Rufus is a Pharaoh Hound that lives in Santa Monica, California with his
human mom, Sara, and his human dad, Brian. He is very photogenic and
known for having some truly amazing adventures while he is sleeping. If
you haven't heard of a Pharaoh Hound you are not alone. They are not a
common breed in the United States, and they aren't for the casual dog
Rufus loves to go to the beach and can really run -- up to 30 miles an hour. He can also really turn into a couch potato when it is time to rest. When he sacks out, he is really out. That is how some of Sara's wonderful and whimsical photographs of Rufus "dreaming" are possible. He is also patient enough to look awesome in his GQ-style photos. Make that DQ. In addition, Rufus likes to do tricks. He will even put on his own "cone of shame."
Sara Rehnmark is a model, actress, and dog photographer who has taken the love of her dog to the Grumpy Cat level. Rufus isn't grumpy though. His expression is more soulful and when he's happy he will smile. If he smiles too long he starts to sneeze.
Pharaoh Hounds originated in Malta in the Mediterranean and have no relation to Ancient Egypt. They have traditionally been used for rabbit hunting -- which may explain the appearance of a toy rabbit in many of his dreams.
Rufus has been mistaken for a lot of other dog breeds. One of the main characteristics of the Pharaoh Hound breed is that the eyes, coat, and nose are all the same color. The one exception to this is the white at the end of each dog's tail. He has also been mistaken for being a deer -- and a kangaroo by a two-year-old.
Rufus has his own website and Facebook page so that you can follow along with his adventures. Sara and Brian are planning a calendar of Rufus' pictures and a children's book about his whimsical tales.
There is little better than getting to see a happy dog being happy. And this looks like one very happy dog.