Details for Cabo Werner Harley
Cabo Werner Harley 02-14-2007 - 03-22-2021 Cabo was born on February 14, 2007, and crossed the rainbow bridge on March 22, 2021 due to complications from a surgery. Not much is known about the first few weeks of Cabo’s life. This is the short version of the story: she was initially adopted as a puppy from Aggieland Humane Society, and then rehomed at the age of four months with her forever family. The long version of the story: her forever parents were a “one dog, one cat” household a few days shy from a short vacation to Cabo, Mexico, to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Her mom went to the barn for an early morning ride, and discovered a cute, speckled three-month-old puppy standing in the barn aisle. The only other person there, a barn worker, told her that the puppy had been there when she showed up, and must have been dumped at the end of the road. The barn owner took her home to keep her safe for the first night, and then took her to a nearby vet to get scanned for a chip. It was quite a surprise to learn that the pup had a chip from the animal shelter, and the registered owner was actually the barn worker who claimed that the pup just showed up that day! When confronted, the barn worker pretended that she didn’t recognize this very distinct and very young dog, though she did remember giving a puppy that might have looked like that to a friend after the puppy didn’t get along with her other dog. She wondered aloud if that friend might have brought the puppy to her workplace. Nobody believed her story, but that didn’t matter. Her forever mom had already fallen in love with the puppy, and her forever dad just needed one look to bring her home. The timing wasn’t perfect because of their vacation, but arrangements were made for a friend keep her for a few days, and the puppy -- now named Cabo -- even got to go on a camping trip while her parents were in Cabo. Cabo learned a lot of things in her first year. Digging up flowers is a great adventure. Squeaky dog toys are the best, but elderly cats don’t like them very much. Water will flow from one place to another if you dig small trenches. Kittens are more easy-going and playful than cats. Dogs can climb trees as long as they find the right tree. Dogs can also learn some basic agility moves at a children’s playground. Slides and frisbees are fun. Car rides are also fun, especially when you have a good view. Horse poop is fun to eat, but best to avoid right before a car ride. Cat food tastes better than dog food. Horses can be dangerous, especially if you try to chase their tails or pounce at bugs near their heads. It’s okay to chase horses, however, if they are safely on the other side of a fence. Cabo was always an overly confident dog who was never shy about walking up to a stranger and doing the dog equivalent of saying: “Hi. My name is Cabo! Who are you?” Cabo, however, was never the type to “check her privilege” at the door, especially later in life. She was more like the person at the airport who gives the gate agent a hard time when told that they can’t get a free upgrade to first class – “what, are you kidding me?!” Her attitude and facial gestures made it clear that her parents were often performing below expectation. Her parents joked about how she had PETA on speed dial to report any of the following infractions: if she received less than three walks a day, if she was not let off leash during a walk, if she only received one “participation cookie” after a walk, or if she did not get unlimited laser time at night. Cabo had a lot of quirks. She was as materialistic as they come, and she loved to carry things in her mouth. One of her signature moves was to greet her parents at the door with a bunch of squeals, a wagging tail, and something in her mouth. That something was usually a stolen sock, but it might also be an empty cat food can or a plush toy. She usually just grabbed whatever was closest to the door, but don’t think for a second that she was presenting this thing as a gift. Nope, it was all hers. She would also insist on carrying something in her mouth when she set off for a dog walk, and then just drop the object somewhere along the way, knowing her parents would pick it up and carry it the rest of the way. Nevertheless, she didn’t really trust her parents (or her brother Quito) with any of her many possessions. She would frequently sneak off when she thought nobody was looking to bury a favorite object somewhere in the backyard. As a young pup, she liked to go outside every night just before bedtime, and bark for a few minutes, always ending with one long “woof.” Her parents assumed she was sharing the events of her day with neighboring dogs, and referred to this as her daily blog. Another quirk was her total fixation on the laser pointer. Her parents called it the “bed-monster” because it first surfaced under the covers one night. She could not get enough, and became so consumed with it that the activity had to be suspended for numerous years. Cabo’s other quirks revolved around personal hygiene. She didn’t really like to be groomed or having her nails touched. She would explode into a furious rage if her parents needed to cut even the smallest matt out of her silky coat. She made it clear that she would be doing her own nails – complete set, always in bed, at night. Cabo is preceded in death by Splash (her first pup companion), Cooper (her second pup companion), Aja (her first cat companion), cat siblings Sushi and Reese. She is survived by her pup-daddy Brian, her pup-mommy Cynthia, Quito (her third pup companion), cat siblings Java, Mango, Barney, Tik and Mia, and the unnamed possum in the backyard who outwitted her every day. In lieu of flowers, her family asks that gifts in memory of Cabo be made to Aggieland Humane Society. Cabo will be greatly missed, always and forever. We love you, Cabo!