Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler
Hondo came into our lives back in early 2006. He was actually born on Christmas Day 2005. We were thinking about getting a dog, but we lived in an apartment in Houston. We knew we would be moving w/in the next year and would get a house. So our thoughts were as long as we got a puppy by the time he got big we would have a yard for him to run around in. I still remember the day we went to go look at him. I called my mom and told her we were “just going to look.” She said, “Send me pictures after you pick one out.” She knew we wouldn’t be able to resist. And so that night we came home with Hondo, our very energetic, happy, stubborn, brilliant, crazy dog. Everyone told my husband that he would never be able to turn this cow dog into a bird dog, but that is now one of his favorite things in the world to do.
Hank the Cow Dog
Australian Cattle Dog / Red Heeler
Okay, Okay, I’m the crazy one who thought one dog and one cat just wasn’t enough. I had been wanting a Red Heeler and was trying to convince my husband that Hondo needed a buddy. So my loving husband surprised me on our one year anniversary with Hank, which he acquired from a shelter. He brought him home on a Friday afternoon after having him neuter and his first round of shots. We decided we would keep him in the garage for a few days to help him get acquainted with everyone. Although very sweet, I could tell he was hand shy and more shy around the hubby. This led me to believe he may have been abused. I’m not positive of that, but just the feeling I got. Anyway, by Sunday morning we thought everything was going smoothly until I opened the garage door. Now mind you, I have never been around, nor smelt a dog with Parvo, but as soon as I opened the door I knew our new little buddy had Parvo. It’s just one of those smells that you can only know from being there and will never forget. Well, we decided that we took on the responsibility for this little guy so it was our duty to save him. If you don’t know anything about Parvo, it is a very deadly disease that needs to be treated immediately if you are going to have any chance of saving the dog. It is prevented by the rounds of shots that dogs get, but Hank most likely already had the disease before he had his shots. One day at the emergency clinic, and a week at our regular vet, and a VERY LARGE bill later, he was back at home. And I swear that dog knows that we saved him. Since the day he came home from the vet he was no longer hand shy or afraid of the hubby. And he is one of the most loyal dogs I have ever know.
Felina came into our family just this past June weighing in at only 15 oz. We have several nicknames for her already that include Bean, Beanie Baby, Baby Girl, and Therapy Kitty. We got her a few months after losing our beloved Hemi, an orange tabby cat. Hemi passed away VERY unexpectedly at only 10 years old. So this kitten has brought new life into our home. She is still very young and learning new things everyday, like how high she can jump onto all our furniture, and other places she can hide. From Day 1, she was in no way scared of the dogs and showed them who is really boss. They get along great with her and she loves hiding and attacking them.
In Loving Memory
Hemi was our first baby. We got him while we were still in college. He traveled with us through four different houses, although the farm was definitely his favorite. Back in 2005, when we were living in Houston, I spent 12 hours in the truck with him screaming the WHOLE way while we evacuated for Hurricane Rita. He was not a fan of vehicles and would cry every single time he was forced into one. Our little Button passed away in his sleep very unexpectedly this past March. Our friend made us this beautiful headstone in memory.