Who Rescued Who?

Harley. A yellow Lab living in Austin, Texas.Meet Harley.

Given the chance, he will play fetch with you long after the setting sun.

He will lick you silly and steal your heart in the blink of a smile.

He loves handing out sucker punches for free and swims just for the heck of it. But don’t let this active boy fool you … he’s pondering his first release, a book on the joys of bedtime snuggling.

For Harley, life is a bountiful one; complete with fabulous food, a well-filled toy box, wrestling matches with his brother “Boomer,” tummy rubs and mastering new ways to continuously impress his 2-legged guardians for tasty treats.

Life for Harley wasn’t always an easy one. He had to fight incredible odds early in life, being under a year old. He lived in a home protected by a 3 foot tall fence which proved no fence at all, for a Lab that enjoys adventure.

Harley had been collected by animal control more times than we know until one day, when his former family decided they couldn’t bail him out of puppy prison anymore. So off he went to the pound. He was there a few days until he was slated to be euthanized.

Harley Sherwin Kiker ReiderAcross town, a family was mourning the loss of their 14 year old doggie “Springs” who died the week of Thanksgiving, leaving his brother “Boomer” – a 6 month old chocolate Lab – the sole dog of the pack.

Boomer’s life was shaken up hard. He showed signs of depression – being uninterested in food or play… and spending much of the day searching the house and yard for his brother. Boomer never found Springs and after 2 solid weeks of sadness his family knew they had to take action to mend the pack’s broken hearts.

Initially, they thought they were searching for a yellow lab puppy, but after kennel cough prevented a litter of puppies from near-term adoption, they stumbled upon this picture (above) of a strapping young lad with a nose of pink who went by the name of “Sherwin.”

On the finest of days, the family of 3 piled into the car and drove to meet the little guy. After being greeted by an immediate sucker punch at the front door and an hour of effortless lab-tag later, the family knew this pup was the one.

Harley’s foster family shed tears when it came time for him to leave.

Harley had only been with them 2 short weeks after being plucked within hours of the end of his days, yet he still touched their hearts with his sweet, sweet soul.

Two Smiling Labs by Home Style AustinSurmounting extreme odds, Harley has brought immeasurable joy and unforgettably funny stories to those who know him. He brightens his family’s days beyond expectation and Boomer and Harley remain the best of brothers. Two peas, they say.

To those who have experienced and propel the joys of animal rescue, a million thanks!

And for those who are considering a rescue pup, please save these souls who are fighting for their lives. Give them a second chance to live and share life.

You may just find, as did we, that the lucky soul saved wasn’t the one at the end of their lifeline … it was the one who created a new lifeline, by picking up where others left off.

Oh, what a great feeling that is!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider

 

 

~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

Email: JoePaul@KW.com
Mobile: 512-222-3302
Web: JoePaul.KWRealty.com

PS ~ “Why did you name him Harley,” you ask? His foster Dad rode one. And we could think of no better way to honor this guy.

Flying Dogs To ItalyWant to read more about Harley? Learn about his amazing adventure to Italy with his brother Boomer!

 

DIY : Succulent Planter

How To Make A Succulent Planter by Home Style Austin
One Excellent Succulent

If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to make a lasting impression, make and gift one of these unique succulent plants.

Once you have the supplies, these “succulent hangers” are surprisingly simple to create. The end result is a one-of-a-kind handmade plant that will surely delight both you and the lucky recipient.

Tips:

  • The material quantities below are approximations; what you use will vary based on the size of your plants and the number of succulent planters you’re making. PS ~ While you’re making one you might as well make more!
  • You may find 4 hands are better than 2! Our friend Eileen lent us her 2 hands which were especially useful during the forming and wrapping stages shown below.
  • Most of the supplies are easy to find; we found plants, soil, sphagnum moss and the garden wire at Lowes, green moss and the rainbow-inspired decorative twine came from Michael’s. The clay soil was the hardest for us to locate but we scored a 40 pound bag of it for about $5 at Hill Country Water Gardens (it’s one of our favorite nurseries). PS ~ 40 pounds of clay soil is deceivingly small. 

Materials: 

1 – 2 Cups  |  Potting Soil
1 – 2 Cups  |  Clay Soil
About 1/4 cup (To Form)  |  Water
1 (or more)  |  Succulent Plants
Two Handfuls  |  Sphagnum Moss, Moistened
Two Handfuls  |  Green Moss, Unmoistened
10 – 15 Feet  |  Decorative Twine
To Hang  |  A Piece Of Driftwood Or A Found Stick (about 6 inches long)
To Hang  |  Some Green Garden Wire (available at most craft stores)

What To Do:

1. Make Dirt.
In a medium-sized bowl mix together equal parts of the potting and clay soil. Add water and combine until the mixture resembles a pliable dough. Set aside.

How to Make a Succulent Planter Hanger by Home Style Austin
2. Form Planter.

Remove your succulent plant from its container and wrap it with enough sphagnum moss to entirely encase the roots. Then wrap the moss-covered succulent with the prepared, wet, soil from Step 1 above, forming a ball. Wrap green moss around the succulent and trim any excess that rises above the edge of the succulent.

How to Make a Succulent Planter Hanger by Home Style Austin
3. Wrap Planter

Using your decorative twine, wrap the planter several times to secure the soil and moss to the plant. A few times I carefully wrapped the twine on top – and between – the succulent branches to help form a well-wrapped “ball.” Along the way test your wrap to ensure the plant hangs level. As we formed the wrapped planter we created 4 extra-long suspensions at each “corner” of the succulent planter and then wrapped the hanging stick (below) to help keep the plant stable in the breezy winds of Central Texas. Make sure and leave enough excess twine at the top of the plant for hanging.

How to Make a Succulent Planter Hanger by Home Style Austin
4. Prepare To Hang

Wrap the excess twine around your hanging stick (from Step 3) to your desired length and tie them off at the top of the stick or tie and tuck the twine along the bottom of your succulent planter. To suspend from a nail or hanger wrap the stick a few times with the garden wire and secure.

5. To Care & Feed
Hang your succulent in a semi-sunny place, indoors or out. Make sure to keep the plant happy and keep it moist by misting daily or by watering liberally or letting rest in a shallow bowl of water. Succulents don’t need to be over-watered but they do need a little love.

Enjoy and please email me with any questions about this project!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider





~ Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

How to Make a Succulent Planter Hanger by Home Style Austin

Red Bud Isle Park

Red Bud Isle Park In Austin, Texas
Whether you arrive to Red Bud Isle Park via canoe, car or your own two feet, everyone’s in for a treat in Austin’s great outdoors.

Red Bud Isle Park is about 13 acres in size and is one of Austin’s 12 great off leash dog parks. As a proud parent of two outdoor-loving Labs, I knew I had to take them for a great day in the sun. I scored major points from my dogs and we are already planning our return adventures.

Dogs Having A Blast In The Water At Red Bud Isle Park In Austin, Texas. Photo by Home Style Austin

The park features:

  • A large off leash play area perfect for fetching toys or the sun’s rays
  • Free park entry. Note: the parking lot can sometimes be a bit tricky to score a parking space
  • Benches perfect for dog watching, people watching or just some “R and R”
  • Wooded trails great for adventuring or picnicking
  • Shorelines sporting great views of the Colorado River
  • Complimentary dog waste bags

The Off Leash Dog Park At Red Bud Isle - Photo By Home Style Austin

The park is located west of downtown Austin and west of Mopac Expressway near the beautiful neighborhoods of West Lake Hills, Tarrytown and Rollingwood. Here’s a handy map:

Red Bud Isle is a great place to adventure in Austin.

Enjoy the great outdoors . . . and more pictures below!

Austin Realtor Joe Paul Reider



Joe Paul Reider

Home Style Austin Founder
Austin Realtor®
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

A Great Walking Path At Red Bud Isle Park In Austin, Texas

The Great Walking Path At Red Bud Isle Park

The Dogs Of Red Bud Isle Park In Austin, Texas

The Dogs Of Red Bud Isle Park

A Happy Bernese Mountain Dog At Red Bud Isle Park In Austin, Texas

A Happy Bernese Mountain Dog At Red Bud Isle Park

My Dogs, Boomer and Harley, Going Into Water At Red Bud Isle Park In Austin

My Water Bound Dogs, Boomer and Harley, At Red Bud Isle Park

The Beautiful Peninsula At Red Bud Isle Park In Austin, Texas

The Beautiful Peninsula At Red Bud Isle Park