By Donna Hill
For the Fort Bend Star
A year after being rescued from the Brazos River floods in 2016, Archer remains one lucky dog, and by all accounts a much loved member of Sheriff Troy E. Nehls’ family.
Archer was the forgotten brown and white dog still tied by a leash to a front porch, rescued by KPRC television reporter Phil Archer, who was covering a story on the rising flood waters. Archer (the reporter) jumped into the water for the rescue moments before the dog would have drowned. Nehls said the reporter took swift action in saving the dog.
“We were in the boat, saw a house surrounded by water with a dog tied to the porch, and Phil, who had hip waders on, said ‘I’m jumping in,’” Nehls said.
Phil Archer later received the Compassionate Action Award from PETA for his heroism.
“When we pulled the dog out of the water, I immediately texted my family and said we have to adopt this dog,” Nehls said. “I took pictures of her, sent the photos to my family and then contacted the animal shelter, who first took her in after the rescue. I said to them I really wanted to adopt her and asked the Humane Society to put a hold on her (for adoption).
She did have a heart worm condition, so they had to keep her for a couple of days to test her, and see if she was OK. And her neck was worn from the leash which was on her when she was rescued, so we had to get her healed there, too.”
Nehls wasted no time in giving a new name to the recovering pup.
“I chose the name Archer because Phil had actually jumped in the water and saved her,” Nehls recalled.
Archer isn’t the only rescued member in the Nehls family. New siblings include dogs Buddy and Boo, plus the family duck, Lucky.
The new addition to the family came at a very important time.
“We recently lost a beloved dog, which was tough on the whole family, and literally all of a sudden Archer comes along … all I can say is Archer has done more for me than I will ever do for Archer,” Nehls said.
Adjustment to her new home took a while.
“The first week or so Archer definitely had PTSD. It took some time. She has never jumped into the pool. She will run around the pool and bark at the duck that’s in the pool, but she is not a fan of the water. The first week, an adjustment. She’s very happy now, though ¬– tail wagging all the time.”
For the past year, Archer, a fluffy mixture of many breeds, is living a very full life, with a clean bill of health, and support from a loving family.
“After rescuing Archer, we adopted her to ensure she has a great life. She has become a very important part of our family,” said Nehls.
He is also grateful for the support of animal lovers in the community who are working at shelters, volunteering, doing all they can to help and protect animals. With the arrival of hurricane season, The Humane Society, along with area animal shelters, remind owners to prepare their pets as well as themselves before a hurricane hits. Preparation includes extra food, toys, a first aid kit, and getting pets microchipped.
For more info on how to prepare a pet for hurricane season, visit www.houstonhumane.org/Assets/hurricane-prep-checklist.pdf.