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Rudy, the Best Dog Ever

 My Best Friend.

Rudy, the Sailing Wiener Dog, was my Best Friend. In July 2019, vets at UC Davis gave Rudy two months to live… he fooled them by living for another 18 months. He was a strong boy!

For 16 years, he was my constant companion. Rudy slept next to me on our bed, right next to my shoulder. We went on walks together, chased squirrels and rabbits together, sailed across the Atlantic together, admired Italian girls together, walked down boat docks together, and commiserated when things weren’t going well. He was my hero. He never complained. He didn’t grouse if I didn’t share a beer or glass of wine with him. He preferred water (poor guy). 

As a youngster living on our sailboat, he was a real sea dog. He didn’t mind rough weather as much as we did, and always maintained a positive outlook.

We called Rudy “The King” and “Elvis”… he had “attitude”, and was always totally in charge.

As Rudy aged, he became even more regal. 

Rudy was an avid traveler, on boats, trains, planes and our RV… on trans-Atlantic flights, he had to stay in his travel-kennel, except when we would smuggle him to the rest room…

Occasionally he would look like Einstein, with wild hair…
If I were to reincarnate, it would be as Rudy. I miss him so much. If you are ever fortunate enough to have the love of a dog, I hope your dog is as wonderful as my boy Rudy. If so, you will be the most fortunate Dog Dad/Mom in the world. I am looking forward to seeing Rudy, and his sister Gretchen, whom we lost on Christmas Day 2019, again one day. Gretchen was much more subdued than Rudy, quietly watching the world go by, for the most part. But she thought she was bigger than she was… we called Gretchen “Ten Pounds of Fighting Fury” after she lunged at a 75 lb Rottweiler. They will always be in our hearts.


  • Beverly G
    Posted January 30, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to King Rudy!

  • Songmellow
    Posted January 31, 2021 at 1:15 am

    It brought tears to my eyes. I could "feel it"…
    Blessed be…

  • Esmeralde
    Posted January 31, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Oooof. That hurts. A lovely statement for your best friend. We get it. We are at DeSoto now enjoying the sunshine. Hope you are both well. -Bruce & Dorsey

  • Lois Anne
    Posted January 31, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Rudy was so blessed to have you and Suzanne in his life, Ty. Awesome tribute to your best friend!

  • S/V Magnolia
    Posted February 2, 2021 at 12:42 am

    We were lucky enough to spend time with Rudy on many occasions. He was as described above "noble" in stature yet so very easy going. We are sorry for your loss. A**2

  • Unknown
    Posted February 2, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Beautiful tribute to your best buddy.


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