Meet the Bankhead family, the Homeward Bound July Pet Family of the Month! Natasha, a native of England, met her husband, Jordan, in Oxford when she relocated for a career opportunity. A Californian, Jordan was attending Ole Miss. Zephyr was the first ‘baby’ in the family. He is very aware of his status as the eldest ‘child’ and ignored the arrival of baby James, hoping the new addition would simply go away. Sorry Zephyr; not only is James here to stay but the holiday season will bring more competition for you when the family welcomes child number three, including Zephyr. After all, it’s Zephyr’s house – he just lets the rest of them live there with him.
Fondly referred to by the family as the ‘mutant’ Miniature Schnauzer because of his unusual non-miniature long legs and height, Zephyr joined the family as a puppy – all the way from Texas. Everything is bigger in Texas, right? Zephyr acquired his stately moniker from a sign on the Nevada interstate pointing to Zephyr Cove, near Lake Tahoe.
Once into everything, his early antics almost cost him his handsome looks after he got into the 5-minute hair removal cream Natasha was using on her legs! We won’t eleborate on the scene in the house with Natasha chasing the cream smeared puppy. Now eleven, he still plays with toys and is an enthusiastic ball chaser. In fact, Zephyr chases anything that moves: squirrels, deer, and toddler James. The family claims he’s “all boy” but we also hear he is a sucker for a good front paw massage and must have his two baby sheep toys with him to be able to sleep at night. Well, he’s not the first person, er dog, to try counting sheep to fall asleep.