These 2 deserve to be introduced together (as well as separately) as they are certainly a tag team. They are sisters that we rescued off the back road - someone had dumped them along a stretch of dirt road where only cattle, mesquite trees and wild boar are usually seen. My husband first saw them while driving the back road to the highway, and he mentioned them to me. Thus began our feeding efforts - twice, sometimes three times a day. They were skin and bone and scared of us, but they were still pups (about 8 mos. old). Once they filled their bellies, they would run off into the scrub brush and pick up old pie plates or milk bottles someone had trashed and you'd hear them run back and forth and play with their "toys". After 2 1/2 weeks of our feedings, I was able to get close enough to grab first one, then the other, and stuff them into my car and bring them home. I think they stayed in the dog pen for a day before Louise dug out. Then we let them be country dogs. They've managed to wreak havoc here ever since.
They became our resident critter-killers. Hunting birds, raccoons, possums, turtles, skunks, coyotes, armadillos - pretty much anything that dares to come into the area. They ran off or killed all of the Muscovy ducks we had, don't differentiate much between critters and dogs or cats, but they have also killed their fair share of snakes for us (water mocassins and copperheads) and got bit in the process. They've mellowed a bit as they've gotten older and 3 years ago discovered the wonderful world of indoor living. They're still country dogs as much as they want to be, but they sure enjoy a good couch snooze too.
Louise is the brindle; Thelma is the white w/ black patches. My sis-in-law calls them "Thing One and Thing Two". Are these country thugs or what?!