time. What are we waiting for!??? Forcing me out and trying new things, has very much been the good influence of my pack of hounds. Left to my own devices, I’d be less explorative and a lot more sedentary.

Today’s off-leash dog park was a success. The people were friendly, and seemingly rule-abiding. More importantly the other dogs were nice and mostly well-behaved. We’ll certainly be back and continue to evaluate the best time to be there and the caliber of people and pups that go there. But I’m proud of myself and my dachshunds for trying somewhere new, and I give all the credit to them. Sincerely, if it wasn’t for them, I really would be less eager and willing to visit new places. I give much thanks to them long-bodied, short-legged sausages. 🙂

See. Hounds are making human lives better one day at a time. I’m living proof of it people. 🙂  And, that’s only one of the many ways Rufus, Emily Sue & Lily Blossom have made my life better. ❤ Enjoy the photos. It has been really windy here lately, so I’ve been getting some great ear flying shots. 🙂

  
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Sunday share / Rufus update

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Hello friends. As you may (or may not) remember from some of our social media postings, Rufus finally got his anesthetic teeth cleaning on Wednesday, March 13. Yay!!!

He was denied on February 12th, a month earlier, due to concerns with his kidney. Last year (February 2018 during his last annual aesthetic teeth cleaning), he was diagnosed with Stage I kidney disease. It naturally has progressed (as one might expect) in the year since we last officially checked it.

We were thrilled to get Rufus’ teeth cleaning done by our good and gifted friend and canine dental specialist Robert Furman in Santa Barbara. We originally were going to have to wait til April, but thankfully due to a cancellation we got in sooner. #Grateful

Unfortunately when we examined Rufus’ mouth we found a growth on his lip line. Dr. Furman happily removed it, but being safe we sent it in for a biopsy. And one week later, like he promised, Dr. Furman called us with the results. Unfortunately, the results weren’t good. The growth was melanoma. Dr. Furman believes he got it all out, but one can never be sure.

According to the PetMD…

Oral melanomas also have a high chance of metastasizing (spreading) to other parts of the body. The most common locations for melanoma to spread are lymph nodes within the head and neck, and the lungs. Certain breeds are more likely to develop melanoma tumors than others, including poodles, dachshunds, Scottish terriers, and golden retrievers.

There’s a vaccine we can give Rufus, but it’s pretty expensive. At this time we remain undecided how we’ll proceed. What measure(s) we will or won’t take.

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So here’s our dilemma. Rufus has had a great life. He’s nearly 15 (August 21, 2019); some dogs don’t ever get that many years so we’re grateful for each one. Rufus is a very well-travelled hound. Some humans would be lucky to have lived the life of this happy hound dog. ❤ We want to ensure Rufus’ last days, months or years are comfortable and posh, but I want him to have the freedom to leave this plane and transition to the next when he’s ready, whenever that day comes.

We’re not pessimists (by any means). But I do consider us to be realists. We hope Rufus will prove us wrong and be around for many more years to come – nothing would make be happier, but realistically his time (and our time together) is limited. I think Rufus’ time here is coming to an end. We’re in the final stretch of road certainly, we just don’t know how much road is left (yet). I personally believe we have between 6 and 24 months left. That’s my intuition. We personally have to acknowledge this possibility so we can prepare emotionally, so I can prepare emotionally. ❤

Now my question to YOU reading this Sunday share / Rufus update is… IF you knew the end was near(ish), how would you spend the final days / months / years with your best canine companion!??! #InquiringMindsWantToKnow

I’ve been asking myself that question a lot lately. And our family has decided that I won’t travel without Rufus, which means my overall travel this year will be significantly less. I’m going to stay home and stay close to our boy, because my singular clear commitment to Rufus during this uncertain time is that I want to be here with him. I want to be here when he takes his last breath; I know if I wasn’t that would be huge regret for me.

I also want to take a lot more pictures. I want to go on more adventures together. I want visit more (if not all) SoCal beaches, dog parks, resume our regular neighbor walks, take hikes, etc. I want to spoil Rufus. I want ensure Rufus’ last days / months / year are pretty spectacular. And I’m happy to bring you all along for the ride, if you want come.

I also welcome your suggestions and thoughts. Rufus is my first dog as an adult and this all is a first for me. I’ve have helped to raise four precious puppies, but this will be my first time to lose one of those puppies I raised. So although I consider myself a very well read person on all things dachshund, I will be experiencing this first hand for the first time. ❤ And for me, it helps to talk about it candidly with our community.

Okay friends. Although this share may seem a little gloom and doom, in truth we’re all doing pretty good under the circumstances. We remain of good cheer and continue to enjoy our daily cuddles, naps and sunbathing poolside. Proof is in the pictures. We’re celebrating each day as a gift, and encourage you to do the same. If you got them, hug them and spoil them, because why else have them if you’re not. 🙂

Thanks for the continued support and love friends. Have a wonderful week. ❤ We’ll share again soon.

  
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Rehoming Dachshund alert

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Update: Saturday, March 23, 2019 5:05 pm CST — We have received a lot of interest in Remy already and the person overseeing the rehoming is a little overwhelmed. Therefore, we’re removing the number for now. They’re going to take some time to sort through the current interested parties, and if none of them workout, we’ll publish the number again. Thanks! Good news. 🙂 

Attention friends. If you’re in the Southern California area, we have an adorable darling dachshund looking for a new home. His current humans are dealing with some extreme health concerns, and they believe this young pup needs more attention they can currently offer. ❤ It’s sad for them to say goodbye, but kudos to them for putting the pooch’s needs first and recognizing their current limitations. #ResponsibleGuardianship ❤

It’s our pleasure to introduce Remy, the longhair cream male dachshund. Remy will be celebrating his 2nd birthday in May. Remy originally hails from breeders in Canada, and weighs about 8 pounds. He’s a true miniature dachshund, and from what I’ve seen has a very sweet disposition. He’s leash and potty trained and is wonderful in public. Remy would probably do best in an environment without small children (since he doesn’t have much exposure to them) and would probably like being part of a family with an existing dachshund pack (but not a mandate). ❤ Those people with dachshunds now or previously will be given preferable attention. 🙂

There is a rehoming fee, and in the event that Remy doesn’t workout, he must be returned, and not taken to a shelter or transferred to another human.

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

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

We’ll let the pictures speak for Remy, especailly those sweet eyes and regal constitution. But as avid and experienced dachshund human, I’ll leave those reading with these final thoughts.

I know many of us love puppies, and there’s much to be desired about getting a puppy. There is ALSO much work involved in raising a puppy, more than I think the average person is really prepared to give (or realize). We sometimes forget about those sleepless night and destruction that too often accompanies puppyhood. I continue to be advocate for friends rescuing a slightly older dog, like a two-year. I think accepting a two-year canine companion, allows you to avoid some of the potential pitfalls of puppyhood, but they’re still young enough to be molded to your family. Food for thought friends.

Lastly. If our situation was different. If Rufus was younger and in better health, I’d happily snatch up Remy for myself, which I believe is the best compliment / endorsement I can offer. ❤ Let my loss be your gain. I hope Remy finds a family that will worship him like the King, I think he is. ❤

Please forward and cross post friends. Let’s do what we can to help this precious pup find his forever family. 🙂 Thank you! #RehomingDachshundAlert ❤

   
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RIP Sophie, the longhair dachshund

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Sophie February 2011 | Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Sophie February 2011 | Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Sophie February 2011 | Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

Yesterday, as I was about to depart for a friend’s birthday party, I got a text from another friend. It was the somber news that our sweet, dear darling dachshund friend Sophie, the longhair, had passed suddenly. Sophie’s humans are suffering an enormous loss. They speculate that Sophie experienced a rupture of a heart chamber. Thankfully, in my opinion, Sophie died in her human’s arms. ❤

Sophie gave her family great joy for 11+ years. ❤ ❤ ❤

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Sophie | June 2014. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Sophie | June 2014. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Sophie | June 2015. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Sophie | June 2015. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

I share the context in which I received the news, because in a matter of minutes, our world can change. As I was about to leave and celebrate the life of a human friend, I received the news of the passing of a dachshund friend. #Heartbreaking

We met Sophie as a puppy and watched her blossom from a rambunctious ball of fur, to a gracefully (but still silly) gorgeous longhair dachshund —  with a mane that made many humans and hounds envious.  She was a great ambassador for our breed.

I never really know which is better, to leave this world suddenly (with hopefully little pain) or a long farewell where we slowly transition from this one to the next. I think both have their benefits and sorrows.

It’s hard to know what to write in a time of deep heartache and pain. All I can think to say and do, is to encourage those of us who knew Sophie, to celebrate the life of a friend through our many cherished memories at our monthly meetups and photos. ❤ I’m so grateful to have photographed this beautiful soul many times. Sophie is among Rufus’ first friends, and she will always have a very special place in our hearts.

Hug them hounds friends, and let’s enjoy every day we’re together. The only crime a dog commits, in my opinion, is they too often leave us too soon.

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Sophie | June 2015. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Sophie | June 2015. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Sassy Sophie | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Sassy Sophie | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Sassy Sophie | May 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

  
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Our host Sophie | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Dachshund Pool Party | August 2016. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Sophie approves of the food | December 2014. Photo by: Johnny Ortez-Tibbels ©

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Happy Thursday

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Hello friends. Last week was emotionally rough for us with Rufus’ dental cleaning being denied, but it’s a new week and we’re pushing forward. Life and time stop for no man or dog. Truthfully, we took this week off. After the stress and strain of last week, we just want to have a normal(ish) week. We do have a few outstanding calls to a Dental Specialist for Rufus’ next teeth cleaning attempt (Dr. Richard Furman in Santa Barbara) and we’re going to contact another local vet about some other homeopathic treatments for Rufus. We hope to continue those efforts next week with renewed energy and vigor. Wish us luck!

Rufus, not surprisingly, is doing great to the undiscerning eye. He acts and moves likes he’s the same, happy-go-lucky, precious pup he has always been. 🙂 Gotta love Dogs. ❤ But, we do want to take a few minutes to thank everyone for their lovely comments, support and continued encouragement. THANK YOU!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ We may not have replied to each comment, but we did read them all and felts all the love y’all were sending us. #Grateful #ThankYou #WeLoveYouToo ❤ ❤ ❤ Thank you.

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Here is Southern California, we’re experiencing some unseasonably arctic cool temperatures, and as a result we’re staying indoors and cuddling more. I’m beginning to feel like sloth, or hibernating bear, but I guess that’s just how it goes this time of year. I like to believe it’s because of the cooler temps that we’re being lazier than usual, but it may also be because I selfishly want to cuddle with our pack of hounds and really appreciate and enjoy them (right now, while I can, before anything changes). #SeizeEachDayEachMoment

That’s the latest and greatest from us. We love you all and thank you all for coming along with us on this journey. We’re celebrating each day we’re together, and hope you and yours are doing the same. 🙂 Love them, hug them and spoil them while we can. ❤ ❤ ❤

The featured photos and video are from today’s shenanigans at home waiting for a break in the rain. We do what we can to entertain ourselves while being confined indoors. 🙂 #DachshundsHateRain

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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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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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