Rufus’ mom and I have been coordinating his photo shoot for almost a year. She originally got in touch and booked last October but due to some changes at work and her routine, things got a little hectic and we kept having to reschedule. We were finally able to get together last weekend and I have to say, it was well worth the wait.
Rufus may be small in stature but his style and personality kept him walking tall. Honestly, I could have photographed him all day and it still wouldn’t have been enough for me. And let’s talk photogenic….
I don’t think Rufus has a “best side” and that goes for both his physical appearance and his personality. He’s beautiful no matter what the position. We strolled throughout a park in Newton where the foliage was gorgeous and Rufus, playing mayor, greeted dogs and humans with a skip in his step and a laughing smile.
You wouldn’t know it from appearances but this little guy is 13 years old making him well into his late 80′s. I can only hope I’m as spry as he is when I’m well into my 80′s. Rufus is a Lhasa Apso who was found as a stray in Nebraska by the Hearts United for Animals shelter. Later transported to Massachusetts, he found his perfect match in mom, Debra.
The more I walked beside Rufus, the more I wanted to walk. That’s what it was like hanging out with him, the Buddha of dogs; very Zen like and almost hypnotic. Steady in his gate and temperament with a small dash of goof ball lurking right below that regal exterior….the best combination.
Now Rufus, being the all around neighborly dog that he his, has a lot of both two-footed and four-footed friends. Among them is Ruby, a previously frightened stray that Debra patiently cared for and eventually convinced through three months of patience, that life was better on the inside.
This gorgeous little lady wasn’t too sure about me when I first walked in and knowing her previous history, I can’t say that I blame her initial lack of trust. It took Debra three months, a long winter and then some to sway Ruby’s suspicions. I didn’t expect to be liked or even looked at. I figured I’d see her tail as she trotted from the room more than I would her stunning green eyes. But she surprised all of us when she not only allowed me to get quietly, and very, very slowly closer and closer to her…
….but also actually gave me a pose. I have to say, I was absolutely honored by the mere few seconds she gave to me. Knowing how fearful she is of strangers, I found myself with a lump in my throat.
It just goes to show how much of an amazing woman Debra is; a true friend to those who have been neglected and cast away. You are an angel Debra. I’m so happy we finally got the chance to get together. It was a great pleasure meeting the three of you.