People with brains, panache, or character. Sometimes all three.
The East Texas Chow
The "Junk Yard Dog" as Teddy-Bear
by John Troesser
on the job.
been run over until you've been run over in San Augustine County.
Ask Tuffy. He's been run over three times. Always on Highway 103
and always in front of Husband's Auto Sales Service and Salvage.
That's where he lives and has for about 11 years.
Tuffy greeted us when we stepped out of our car to photograph the
raised Cavalier. Sort of. He's a little tired of barking these days,
so he sneezed in our direction. He was looking right at us, although
we were about 20 feet to his right.
Tuffy's sight isn't what it was when he applied for the job. Neither
is his hearing. His fur resembles Houston Zoo animals that molt
in the summer or stuffed animals that have been rained on and sun-dried.
Mr. T. L. Husband thought he would have to have Tuffy anesthetized
after his last misadventure. He found Tuffy in a crumpled heap in
the weeds on the side of the road. As he lifted him, Tuffy snarled
and snapped and came back to life. He slunk away for a few days,
perhaps to the trunk of a Toyota. Three days later he limped across
the yard and punched his timecard.
Tuffy was originally a Cinnamon Chow. He still is, although it would
be hard to identify him on a dog chart. Frankly, he's not very scary,
but he's certainly prevented more than a few burglaries and thwarted
hundreds of heists. Tuffy's been coaching his understudy, a Terrier
whose name escapes us.
East Texas Institution
A Mother with Five Husbands
Mr. Husband gave us his and Tuffy's story as he sat at his desk, surrounded
by 10,000 parts (everyone of them guarded by Tuffy). Mr. Husband told
us his name had been Husbands when his Grandfather had been
using it, but he wrote large and the boxes on the Army forms were
just one letter too small when he enlisted in WWI.
Husband can trace his lineage back to England via Tennessee,
but he usually repairs and sells cars. He's certainly heard all the
jokes about his name.
His favorite was when he was a boy; he would tell his teachers that
his mother had five Husbands (he, his father and three brothers).
Since he's a husband named Husband, we told him of a Sheriff
named Sheriff and he said that a neighbor of his was a carpenter
named Carpenter. He also has neighbors named Fox,
Coon and Crow. We assume he was speaking of humans.
We attempted to shake hands with Mr. Husband, as we got back in our
car, but his hands were coated in what appeared to be a vintage Havoline,
so he offered his forearm. We shook his forearm, but without any fast
moves, after all, Tuffy was right there (looking about 20 feet to
If you're on Highway 103 between Lufkin
Augustine, look for the Celestial Chevrolet and please
look out for Tuffy.
Copyright John Troesser
Great story. I just loved the photograph! Boy, it wouldn't take much
for me to drive down and dognap him. My type o' guy. Thanks a million.
I appreciate your hanging in with a true shaggy dog story. - Maggie
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