Koa of Austin - We had just moved to Arkansas after our tour in Hawaii. Perry insisted on giving our first Irish Wolfhound a Hawaiian name. Koa... it just so happens to be the initials of a popular camping franchise, KOA Kampgrounds Of America. We spared Koa the embarrassment and assured him he was our warrior to the end. Koa became part of our family in October of 1988 at the age of 14 weeks. We quickly learned that finding any reliable information on wolfhounds was almost impossible to come by. Most books where generic only touching the surface of what we now know. Most of our first problems with Koa was the lack of interest in food. At times it was so bad I (Teresa) would find my self on my knees forcing food down his mouth and crying. Eventually we found a veterinarian that put our worries aside. Having had a lot of experience in large breeds, he told us that this was not uncommon for this breed and was able to work with us, and got Koa on a good diet. Koa never got heavier than 135lbs. He was always a very picky eater but around 3 years of age Koa reached the weight of 135 lbs and kept it on. In September of 1998, Koa was humanely put to sleep when he torsioned and bloated at just over 10 years of age. Koa was our teacher in all things that is Irish Wolfhounds....A gentle, kind and wise Irish-man Koa was our Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow.