The Longdogs

The Longdogs
Willy, Harley (back center), and Gretchen

Wild Willy is 14!

Today is Willy's 14th birthday. That is  about 72 human years. So what does that mean. Well, he has some moles on his head, his ears are a little raggedy, and he has fatty benign bumps over his body. He likes to nap frequently but he is always up for a good long walk and he is the first one ready to roll when the RV appears in the driveway. He is a perfect rider in the truck or the car but sometimes he woofs a bit more than he should when left alone. He's a little slower, his hearing is shot (even when he is not ignoring us), but his nose works like a champ, and his eyes can spot a cookie easily.

I think he is planning to be around for a while longer so here is a trip down memory lane to celebrate his birthday!
 
He can nap with the best of them but he lets me know when he is ready to get up in the morning.

 
He lets Harley know he is still the lead pack dog when it suits him.


He is always ready for a road trip.
 
He can be a tough guy when he needs to be.

Normal travel position heading down the highway.
 
It's been a couple of years since he and Harley mixed it up.


But he still thinks he's boss.
 
 
 
Do you remember the muddy paws pictures?

 
Morgan dressed him up when they were both a few years younger.




This is how I still see my babies in my mind. Today was also Gretchen's birthday. She came to us as a puppy so we know this was the exact birthday. When Willy joined us, he was a rescue and the vet told us he was about Gretchen's age at the time...1 1/2.....so she graciously shared her special day with Willy. Now she is still in our hearts, our beautiful little girl gone too soon at 12. Happy Birthday babies.

Wild Flowers on the Willow Loop

I had make a second trip to catch more of the wildflowers. Every post along the front of the ranch has a cowboy boot on it.

Lots of cattle guards to keep the cattle on their own ranch. Just one of the reasons you aren't supposed to go out into the fields.


Lots of shades of blue in each bluebonnet.


Everyone is watching everyone else.


They are keeping the bluebonnets corralled up.

Bluebonnets, Mexican hats, and little white daisies.



The bluebonnets are less than a foot tall....just above the grass.



The prickly pear cacti are blooming too.


Another kind of succulent with new growth coming out of the red buds.

These calves are just chilling in the yard.


We weren't the only ones on the road today. A classic car club was meeting in Willow City when we stopped and these guys were already on the road ahead of us.

Some kind of vine has overpowered this tree and broken it down. 

There was water in all the little creeks and runoffs this year and it looks like a lot more water ran through at one time and deteriorated this bank along the road.

 
When we finished driving the loop, we drove back into Fredricksburg and had lunch at Burger Burger. The food was good and it was lovely out on the patio.
 
 

Cowboys for Heroes

There is no doubt that San Antonio is Military City, USA. It's not because of the number of military installations located here....it is because of the strong support from local citizens in and around the city. Saturday we attended the 5th Annual Cowboys for Heroes event at Ft Sam Houston. Area ranches and cowboys put this on to show their support for Wounded Warriors and the military in general.

The first horses we saw were huge and beautiful......I think they were Percherons.

There were also horse rides for the kids....two horses and a mule....lots of kids were eager to wait in line for their turn.


There was also a fantastic horse show put on by one of the ranches.



These are caballeros with Mexican style saddles. The horses and the riders were fantastic.


This woman and her horse ran through all their paces with no physical contact.

The horse was amazing at following her signals.


Cameron got in a ride on the mechanical bull. The man running the ride was able to tailor the actions of the bull to the individual riders abilities and level of bravery.

There were also several unique animals presented.

Kids could get involved here too.

And there must have been a dozen chuck wagons busy cooking and providing a range of goodies to all the attendees. I saw ribs, chili, sheppards pie, banana pudding, cobbler, biscuits, cowboy spaghetti, etc. They even cooked chocolate cake in one of their dutch ovens. It was fun to watch and great to eat.

All of this was provided free of charge to military members and their families as a way of saying thank you.
 
It was a great day and the weather held out with only a couple of sprinkles that didn't dampen the fun.