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January 26, 2003

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King Babs, the Pet of the Day
Name: King Babs
Age: Thirty years old
Gender: Male
Kind: American Quarter Horse
Home: North Texas, USA
   This is King Babs, a 30-year-old American Quarter Horse. He was born April 22, 1972. We got him when he was two years old. We started showing him at age five and then retired him from the show ring at age ten. He is such a pleasure to have, practically takes care of himself. He has ten acres and a three stall barn all to himself and our three dogs here in the North Texas area. He has been one of the greatest pleasures of our lives. His face needed trimming when this picture was made so we captioned it "I need a shave." He loves cats, but unfortunately we just can't keep them because of the coyotes. We wish we could have him for another 30 years.

    His nickname is "Red" because of his deep sorrel color. He is very affectionate and loves to be around people. He definitely has a sense of humor. On his 30th birthday we gave him a party and had carrot cake. When it came time to take his birthday picture he squared up and really gave us a beautiful pose and then just when we got ready to snap the picture he picked up his front foot. We told him to put it down, he did, and then when we got ready to snap another picture he picked up a hind foot. This went on for about ten minutes. We were all laughing so hard we never did get a picture with all four feet on the ground. He is a character. He doesn't know how to do any tricks but has always been willing to try anything we tried to teach him, including pulling a cart. He loves to be groomed and will stand for hours to be brushed, clipped, bathed, anything we want. He loves attention. For the past 28 years he has been just a member of the family.

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