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Bull Taco

Dad here; I have a good friend with Down’s Syndrome who once told me “I have three boyfriends; and one of them’s a Mexican!” When I asked her how she managed to have three when many single people can’t seem to to find one, she said…

“I don’t know; I guess I just attrack ’em!”

Well, I guess we just attrack ’em as well. First day back at work after an extended period of unidentured servitude; after lunch with the new boss, I’m returning to the terminal when I spot a tiny chihuahua sitting alone in the middle of the vast expanse of concrete. It seemed oddly appropriate that I had some Mexican leftovers in the car, but the little goober was waaaay to savvy to allow himself to be captured while somehow still ending up with all ofmy enchiladas. This was especially embarrasing as he was skinny as a rail and running on three legs, as his front right appeared to be broken.

After anumerous extended time of ritual humiliation at the paws of the Frito Bandito, I tried a different approach, circling him a few times in the car then just nonchalantly opening the door; after a bit, he wandered over to investigate. I scooped him up, and now he thinks he’s the King of the Casa.

Of no small significance to me is that it has been two years to the day that we found Charlie, so of course I had to call Zach and Tara, who of course had to bring Princess Lola over to greet the latest immigrant to sneak across the border.

After work, I chauffered the micro dog over to Landmark Animal Hospital to be checked for a micro chip, and also to have his leg examined. It appears that it was broken at some time in the past, but never set or casted properly; as a result, there is some atrophy of the muscles in that leg, as well as some damage to his rear legs. We went ahead and did a full check up, no chip, no worms, no parasites, clean bill of health except for those legs. The doctor recommended against x-rays at this time, as fixing this problem would involve a specialist who would no doubt want to do their own exam anyway.

According to the vet, chihuahuas are frequently deserted in that part of town, particularly when they have some sort of defect, so here we are. The name Don Fredo doesn’t seem to fit him, so mom started calling him Bull Taco in homage to the famous Spanish motorcycle manufacturer Bultaco.

He likes to be called Bull.

He also apparently likes mom better, the little traitor.

He is obviously going to require some special care, as he can’t jump up on the beds of the Casa. For this reason, I was considering adopting him out to a more suitable domicile, but I’m pretty sure that this action would now result in mom forcibly removing some of my more personal body parts.

So does he complete his immigration process and become a legal citizen of the Casa? Or does he decide to buck the system and continue to evade the border patrol? You’ll have to ask him, as I’m sure that he will have much to say on the subject. As for me, I’m starting to feel like Josey Wales; after setting off on his journey alone, he somehow managed to acquire an entourage, prompting the following:

“I suppose that mangy red-bone hound’s got no place else to go either…
He might as well ride along with us; Hell, everybody else is!”

Welcome to the Casa del Causas Perdidas!

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  1. Janice Mecca

    You do seem to attract them or are you more on the lookout for these precious ones in need. You and your family are wonderful people….warriors for the lost and unloved!

  2. Sherrie Graves Tokarz

    I’m pretty sure with Bull needing special care, and moms attraction to him. He’s home sweet home ❤

  3. Red Maryann Cook Godbey

    Hey Bull, welcome to the Casa! Hope to hear your stories soon!

  4. Christine Raznoff

    He found you, just as Charlie found you. You are his, and he is yours (or Mom’s, either way). Welcome to the Casa, Bull!

  5. Linda Fleming

    You have a wonderful heart. Thank you for taking him in

  6. Sandy Runyon Lough

    That’s going to be one extremely heavy crown you’ll be wearing, dad. Don’t change a hair for us, ever. You’re a safe and happy harbor in these turbulent seas for more than you can possibly imagine.

  7. Lori Anderson

    He looks a lot like my boy Chuy….except he was bridle. He was 17 ish when we had to let him pass over…and I miss the fool every day still. He was spunky till the end……this one’s a fighter too….and I am so glad you found each other.

  8. Maria Dawybida Minerley

    Welcome home Bull! You are in for a bodacious ride.

  9. Anna Staffini Cammelli

    Surely his best chance. Nothing compares riding along with you all! Nowhere compares with The Casa!

  10. Patti Saunders

    Names are Shady Blue, Blinky, Romeo, BDog, and Chicken.

  11. Ellen Simpson

    He’s already taken his spot on the bed and chis rarely are out of a mom’s arms, so……..

  12. Kathy Moody

    Oh my gosh. So cute. Welcome to the family Bull.

  13. ChrisTina Elliott

    God Bless You and Your Family Bret! I’ve got more than ten less than twenty babies at my casa in the piney woods of northeast Texas but they are of the feline persuasion….I swear I can hear a ktten crying a mile away! We’ll both make it though, Bret! We be of one blood!

  14. Mickey Snuggs

    Yeah, a reference to my favorite movie.

  15. Jan Davis

    Every stray in the state has heard about the Casa,

  16. Carole Lucier

    Hello Bull, and thank you both for giving him a ‘real’ home. Chihuahua’s seem to like ladies better….I have one.

  17. Nelly Caubel

    Just read my hometown newspaper. A dog has been found hanged to a three this morning, right in the city center… I m sad for that poor dog. Thankfully people like you exist!!!

  18. Charlie Bravo - The Motorcycle Rescue Dog Story

    Charlemagne Bravissimo is too busy being Her Highness and is not troubled by such distractions…

  19. Donna Barney

    It’s amazing how these sweet babies in need manage to be right where they need to be in order for you to find them. I say the more the merrier! It is not casa del whacko…it is the casa of caring and unconditional love. Bless you all!

  20. RaVae Wilhelm Lewis

    Josey Wales’ quote. Perfect!

  21. Rita Wise

    Welcome Speedy Gonzales!!!!!

  22. Gaye Chrobak

    Chihuahua’s are like Lays. you cant have just one. This casa has 8 dogs, 5 of which are of the Mexican persuasion. I too have ultra stray radar. Or as my husband calls me, Ellie May Clampett.

  23. Robin D Mahan

    I will keep an eye out for some doggie stairs. I use an old footstool at the end of the bed.

  24. Sam Howard

    Those eyes say it all, Gratitude.

  25. Cathy Brown

    If he needs surgery, I bet your followers on here (myself included) would help see it is paid for. Our Rescue One Group in Springfield Mo that my daughter volunteers with, just has to put the word out if one of their dogs need medical care and the Facebook followers come to the rescue.

  26. Kim Griffin

    Welcome Bull Taco! You have found an awesome home. Love Josey Wales! It will be interesting to see what Charlie thinks of this new addition. ❤

  27. Nathan Painter

    Good thing you had more to eat than “hard rock candy”.

  28. Marjorie DeLillo Fagre

    I don’t think he can do staiars at this time with his legs injured maybe just a ramp aka plywood with carpets on it

  29. Diane Brannon-Keech

    Oh I can’t wait to her the stories from this lil guy, he comes complete with a built in “Tude”

  30. Laney Painter

    Animals know who has a heart and who doesnt <3. Build a small staircase to the bed... he will love you go it! Chihuahuas are great!

  31. Debbie Cawthorn Dawson

    I have some stairs if you would like them. I would gladly donate to the cause

  32. Diana Handros

    Oh, he is so adorable! I love the name! My dear departed husband raced flat track in the 70’s and rode a Bultaco! I wish I had know him then but just hearing the excitement in his voice was cool to know how much he loved it.

  33. Jeanne Mancinelli

    Welcome aboard Bull! It will be interesting to hear of his further adventures.

  34. Lisa Martin

    Thank you for saving another precious pup! I’m a Chihuahua Mama to a sweet senior “Gracie”. Looking forward to reading about your adventures! 😉

  35. Laura Palmer

    I can see your wife’s point – who can turn away those ears!!!! What a cutie 🙂

  36. Debbie Briscoe

    Manohman, you are such a sweetheart!❤️

  37. Charlie Bravo - The Motorcycle Rescue Dog Story

    Always room for another! All we ask is that territory marking be kept to a minimum…

  38. Vickie Bellus

    Thank you for all the stories of life in and around the casa!! They make me smile

  39. Andrea Bates Gerlach

    Dad, you and mom amaze me. Thanks for taking in the lost, injured and abandoned.

  40. Cathy Bacigalupi

    lucky pup to have joined the Casa

  41. Diane Ragusett

    So cute and small. Doesn’t take up much room. I say, keep him! Taco would be a good name!

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