Mestengo here. Obviously I was a victim of the great HC name swap a few years back. The BF and I are still in northern Illinois, though we've switched towns a few times in the past 7 years or so.
Most of you know, my thoroughbred-mustang cross, BlackJack Bay, passed away back in 2009. My little grade Arabian, Rafiq, is now 13. After 8 years together, he can still be a handful on the trails, but I enjoy his intelligence and affectionate nature.
We lost our lovely rough collie, Skye, to cancer in 2015, which was a hard year in general for us. I lost my best friend to cancer and another old horse-related acquaintance to suicide about the same time. Then, my mom in Wisconsin suffered a sudden-onset dementia and later needed surgery for hernia on Christmas Eve. Not to be left out, I ended the year with bruised ribs from being thrown into a wall and started 2016 with a torn knee from a non-horse-related incident. I always say, bad things come in 7's.
The one good thing in 2015 was our new smooth collie pup, Evie, who is now 2 years old. She's always such a happy pup. We also have two cats, Gearron, a 10-year-old male, and Shadow, 5-year-old female, both from barn cat litters. Pics are of the current furry family.