In Memory of Herman E. Detering III

True-Blue-Animal-Rescue-In-Memory-of-Herman-DeteringHerman was dedicated to helping rescue horses and has a long legacy of work promoting animal welfare. In his time helping TBAR he made an impact on everyone who met him. His methods of teaching helped bring around many of our rescued horses, and helped connect our sponsors to their animals.

His wife, Mimi Crossley Detering, tells us that he loved doing demos for T-Bar, and it was his desire for people in his name to our rescue. We could not be more honored to have such an amazing man feel so strongly for our organization. It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to our dear friend.

Herman Eberhard Detering III, 76, died peacefully at home in Houston on March 21, following a long battle with cancer.

He leaves behind his devoted wife and best friend of 40 years Mimi Crossley Detering, loving relatives, close friends and a legacy of work promoting animal welfare.

His parents, H. E. Detering Jr. and Inez Sherar Detering, are deceased.

Herman was educated at St. John’s School in Houston, received a B.A. from Washington and Lee University and a J.D. degree from Columbia University.

Herman and TBAR

Herman with TBAR volunteers and TBAR horses

As a young man, he was ranked nationally in tennis, and was an accomplished equestrian.

Returning to graduate school, he was awarded an M.A. in intellectual history from New York University, and studied for a PhD with Frank E. Manuel.

Herman taught and lectured extensively in history and the humanities, including at Rice University, St. Thomas University and the University of Houston.

As an historian and rare book collector, he founded the Detering Book Gallery, which became the premier rare bookstore in the South.

His FotoFest exhibition of books and photographs showing the parallel development of psychiatry and photography broke new ground in the study of clinical uses of imagery.

As a rancher, Herman became involved with studies of animal psychology and methods of natural, non-coercive horsemanship. Adapting these methods to cattle, he pioneered low stress handling for ranchers, regularly writing articles for major publications including The Cattleman and The American Brahman Review. His video, “Natural Persuasion,” was a first in the field of low-stress herd management and remains a classic.

Herman’s extensive life, career and thoughts about animal handling can be found on his website,

Herman also served on several non-profit boards, notably FotoFest, the Houston Center for Photography and the Texas Committee on the Humanities.

In addition to his wife Mimi, Herman leaves a sister, Deborah Detering, and nieces Shelley Pannill Stein and husband Matt Stein; Katherine Pannill Center and husband Gordon Center; and Lizzie Pannill Fletcher and husband Scott Fletcher.

A memorial service will be held at The Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon St. on Thursday, April 9 at 11 a.m.  

In lieu of flowers, please donate to True Blue Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 1107 Brenham, Tx. 77834

Throwback Thursday: Sadie

True-Blue-Animal-Rescue-Texas-TBT-Sadie-LorettaLoretta, one of our Officers and Board Members who has been with TBAR since the beginning, has submitted Sadie for our Throwback Thursday this week! She says: “We adopted Sadie at 8 weeks and this year she is 11. She is such a loyal and perfect companion. I ignore the grey coming in around her eyes and her snout. To me she is MY dog. She does not like to be separated from me at all. Thanks to T-Bar and Mel and Dale for trusting me to care for her by adopting her.”

We LOVE hearing updates on the TBAR animals that became a part of your family! Please send your pictures to [email protected] so we can share these beautiful stories with everyone who helps make animal rescue possible!

Success Stories: Puppies Adopted March 2015!

True-Blue-Animal-Rescue-Success-Puppies-Adopted-March-2015Here are the Hope Puppies that have already found their forever homes! They were in a kill shelter with their mother, Hope, and they would have been euthanized if a volunteer hadn’t come forward and offered to foster them. Now, these three are all in great new adoptive homes, with just two more (and their mom) waiting for theirs! Just look at these happy faces with their happy puppies! That’s three of our sweet puppies in great new homes but we still have two more looking for homes. Adopt, don’t shop!!

Foster Feature: Hope and Pups

Today we have a foster feature from Sophia Morales, who has saved and is fostering Hope and her pups.


I first saw Hope and her pups on a rescue page I follow on facebook, pleading for someone to come rescue her and her babies or they would be euthanized. Hope had sarcoptic mange and the shelter could not treat her or pups. At the time I was unable to foster since I was moving into my new house. Hope had days left, then hours. I finally moved into my new house during this time and saw that still no one had stepped up to rescue her. Since I was settled I contacted the person networking her and volunteered. Hope had such a sweet innocent face. She didn’t ask for any of this. And she definitely did not deserve to die just because she could not get treatment at the shelter. Once I volunteered we then needed donations to pay for her medical expenses and a rescue to tag her. And True Blue Rescue came and saved Hope and her pups. The moment I got her into my car I could see the relief on her face. Hope made sure all pups were by her side then just plopped down and fell asleep until I got her to her new foster home. She was a great mom, very caring and protective of her pups. She was so calm and gentle. She would look at me with her beautiful eyes and I would melt. Hope came to me potty trained, and very well behaved it was such a shame to me to think she would have been put down when she is such a wonderful dog. Once I got her first treatment for her mange she was a different dog no more sad looks the itching had stopped. Her hair began to grow back and the life and light inside of her renewed. When I let her outside I saw her begin to run and play , her ears finally perked up. Now when I come home to Hope I have a happy excited wagging tail beautiful dog waiting for me. She has really come out of her shell. She enjoys playing with her three girls that are left out of her litter (3 other pups have been adopted). Hopes pups Dotty, Mocha and Maddie are adorable. Lively smart little pups. Dotty is the bigger of the three, a beautiful dark brindle shes very adventurous and loves to be held. Mocha loves to play and pull on my pant leg. Maddie is the runt and has her mothers calm demeanor. Maddie prefers to be held and sleep with you then to play with her bigger sisters. Whoever adopts Hope is going to get one of the most special dogs I have ever fostered. She is so loving and gentle. She doesn’t jump on people or children and gets along well with other dogs. I had her and the pups in a crowded clinic with excited dogs and pups and Hope remained calm laying by my feet for her turn to see the vet. That is her personality shes really a big lap dog. Maddie I think will follow in her moms footsteps very calm and gentle, Dotty and Mocha are happy pups loving to play and run around.


Upcoming Event: Horse Clinic with Juan 2015


TBAR is happy to announce our next clinic with Juan Vendrell of TC Ranch Horsemanship. Juan will be teaching Natural Horsemanship methods in roundpenning, desensitizing, haltering and saddling horses.

There are only 8 spots available if you want to bring your horse to train, so be sure to sign up here!

Participants (with Horse): $80
Auditors: $20 (there are plenty of auditor spots)

Please bring lawn chairs for sitting. Clean coggins required for all horses attending

Read more about Juan on his website:

Throwback Thursday: Pearl

True-Blue-Animal-Rescue-TBT-Jaden-and-Pearl‪#‎TBT‬ We took in a group of horses that were being starved by their owners several years ago. They didn’t trust people so it was a challenge for anyone to adopt them. That didn’t stop his mare’s adopter, Jaden. He worked with her and was soon able to ride her! Now Jaden and Pearl have a wonderful partnership. We love happy endings like this one. It’s a true testament to what love and patience can do.

Success Story: Hawk!

True-Blue-Animal-Rescue-Texas-Success-Horse-HawkToday’s success story is Hawk! He was in an abusive home as a colt so True Blue Animal Rescue took him in along with another colt. He had been starved by his owner and didn’t trust people which made it hard to find someone to adopt him. We sent him to Juan Vendrell of TC Ranch ventures and since that time we could halter him, saddle him and he finally started to trust people! He went to a new foster home and before too long they fell in love with him and decided to adopt. Here’s Hawk when he came to us and again with his family members, horse and human. He’s grown up to be a beautiful boy!!