Parker County Today November 2016 - Page 60

our pets: VETERINARY ADVENTURES BY EMMA MOORMAN NOVEMBER 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY PHOTOS BY LISA STEPHENS With a dog, a person can find the purest form of happiness. They are one of the only things on earth that love their owners more than they love themselves. This kind of joy is so contagious it spreads like a wildfire igniting love inside of people, a kind of love they may have never been felt before.  Basset hounds are famous for their gentle nature and their fine-tuned noses, but what many people don’t know is that basset hounds seek human companionship. These gentle giants have a special place in the hearts of many in Parker County. One of these is the young heart of local veterinarian Dr. Lisa Stephens.  When Earl climbed into Dr. Stephens’ heart she was already caring for three Jack Russells. Regardless, she just couldn’t seem to turn away the joyful puppy with his goofy personality. To this day, she says she does not regret Earl climbing into her truck. “You won’t find a more loyal dog.” He truly “loves his mommy,” Stephens said.  Weighing in at 85 pounds, Earl the basset hound is a bundle full of joy. He “has volunteered and been a vet tech his entire life,” Stephens says. Dr. Stephens, who is a mobile equine vet, brings Earl on many of her visits. “He does nights, emergencies, weekends,” and he does “billing at home,” usually flipped upside down on his back. He is “a very hard-working man,” Stephens said. Other than Earl’s job of ranch security and being a vet tech he is also a hardworking volunteer for North 58 Texas Basset Rescue. Earl and his mom, Dr. Stephens, have fostered several basset hound siblings in hopes that they are able to find their forever homes. Earl is so dedicated to his work he has his own seat in Stephens’ vet clinic truck. “He loves to ride in the