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HE Pet Spotlight: Saaz and Barley

Two German Shorthair Pointer dogs lying on a red blanket on a couch.
Saaz and Barley, the German Shorthair Pointers.

When we’re not performing residual stress measurements, some of the HE team members love spending time with their furry friends! Josh Hodges is no exception. He lives with his two German Shorthair Pointers, Saaz and Barley, ages 12 and 3 respectively.

Josh reveals both were “rebound dogs” he adopted because “a new puppy manages to take your mind off getting out of a long-term relationship.” After hearing about their antics, we couldn’t agree more!

Although they’re the same breed, Saaz and Barley are very different. Saaz is stubborn, but sweet, and is scared of kittens and chickens, despite being a bird dog. He’s also a bit clumsy. Once, when trying to get the last of the kibble out of the bag, he pushed it too close to the water heater and it caught flame! Luckily, Josh noticed before Saaz could burn the house down.

A white dog with grey spots with its head stuck in a woven basket.
Poor Barley with his head stuck in a bee box.

Barley, on the other hand, is described as curious and goofy. For example, after Josh released a bee package inside his hive, Barley decided to investigate and got his head stuck in the box (pictured above). He was very fortunate that most of the bees had vacated the box.

Whether it’s dealing with residual stress or dealing with the hijinks of two pups, there’s never a dull day in the life of Josh. Keep reading our blog for more HE Pet Spotlights!