So now the five of us will launch off into the unknown. Let me introduce us. In the upper left is Prince Harry, more commonly known as Hair Bear (who knows why). He was a rescue cat that came to us via my son, Eric. He and his wife, Holly split
up and when the dust settled, Jackie and I wound up with Hair Bear and my two grandsons, Alex, age 12, and and Drew, age 6. The boys were with us for a year and the strains of that period may well have something to do with Jackie's decision to leave. Harry
has proven to be a much less complicated and demanding companion that the boys were. He is a simple, patient, and gently companion. Except for the fact that he demands a complete change of the water dish before he will drink, he is no trouble at all.
right is Dino's Desert Ranger, the only registered dog I have ever shared my life with. He is one of only 22,000 or so German Short-Hair Pointers in the country. He is smart enough to be a little scary at times and if you look up loyal if your dictionary,
you will see his picture. He is far and away the best dog I have ever known and he is getting old. he is 13 years old now, about a year past the usual life span for these high energy canines.
Bottom left is Bart, my Blue Heeler. We found Bart lying
on the hillside behind our house watching the road. After a day or two, it was obvious he wasn't just a stray dog from a nearby farm. We called him in and fed him, promising ourselves we would take him to the shelter if no one showed up looking for him. He
had no collar and a visit to the vet proved he had no chip implanted. Some low life ass had apparently dumped him in the country assuming he would be able to get along on his own. More likely he would be shot while sniffing around someone's chickens. Bart
has the potential to rival Ranger as best dog. If you look into those eyes, you can see the answers to the eternal questions of the universe. If he could only talk he would set you on the right path. I could use some of that advice right now, Bart.
Bella is the bottom right dog. She is a rescue dog and was passed off as an Australian Cattle Dog. Has anybody ever heard of that breed? Me neither. It doesn't matter. Bella is the only female in our little band and she is full of personality. She is something
of a challenge. She gets separation anxiety when left without human company and tends to eat expensive things until her humans return. One example that leaps to mind is a bombardier leather love seat. I worry about her in an RV.
The one in the middle
is me: Master Sergeant Chris Haden (Retired). I did 20 years iin the Army and the Army National Guard on active duty. I served in the infantry on active duty and the combat engineers in the Guard. I was in Vietnam for the Tet Offensive of 1968 and I have a
box full of medals and ribbons that i can take in to any Starbucks anywhere and get a cup of coffee for around five bucks. I also enjoy various aches and pains from my years of physical abuse and a ringing in my ears that just won't stop. That said, I am proud
of my service to this country and don't begrudge a single day of it. Military service is a challenge and a privelege and those unfortunates among you who have not undertaken it probably don't really know who you are and you certainly don't know who you can