Tex, a prairie dog who died at age 11 on July 14, 2022, was an unconventional member of our household. He was a rescue from the exotic pet trade; his family no longer wanted him, after buying him as a baby from a pet store. In this photo he is 6 months old. Wanting to be part of a coterie (a family) that is every prairie dog’s birthright, Tex was assured he would have brothers as well as sisters and we provided him with a family – his own species as well as our company too. He accepted everyone willingly, was playful, joyful and social. We know he was given final rest with Legacy in a respectful and caring manner and I am so grateful.