Meet the pets who brighten our days and make the treehouse life even sweeter.
Whether they're snoozing on sawdust in our prefab shop or slinking through the trees at Treehouse Resort and Spa, these pets always bring a smile to our faces. We couldn't do the work we do without them!
Parents: Pete and Judy Nelson
Chica came home with the Nelsons after their year in Spain. She still prefers to speak Spanish, and rules the house with her regal stature and irresistable, Ewok-like face. Chica adores Pete and is happiest when he is home.
Parents: Emily and Patrick
ToastyBun was adopted by Emily in 2012 and has quickly risen in the dog ranks because of her blinding cuteness and piercing puppy eyes. Although her age and breed are unknown, she has the heart of a big dog, the bark of a small dog and likes to give quick "love bites" to visitors of the shop. Neko is her role model and together they roam the shop grounds birdwatching and horse wrangling.
Parent: Toby Maloy
Toby brings Neko to the our treehouse HQ almost every day. She can be found snoozing on sawdust, testing the strength of wood slabs, and harassing mail delivery workers. Seriously, don't even think about delivering mail unless you're ready for an inundation of Neko barks. Neko can only be tamed with the sweet, sweet taste of dog treats and the soothing sound of Toby lazily reprimanding her from his office. No, Neko is not ironically named after the word for cat in Japanese. Yes, she is one classy mutt. And yes, her favorite trick is tree climbing!
Parent: Daryl McDonald
Rusty (a.k.a. Rustofferson, Trusty-dusty-rusty, Rustafari), was born into the treehouse industry and has been involved in more treehouse builds than most humans could ever hope for. At an early age, he accidentally fell out of a treehouse. He turned out to be fine, but now has a much greater respect for safety. He's the crafty veteran of the treehouse dog crew; he's been there, done that and seen it all.
Parents: Pete and Judy. Also parented by Emily and Patrick.
Frida is the newest addition to the Nelson family! Pete found Frida while building in Texas Hill Country; he has a pattern of falling for dogs on treehouse builds. In fact, Frida is the second Chihuahua Pete has brought home from a job site! Frida is the squirmiest cuddle bug in all the land. She likes to curl up on your lap, in your bed, on your chair—basically, wherever you happen to be—at all times. She sleeps under the covers at the foot of the bed, and enjoys chewing on flip flops and pillows. While occasionally awkward in her movements, Frida can execute some seriously high hops!
Parents: Pete and Judy
It takes a one badass cat to be able to hold his own in a shop full of dogs. King Buster doesn't just hold his own: he rules the shop. Fluffier than life and beefier than beef, this cat lives to hunt, roam his kingdom of chickens, and lounge alluringly in front of heaters. His friends call him by his name and his enemies don't call him anything because they are all dead. All hail the King!
VICTOR SHADE NELSON
Parents: Pete and Judy
A typical Nelson week would not be complete without a call from a neighbor (or friendly stranger from two counties over) regarding Vic's whereabouts. Let's just say she prefers to take herself on walks. Some speculate about the size of her IQ, but that's exactly what Vic wants people to think. By the time you get around to questioning her intelligence, she's already disappeared, living life precisely as she pleases. Damn, Vic's got it all figured out.
Parents: Daniel Ash and Sandy Wolf
Frenchy is a grumpy, three-year-old African Pygmy Hedgehog who lives in a tiny teepee. He eats dry cat food and occasional meal worm treats. Frenchy is nocturnal and so he spends most of the day sleeping under blankets, but at night he wakes up and can run miles (no really, miles) on his exercise wheel. When he's scared or extra grumpy he rolls up into a spiky ball. Most people think hedgehogs are related to porcupines but his quills aren't as sharp as a porcupines and they don't detach. He's actually more closely related to a shrew.
Our crew has so many pets that we've moved the rest of this post into a Part II!
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