Whenever anyone asks me what kind of dog Harry is, that's my response. After the inquirer utters "a catwhowho wholaha??" My next response is always to repeat the name slowly and give a brief history of the breed, state dog of Louisiana, used for hunting assistance, etc., etc, etc...... That dissertation is almost always followed by, "he looks like a Doberman." Such is life for Harry, Harry Kalas.
Back in April we stumbled upon the breed on the Internet and were immediately interested. Medium size, sound temperment, short hair (limited shedding!) and really neat looking to boot! A visit to an animal rescue event in Hamberg PA introduced us to Catahoula Rescue Inc. - North East and a wonderful little guy named Bruiser. Bruiser was 3 months old and the only survivor of his litter. Instantly lovable, Bruiser joined us in May as a foster awaiting a forever home. Already at home were a 5 year old Westie, Camy, and a 3 year old Carin named Brutus, AKA, Boo Boo. It just wouldn't work to have a Brutus and a Bruiser in the same house. While trying to select an alternate name, the long time broadcaster for the Philadelphia Phillies passed away, Harry Kalas. In tribute to the man I grew up listen to calling the Phillies games, Harry was named. Harry finally got to meet Camy and the Boo Boo.
Almost from the beginning, Harry and Boo Boo were inseparable. That had nothing to do with Brutus's choice. Harry was just totally taken by Brutus. Had to be where ever Boo Boo was. On the other hand, Brutus wasn't really wild about Harry to start with. I think he kinda grew on him. Harry would have to come to grips with who ran the pack, Camy, AKA the Caminator, 15 pounds of 'don't mess with me I'm the boss' West Highland Terrier.
When Harry 1st arrived he weighed in at 23 pounds of playful, insane puppy. Camy coddled him somewhat and was quick to discipline him when she saw fit. Harry remained submissive to Camy's rule for the first several months, laying on his back, laying Ali-like jabs on either dog who would play. Harry grew to more than 45 pounds and was just having a blast. Until he challenged Camys spot in the pack. Although he outweighed her by 30+ pounds, Camy loves her spot at the front of the pack and will defend that spot to the death. She nearly did!
So, Harry has been separated from Camy and the Boo Boo for the last 5 weeks. It's a real shame because Harry is truly a terrific dog. Obedient, loyal, smart as a whip, playful and eager to please. He just has to lead his own pack. As of today, and for the foreseeable future, Harry is a pack of one. He seems real pleased with that status. I see no reason to alter that state of affairs. He will continue to look for his forever home.
I for one hope he finds it!
There are so, so many animals looking for a forever opportunity. There are rescue groups for nearly every type of breed you can possibly think of, and some you may have never heard of. If you, or someone you know is considering adding a new member to your family. Please consider adopting through one of these fantastic groups all over this great nation of ours. For more information visit http://www.petfinder.com/index.html. There is simply not a better feeling than helping these animals get the treatment and the forever homes they deserve.
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