Knight Rider...the whole reason I purchased my Trans Am, is coming back to TV in February 2008. During Sunday Night Football on NBC last night, I saw the teaser trailer. My first reaction was disappointment in their decision to use a Ford Mustang instead of a Trans Am. However NBC's press release alludes to the super-car's ability to transform shape and change color. There's also a suggestion of less camp and more
special effects as compared to the original. Along with other reinventions such as Bionic Woman, I don't expect the series to last, but it should be fun while it's here.
After the loss of Marcy, Gus was distraught. He was so lost. Now I can't know for sure that he feels
the same heartbreak as a result of losing his "friend" as we humans do. But I at least know he recognized the absence
of the interaction he had with another dog with whom he'd spent the last four years.
So, for Gus' sake, we ventured to find a new companion. It was hard to admit, but we felt we needed to look outside
the realm of Dachshunds for our future pets. Dachshunds are notorious for having back problems, and out of our last
three Dachshund's all three had traumatic spine problems. Two requiring surgery, the last ultimately resulting in euthanasia.
It's not that we think there's no place for Dachshunds. But rather our philosophy for caring for dogs in general apparently
is not consistent with their obvious genetic flaw. You see, we believe the dog should be allowed to be a dog.
Sure, they come inside when they please. But they love to run and play hard out in the woods. This hard
play consists of much jumping and rolling and diving through briar, etc. They seem to be so fulfilled by being allowed
to "do what comes natural", chasing squirrels and rolling and playing with each other. Dachshunds, despite the fact
they were bred for such activity, are apparently not physically up to this indefinetly. They are great pets, but I'm
starting to see that they should have more confined play time. Which is something my wife and I can't bring ourselves
to do. We just can't bare to stifle their natural drives.
So we searched for an alternative breed, obviously looking for something of similar size as about 70% of their time will be
spent indoors. Lack of "doggy smell" and shedding were also a requirement. But first and foremost, durability
was essential. My wife checked out the local humane society (Henderson County Humane Society) and found the perfect
Her name is Bonnie, an 8 month-old, mix-breed Rat Terrier/Jack Russel Terrier (unofficially referrred to as "Jack-Rats").
Her frame is well proportioned (no long back), light-weight, and full of energy. Quite surprisingly, Gus, who is the King Weiner, got along with her right away. They played well
together. She also gets along well with the rest of the pack (the outside big dogs). She's not the least bit anxious
or timid which is unexpected on her first day in a new home. She also makes an excellent lap dog. We are
so grateful to the Henderson County Humane Society for their help in finding a companion for Gus. If you're interested
in supporting them, give them a call at 903-677-7387. Or pay them a visit: 901 W. College St. --- Athens, TX 75751.