Alrighty then, I am very happy to report that Appalachian Animal Rescue Center is back open for business after having some state-mandated improvements done to the facility last week. Today I walked this big young boy named Copper. Copper is a lab mix, a little under a year old, and was surrendered by his owner who stated she is not allowed to have dogs.

I must be honest … it was not the best outing I’ve had but not the worst either. Perhaps it was doomed from the start when we all thought Copper was already neutered. I apparently didn’t get a close enough look, and the staff … well, they already had him hooked up before realizing he in fact is not. I was there before operating hours, so there was nobody in the office to put a halt to the walk, and we all figured eh … what could go wrong?!

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In hindsight, it wasn’t THAT bad. Copper was really good in the car. He was excited so moved around a lot, but he stayed in the backseat and made no effort to climb up front. Unfortunately, once we hit the Greenway, he was having some bathroom issues. He also was overly aroused (if you catch my drift), which made walking a challenge. When we did actually walk, Copper showed his inner puppy by pulling quite a bit on the leash. He liked people and other dogs and really wanted to play … he actually tried to join a couple joggers.

Copper really enjoyed sniffing around and had his nose to the ground much of the time so rather than walking a great distance, we hung around close to the parking lot and I let him sniff to his snout’s content. It was quite hot so I decided to take him back to the shelter, but he decided he wasn’t going to get into my vehicle. The latter two photos above were taken while I was trying to lure him into the backseat. I actually got him in on the floor of the back by offering him treats, but he managed to jump back out before I could close the door. At that point, it became more difficult as any attempt to get him close to the door would result in Copper trying to pull out of his harness. 

After 20 or 30 minutes, a super nice retired couple offered to help me. It got a little hairy because Copper tried to walk around the lady and I was afraid she’d get caught up and possibly fall so I reluctantly let go of the leash. Copper ran off but not too far, thankfully, and I was able to grab his leash fairly quickly. Due to the heat, Copper was very thirsty so that’s how we got him. I went to the other side of my car and placed a bowl of water on the backseat while the gentleman coaxed the big doggy in for a tall cool one. Ok … just a short wet one but it worked … crisis averted!

Copper is a beautiful boy in need of some basic training who just wants a good home. He obviously does not care for shelter life … some dogs do better than others under those circumstances, but some simply need furever homes STAT, and Copper is one of those. He’s sweet and gentle and I never felt in danger; I simply did not want to wrestle him and force him into my car against his will. If you are looking for a furry companion, cat or dog, please make AARC your first stop. There are several amazing animals who simply need a chance … and your love … and they will love you back ten-fold!

As a side note, for personal reasons I will not be doing the shelter dog struts in the foreseeable future but hope to resume them again at some point. If you are searching for just the right dog for your home and family, I implore you to take any pooch you might be interested in off the AARC grounds and spend some time with him or her. Each dog acts completely different away from the shelter and after some “chill” time than they act in the cages at the shelter. Thanks!

I’ve got good news and bad … the good news is Appalachian Animal Rescue Center has the absolute best selection of puppy-wups available for adoption, and the guy I walked yesterday named Pluto is no exception. The bad news is I was told the shelter is closed for the rest of the week so to come back next Monday for the next shelter dog strut. They are closed for good reasons though — some upgrades to the facility. So let’s talk about Pluto …

Pluto is a strikingly handsome pup with some interesting coloring. He is mostly dark chocolate in color with a lighter brown patch on his chest next to a larger grayish-white patch. His right front paw is whitish-gray as well. He is around 3 or 4 years old, of medium size, and best guess breed mix is perhaps a little Pit with some Australian Cattle Dog (aka Blue Heeler), and who knows what else. He was brought in by a woman who found him wandering aimlessly up in the Tellico area.

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Although he was given the Disney-themed name Pluto, which is quite fitting based on his rather large ears, I found him to be quite “Goofy” as well. Pardon my potty talk but for one thing as shown in the middle photo above, he prefers privacy when it’s poo time. Secondly, he pees like a girl, does not lift his leg. And he only went once the entire walk but for a really long time. Either he had received an important P-mail that required a long rebuttal or he’d gotten several P-mails and simply hit “reply to all” to take care of his responses in one fell swoop.

Pluto was excellent on the leash and very light on his feet. The only time he pulled was when he saw a bird or other critter he wanted to chase, but as you can see in the first image above, as soon as he felt resistance, he flopped back, gave me a “goofy” look, and stopped his pursuit.  This obedient boy sat on command, as in the second image. I was informed that he also lays down and gives his paw when given the orders. He was very calm riding in the 4-runner; he stayed in the backseat and enjoyed sticking his head out the window. I reckon with those ears, he was listening to a reggae concert in California. He loves people … the jury is still out on how he gets along with other dogs as we did not run into any.

If you are interested in Pluto or any of the other fine, furry adoptable kitties and doggies at AARC, please give them a holler. I do believe they will be answering phones all week even if the shelter is officially “closed for renovations.”



Howdy! It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve done a blog post, and it sorta has I reckon. My business is picking up, which is wonderful, but it does cut into my shelter dog struttin’ time. If those pesky bills would only step aside. The main reason there has been a shortage of blog posts, though, is I can only walk dogs that have been spayed or neutered, and there was a backlog of newbies at Appalachian Animal Rescue Center that still needed that. I now have some new residents to walk and will resume again Monday, the good Lord willing.

Yesterday I took this wicked cute and spunky boy named Jax to the Greenway, and he was one happy pup!. His first order of business was … well … to take care of business, and his second order of business was to hit the salad bar. Apparently no fresh greens are served at the shelter, which would be fine with me cuz vegetables?! Yuck! But a lot of dogs do like to dine on some roughage and often take advantage of that buffet when I have them on the GW. That said, a quick research on Google will tell you that does not necessarily mean they have stomach issues.

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Jax is a just under a year old. He is pit mix and has a whole buncha of puppy left in him. He loves to play and is extremely energetic, even in the heat of the day … til he found some shade or dirt to lay in, then he was happy to chill for a bit. He is super strong for his size. He’s compact. I’d call him small to medium, heavy on the medium, and would guess his weight to be 30-35 pounds, perhaps 40 due to his muscular build. He is good on the leash UNTIL he sees something that piques his interest, and then you must be prepared because his takeoff is explosive. He would do well in a good-sized yard to dart around in off leash, but if you plan to walk him where leashes are required, some training will definitely be in order.

Jax, puppy to the max, is a jumper who gravitates towards people and … you guessed it … jumps up on them in an affectionate, playful manner. He is not intimidating or scary in any way. Bicycles did not faze him in the least. He seemed very interested in playing with other dogs, but there were no willing candidates. He traveled fairly well in the car, preferred the front seat, but like my Patch E. Poo when in the back seat, he’d put his head right next to mine and look out the front windshield while sneaking in a quick kiss on my cheek from time to time.

I feel like I’ve given Jax a bad rap, but honestly he’s a typical puppy with several months behind him. It’s important before adopting a dog to know what to expect. He’s a total love and will make an excellent companion; he just needs a little training and direction. He made me giggle like a little girl because he is so sweet and affectionate and, as any puppy, Jax just wants to have fun! Who doesn’t?! 

There are lotsa great dogs and cats and a whole room full of kittens just hoping to be adopted soon and brought into loving homes. Please stop by AARC and check them out!

Just when I thought dogs couldn’t get any cuter, I met Shook at Appalachian Animal Rescue Center this morning. He is the quintessence of cuteness … every part of his little body, big ears, and soulful eyes. Shook, which is his shelter given name so you could call him anything you’d like, was brought in recently by someone who said he found him as a stray. He is believed to be around 4 years old and full-bred Beagle. He was just neutered through the Humane Alliance program and is ready and waiting to go to his furever home.

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Shook was a bit shy at first; I could not get my usual FB photo in the vehicle before we hit the Greenway. He was shaking some and somewhat scared, but he rode well in the vehicle despite traveling between the front seat and back and sticking his snout out the window. Once we hit the Greenway, though, any fear or apprehension he had was gone. He was great on the leash and got along with people and other dogs alike. It was a pleasure walking him.

As most of you probably know, Beagles are scent hounds and often used for hunting. The only time Shook pulled on the leash was when he caught whiff of some type of critter off to the side of the GW. He was easy to manage but also quite verbal and determined to catch his prey. It was not a huge chore to redirect Shook back to our walk though.

Beagles typically make wonderful family pets (think Snoopy). This boy is on the small side for the breed, which makes him compact and extra cute. I found Shook to be a pretty mellow fellow … at 4 years of age, he’s over the puppy stage and ready to settle into a loving home.

There are several new residents at AARC, so if you are looking for a cuddly companion and have not stopped by recently, you really should!

Y’all meet Rebel … he’s about a year and a half old and I’d guess about 40 to 50 pounds, not quite a large dog but close! He’s largely handsome, however, with patches of brindle and a hint of black spots under the white part of his coat. His eyes are simply captivating. He came to Appalachian Animal Rescue Center by way of Macon County Animal Services. He was adopted out once but, unfortunately, dug up some flowers and shrubbery in his new owner’s yard, so that sweet elderly lady traded him in for a less diggity model. I found Rebel to be very well behaved while with me.

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Rebel remained calm in the backseat while riding in my vehicle, and leash pulling was not a major issue. He did like to sniff all the things, and if something caught his snout just right, he’d pull to get closer for a better whiff. He is an avid squirrel hunter, likes to watch them quietly first, then make his move. In the third photo above, he had spotted one on the other side of the fence and was contemplating making his way under the fence to meet “Sparky.” But, alas, he was a good boy.

In the second photo above, Rebel is intensely watching another squirrel on the fence.

I got the impression that Rebel likes other dogs. He seemed to want to play with a couple we encountered. Of course, if you have other fur babies in the house, it’s always a good idea to introduce them on neutral ground before bringing a newbie into the pack.

I think Rebel would love to have a yard where he could chase critters to his heart’s content, but it would be best to keep him away from any fancy shrubs or flower beds unless you can supervise and have the time to teach him not to dig. He seems to be over most of the clumsy puppy playfulness, but ya never know!

There are so many great dogs and cats up for adoption at AARC so please consider visiting with a few to find a perfect match for your situation. Rescues truly are the most loving and appreciative “breed” of pet.

Oh my is Murphy a big guy … I knew I wanted to walk him when I saw him yesterday at Appalachian Animal Rescue Center because he was very calm in his cage and appeared so regal. He is a Silver Lab, a little over a year old. I’d never heard of them either so googled a little. Eh, there is some argument among the purists, but for all intents and purposes on this blog, he is a Silver Lab … and a gorgeous one to boot. 

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Murphy’s size concerned me cuz if he decided to go wild in my 4-runner, there could be trouble. However, he was amazingly docile and sat or laid down in the backseat on the rides to and from the Greenway. He was great on the leash as well, no tugging. I’d classify him as LL (loose leash). He was great around people. His only fault really was that when I’d stop to talk to someone, he would jump up and hug me. My boy Patch does the same thing … possessive maybe?! Like saying, “You can talk to her, but just know she came here with me and she’s leaving with me!” I dunno. As large as he is, though, he never even came close to knocking me over — a true gentle giant. I did see some puppy playfulness in him, so he might need some room to roam and jump around when the mood strikes.

He was such a pleasure to walk I could only wonder why would anyone surrender this precious boy. I found out that the family who had him was very reluctant to give him up, but … Murphy does not play well with chickens, and this family has a child who is very attached to their chickens. It just did not work. Murphy may need to be the only pet in a household. He seemed interested in playing with other dogs but got a little crabby with one in the lobby (it is always best to bring your pets to the shelter and introduce them to any possible new adoptees). All in all, Murphy behaved fantastically today. He is extremely sweet and an all around good boy AND the first doggie that I could take a standing selfie with and get both our heads in the frame!


If you are looking for a new furriend, there are plenty to choose from at AARC, so please make that your first stop in your search!

Through absolutely no fault of her own, this is Ally’s second go around at Appalachian Animal Rescue Center. This now 2-year-old, 35-lb Terrier mix was adopted out last year, but she was brought back within the last few days by her owner, who was terribly upset at having to give her up but cited lack of time to properly care for her as his reason. I firmly believe that this gal will make someone a very happy dog mom or dad. Ally cried on the way to the Greenway, but she enjoyed it there so much we walked 4 miles.

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I’m not sure why, but it was very quiet on the Greenway today. This made for a lovely, peaceful walk with the birds chirping beautifully in the background. We did encounter enough people to know that Ally likes all the people and is very calm around them — not a hyper bone in her li’l body. We did not encounter any dogs until we got back to the shelter. There were several students walking dogs in the parking lot, one of whom took Ally. She seemed to be equally nonchalant around the other 4-legged little rascals. Ally was superb on the leash, not a leash puller (LP) at all — I would classify her as a GT, gentle tugger. I felt it was her security blanket to tug ever so slightly, in essence feeling my presence behind her for comfort.

Ally Gal deserves a loving home, and I hope she finds one quickly. She’s a short-haired sweetheart who is extremely well behaved. She was surrendered with her own perfect-fitting harness and a monogrammed food bowl. She was clearly very loved and well taken care of. In the second photo above, she promised me she’d slip me $20 if next time I’d take her for a pedicure, as the pink polish is beginning to wear off her “toenails.” I told her I really did not think there would be a next time … because somebody wonderful is gonna scoop her up soon and give her the fabulous home she so desires!

She wasn’t big on taking a selfie with me cuz she’s a real girly girl and I’m … well … not, but much to my delight she relented:

If you would like to meet Ally Gal or take a look at the many other dogs and cats available for adoption, please call or visit AARC just as soon as you can!

First off, before anybody gets huffy, Tig said it’s ok if I call him Porky. He has a fantastic sense of humor! I don’t usually take the smaller dogs because they generally adopt out rather quickly. This guy came over to Appalachian Animal Rescue Center from Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society because, for some inexplicable reason, he was not able to find a home up there. I don’t think he will have any trouble with that here. 

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Tig is a 4-year-old, pleasantly plump, Chihauhau — not sure if mix or full and not sure why so plump as he wouldn’t take a single treat from me. Perhaps he’s been doing some emotional closet eating due to the depression and loneliness of not finding his furever home yet. He’s wicked cute with a sweet smile and buggy eyes. Pretty sure he’d like to run off a few pounds, as he tried to join those joggers in the photo above. He’s an enthusiastic walker and terrific on a leash. Oh, and he peed A LOT of times. So, I’m thinking another possibility for his girth size is he simply has a large bladder. Yea, that’s the ticket.

Tig was great on the Greenway, a little bit of snorty snort but absolutely no yappy yap from this li’l one. He behaved wonderfully around people and dogs alike. On the way back to AARC in the 4-runner, I lost track of him til I stopped at a light and discovered he was on the floor in the back (middle photo). I called him up front where he most enjoyed riding. He’s a big fan of the head massage. He’s got lap dog written on his forehead (sorry, it’s under my thumb).

So Tig is going to be at a silent auction (phew good thing he’s not a yapper) tomorrow from 11 a.m. til 3 p.m. down at 12 Spies Winery in Dillard, GA, benefitting AARC. There will be dogs, cats, auction items, wine, and finger foods for y’all to enjoy. 

The fact that Mack has yet to be adopted from Appalachian Animal Rescue Center boggles my mind. He was featured on this blog awhile back when he’d first come over from Macon County Animal Services — you can read about that outing by clicking here: Mack has Manners. Mack still has manners, by the way. He’s a big boy but was quite gentle today. I know he can be pretty energetic from our last walk, but I think the heat may have calmed him down a little today.

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Some info that I did not have last time is that Mack is a 2-year-old hound mix. He’s still super handsome. He still sits on command; in fact, he wiped me outta the treats I had in my fanny pack. He still likes other dogs and really wanted to play with that li’l white doggie, the only one we encountered today … no guttural hound dog groan this time though. And as the third photo depicts, he is still very playful. 

Due to the heat, we did not walk very far today but instead hung out on a bench for a bit doing the “sit” thing, and then we spent some time chillin’ like villains while chatting with a lady who was also just hangin’ out. Mack was very patient and enjoyed the cool grass. Plain and simple … Mack is a good boy.

Please visit or contact AARC if you are looking for a 4-legged companion of the canine or feline persuasion. They have a bunch just waiting for their new homes!

Alrighty then … better late than never for the blog post, right?! Yesterday I took this handsome devil Ace from Appalachian Animal Rescue Center to the Greenway for a little reprieve from shelter life. Ace is believed to be a lab/hound mix, and he has that beautiful brindle coloring. He is approximately 6 years of age and told me he really wants to find his furever home soon to live out the rest of his adult years!

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Ace still seems to have a lotta youth in him; he is quite energetic and a bit of a leash puller. This boy might need a fenced in yard for exercise or a very active hooman who walks, runs, and/or hikes often. He has a thing for chasing lizards (and birds and squirrels), but I discouraged him from eating the wriggly reptiles cuz I’ve heard somewhere that can cause issues.

Ace smiles a lot; would you just look at doz pearly whites?! He likes treats. It was hot so I placed a bowl of water at his paws, but he would not imbibe. I poured the water back into the bottle cuz … you know … waste not, want not. Then he started licking the bowl so I refilled it. And again he would not imbibe. Silly dawg! Ace seemed to like other dogs, as we saw a few and his tail went to wagging. He did bark at an older gentleman, Mr. Jones, whom I often stop and chat with. A little while later, though, we ran into the woman in the third photo above, and he was very friendly towards her. This might indicate something about his history.

Ace, like many other dogs and cats at AARC, just needs a chance … some love, patience, and loyalty would go a long way and be returned tenfold by any rescued animal. Please stop by the shelter and consider adopting one!