Likes: playing football with daddy and Matthew and Food of chourse!
Pet-Peeves: Fire works, Water out of a hose and my daddy touching my mommy.
Favorite Toy: deflated football and soccer ball
Favorite Food: treats, ice cream and anything he can get in his mouth.
Favorite Walk: Dont really take walks we just run and play in the yard.
Best Tricks: Playing football ( we got an air bud ) , Base ball and shaking his head no to us when we tell him to do or quit something
Arrival Story: We always tell everyone that some how Howie was meant to be with us considering all the things that we went through and still found him. I have always loved animals but growing up I was never aloud any. When I had my son, Matthew and we got our first house first thing I said was I want to get a puppy. Knowing my son was going to be an only child I wanted him to have a dog to grow up with so they could be close. My son ( Matthew ) was a year and a half when we went to get a puppy.My son and I went to the shelters first. Every dog or puppy we saw Matthew was afraid of them and would cry so I decided that I am not getting anything that Matthew is afraid of. We had decided on a begal or something around that size. After many times at shelters all around and some far away I decided that I would see if there were any signs up at petsmart where I used to work. I called and they said they only had one sign up for border collie / golden retriever mix. I got the number but just wasn't sure because it was alot bigger than we had wanted. I called and the young girl told me that they had only one left. She had said that someone was coming to look at him but if she did not take him they would call us back. Ended up the lady did not want him so the girl gave me directions and as soon as my husband got home we went to go see. As we were following the directions we noticed that the directions were not matching where we were. Not knowing the area we figured we would never find it and we did not even have a number or a cell phone to call back and see where it was again. We decided to just keep trying differnt ways and seeing if anything looked like the directions said. After a half hour of driving around I could not believe it we found it ! The second the girl brought the puppy out I fell in love with him but I had to see how matthew acted. She set the puppy down and he ran straight for Matthew and they both ran off playing ! Matthew loved him ! We knew right there after that he was meant to be ours. The girl had told us that the other puppies went fast but no one wanted this one because he did not have the border collie color pattern. Some how he ended up all black with just a little of white here and there. They ended up naming him because they had him for a while . His name was howler. On the way home I was looking at this cute adorable puppy and thinking to myself that Howler seems to be a mean looking dogs name and he was anything but mean looking. I thought for a second and told my husband that I just did not like his name and that I was naming him Howie. His middle name came a bit later as my son got a little bigger he loved watching scooby doo so we started to sing the scooby song but with howie instead and the name stuck after that. Everyone laughs when they here us call him by his nick name.
My son just starting to talk could not say Howie he called him wee wee. Even at 5 years old now Matthew still calls him that alot. Every time I thought about how we ended up finding him with wrong directions and all and how Matthew cried at every dog and puppy he saw until Howie I know now that it had to of been meant to be. I could not imagine my life without this dog. We just love him so much he is another son to us. Matthew even introduces him to everyone as my brother Howie. When people ask him if he has a brother or sister he tells them yes I got Howie. Seeing them two grow up together and the bond they have bring tears to my eyes everytime I think about it. Howie is just one of the family. He gets Christmas presents and easter baskets. Has his own Birthday parties with friends and cake. I swear sometimes that he does not even know he is a dog.
Forums Motto: I didnt do it & if I did Matthew made me
My Mommy helps us.: My mommy is a volunteer with the Humane Officers and is in training to be one herself. She has already saved many animals and got a lot of bad people in trouble. She fights to keep us safe and protect us.