Tito The Chihuahua Celebrates His 16th Birthday {and You’re Invited}

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If you’re following the fun on Instagram @HobokenGirlBlog, you know that we recently created and shared a meme of the cutest Hoboken pups and friends, Tito + Frank {who went viral shortly thereafter}. The dynamic duo, Tito — a 16-year-old Chihuahua in hospice care and Frank, a 3-year-old Pitbull mix — were featured on several Instagrams after our meme hit social media {including @dogsbeingbasic, @bustle, and more}  as well as covered by The Dodo and soon-to-be in People.com as well. But with the cuteness comes the reality that Tito is turning 16 — yes, sixteen years young and 112 in human years — and his devoted owner {and HG contributor} Kristina is hosting a birthday party for him on September 14th [PS: everyone’s invited – it’s at City Bistro and details are below]. To start the celebrations early, dog photographer Will Ferman put together an adorable birthday shoot for Tito that we had to share on the blog.

First, here’s the meme that forever changed Tito and Frank’s lives:

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A bit about their backstory:

Tito and Frank instantly bonded. Says Kristina, “I honestly think they were meant to be together. We nicknamed Frank “Nurse Frank” months ago when he started showing a keen sense of understanding other dogs’ needs. When Tito was struggling to breathe, Frank would alert me. They snuggle together and Frank frequently checks in on Tito in his bed just to make sure everything is ok.” She came up with the weighted idea due to Frank needing mental and physical stimulation to help him cope with his anxiety. Tito, turning 16 on August 5th, is unable to use his back legs, cannot walk so he is typically carried around by Kristina.

“I figured since they love each other so much, why don’t we combine these two things?” she shared with us. And the rest, friends, is history.

And without further ado, here is Tito’s 16th birthday shoot, all photos by local photographer Will Ferman:

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Tito already getting all jazzed up for his bday celebrations.

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Siblings, ready for their bday party.

Best buds <3

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Better than any baby cake smash, just sayin.

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Lady + the Tramp ain’t got nothin’ on these two!

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Celebrating in style at Columbus Park.

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Tito and his brother and sis — follow their adventures @theyinyang_twins on IG!

Want to join us at Tito’s birthday party?

Buy your ticket here {all ticket proceeds go to Tito’s care through Wise Animal Rescue}. More info:

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Click here for tickets — see you there 🙂

Want to get involved as a foster mom through Wise Animal Rescue? More info here.

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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of HobokenGirl.com. With deep entrepreneurial roots in Hudson County — as her grandparents owned textile businesses on Tonnelle Ave in North Bergen dating back to the 50s — she started the site as a Hoboken resident to discover the amazing things happening in the area. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her two pups, or watching Bravo TV and ordering takeout with her husband.


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