Koa of Austin
June 1988- Sept 1998
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.