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.
I’m Brie, the red Boston Terrier, and I’ve been Dr. Erika Evanoff’s dedicated protector for many years. She never needs to worry because I chase all the intruders (squirrels!) off our land. Ok, so here’s what you need to know about Erika—she loves me! She adopted me from another human, just as we started veterinary school, even though for some reason, the diploma from Texas A&M only has her name on it. And she grew up in Houston, going to the Livestock Show & Rodeo, where the big animals are. And she got a Biology degree from the University of Georgia and promises one day I will meet the UGA bulldog, Uga, because go dawgs!
When Dr. Evanoff isn’t with me, she’s exploring land and water. She scuba dives and for awhile, she went to Thailand and treated elephants and marine animals. I was a little worried, but she came back to me. Phew! I’m loyal as can be to my human. Although I guess I’ll have to let Erika’s college sweetheart, Brooks, into the pack, since she is about to marry him. She tells me that one day I’m going to have some equine siblings, which I guess is ok—as long as I’m still her favorite!
Hi, human friends and doggos and whoever else is out there! I’m Mushu, a 12-year-old cocker spaniel/poodle mix. I’m a Taurus, so I’m always hungry, and I’m very loyal. Ten years ago, I was rescued from a Baltimore highway and brought to a hospital, where my person, Dr. Brijé Smith, was working. But she wasn’t a doctor yet! She was a biology student at Coppin State University. Brijé took me in, and we moved to Blacksburg, Virginia, where she attended Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and learned to be a doctor—for dogs like me!—and joined the Surgery Club and the Middle Eastern Dance Club. Now, we live with a whole menagerie of animals—the three cats, Gizmo, Theo and Luna (pretty boring), Tweety the turtle (even more boring), and Asteria the snake (the most boring of all). My favorite thing is when my mom takes me on car rides, and I can just lay down and chill out. It’s basically mediation. My mom’s favorite things are crocheting, knitting and reading. She also loves the spontaneity and fast-paced nature of emergency medicine and the challenge of surgery.
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!
Hi. I’m Manizea, Head of Accounting for Lakeway. I received a Bachelors of Business Administration, with an accounting speciality, at Texas State University, and a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Delhi. I have lived in four countries and speak English, Hindi, Urdu, and Bengali. In my former career as a banker, I worked at BBVA Compass in Austin, Emirates Bank International in Dubai, and Societe General Bank in my home country of Dhaka. Lakeway is a nice change of pace from the sales aspect of investment banking, yet it still allows me to work with numbers, which I love. Plus, I get to be around adorable animals all day! Other than numbers, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son, Mohammad and Emaad, and traveling to experience new cultures.