We are Carol and Ralph, two boot lovers who have been
collecting vintage cowboy boots for many years. We started
selling on Ebay in 1998 under the name Trodus. Since
that time, we have sold thousands of pairs of gently
worn cowboy boots. We have come to know many fine people
in our Ebay dealings. Cowboy boot buyers are the best
people in the world!
We are both retired now and have even more time to
add to our boot collection and to finding great boots
to sell to our customers on Ebay.
Buddy - The Boot Dog
Rest in Peace Little
July 22, 2012
About five years ago, we were outside
photographing boots when a little tan and white dog
came up in the yard. Since it was 99 plus degrees, we
gave the dog some water to drink. He stuck around and
when we finished photographing and started indoors,
he trotted in the house like he owned it. He had adopted
us! Although we ran an ad in the paper and contacted
the local pet locators, we never found his owner. By
now, he must be about 13 or 14 years old, judging by
his grizzled face. He sleeps on the foot of the bed
and he still loves to go outside when we photograph
Added July 2012: We were able to
keep Buddy with us for another 5 years until he died
of old age. He always loved to go outside to photograph
boots, but this last year, he got where he wanted to
stay in the house or if he did go outside, he would
be ready to go back in within 10 or 15 minutes. His
face was all white hair and his eyesight had failed
and he could hardly see, then his little heart finally
gave out. We don't know his real age, but we think he
was about 18 or 19 years old. I am so happy we found
him that day and were able to give him some good years
with lots of love and pats.
We live at the edge of the city and people
dump their unwanted dogs and cats out here. Over the
years, we have adopted many dogs and cats and run ads
in the paper to find homes for some of the strays we
have found hanging around our house, my next-door neighbor
does the same. Please get your dogs and cats fixed so
we don't add more stray animals to the world. The Dallas
Animal Shelter puts down an average of 11 pitbull mix
dogs every day.
Here is a picture of two more critters
that we have taken in, a pit bull mix and a calico cat.
The dog, who was a puppy when we found her, was tangled
in wire and all cut up, she had severe anemia from fleas
and hook worms. After a trip to the vet, we nursed her
back to health and she is my sweet loving dog now, my
Winnie. The cat (Callie) showed up on our porch as a
kitten and has been here ever since. Winnie has a big
loud bark and scared off a man who tried to come in
our front door and Callie is a great little mouser.
We have had them both fixed. I try to do my bit to stop
excess dogs and cats.