4/16: Kracken and her sister, Violet, are 5 years old and were dumped on the porch of Animal Crossing Vet clinic. Kracken is very vocal and loves to sit in weird positions. She adores catnip and yowls whenever I come indoors hoping I have brought her some grass from the yard. She is a Russian Blue. She belongs to Pascalle Bippert and has lots of fans on Facebook.
4/9: Bella, a Great Pyrenees mix, sits among a field of bluebonnets. Bella was adopted by the Frappier family of San Antonio from Las Lomas K9 Rescue & Adoption Foundation.
4/2: Ammo belongs to James & Kristen Weaver of Floresville. Ammo’s favorite place to lounge is the bathroom sink. It cradles him, reminding him of his younger days we think, and feels nice and cool! He enjoys playing with the Weaver kids, too, Julia, James Paul, and Jude.
3/26: Jase is a Toy Yorkie. He celebrated his first birthday on March 21! Jase loves road trips with his momma, Briana Dominguez. Jase and I complete our little family; he was brought to me from Oklahoma. Jase loves to play with his toys, especially his basketball and his favorite treat is a duck hide bacon strip.
3/19: Michelle Dech is the handler of Pandora Dech, a pet therapy dog. Pandora shows her anxiety over taking a test at a recent visit to La Vernia High School. Animal testing at its worst.
3/12: Meet Hunter, a 3-month-old Australian Shepherd. He belongs to Juan, 4-years-old, and Alex, 2-years-old, from Floresville. Hunter is extremely hyper and loves playing with the boys.
3/5: Lola, shown here being very cute, is a newly adopted La Vernian. Lola is 6 years old and was adopted from Hound Haven in Pleasanton. She enjoys running in the “back prairie” with owner, Marco Aluia, and uncle, Reuben Garcia.
2/26: Jordan Albright, of Floresville, loves playing with her many cats. This is one of her favorites, named Marie. As Jordan walks to her Nana’s house next door everyday to visit, Marie follows and keeps her company. They are great pals.
2/19: Kyle Winter, of Floresville, enjoys riding his 11-year-old Paint horse named Bumper. Kyle rides every weekend and finds it relaxing to spend time at the barn and clean the stalls.
2/12: Ashlee (l-r), Bailey, Tina, and Bonnie dress up to see Santa. Manuel & Crystal Gonzalez have lived in La Vernia for 8 years. She and her husband have no children, so their dogs are their “babies”. “We got Tina and Ashlee in Germany while my husband was stationed there. They are sisters and both 10 years old. Bailey, the Shitzu, I rescued; he was dying, but I saved him. He is now 9 years old. Bonnie, my Scottie, was a gift from my friend and is 8 years old. There is never a dull minute at my house. Our loyal babies stand by our side every step of the way,” Crystal said.
2/5: Kenny Penny’s dog sits behind the steering wheel Jan. 14, all but ready to drive away.
1/29: Gus is a member of Bob and Nancy Ryan’s family. He’s a loving 77 lbs with a blue and brown eye. His favorite toy is a well shaken-to-death brown teddy bear, he loves it. He was rescued 3 years ago on Christmas Eve.
1/22: Tigger is an 11 lb. Jack Russel Terrier mix. He is a rescue dog all the way from Houston. He loves to climb the mesquite trees on his place to look for lizards, also, just for the pure joy of it! But his real job is to keep the feral hogs away from his people.
1/15: Boomer and Raven enjoying the river. They belong to Sarah Jo and Mark Nichols and Justin Dahlberg of La Vernia.
1/8: This is Blue, he is a Blue Heeler. He is very smart, loyal, and loves chasing birds and protecting his yard. He belongs to Jessie and Martha Peterson of Adkins.
1/2: Rocky, the pooch of Constable George Scoggins and his wife Brenda Scoggins got an early Christmas present when he spotted Santa and the LV fire department.
12/26: Rowdy is 5, a miniature Schnauzer. He belongs to Rebecca Reeves, lifelong resident of La Vernia.
12/18: EB and Becca tell Santa at Farmer’s Gin in Poth their “puppy wishes” Dec. 14. This photo was submitted by Nell Lyssy.
12/11: Meet Rocko, an 8-year-old Pomeranian, and Ziva, an 8-week-old Chihuahua. These two little elves belong to Drama Mama Sandy Detamore of Drama Kids International.
12/4: Mojo belongs to the Cabello family in La Vernia. He is a 4-year-old Chihuahua who loves to lay across his momma’s shoulders when he goes “bye-bye” with his family, and loves to dig in gopher holes!
11/27: Meet Stinger, who was rescued and is now a goodwill animal ambassadors for Morgan’s Wonderland theme park and the San Antonio Scorpions pro soccer team. Stinger is an 18-week-old terrier mix with special needs. Stinger will be making an appearance at Morgan’s Wonderland in December.
11/20: Makena Owens, granddaughter of Ronny and Elaine Stephens of La Vernia, gets a little love from a furry friend.
11/13: Nadia Cassias of Floresville has set up a tea party to enjoy with her furry friend, Miley, and, needless to say, it’s a hit!
11/6: Meet Gadget, a very goofy feline. Through a series of maneuvers, he reaches the top of the bathroom door where he surveys his domain, often to take a nap, or get away from the kids. He loves to go for a ride in the car and even walks on a leash! He belongs to Ina Touchstone of Floresville.
10/30: Five-year-old German Shepherd mix Louisville "Louis" Kentucky is one of two dogs who are a proud part of the Gibbs family in Poth.
10/23: Nine-year-old Sonny Hernandez of Floresville has a stare-off with his one-year-old furred friend, Padme.
10/16: Meet “Tamale” or “Molly”, for short. She is 16 years old and was born in Queretaro, Mexico on Cinco de Mayo. Her human mama is Tina Herbold, owner of The Boutique in Always and Forever. Molly loves showing off how she can stand on her back legs.
10/9: This is Lucy. Her special trait is that she scoops water from her bowl with her foot to drink. But only when she thinks no one is looking. Lucy belongs to Taryn Smith-Morales of Floresville.
10/2: This is Max. He’s a feisty 8-year-old Tabby. He weighs about 17 pounds and in this photo Julz is bringing Nadia’s foot a little closer to Max so he can get a little nibble. He has a thing for feet. Max belongs to the Cassias family of Floresville.
9/25: Lucky, a Schnauzer that was featured in the La Vernia News 2013 Pet Parade photo contest, is a rescue dog. He belongs to Stephanie Sheffield.
9/18: Lucas, featured in the La Vernia News 2013 Pet Parade photo contest, thrives in his new home with Eli Bryan.
9/11: Filou belongs to Ghislaine “Ly” Mathieu who used to live in La Vernia. Now Filou and Ly live in Alabama. He loves to help her sew and other crafty things she does. Filou is French for “Little devil”. Filou is a Texas native but has adjusted to life in Alabama.
9/4: This is Daisy. She is a one-year-old Chiweenie. She likes to play outside, help out in the garden, and play with the big dogs, Patches and Tater. She belongs to Dawn Tappen.
8/28: Lucy (dog) and Ethel (kitten) belong to Kait Steele of La Vernia. Ethel, the kitten, is saying to Lucy, the dog, “I Love Lucy”.
8/21: This is Ranger. He is a 2-year-old lab who loves to swim. “The problem is,” says the Sherrard family, “that after he’s wet he also likes to dry off by rolling around in the grass, sand, or in this case, some dirt. He’s a good boy but always seems to find himself getting in a little trouble.”
8/14: Theresa Murray of La Vernia shares her feathered friends in this photo she captured recently. The swallows, born on her patio, were a bit reluctant to take flight.
8/7: Mia visits Bridges Rifle Company with her owner Taylor McGrew. Taylor is the daughter of Jeff and Pam McGrew of Stockdale. Mia is a Coton de Tulear and hails from Madagascar.
7/31: Here is Daniel Friesenhahn & Robyn Fuller holding Lab/Shar-Pei mix puppies recently rescued from the Floresville Canine Holding Facility. Both puppies are available for adoption through Las Lomas K9 Rescue & Adoption Foundation. Contact Cody Brewton at 830-581-8041 for more information.
7/24: This is Butterscotch. Butterscotch is a rescue and is now a service dog for Dawn Arnold of La Vernia.
7/17: Meet Ferrah the ferret. She belongs to Amy Koch and family.
7/10: Meet one-year-old Peanut. He loves to chase butterflies and enjoys playing with his new little sister, Kit, and loves attention! Peanut belongs to Janet Greenwood.
7/3: Chelsea Bippert’s rat, Mr. Darcy, is a gentleman rat. He is approximately a year and a half and he was a rescue rat. He was in a cage of “feeder rats” in a pet store and was destined to be fed to a snake. Chelsea felt sorry for him and instantly fell in love with him when he snuggled with her. Mr. Darcy came home with Chelsea after her tonsillectomy last year and provided snuggles and comfort to her. He lives in harmony with the cats in the Bippert house, and even gets kisses from Chloe, their dog!
6/26: “This sweet girl’s name is Cammy. Cammy is my ‘rescue’ Siberian Husky. She spent her entire 6 years on a chain. She was emaciated and had wounds from being so malnourished that she was slowly deteriorating. Cammy is now gaining weight and loves to sleep on our bed with us. She loves to cuddle and wrestle with her new brothers and she finally gets her shot to live a very happy life which is the least this loving dog deserves!” Cammy belongs to Danielle Ogasian.
6/19: Knuckles, the cat, belongs to Kristen Beale. Knuckles shows off his curious side here, plotting to get the crumbs from the table.
6/12: Digger rescued off a chain, doing what she does best. Digger belong’s to Eli Bryan of La Vernia.
6/6: This is Daisey Mae. She is part Border Collie, part full Collie. Daisey is the perfect farm dog who loves herding the cattle, even when they don’t need herding. Daisey is always ready to play with the soccer ball or the chickens.
5/30: “Amarillo is a stray who showed up, bleeding from a leg injury, in our neighborhood three years ago. After no one responded to our “found dog” ads and flyers, she has become a member of our family, always eager to “help”. In this picture, she is holding the coffee can we use to scoop horse feed.” Amarillo belongs to Caren Ramon.
5/22: Shelby McLeod shares her pet, Roscoe. “He is a mini Dachshund, although he is closer to the standard size! This photo was taken after he floated with me out in our pool, and I guess it wore him out. Roscoe honestly believes he is human and as you can see he even sleeps like a human!”
5/15: Ranger and Emmy are out for a stroll in the wildflowers. They belong to Carol Brietzke of Adkins.
5/8: This is Karissa Ryan and her dogs Spunkie and Bebe. Spunkie lets her take her nap on her back.They both love her so much. Spunkie is now in heaven and will be missed so much.
5/1: Meet “Pretty Boy” a Partridge Plymouth Rock rooster that belongs to Genesis Vann. Pretty Boy is always up early!
4/24: “This is Dalton’s dog Clyde. While I was visiting beautiful La Vernia in the month of March, Clyde and I walked every day to pick up the kids at daycare. Clyde loves his family and is so happy whenever any one of them come home to play with him. He sleeps every night with his owner and I know the joy he gives his family.” Submitted by Grandma “MIMI.”
4/17: “Our dog, Tebow, was found by my husband on FM 775. We were able to contact the owner and the owner asked if we would keep him. Gladly, we did. Our 7-year-old daughter, Rainey is his “human”. He loves her beyond measure. We believe he is a Catahoula and he has white-blue eyes. He smiles showing both his upper and lower teeth when he is happy! It’s hilarious. We love him a bunch!!!” says Niki S. Jackson.
4/11: Meet Rascal and Silver. These fine felines belong to Kevin and Amanda Mosel. Rascal is 4 years old and is very rambunctious. He is a typical cat, not very loving toward strangers and is very protective of Silver. Silver is one year old and his story is special. The Mosels took in Silver as a foster last March. He was abused and ADL had to remove his left hind leg when he was 7 weeks old. The family took him home when he was 8 weeks old and at 12 weeks when his recovery was over, they adopted him. Losing his hind leg hasn’t slowed him down one bit. He runs and jumps like any other cat. He is very affectionate and wants lots of loving.
4/3: Marci Prater shares her pooch, Diesel. “This is our boy! Fifty pounds of pure sweetness and he’s only 5 months old!!!”
3/27: Nickey, the toy Fox Terrier, checks out the bluebonnets! The bluebonnet seeds are from the package of seeds they won from the La Vernia News WOW! photo contest gift basket. Nickey belongs to Norbert and Mary Lee Brietzke.
3/20: Here is a picture of our Chihuahua “Paco.” He is owned by Laura Schwenn. The question is: is he at the dentist or having his GRRR face on? Actually, he is yawning, ready for the next nap.
3/13: Hailey Elizabeth Alycia, five years old, with her miniature Doberman Pincher/Chihuahua at her grandma Debbie Trongo’s home in La Vernia.
3/6: Stephanie Harper says, “Kitty was a stray who wandered into our garage in Legacy Ranch this past summer. From the beginning she and our Dachshund have been best buddies!”
2/27: Toby is a toy Chihuahua. He is eight years old and is a very unusual silver latté color. His favorite treats are Iams tiny bone-shaped cookies.
2/20: Little Nor, 3-years-old, belongs to Hannah Simmons. He loves when his family is all around him at home.
2/15: Lady is a five-year-old Lab owned by Kim Gorden and Garrett Carver from La Vernia.
2/6: Missy is a Malti-Poo and belongs to Charlene and J. Earl Bridges of Bridges Rifle Company.
1/31: Chowder and Suki, both Shih Tzu puppies, are 6-month-old Lila’s protectors and never let her out of their sight.
1/24: Nigerian dwarf and pygmy goat babies Daisy, Luke, and Bo frolic on the Whiskey Creek Ranch.
1/16: Dazzle is the unofficial Anytime Fitness mascot, pictured here with the La Vernia cheerleaders. She comes to the gym to visit from time to time.
1/9: “Chuck” Bandit, a beagle, loves catching the scent of the rabbits in the pasture and chasing them all evening. His favorite activity is begging his mom, Jill, to go on walks down the dirt road.
1/2: Dude is a Chiweenie, he loves waiting for the school bus for his boys to come home.
12/26: Annie is a Lhasa Apso-Terrier mix who belongs to Sarah Lange. Annie is 6 years old. She was adopted from the Animal Defense League in San Antonio when she was a puppy. Her favorite treats are Milk-Bones. Her cutest trick: She does the G.I.Joe (belly crawl) in the morning to greet Sarah’s mom. When Sarah’s mom, Phyllis, asks Annie if she wants to go, outside and Annie does not want to go she immediately sits down to answer NO. She is very protective of Sarah.
12/20: Piper the Chihuahua belongs to Jerry and Linda Gonzales of La Vernia. Piper is four years old.
12/13: Tutti is 1 year old. She is a Malti-Tzu (Half Maltese and half Shih Tzu). She weighs about 10 pounds and belongs to Grace Cox (holding her).
12/5: Jasper belongs to Linda Grohman. He is a double yellow headed Amazon parrot. Linda has had him since he was a baby and his is now 21 years old.
11/28: Bentley is an 8-month-old Great Dane. He weighs at least 100 pounds. He belongs to Emily Wortham and Zack Preston.
11/21: Bailey is a Boxer (15 weeks old) and belongs to Braden and Conner Kaitner. She is full of energy and loves to play. She pretty much rules the household!
11/14: Scout the Jack Russell terrier is 11 weeks old. He loves playing with his two big brothers, Bandit and Angus.
11/7: Angus T-Bone, a 2-year-old teacup Chihuahua, loves riding with dad down the back roads in the evenings.
10/31: Laptop, 1/2 Poodle & 1/2 Lhasa Apso, is wearing a Dracula costume! Owners: Herald/Maridall Johanson.
10/24: Alley (left) and Olivia, both rescued pets, belong to the Massey family of San Antonio.
10/17: Meet Lola! She is a 10-year-old Belgian Draft horse. She is from Amish country and belongs to Jeanna Walker.
10/12: Sophia Stephen with her potbellied pig, Thumbelina!
10/3: Pam Bridges’ Maltipoos Malibu and Snooky love going through the drive-through to get puppy treats.
9/27: Sophia Stephen and her bed hog doggie, Darla.
9/20: Judith Polasek with her kitty, “Mou,” at Grandpa and GG’s house.
9/12: This is a picture I took of Emily and her show steer Smokey.
9/5: This is Cash. He belongs to Dwayne and Pauline Young.
8/29: Meet Roxy! She lives in La Vernia with her owner, Debbie Merritt.
8/22: This is Roscoe McLeod, a mini Dachshund, and he thinks he is human! He belongs to Shelby McLeod.
8/15: Thor belongs to Tabitha and Tessa Pruski. He is part bobcat and has several leopard markings. He is very active!
8/8: This is Ava. She is a 1.62 pound "teacup" Chihuahua and is 3.5 months old. Ava belongs to Teresa Zdansky of La Vernia.
7/25: Meet two-year-old Edward. Proud owners are Ruston and Jennifer Wyatt.
7/18: As soon as Harley comes inside from playing he parks himself in front of the fan.
7/11: Winchester joins Natalie for a nap. Winchester belongs to Andrea Best.
7/3: Maddie and Cooper Best, who belong to Andrea Best, make great camping buddies!
6/27: This is Bluebonnet Texas Friesenhahn! Bluebonnet’s proud parents are Robert and Holly Friesenhahn.
6/20: Picaso is a 4-month-old “teacup” Chihuahua and weighs 1.5 pounds. He belongs to Kendra Zdansky of La Vernia.
6/13: Penny is a Basenji and Chihuahua mix. She belongs to Susanne Varner.
6/6: This is Dixie, a Bordador (Border Collie/ Labrador).
5/31: Ella Bella is the Zigmond’s sweet Maltipoo.
5/24: Cash is 15 months old and belongs to Dwayne and Pauline Young.
5/10: Kallee is a one-year and one-month-old Morkie (half Yorkie, half Maltese). She loves to play with her Rottweiler sister, Casey. They love to play tug-of-war with their rope toys but Casey always wins unless Kallee wants a free ride. Kallee has such a beautiful personality and she loves to please and give lots of kisses. Kallee belongs to Tony and Rhonda Gann of La Vernia.
5/3: Junior is a 4-1/2-year-old Albino Australian Sheperd. He is sensitive to light and has very little sight. He is very smart. Junior belongs to Pauline Young.
4/25: Abbey is a 12-year-old English Mastiff owned by Andrea Eden. Jared Eden, 11 years old, relaxes with Abbey at the La Vernia City Park Little League field. Abbey loves to play tug of war (she wins every time) and enjoys laying in the pond to cool off.
4/18: Macy just celebrated her first birthday and belongs to The Bachman family in La Vernia. Macy is a big ham — and likes to get her picture taken. Macy loves to play with the kids and to be on the water at the river or the lake.
4/11: Jerry is a one-year-old Shepard mix. He was adopted by the Smith family. His hobbies include hunting gophers and lounging in the shade.
4/4: George and Ernie belong to Kathryn and Gary Smith. Kathryn owns Clip’N Tails Pet Salon in La Vernia.
3/28: Debra and Jackie of Sutherland Springs are the proud new owners of two mini donkeys named Bud and Eeyore. Bud loves his food and will follow the grandkids around wherever they go. Eeyore is a little shy and getting used to his new home.
3/22: Parker is a three-year-old Yorkie. He belongs to Becky, JJ, and Morgan of La Vernia. His pal, Morgan, is in fifth grade at La Vernia Intermediate School. He is a little dog with a big attitude! He loves to steal anything he can manage to run away with and stashes the items under the bed.
3/14: Maggie, the Basset Hound, was rescued by Marci Prater a few months ago. She is quite the character and she believes that she’s quite scary with her ginormous bark! Her favorite pastime is pestering the horses and trying to sneak into the house for treats.
3/8: “Little Ms. Coco, a black Pug, came to be the queen of our castle Christmas of 2010 at just 4 weeks old. She loves to pack around her huge stuffed purple bunny, always ready to chase her ball and loves to eat fruit! Her favorites are oranges & apples.” CoCo belongs to Marci Prater.
2/23: Sissy is an 18 month old Jack Russell Terrier - Pug blend. She was rescued at 3 months old and has been living with the Brewton-Fuller family of La Vernia as a foster ever since. She is a sweet, 15 pound, spayed female with a prissy dog attitude. Sissy recently attended opening day ceremonies for Barker’s Pet Ranch and had a wonderful time meeting all the dogs and visitors! She gets along with dogs, cats and most importantly — KIDS!!! Sissy has been microchipped and is available for adoption through www.dogsrus.org.
2/16: Rocky is a seven-year-old chihuahua. He is one of five dogs owned by Lee and Andrew Peterson. Rocky likes to play with and chase his dog friends. He also enjoys watching TV with his owners!
2/9: This is Honey. She belongs to Skylar Roath. She enjoys sleeping, chasing cats, and playing with her friends Cocoa, Lady Bug, and her new brother, Holmes. She also does tricks such as sitting, lying down, shaking hands, picking up her right and left paw, rolling over, begging (seen in photo), fetching, and jumping through things. She has won ribbons at the 4-H dog show and she hopes to win more in the future.
2/2: This is Killerman. Killer was already special enough, but just before Christmas, he became lost. Two days later our angel, Stacey Lewallen, found our “man” and we were able to bring him home. He is our seven-year-old black lab and has been a La Vernia resident with his family for three months.
1/26: Abbygail is a three-year-old female Chihuahua who was abandoned. She belongs to Rev. Mark Pendergraft. She loves walking and playing with her buddy, Rusty. Rusty is a one-year-old male Chihuahua and was adopted from a loving home because his owner was unable to take care of Rusty because of illness. Rusty loves to walk and play with Abbygail and both love being with me.
1/19: This is Pinky, our poodle. She belongs to Joan and Bobby Rakowitz of La Vernia. Pinky’s favorite thing to do is bark — a lot. She is absolutely the best entertainment ever! She is a well-traveled dog and has been on a plane 3 times to 3 different states. She enjoys human food, sitting on her mamma’s lap, and going to the park. Put her in your purse and she will shop forever! We love her so much!
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1/13: Here is Marshmellow. He is a Chihuahua mix. He is 2 years old and was adopted a year ago by Lee and Andrew Peterson. He loves riding in the car, walking in the water when it’s hot, and playing with his 4 dog friends.
1/6: Indy is the 14-year-old Rat Terrier of Leah Lassiter’s family.
He is happy, energetic, and affectionate and makes a
loyal, loving member of the Lassiter family. He is protective
and also loves to run and play fetch. He joins the family on
family vacations and he loves to swim. His favorite place is
to be curled up on a pillow. Indy is pictured on one of the
family vacations in Port Aransas last July.
12/29: Daylan McReynold’s wish came true! He asked Santa for a new puppy. Dixie, an 8-week-old beagle, arrived all the way from Missouri to make his Christmas extra special.
12/22: Gordon is about 3-1/2 years old and belongs to Bain Serna. Bain got him while in Mahmudiyah, Iraq when the starving kitten wandered up to Bain’s platoon. Gordon was soon adopted and with the help of Operation Baghdad Pups, Bain was able to have Gordon sent home to the U.S. Gordon currently lives with Bain’s mom on a horse ranch in rural Seguin.
12/14: This is Dylan, a Pit Bull. Dylan belongs to Emily Streetman. “Most people cringe when they hear the words “pit bull” but the most harm this dog has ever done is hit me with his tail while it’s wagging or almost licking me to death. He smiles at me everyday when I come home from work and literally crawls in my lap if it’s thundering outside. His breed may have the worst reputation in the dog world but around here he cuddles with my cat and miniature Dachshund.”
12/8: Kitty Girl is the beloved one-year-old cat of Michelle Lewis and her family. They got her from a rescue located in Adkins. She enjoys laying under the family’s Christmas tree. She also has her own stocking hung because she is waiting for Santa, too.
12/1: Indy is the 14-year-old Rat Terrier of Leah Lassiter’s family. He is happy, energetic, and affectionate and makes a loyal, loving member of the Lassiter family. He is protective and also loves to run and play fetch. He joins the family on family vacations and he loves to swim. His favorite place is to be curled up on a pillow. Indy is pictured on one of the family vacations in Port Aransas last July.
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