I make a point of including pictures of my basset hounds in most of the presentations I give, for no other reason than that they are adorable.


Muddy: I’ve had Mud for over 10 years now.  I adopted him from Friends For Life animal shelter in Gilbert, Arizona.  He is named after Muddy Waters.  He can be stubborn and sneaky at times, but he’s a great dog.  Inquisitive, friendly, and playful (until he tires out, which usually takes about 10 minutes).  He’s too smart for his own good, but you couldn’t ask for a better friend than him.


Genny: I’ve had Gen for over 8 years now.  I adopted her from the same shelter as Mud, and named her after Muddy Waters’ wife, Geneva.  Whoever owned her before me was very mean to her, and so she was very fearful when I first got her.  She’s come around remarkably.  She’s still apprehensive, but now she readily makes friends with new people and new dogs, and is as cuddly as can be.  I’ve never seen a gentler dog than Gen.


And here’s a picture of the happy couple together, at Las Cruces dog park… just for good measure.


This is the newest addition to our family.  His name is Bowser TurtlePants (Joel, my kiddo, named him), and despite the type of pants he apparently wears, he’s actually an African spurred tortoise (also referred to as a Sulcata).  He’s a tiny little thing now (about twice as big as the picture below), but they live around 50 years and get to around 150 pounds.  So his miniature status is only temporary!  Here’s a picture of him on the ride home.


…and one of him checking out his new digs.