I’m Norman, an Australian Shepherd/Healer mix- the perfect dog for my mom. She works with dogs, cats, horses, goats, pigs, birds and rabbits. Oh boy! She is Dr. Heidi Moore, but please call her Dr. Heidi. She is super awesome! As well as making sure I am safe from any loud scary things in the world – don’t get me started about the Roomba – she plays soccer, runs and let’s me follow her everywhere. She is married to Jeff and we also live with Lola, a Beagle/Basset mix. Lola doesn’t need as much protection.
My mom grew up in Midland, and went to college at Stephen F. Austin State University. There she played soccer and studied chemistry. She went to the West Indies to study veterinary medicine at St. George’s University. She finished up at Louisiana State University before returning to Texas. She got me from a litter of puppies that needed to be bottle-fed. I was picked because I was so calm, little did they know at the time, I was sick with parvo. Of course, she saved my life and I’ve been going 100 miles an hour ever since. It’s a good thing she is so active. See? Perfect for me.
I am Phoenix, a highly discerning Standard Poodle of impeccable tastes. I belong to one Dr. Jayne Causey, a stand-up person who is very delightful, because she takes me to the park and tosses me a frisbee. We live with Snow, a Labradoodle and my less discerning younger brother, whom I adore all the same, and our two feline siblings, Leo Cabrito Gato and Botho BoGato. My person is an excellent veterinarian who grew up in Mississippi and appreciates what she calls the “trifecta of compassionate care.” At the dog park, I explain it to my peers thus: the intersection and connection of the pet, the veterinary team, and the pet’s human. Speaking of humans, mine got her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M and owned a veterinary practice in El Paso for 22 years. She also traveled all over, in South America, Asia and Africa. Most recently, she hiked the Inca Trail in Peru, which is impressive. It is less impressive that she did not even think to take me, her most cultured companion. She does, however, take me and Snow and even the cats camping and to the beach as often as she can.
Hello, I’m Niña, the tortoiseshell tabby, and I am probably the best-traveled cat you’ll ever meet. In my 15 years I’ve moved from South Africa, to Pennsylvania, to South Carolina, to Florida and now to Texas, and I have to say, it’s a challenging job keeping up with my person, but somebody has to take care of her! My person is Dr. Kate Foulke, who comes from a family of doctors, except she’s the only one whose patients are animals. As a kid she lived in Chicago, across the street from Lincoln Park Zoo, so her best friends were zoo animals and her menagerie of furry pals—a ferret, a horse, dogs, cats, and rabbits. Dr. Kate studied zoology and veterinary medicine at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, where she moved following a vacay in which she realized how much she loves Africa. It used to just be me and Lady, a fox-like puffball of a canine, whom Dr. Kate met when she was recovering at Dr. Kate’s externship clinic, after being hit by a car and abandoned. Like me, Lady crossed the ocean to live on a new continent. Then in South Carolina, we picked up Hazel, a pit/beagle puppy who was waaaay too up-in-my-business. But she’s grown up now, so sometimes I’ll share my person’s lap with her. Speaking of laps, Dr. Kate has the best, and when she’s home, she loves to cuddle. It’s our mutual favorite activity. There’s also Breezy, the bumblebee ball python, who I used to stalk, but now she just bores me, and we live in the country with horses and bulls. Hazel and I roll in manure, which annoys Dr. Kate, but hey, her love for animals other than me annoys me, and in truth, we are totally living our best lives. Dr. Kate loves working with animals of all types, but she’s done some extra studies that make her well-qualified to care for wildlife and big animals. All of her favorite activities involve animals—horseback riding, scuba diving, birdwatching, camping, and hiking. My only complaint is that these things take away from her time with me!