Commentary

Here’s a Rockdale tie to Gov. Perry’s coyote caper

SPOILIN’ THE BROTH
Bill Cooke

Neighbor Grover sez 87.2 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot. R ockdale native Dr. Greg

Biehle, DVM, who owns and operates Brykerwood Veterinary Clinic in Austin, was recently featured on a KXAN-TV news segment about his friendship with Governor Rick Perry, a fellow Aggie and presidential candidate.

The interview, by KXAN’s Josh Hinkle, noted that Dr. Biehle and Gov. Perry have known each other more than 30 years. The governor also entrusts his pets to the care of Dr. Biehle’s clinic. Those pets are “a Labrador and a weenie dog—Lucy and Belle,” Dr. Biehle said.

The story also noted that the Labrador brought about one of the biggest Perry stories last year, when the governor shot a coyote to protect the dog while on a jog. Dr. Biehle said he heard about the event two months before the public did, because the governor dropped by Biehle’s clinic and told his friend, “Brother, you’re not going to believe what just happened this morning.”

Dr. Biehle said he and his hunting buddy don’t talk politics much. He said if they bump heads, “it’s usually over the size of a deer or the true weight of a fish, something like that.”

Dr. Biehle is a 1970 graduate of Rockdale High School where he was a stellar student and also a pretty good basketball player. He got his DVM from Texas A&M University in 1978, practiced for a short time in Beaumont and has been in Austin for most of his career.

He is the son of former Rockdale resident Billie Biehle, now of Georgetown, and the late A.A. Biehle. They were Rockdale residents since 1946.

She is now in an assisted living facility and would love to hear from her many Rockdale friends. You can drop her a line: Billie Biehle, Unit 122, Sterling House of Georgetown, Georgetown TX 78626.

You can also give her a call on her cell, 760-6716. That’s what I did and we had a great visit. This sweet lady is 86 and sharp as a tack. She was in the Richards Memorial Hospital’s assisted living wing until the wing was shut down. She lived for a time in Lexington before moving to Sterling House.

“ This is a really nice place,” she said. “I’m very fortunate. But I really do miss seeing all my friends in Rockdale.”

This column is usually anything but political, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Billie and her veterinarian son think their governor friend and Aggie would make a fine president. She told me so. bill@rockdalereporter.com


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