Austin’s homeless, and their dogs, bake in summer heat

If you live here in Austin, or in any city of decent size for that matter, you’ve likely seen them recently. Hot. Thirsty. Sweaty. Exhausted. Hopeless? I have a major soft spot for two groups of people: the homeless and veterans, and unfortunately the two too often describe the same person. Summer has to be a rougher time than usual for our city’s homeless, as there seems to be no escape for them from the oppressive Texas heat. Temperatures often hit or come close to 100 degrees here in Central Texas, and although most of us can duck inside our … Continue reading Austin’s homeless, and their dogs, bake in summer heat

What if our pets lived as long as us?

During Christmas break when I was in seventh grade, I was watching quarterback Joe Montana*—my favorite athlete of all time and to this day a hero of mine—play in what I believe was his final game with my favorite team of all time, the San Francisco 49ers. Steve Young**, a budding superstar, had taken over as the team’s starting quarterback while the aging Montana*** was out with an injury, so Montana was in the game simply because the 49ers were several touchdowns ahead of their opponent. Joe Cool looked as good as ever, and I thought he should still be … Continue reading What if our pets lived as long as us?

To the kennel and back, part 2

One of the great things about living in Austin is that it’s a state capital and has seen its share of historical events and people. One of those people is former President Lyndon Johnson, who is from this area. There’s even a museum dedicated to Johnson downtown. A former boss got me interested in Johnson and all of the things he achieved for civil rights during his time as president. Supposedly Johnson had a pillow in his ranch house embroidered with “This is my ranch, and I do as I damn please!” You can even buy similar pillows at the … Continue reading To the kennel and back, part 2

Katniss clear of cobra

Today has been a record day for A Guero and His Perro, and I am very thankful for each of you who spent time reading my rambling. After only a week in existence, this blog about the exploits of a spoiled, undersized, whiny German shepherd (we think) mix garnered more than 100 hits today. That may not seem like much to some people, but I think it’s pretty cool. As those of you who read this blog know, Katniss, myself and her mommy live in Austin. There has been a cobra on the loose for the past couple of days, … Continue reading Katniss clear of cobra

The tick

This post isn’t about the blue-suited superhero who had his own short-lived cartoon and subsequent live-action show starring Patrick Warburton (he also voices Joe, the police officer who uses a wheelchair, on “Family Guy”). An actual tiny, blood-sucking tick—the kind we used to use matches to remove from each other at summer camp—made its way onto Katniss’ velvet-soft ear last night. My wife and I tried the match trick–lighting a match, blowing it out and immediately touching the still-hot burnt end of the match to the tick’s body. This method may seem strange, but it is effective and forces the … Continue reading The tick