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3 What Makes a Community Dog Friendly? 4 Worth Barking About Canine News

6 Calendar of Events 8 KnoxDogs Gallery Happiest Hounds in Town

10 Doing Good Work Saving One Dog at a Time

18 Both Ends of the Leash Helping Fearful Dogs

20 Health & Wellness Veterinary Acupuncture

22 Dog Patch Books | Art | Media

25 Look What We Dug Up Cool Canine Gear

26 Community Resources Businesses | Services | Charities

28 Happy Tails Second Chances for Lucky Dogs



Getaways   For   You   &   Your   Dog SUMMER 2011 | 1



Living the dog-gone good life in Knoxville WALLY  PHOTO: WES HARDIN

When we chose photos

KnoxDogs Magazine Summer 2011, Issue 4 PUBLISHER Peggy Bass Bridges | OPERATIONS DIRECTOR Mary Carpenter | DESIGN & PRODUCTION Robin Easter Design CONTRIBUTORS Julie Albright DVM, Mili Bass DVM, Wes Hardin, Jennie Huettel, Carol Swaggerty, Terri Swaggerty, Tinah Utsman, Nelle Wyatt FOR ADVERTISING, PLEASE CONTACT: Joey Bridges | Sales & Marketing Director T: 865-228-3235 F: 865-522-0640 TO CONTACT US: KnoxDogs 4815 Kingston Pike #197 Knoxville, TN 37919 Tel: 865-804-6688 Fax: 865-522-0640 KnoxDogs is published quarterly by Zanna LLC. Complimentary copies are distributed throughout the greater Knoxville metropolitan area and available in select locations. Please contact us if you would like copies of KnoxDogs placed at your business.

for this issue, Wally kept turning up as a good fit for multiple spots. He’s a rescued dog—a kind person did good work when she picked him up from the side of a road in Anderson County. Oak Ridge Animal Shelter

gave him a temporary home until he found a new family. Then the intrepid traveler went to South Carolina, where he dug in the sand and ran like the wind. We hesitated about giving Wally so much exposure—would it go to his head? On page four, he looks us straight in the eye as if to say “Relax, you over-think these things.” Wally exudes living in the moment and making the best of what life has to offer, so we used his photo four times to remind ourselves to do the same thing. We have a city full of dogs like Wally and we hope the rest of the country knows it soon (see page 3). If you’re ready for a road trip, you’ll find an assortment of destinations on page 14 that appreciate dogs as much as you do. The other side of the pet‑friendly coin is that there’s a tremendous amount of work to be done in any community that wants to stand and deliver for animals. Turn to page 10 to learn how you can help save one dog at a time. There’s hope for fearful dogs on page 18, where Nelle Wyatt and Julie Albright shed light on a canine behavior issue that challenges many owners. Mili Bass writes about veterinary acupuncture on page 20 and from the looks of her patient, dogs benefit from this ancient medical art as much as people do. Read about Michael Samstag’s first experience at fostering puppies on

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his resolve to fill a gap that’s desperately needed by shelters and rescue groups. We hope your summer is as enjoyable as Wally’s appears to be. Thanks for reading KnoxDogs!



Yappy Hour at Union Jacks

Mardi Growl

Bark in the Park


Ask the party hounds in these photos what makes a dog-friendly community and they’d say yappy hours and revelry on Market Square. Dogs just want to have fun—and we can learn something from that—but there’s more to being a dog-friendly community than merrymaking. We’re eager to see what Dog Fancy’s

welfare in all its forms—rescue,

then head to The Shed to howl with

idea of a canine-friendly city is.

sheltering, adoption, spay-neuter,

our hounds at a blues concert. Life is

This spring, many of us nominated

animal welfare legislation, education,

good in our dog-gone friendly city.

Knoxville to win Dog Fancy’s

awareness, and community, government

Who needs a contest to tell us that?

“DogTown USA” contest. Initially, we

and business support? We think

were worried about the competition

Knoxville and Knox County have that

DogTown USA Contest

(probably a city in the Rockies or

part covered, too.

some charmer in New England). Then we caught a glimpse of

The winner of the “DogTown USA”

the entry submitted by the Most

contest will be announced this fall.

Pet‑Friendly Community committee.

If Knoxville doesn’t grab the title, we’ll

Most Pet-Friendly Community

It was impressive! Our town has quite

be polite and not bark for a recount.

the list of canine amenities, necessities

We’ll just drown our sorrows in a cold

and everything in between.

brew at one of the more than 40 restaurant patios that welcome dogs,

Some elements of a dog-friendly

spend a few hours in one of the four

community are hard to describe on

local dog parks (with two more on the

a contest entry form. How do you

way), partake in a little retail therapy

quantify the amount of effort and

in one of the dozens of stores that

commitment that goes into animal

allow our four-legged friends inside,

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Smoky Mountain Service Dogs

Visit to

Young‑Williams Animal Center are part

Preparing a service dog to assist

learn how you can help.

of the new Animals in Action show at

Raising and placing one dog requires

Tennessee Izaak Walton League

Porter share the stage with exotic

approximately two years, $20,000 and

Poop is a problem and ignorance

birds, among them Einstein, an African

1200 hours of training. Most people

is not bliss. Piles of dog feces can

grey parrot with a sizeable vocabulary,

would find those numbers daunting,

cause insect infestation, bacteria

and a crowned crane with an

but not the volunteers with Smoky

growth and wash into waterways.

eight‑foot wingspan. The canines hold

Mountain Service Dogs (SMSD), a

We applaud the local chapter

their own with their intelligence and

newly formed nonprofit group based

of the Tennessee Izaak Walton

athletic ability, proving that adopted

in Knoxville.

League for taking a proactive,

dogs make excellent companions.

common sense approach to

Catch the show Tuesday through

the issue. After conducting a study

Sunday at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm.

the Knoxville Zoo. Bob, James and

a disabled person is no small feat.

With impressive credentials and a broad range of experience, the Board

in downtown Knoxville, the Izaak

of Directors of SMSD are on a mission

Walton League partnered with the

to provide service dogs for disabled

city and local businesses to install

Union Ave Books

military veterans and others with

pet waste bag dispensers in parks

We’re head over paws about

physical or psychological disabilities.

and other public areas. More than

Union Ave Books, a newly opened

Five dogs are currently in the program.

20 Mutt Mitt stations are maintained

and dog-friendly business in

Lucy, a Labrador Retriever, will be

and refilled regularly by the League.

downtown Knoxville. Specializing

placed later this year. Four younger

Dog owners use about 30,000 bags

in new and used books, Union Ave

dogs are living with puppy raisers,

from the stations every year to clean

carries a diverse inventory of local

getting socialized and learning

up after their pets.

and regional titles, best-sellers and children’s books. Owners Flossie

obedience skills. Visit to find out how you

McNabb and Melinda Meador want Union Ave Books to be a gathering

Individuals and businesses are

can support the effort to keep our

generously stepping up to support

parks and waterways clean, or go to

place for downtown shoppers

SMSD’s cause. Dr. Johnny Gobble, to purchase a Mutt Mitt

and residents. The store will host book

the Monroe County Animal Shelter

station for your home, neighborhood,

signings, holiday events and activities

and UT Federal Credit Union have

apartment building, or business.

for children. Make your visit to Union Ave Books at 517 Union Avenue a

sponsored dogs. Volunteers are

Animals in Action at the Zoo

family affair—four-legged buddies are

funds for supplies and vet care.

Three dogs adopted from

always welcome.


serving as puppy raisers and donating

K9 Cancer Walk An estimated 50% of all dogs will battle cancer and it’s the number one cause of death in dogs over the age of two. Leash up your pooch and walk for the cure in the Morris Animal Foundation’s

Dog Days of Summer Shelter Supply Drive

K9 Cancer Walk on Sunday, September 18, at Knox County’s Concord Park. Proceeds from the walk will help fund canine cancer research. Visit for more information and registration.

Dog Days of Summer Shelter Drive & Pet-A-Palooza Enrichment Federal Credit Union (EFCU) is hosting its third annual Dog Days of Summer Shelter Drive to benefit homeless animals in our community. During the month of July, EFCU offices in Knox, Anderson, Roane and Claiborne counties provide collection boxes for items needed by

Donate the following items or make a cash donation at any of 8 area Enrichment FCU locations during July:

Purina dry dog/puppy food Purina dry cat/kitten food New/gently used towels New/gently used fleece, or other soft blankets

local shelters, including dry dog and cat food, towels and blankets. If you prefer to make a cash donation, you’ll receive a “Dog Days Shelter Drive” t-shirt with a minimum contribution of $20.

All monetary donations welcomed! Make a monetary donation of at least $20 and get a Dog Days Peace•Love•Adoption tee-shirt (at left) in your choice of heather black or heather blue!

In the 2010 shelter drive, more than $7,000 and stacks of blankets, towels, food and toys were collected. With help from its members and the community at large, EFCU hopes this year’s drive will be even more successful. If you stop by to make a donation, your dog can even go with you—EFCU offices are pet-friendly. Visit the credit union’s website,, for locations and a list of shelters that benefit from the drive.

100% donations and proceeds will benefit area shelters and humane societies in Knox and surrounding counties

For complete details

Another EFCU event, the fourth annual Pet-A-Palooza, will be held at the West Branch, 9210 Kingston Pike, on Saturday, August 27, from 10 am to 2 pm. Area vendors will be on hand with information and discounts on grooming, photography, pet day care and other services. Stop by to



865.482-0045 • 800.482.0049 8 area locations

meet animal rescue groups and enjoy a day filled with prizes, education and children’s events.

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JULY 2011


The Humane Society Inc. Flea Market Fridays, 8:30 am - 12 pm Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm 372 Warehouse Road, Oak Ridge. For more information, call 865-381-1550.

The Humane Society Inc. Flea Market Fridays, 8:30 am - 12 pm Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm 372 Warehouse Road, Oak Ridge. For more information, call 865-381-1550.

SARG ( Shelter Animals Rescue Group ) Dog Wash Sat, July 16, 8 am - 11 am Oak Ridge Animal Shelter, 395 Belgrade Road, Oak Ridge. Visit for information.

Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Walk Tue, Aug 2 Lakeshore Greenway, Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Visit for information.

Smoky Mountain Great Dane Pancake Breakfast Sat, July 16, 7 am - 10 am Applebee’s, 6928 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. Enjoy a pancake breakfast for only $5.

Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Walk Tue, July 19 US Cellular Soccer Complex, 875 Cornerstone Drive, Knoxville. Visit for information. Grainger County Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic Wed, July 20 Bean Station, Pre-registration required. Call 423-733-8927 between 9 am and 8 pm for information. Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Walk Tue, July 26 Market Square, Downtown Knoxville. Visit for information.

Grainger County Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic Tue, Aug 9 Bean Station, Preregistration required. Call 423733-8927 between 9 am and 8 pm for information.

Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Walk Tue, Aug 9 Victor Ashe Park, 4901 Bradshaw Road, Knoxville. Visit for information.

Smoky Mountain Great Dane Meeting Wed, Aug 10, 7 pm - 9 pm City of Knoxville Animal Control Office. Young-Williams Animal Center Second Saturday Pet Food Pantry Sat, Aug 13, 8 am - 10 am Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division Street, Knoxville. For Knox County residents. Visit or call 865-215-6599.

Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Monthly Meeting Tue, July 26, 7 pm EarthFare (Community Room), 10903 Parkside Drive, Knoxville.

Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Walk Tue, Aug 16 US Cellular Soccer Complex, 875 Cornerstone Drive, Knoxville. Visit for information.

Grainger County Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic Thu, July 28 Bean Station, Pre-registration required. Call 423-733-8927 between 9 am and 8 pm for information.

Grainger County Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic Thu, Aug 18 Bean Station, Pre-registration required. Call 423-733-8927 between 9 am and 8 pm for information.

SARG ( Shelter Animals Rescue Group ) Dog Wash Sat, Aug 20, 8 am - 11 am Oak Ridge Animal Shelter, 395 Belgrade Road, Oak Ridge. Visit for information. Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Walk Tue, Aug 23 Market Square, Downtown Knoxville. Visit for information.

Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Monthly Meeting Tue, Aug 23, 7 pm EarthFare ( Community Room ), 10903 Parkside Drive, Knoxville.

Grainger County Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic Thu, Aug 25 Bean Station, Pre-registration required. Call 423-733-8927 between 9 am and 8 pm for information.

Enrichment Federal Credit Union Pet-A-Palooza Sat, Aug 27, 10 am - 2 pm EFCU West Branch, 9210 Kingston Pike, Knoxville


The Humane Society Inc. Flea Market Fridays, 8:30 am - 12 pm Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm 372 Warehouse Road, Oak Ridge. For more information, call 865-381-1550. Grainger County Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic Thu, Sep 1 Bean Station, Pre-registration required. Call 423-733-8927 between 9 am and 8 pm for information.

Oak Ridge Responsible Dog Ownership Day Sat, Sep 3, 11 am - 5 pm A.K. Bissell Park, Oak Ridge. Celebrate responsible dog ownership. Come visit area rescue groups, local dog organizations and watch agility, rally, and obedience demonstrations.

Sevier County Humane Society - Sevier County Fair Dog Show Fair dates, Sep 5 - 10 Dog show date TBA Visit for more information.

Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Walk Tue, Sep 6 Lakeshore Greenway, Lyons View Pike, Knoxville. Visit for information.

Young-Williams Animal Center Second Saturday Pet Food Pantry Sat, Sep 10, 8 am - 10 am Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division Street, Knoxville. For Knox County residents. Visit or call 865-215-6599. Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Walk Tue, Sep 13 Victor Ashe Park, 4901 Bradshaw Road, Knoxville. Visit for information.

Smoky Mountain Great Dane Meeting Wed, Sep 14, 7 pm - 9 pm City of Knoxville Animal Control Office. Grainger County Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic Thu, Sep 15 Bean Station, Pre-registration required. Call 423-733-8927 between 9 am and 8 pm for information.

SARG ( Shelter Animals Rescue Group ) Dog Wash Sat, Sep 17, 8 am - 11 am Oak Ridge Animal Shelter, 395 Belgrade Road, Oak Ridge. Visit for information. Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk Sun, Sep 18 The Cove at Concord Park, 10901 South Northshore Drive, Knoxville. For information and to register online, go to

Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Walk Tue, Sep 20 US Cellular Soccer Complex, 875 Cornerstone Drive, Knoxville. Visit for information. Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Walk Tue, Sep 27 Market Square, Downtown Knoxville. Visit for information.

Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue Monthly Meeting Tue, Sep 27, 7 pm EarthFare ( Community Room ), 10903 Parkside Drive, Knoxville.

Grainger County Humane Society Spay & Neuter Clinic Wed, Sep 28 Bean Station, Pre-registration required. Call 423-733-8927 between 9 am and 8 pm for information.


Union County Humane Society Annual Big Biker Benefit Sat, Oct 1 Visit for information.  AnimalWorks Pet Party Sun, Oct 9 The Cove at Concord Park, 10901 South Northshore Drive, Knoxville. Join the Pet Party. Visit www.animalworkstn. org for more information


JULY 2011

SARG ( Shelter Animals Rescue Group ) Pet Showing Fri, July 8, 4 pm - 8 pm PetSmart ( Turkey Creek ), 11134 Parkside Drive, Knoxville. Belly Rubs Basset Rescue Meet & Greet Sat, July 9, 2:30 pm 4:30 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville.

Greyhound Pets of America: Tennessee Chapter Meet & Greet Sat, July 9, 12 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville. Greyhound Rescue Foundation of Tennessee Meet & Greet Sat, July 9, 12 pm - 2 pm PetSmart, 214 Morrell Road, Knoxville. Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation Adoption Event Sat, July 9, 10 am - 4 pm Walmart, Maryville. East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue Adoption Event Sat, July 16, 10:30 am - 1 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville. E-mail Suzanne West at or visit ETBCR at bordercollierescuetn. com for more information. Greyhound Pets of America: Tennessee Chapter Meet & Greet Sat, July 16, 12 pm - 2 pm PETCO, 169 Brooklawn Street, Farragut. Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue Adoptathon Sat, July 16, 10 am - 12:30 pm Petsmart ( Turkey Creek ), 11134 Parkside Drive, Knoxville. Collie Concern Rescue Adoption Event Sat, July 23, 1 pm - 3:30 pm Wild Birds Unlimited, 7240 Kingston Pike #164, Knoxville. Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation Adoption Event Sat, July 23 PetSmart, 219 Hamilton Crossing Drive, Alcoa. Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Meet & Greet Sat, July 23, 12 pm- 2 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville.


Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation Adoption Event Sat, Aug 6 PetSmart, 219 Hamilton Crossing Drive, Alcoa.

Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Meet & Greet Sat, Aug 27, 12 pm- 2 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville.

Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue Adoptathon Sat, Aug 6, 10 am - 1 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville. SARG ( Shelter Animals Rescue Group ) Pet Showing Fri, Aug 12, 4 pm - 8 pm PetSmart ( Turkey Creek ), 11134 Parkside Drive, Knoxville. Belly Rubs Basset Rescue Meet & Greet Sat, Aug 13, 2:30 pm 4:30 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville. Greyhound Rescue Foundation of Tennessee Meet & Greet Sat, Aug 13, 12 pm - 2 pm PetSmart, 214 Morrell Road, Knoxville. East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue Adoption Event Sat, Aug 20, 10:30 am - 1 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville. E-mail Suzanne West at or visit ETBCR at bordercollierescuetn. com for more information. Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation Adoption Event Sat, Aug 20, 10 am - 4 pm Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson, 1820 West Lamar Alexander Parkway, Maryville.

Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue Adoptathon Sat, Aug 20, 10 am - 12:30 pm Petsmart ( Turkey Creek ), 11134 Parkside Drive, Knoxville. Collie Concern Rescue Adoption Event Sat, Aug 27, 1 pm - 3:30 pm Wild Birds Unlimited, 7240 Kingston Pike # 164, Knoxville.


Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue Adoptathon Sat, Sep 3, 10 am - 1 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville. SARG ( Shelter Animals Rescue Group) Pet Showing Fri, Sep 9, 4 pm - 8 pm PetSmart ( Turkey Creek ), 11134 Parkside Drive, Knoxville. Belly Rubs Basset Rescue Meet & Greet Sat, Sep 10, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville. Greyhound Rescue Foundation of Tennessee Meet & Greet Sat, Sep 10, 12 pm - 2 pm PetSmart, 214 Morrell Road, Knoxville. East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue Adoption Event Sat, Sep 17, 10:30 am - 1 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville. E-mail Suzanne West at or visit ETBCR at bordercollierescuetn. com for more information. Tennessee Golden Retriever Rescue Adoptathon Sat, Sep 17, 10 am - 12:30 pm Petsmart ( Turkey Creek ), 11134 Parkside Drive, Knoxville. Collie Concern Rescue Adoption Event Sat, Sep 24, 1 pm - 3:30 pm Wild Birds Unlimited, 7240 Kingston Pike # 164, Knoxville. Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue Group Meet & Greet Sat, Sep 24, 12 pm- 2 pm Agri Feed Pet Supply, 5716 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville.

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DOING GOOD WORK There are legions of people in our community working to save dogs. Thousands of pet lovers—you may very well be one of them—do good work every time they adopt homeless dogs. Savvy social networkers use Facebook and Twitter to alert friends to the plight of homeless animals. Volunteers with dozens of rescue groups are tenaciously fostering and re-homing hundreds of animals every year. Dedicated shelter employees and volunteers are chipping away at the problem with vigorous education, awareness, spay-neuter and adoption programs. In the last two decades, tremendous strides have been made in sheltering and spay-neuter programs across the country, but dogs need our help as much as ever. In 2008, an estimated 4 million animals in U.S. shelters were euthanized. Research by the National Council on Pet Population Study & Policy and the ASPCA found that nearly one-third of all dogs and cats that enter shelters are relinquished by owners. Study after study has shown that a lack of owner knowledge and unrealistic expectations about pet ownership are key drivers behind these grim statistics. The most common reasons for owner

1. If you know a dog who isn’t sporting his name and address, get him an identification tag and give him a way to phone home. Only 15% of stray dogs and cats who enter shelters are reunited with their owners. 2. Make a donation to a breed rescue group. Saving dogs isn’t cheap. Volunteers often spend their own money on food and veterinary care. 3. Consider fostering a dog. Foster homes are desperately needed by rescue groups and shelters. Talk to several to see if your home and their needs are a good match. 4. If you know someone who is struggling with an out-of-control pooch, chip in for obedience lessons. Even one in-home visit with the right trainer can work wonders. You’ll be doing everyone a favor. 5. If friends or family are planning to get a dog, encourage them to adopt from a local rescue group or shelter (see page 26 for a list). 6. Share adoption tips with people considering new pets and help them be successful. Most of us, even if we’ve had umpteen dogs, aren’t canine experts and could use some advice.

Saving the large number of homeless dogs in our community can seem overwhelming—until you look into the eyes of the one you’re about to help. Lend a hand to a paw in need. You’ll be glad you did.

ADOPTION TIPS Before you make the commitment to share your life with a dog, take a few minutes to read through these tips. Share them with others in your household before the new family member comes home.

HT QUESTIONS ASK YOURSELF THE RIG Are you ready for a long-term commitment? Do you anticipate any lifestyle changes that would impact having a dog? Will you be able to spend quality time with your new friend and ensure he has enough exercise and companionship? Are you willing to invest time in training your dog? Are you prepared for the cost, which will easily top $1,000 in the first year? Have you done your breed homework?

surrender are behavior problems, the cost of pet upkeep, moving or landlord issues, lack of time for a dog or a change in lifestyle. Most surrendered for less than three months, a strong indicator that education about pet ownership is critical in the battle to keep dogs out of shelters. Here are a few of the ways you can help save dogs, whether you’re ready to adopt or just have time to lend a hand or share some knowledge.


animals have been with their owners

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DOING GOOD WORK Does a high-energy dog that needs a


lot of exercise fit with your family, or

Establish the house rules. Will he be allowed on the couch? Where will

is a laid-back breed more appealing?

Tuck in the heartstrings as best

he sleep at night? Are there any

Some breeds are strong-willed

you can when you go to a shelter.

rooms in the house that are off limits?

and others are more easily trained.

You’re choosing a new best friend for

Consistency is the key to training dogs,

A good place to learn about breed

life, so take your time and try to make

so be sure all the humans are on the

characteristics is

the decision with your head more than

same page.


your heart. Exercise caution if you have young Staying in the back of the run or

children in the house. Be aware that

Be sure everyone in the family knows

leaping at the door may be the result

puppies and children may not play

that there will be new responsibilities

of confinement and not a true indicator

well together.

when the pup comes home. Explain to

of a dog’s personality. See how he acts

your children what is involved in

when you take him to a separate room

pet care.

or exercise area.

Be prepared for sibling rivalry and pick up anything your resident dog might guard. Even if your dog has never

Create a simple schedule and decide

Ask what is known about the dog’s

exhibited possessive tendencies over

who will handle such tasks as morning

behavior since he’s been in the shelter

food, toys or beds, introducing a new

walks and feeding. Dogs love routine

and any past history. Try to get more

hound to the pack can be stressful.

and it’s a good way to get everyone

than one person’s opinion. Is the dog

involved in caring for the new family

protective of food or toys? Has he

There are countless ways to help lost,

member. Have a plan for housetraining.

been around other dogs or cats and

abandoned or surrendered animals.

Decide in advance where the outdoor

what was his reaction? Does he react

Even the smallest act can make a

potty area will be and educate yourself

differently to men or women? Has he

difference, so join the fight. Be one

on how to housetrain a dog.

been around children?

of the thousands of people in our

Stock up on supplies—a collar and leash,

Proper training can fix leash pulling,

food and water bowls, toys, grooming

jumping, excessive barking and many

tools and an identification tag. Try to

other canine behaviors. Other issues

community who are saving one dog at

buy the same brand of dog food that

such as separation anxiety or

he’s already eating. If you want to

aggression take time to alter and may

change foods, mix the old and the new

require professional help. Be sure you’re

together and make the switch gradually.

up for the challenge if you choose a pet with special needs.

Make a veterinary appointment for a health check, vaccinations and spay

If you already own a dog, arrange a pre-

or neuter if not already done. If you

adoption meeting in an outdoor, neutral

already have animals at home, make

area to see how they get along.

sure they’re up-to-date on shots.


Find a dog or puppy obedience class and sign up.

Try to plan the arrival for a weekend

Dog-proof your new friend’s

days and spend quality time together.

environment. Put small items that

Give your dog time to adjust to his

or when you can be home for a few

are easy to ingest away (such as

new surroundings and be reasonable in

children’s toys) and electrical cords and

your expectations.

chemicals out of reach.

a time.

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Whether you’re looking for an

Just five minutes from downtown,

the river) and a boat launch for canoes

afternoon hike, a city excursion or some

Knoxville Botanical Gardens is a

and kayaks, this refuge is a favorite

retail therapy, you and your dog can

44-acre oasis filled with walking

spot for bird and wildlife watching.

find plenty of pet-friendly destinations

trails, distinctive stone walls and

Leashed dogs are welcome.

within a short drive from Knoxville. If an

whimsical buildings. You and your dog

overnight stay is on the itinerary, careful

can explore the gardens, greenhouses

shoppers can find deals on lodging.

and secret paths 365 days a year, from

Look for online discounts or call the

dawn to dusk. Admission is free.

hotel to find out which nights have cheaper rates.

House Mountain State Natural Area 9601 Hogskin Road Corryton, Tennessee

Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge

2809 Kelly Lane

Near Knoxville

Kodak, Tennessee

Knoxville Botanical Gardens 2743 Wimpole Avenue

Hike to the 2,100 foot crest of House Mountain and you’ll see the Cumberland range 30 miles in

A 360-acre wildlife sanctuary on a

the distance. You may also spot hawks,

Knoxville, Tennessee

peninsula along the French Broad River,

warblers and wild turkeys in this


Seven Islands is only 20 minutes from

500-acre natural area a short drive

downtown Knoxville. With mountain

from Knoxville. Four miles of dog-

vistas, seven miles of trails (some along

friendly trails have scenic views, rock

take your buddy on a retail road trip to

Only a two-hour drive from Knoxville,

Sevierville and get him some gear, too.

this historic inn overlooks the Blue

Bass Pro Shops

access to restaurants, art galleries

3629 Outdoor Sportsmans Place

and dogfriendly hiking. The affable

Kodak, Tennessee

innkeeper doesn’t charge a pet deposit,

Ridge Mountains and offers easy


but you’ll be responsible if Fido does

any damage.

Orvis Company Store

Keswick Hall

136 Apple Valley Road

701 Club Drive

Sevierville, Tennessee

Keswick, Virginia



Coleman Factory Outlet Store

Named the number one small resort

2270 Two Rivers Boulevard

in the mainland U.S. by Conde Nast

Sevierville, Tennessee

Traveler, Keswick Hall is at the foot of


the Blue Ridge Mountains. This tranquil

600-acre property is a five-hour

Mountain Getaways

Charlottesville and wine country.

outcrops and a

Hot Springs Resort & Spa

the swimming pools, tennis courts,

variety of bird

315 Bridge Street

nature trails, croquet green, spa and

Hot Springs, North Carolina

golf course.

drive from Knoxville, near Monticello, Keswick Hall loves dogs and you’ll love

and plant life.


The Shed

Beach Time

Alexander Parkway

Did you know that natural hot mineral

Isle of Palms, South Carolina


waters are about 90 minutes down

the road? The Cherokee Indians

used these legendary springs more


1820 West Lamar

Tennessee 37801 865-977-1669 Enjoy bluegrass, blues and rock at

than 200 years ago and believed in their healing powers. At Hot Springs

If your dog wants to feel the wind

Resort and Spa, a continuous flow of

and salt spray on his face, then let

The Shed, an open-air music pavilion

mineral water is piped through modern

him loose on Isle of Palms beach in

at the Smoky Mountain Harley-

Jacuzzi-style hot tubs located on the

South Carolina. From 5 am until 8 am,

Davidson dealership. Bring your

banks of Spring Creek and the French

April 1st through September 14th, dogs

own chair and your own dog, then

Broad River. Tubs are for humans

can romp on the beach unleashed.

purchase food and beverages on-site.

only, but dogs are welcome in the

During the rest of the year, off-leash

Upcoming shows include Grammy

campground and on the hiking trails.

award winner Kentucky Headhunters on September 3 and the Smoky Mountain Blues Society festival on September 10.

Sevierville Shopping

hours are 4 pm until 10 pm. (You must have your leash in your hand

The Yellow House Bed & Breakfast

and your dog under voice command.)

89 Oakview Drive

Isle of Palms is a six-hour road trip

Waynesville, North Carolina

from Knoxville and only 20 minutes


from Charleston. When you live in an area rich with hiking, camping, boating and fishing,

It’s worth some advance planning

you’re going to need equipment.

to book the only pet-friendly room

These outfitters welcome dogs, so

at The Yellow House in Waynesville.

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St. Augustine Beach, Florida

you may get to sample the delicious

pimento cheese on raisin toast.

Charleston Place Hotel 205 Meeting Street Charleston, South Carolina

St. Augustine Beach, Florida, could


be one of the best kept secrets in the

Premium Dog Food For Puppies, Adults & Seniors

Sunshine State. Across the Intracoastal Waterway from the oldest city in

Splurge on your dog and yourself at

America, the beach is quiet, has no

the Charleston Place Hotel, located

high-rise buildings and welcomes

in the heart of the downtown district.

your leashed buddy. There’s plenty to

You’ll find art galleries, historic sites,

do in the area, from historical tours

museums and fine dining nearby—if

to kayaking to fine dining. If you like

you can pull yourself away from

live music, the island Amphitheatre

the hotel’s spa, rooftop pool and

hosts such talent as Toby Keith and

innovative cuisine.

Superior digestible protein and meat sources without hormones or steroids

Woof It Up in Music City

Contains only fresh, natural, wholesome ingredients

Nashville, Tennessee

No chemicals, no fillers, nothing artificial

Made from high quality USA ingredients

Alison Krauss.

City Excursions Hotel Indigo Midtown 683 Peachtree Street Atlanta, Georgia

The Nashville Convention & Visitors


Bureau welcomes you and your four-

legged friend to the Music City with

(865) 603-0772

a “Woof it Up” vacation package. This boutique hotel in the heart of

It includes a stay at your choice of pet-

Atlanta is dog-friendly (no deposit, no

friendly hotels and a map to dog parks

weight limit) and easy on the budget.

and pet-friendly restaurants. You can

Escort your buddy to the hotel’s

add a Music City Total Access Pass

Canine Cocktail Party held every

to the package and choose from four

Tuesday during the summer, then dine

attractions to visit for $50, a savings

on the pet-friendly restaurant patio.

of up to 50%. The offer is good until

The historic Fox Theatre is across

January 3, 2012.

the street and the High Museum and Georgia Dome are short walks away.

The Hermitage Hotel 231 Sixth Avenue North

Olde Harbour Inn

Nashville, Tennessee

508 East Factors Walk


Savannah, Georgia


Named one of the best hotels in the country by U.S. News, the Hermitage

Built in 1892 as a warehouse, this

extends southern hospitality to you and

charming inn with eight pet-friendly

your four-legged traveling companion.

suites is located in the center of

Your dog will enjoy a custom bed, treats

Savannah’s historic district. You’ll love

and nightly turn down service at this

the river views, the park directly in

downtown establishment. Dog sitting,

front of the inn, and the easy walk

walking and massage services are

to restaurants, galleries and shops.

also available.

If you’re at the inn for happy hour,

LIFE’S ABUNDANCE SUPPLEMENTS Although nutritious food makes an enormous impact on your dog’s health, dietary supplements are important, too. Differences in breed, health, age and activity level make every dog unique. Life’s Abundance has three supplements to target specific needs—joints, skin and coat, and overall health. Agility Formula is a natural multi-action joint support formula that helps maintain joint cartilage, connective tissue and synovial fluid. Skin and Coat Formula for Dogs and Cats provides a source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids plus Vitamins A, D and E. Wellness Food Supplement for Dogs is formulated with a broad array of nutritious ingredients sourced from foods such as poultry, liver, cranberries, carrots and eggs. (865) 603-0772

SUMMER SAFETY TIPS Never leave your dog in a car. Open windows don’t provide enough airflow when the inside of a car can reach 150° in a matter of minutes. Sidewalks and pavement can be too hot for the pads of your dog’s paws. If the sidewalk is too hot for you to walk barefoot, it’s too hot for your buddy. Keep your dog indoors during excessive heat. If you don’t have air conditioning, or you turn it off while away, give him access to the coolest part of the house. If he has to be outside, be sure he has adequate shade and plenty of fresh water at all times. Take extra precautions for dogs that are elderly, overweight or snub-nosed. Always have a disaster plan in place for you, your family and your pets.

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Helping Fearful Dogs by Nelle Wyatt, Behavior Technician, LVMT, CPDT-KA, with contributions by Julie Albright, MA, DVM, DACVB (Diplomate American College of Veterinary Behaviorists) Most puppies start life boldly—they’re not afraid of anything. At about seven weeks of age, they naturally start to exhibit a recognizable fear response. Without this adaptive and innate emotion, most puppies wouldn’t survive adolescence. A healthy dose of caution helps keep them out of trouble. On the other hand, a puppy under seven weeks that appears excessively timid may be genetically predisposed to having a fearful personality. Phobias, such as separation anxiety or irrational fear of storms, are maladaptive fears and signs of severe distress. Treating most phobias requires specially designed behavior modification programs and in some cases, psychotropic medications prescribed by a veterinarian or veterinary behaviorist can be helpful. Fear in dogs is sometimes exhibited as aggression. A fearfully aggressive dog can appear very confident and his body postures can be confusing to interpret. In the past, aggression in dogs was often attributed to dominance. Although dominance aggression certainly exists, current research indicates that most aggression is fear based. There are many other reasons for aggression besides dominance and fear, so consult your veterinarian for treatment advice. Great care should be taken in managing dogs that exhibit aggressive behavior. Dogs frequently exhibit fear in non-aggressive ways. They may be afraid of getting into a car or going through a doorway, or shy away from certain types of people. Although there are genetic, biochemical and medical conditions that can cause fear, many dogs are just mismanaged and misunderstood. If your dog is a rescue, you probably don’t know what past life experiences helped shape his behavior. He may have been in a situation where he received adverse punishment or experienced harsh training methods. Force can cause anxiety and a dog’s response could be avoidance or fear. Recent studies have shown that some of the dog’s neurological pathways are not that different from our own. Dogs aren’t driven by pure instinct, but are cognitive beings. How a dog is handled by humans can have long-lasting emotional effects.

You can help a fearful dog overcome his anxiety with patience and a positive approach. Reward-based training removes the force factor and makes your dog want to do what you ask of him. Archer, for example, was an 18-month-old rescue who was terrified of doorways. He obviously wanted to go out or come in, but would whine or dart away from the door. The first step in his training was to ensure that no other dogs or people were nearby—nothing to cause distraction or fear. While on a leash, Archer was encouraged and rewarded with praise and treats, never pushed or pulled through the door. When he was comfortable going through the door both on and off the leash, the next step was to teach him that it was safe to enter with other dogs or people around. By being allowed to progress gradually, he was set up for success. It took about a year for Archer to totally overcome his fear of doorways and there were temporary relapses, but never to the degree that he had originally suffered. You may never know exactly why your dog is afraid of something, but with humane training techniques, you can help him through it. Seek advice from your veterinarian or professional trainer and follow your own instincts. With dogs or people, the basic reaction to fear is fight or flight. Forcing anyone into a scary situation won’t help, but encouragement from a friend and a few cookies can work wonders. Nelle Wyatt is a Behavior Technician with the Animal Behavior Clinic, University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center. Dr. Julie Albright is the PetSafe Chair in Small Animal Clinical Behavior Research, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. For more information, visit

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How does acupuncture work? Acupuncture works by stimulating nerves. Very fine acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points

Acupuncture is the act of sticking

In veterinary medicine, acupuncture is

needles into specific points on the

most often used to complement other

on the body. These acupuncture points impact various parts of

body to aid in self-healing. The ancient

practitioner tools in treating disease.

the nervous system—central and

art has been used on both people and

Pain management is probably the

peripheral, somatic and autonomic.

animals for more than 3,000 years

best-known use of this ancient healing

Each acupuncture point causes one or

and remains the treatment of choice

art, but a wide variety of conditions

more specific actions when stimulated.

for more than one quarter of the

can benefit from acupuncture,

The response produced by “needling”

world’s population. Today, the practice

including arthritis, spinal disease,

alters the body’s biochemical and

may also incorporate tools such as

other neurological disorders, heart,

physiological properties, affecting

electrodes to provide a stronger

kidney, liver, gastrointestinal or

the musculoskeletal, hormonal and

stimulation or laser beams to augment

respiratory disease.

cardiovascular systems. Several points

or replace needles at certain points.

may be used together, depending on the condition being treated.

Does acupuncture hurt? Although “needling” a particular point may give a twinge when the needle goes in, the actual process is not painful. The twinge, if it occurs, is momentary.

How often does my animal need acupuncture? Frequency of treatments depends on the persistence or severity of the condition and the individual response of the patient. With an acute condition, the sooner a patient can be treated, the better the response.


The effects of acupuncture are cumulative. In many situations the animal is started at one to two acupuncture treatments per week. After four to eight treatments, the frequency is reduced as needed. An animal with intervertebral disc disease, for example, may be treated twice daily for two or three days, then receive weekly, then monthly, then quarterly or biennial maintenance therapy. A treatment for hip dysplasia can last four to six months, with periodic

maintenance treatments to keep the

quality of life is subjective, people

Chi Institute and the International

patient comfortable.

often report that their geriatric pet

Veterinary Acupuncture Society offer

shows a renewed interest in the

well-established programs for training.

Why are you sticking needles in the back legs when my animal has a front leg problem?

acupuncture treatment. Interaction

A graduate of the University of

with family increases, facial expressions

Tennessee College of Veterinary

Many types of acupuncture points

change, ears perk up, eyes are brighter

Medicine, Dr. Mili Bass is a Certified

are used in treating specific problems.

and tails wag again. The geriatric

Veterinary Acupuncturist and a

For example, local points around a painful joint incision may be used.

world around him or her following

animal receiving acupuncture often just “feels better.”

Other points stimulate circulation,

Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, with a dual Canine/Feline specialty. She practices acupuncture and pain management at

surrounding nerves, or the central

Who can perform veterinary acupuncture?

nervous system. The choice of

Acupuncture is a very safe

Tennessee in Farragut, Tennessee.

blood or lymphatic flow, local or

points will depend on many different

procedure when performed by a

factors, including temperament of the

trained practitioner. In Tennessee, as

patient, acuteness or persistence of

in most other states, acupuncture on

the problem being treated, and the

animals may only legally be performed

acupuncturist’s training and experience.

the Veterinary Referral Center of East

by a licensed veterinarian. In the U.S., Colorado State University, the

Does acupuncture cure conditions? In most chronic conditions, acupuncture is not going to “cure” the condition, but it can effect significant changes. For instance, the relief provided by acupuncture can reduce the need for pain medications, and in so doing, reduce or eliminate the side-effects of these medications.

How is acupuncture used to maintain health or improve quality of life? Acupuncture can also be useful for maintaining health, as opposed to treating a disease. Many owners of working animals, for example, report that regular acupuncture “tune-ups” enhance the performance of agility dogs. Post-surgical acupuncture has been shown to speed healing in animals of any age. Older animals seem to benefit the most from acupuncture, especially in terms of improving quality of life. Although determining an animal’s

SUMMER 2011 | 21


Books | Art | Media

Bad Dog: A Love Story Martin Kihn

Dog Stories Diana S. Tesdell, Editor

Whiskey with a Twist Nina Wright

You Had Me at Woof Julie Klam

This book rounds up a pack

Whiskey Mattimoe’s Afghan

Julie Klam is thirty, single

Emmy-nominated comedy

of vivid and colorful stories

hound Abra has many

and working as a parttime

writer and journalist Martin

by a wide range of great

talents: stealing purses,

clerk in an insurance

Kihn reached rock bottom

writers, from Mark Twain to

consorting with criminals

company. She wonders

in 2008. Drunk most of

Patricia Highsmith.

and farting, to name a

if she’ll ever meet The

the time and separated

P. G. Wodehouse writes

few. Now Abra’s been

One—someone she could

from his wife, Kihn’s only

of a cheerfully naïve

chosen to participate in

spend the rest of her life

companion was an out-

watchdog who just wants

the prestigious Midwest

with—and then it happens.

of-control dog with an

everyone to get along and

Afghan Hound Specialty as

She meets the irresistible

appetite for life, trash

a tale by O. Henry recounts

a Worst-in-Show example

Otto, her first in a long

and an occasional nip of

a dissatisfied lapdog’s

of how not to train an

line of Boston terriers,

escape. In Tobias Wolff’s

Afghan. Suddenly a prize-

human flesh. Although he knew nothing about

“Her Dog,” a widower shares

winning pooch disappears,

and falls instantly in love. “You Had Me at Woof” is

dogs, training Hola became

his grief for his wife with

an owner is murdered, a

hilarious and unexpectedly

Kihn’s lifeline and he set

her grieving pet. These

handler turns up dead and

poignant—a heartfelt chronicle about learning

his sights on earning

writers and others—Ray

Abra vanishes. Back at

a Canine Good Citizen

Bradbury, Doris Lessing

Whiskey’s office, suspicious

the secrets of love, health

certificate. Alternately

and Rick Bass among

e-mails circulate. Could

and happiness from four-

funny and painful, this

them—offer imaginative

her colleagues be involved

legged friends.

memoir is a raw and deeply

and empathetic portraits

in the canine crimes?

sincere look at the highs

of humanity’s most

Something doesn’t smell

and lows of canine and

devoted companion.

right—and this time it’s not

human behavior.

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the dog.

Book reviews by Carol Swaggerty



With a strength in composition as well

When we talked with Terri Swaggerty

as artistry, she began winning state

about her latest art projects, we

and national awards. Focused primarily

learned that she spent years perfecting

on weddings for the past 14 years, she

techniques that now enhance her

also creates portrait, family, pet and

stunning portraits. She began her career

art photography. Using re-touching

as a sidewalk portrait artist, then went

techniques like adding oil paints to

on to photo retouching, using air brush,

the surface of a photograph, she can

dye work and pencil to hand-color and

create images with an extra dimension,

restore original heirloom photographs.

transforming them from a simple

Complementing her studies in fine

photograph to a work of art.

art at the University of Tennessee, Terri earned the Artisan degree in

You can see Terri’s work at Southern

photo restoration and enhancement

Market, 5400 Homberg Drive, Knoxville,

from the Tennessee Professional

or visit

Photographers Association.

to commission photography, a hand‑painted photograph or a fine art

Inspired by her experience in the photo

oil portrait.

industry, Terri got behind the camera.

DOGALICIOUS RECIPES Fido’s Peanut Butter Pupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

17 minutes or until cakes spring back

canines, it’s time to venture into new culinary territory. Whip up a batch of

Reprinted with permission from

a wire rack. Place in freezer 8 to 10

these biscuits or pupcakes and impress

Southern Living: The Half-Hour Hostess.

minutes or until completely cool.

If you haven’t tried cooking for

when touched. Remove from pans to

your pooch!


Cream Cheese Frosting

Cheese & Peanut Butter Biscuits

3 cups whole wheat flour

1 (8-ounce) package low fat

Mast General Store in downtown

2 teaspoons baking powder

cream cheese

Knoxville prepares and serves these

¼ cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

biscuits to its canine customers.

¼ cup creamy peanut butter

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons honey 1 cup grated cheese

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1 cup creamy peanut butter

12 paper baking cups

12 small dog biscuits

2 cups whole wheat flour 1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 375°. Whisk together

Beat cream cheese with an electric

1 teaspoon baking powder

flour and baking powder in large bowl.

mixer until fluffy. Add flour and honey,

Combine 2 cups water, applesauce and

beating until smooth. Spread frosting

next 3 ingredients; add to flour mixture.

on tops of pupcakes and top each with

on floured surface and cut into

Beat at medium speed with an electric

a dog biscuit. Store in airtight container

desired shape.

mixer just until blended.

in refrigerator up to two days.

Mix ingredients together. Roll out

Bake at 350° for 12 minutes. Store up to

Place baking cups in a 12-cup

3 days in airtight container or in freezer

muffin pan. Spoon batter into cups,

for up to 3 months.

filling three-fourths full. Bake at 375° for

SUMMER 2011 | 23


Books | Art | Media


Memory Game, Track an Elephant

Is an Oven” (cracking the windows

Summer is here! A long, sultry day is

or Explore the Amazon. It’s a fun

doesn’t cut it) or the Trip Planner.

an open invitation to play hooky and

way to beat the heat and slip in a bit

Enter your destination in the planner

you’re overdue for some fun. So ditch

of schooling.

to get driving directions and a list of

the to-do list for the afternoon—you

veterinarians along the route.

have photos to take, games to play,

Duke Canine Cognition Center

trips to plan and greetings to send. research/dogs/research

Graying Muzzles Calendar Contest The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs in ature=youtube

Cleveland, Ohio, rescues older dogs that have been abandoned in shelters.

Watching videos of dogs playing

To help support their work, the

games is another great summer

Sanctuary has published and sold

pastime, especially if you’re tuned


Scan this code with a QR code reader on your smartphone to get travel tips. Jacquie Lawson Dog E-Cards

Graying Muzzles calendars for the past

into the Canine Cognition Center at

eight years. A photo of your senior

Duke University. Dr. Brian Hare and his

These beautiful e-cards are animated,

citizen ( age seven or older ) could

team have been studying dog cognition

set to music and rated among the best

be chosen as one of the powerful,

for fifteen years. Currently they’re

on the web, Lawson’s canine collection

poignant images for the 2012 calendar.

looking at how dogs solve problems,

is perfect for dog lovers. Although you

Entry deadline for the contest is

understand human gestures and form

can preview cards for free, you have to

September 1, 2011.

trusting relationships with people.

join the site to send a greeting. For $12

Dr. Hare says he’s studying pet dogs

per year, you can personalize and

AAA Petbook & Photo Contest

because “they solve problems more like

send as many cards as you like—an

we do, in many cases, than our closest

economical way to remember birthdays

Updated annually, this fact-filled guide

relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos.”

and other special occasions.

will help you and your buddy prepare for a smooth trip. Purchase a copy at

WATCH NOW or AAA offices and find listings

Scan this code with a QR code reader on your smartphone to see an interview with Dr. Hare.

for more than 13,000 pet-friendly hotels, campgrounds and attractions. If you want your pal to be on the cover of next year’s edition, enter a picture of his most memorable travel moment in AAA’s PetBook photo contest by November 30, 2011. Two winning photos will be featured on the cover and spine in 2012.

Animal Planet Pet Games & Interactives

AAHA Healthy Pets Travel Information Travel.aspx We love web sites that provide clear, games.html

concise information and don’t make

Your kids (and you) will love the

Hospital Association (AAHA) site, you’ll

variety of puzzles, quizzes, web

find useful, quick-read travel tips that

us dig for it. On the American Animal

and downloadable games on the

every pet owner should know, whether

Animal Planet website. Try Canine

you’re going across town or across

Concentration, the Pet Detective

the country. Don’t miss “Your Car



The Beacon Safety Light

FLOR Modular Carpet Squares

Clip this safety light to your dog, your kid, your jogging

Floor covering can be a challenge for dog owners.

spouse or anyone who needs to be seen during

Entire carpets may have to be replaced if one spot is soiled

low‑light activities. Lightweight and compact (only 1.5 x

or damaged. FLOR has the solution with an innovative

1.5 inches), the Beacon creates a halo of high-visibility red

system of coordinating modular carpet squares. The squares

light that can be seen for ½ mile. Better yet, the lifetime

come with easy-to-use, non-toxic FLORdots that stick to

LED blubs never need replacing.

the underside of each tile, not to the floor underneath, and


secure the tiles to one another (no nails, padding or glue). If one of the tiles is damaged, just pull it up and replace it.

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FLOR carpet squares come in a wide range of colors, textures

If your dog loves the water but you don’t love the smell of a

and styles. For more information, visit

wet collar, try this L.L. Bean canine accessory. The material is easy to clean, waterproof, won’t hold scents and stays flexible

Shop for a Cause at Best Friends

in cold weather. With a brass plate that can be engraved

You can shop for dogs, cats and humans at the Best Friends

with your pet’s name and address, the collar comes in green

Animal Society store. There’s a wide variety of brand name

or orange.

items available, from books and clothing for people to


collars and treats for dogs. The proceeds support the work of Best Friends, an organization dedicated to reducing the

Uncommon Phone Covers

number of dogs and cats that are euthanized in shelters.

Make your iPhone, iPad or iPod even more fun to use

Best Friends works with animal welfare groups to set up

than it already is. Create a customized cover for your

spay-neuter, shelter and adoption programs in communities

technology gear by choosing artwork from the online gallery

across the country and leads animal rescue efforts following

or uploading a favorite photo (surely it would be one of

natural disasters. Best Friends also manages a sanctuary in

your dog!). Position, rotate or scale the image exactly how

Utah, home to 2,000 animals that come from shelters and

you want it and have a one-of-a-kind cover in no time.

rescues around the country.


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COMMUNITY RESOURCES Dining – Dogs on Patios Agave Azul Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar Aubrey’s Restaurant The Back Door Tavern Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria Bella Luna Restaurant Blue Coast Burrito Chez Liberty Chick-Fil-A Cool Beans Bar & Grille Coolato Gelato Cru Wine Bar & Bistro Downtown Grill & Brewery Downtown Grind French Market Crêperie Gourmet’s Market Grill at Highlands Row Koi La Costa Latitude 35 Mellow Mushroom Nama Sushi Bar Niceley’s Tavern Ollantay’s Havana Nights Oodles Plaid Apron Pelancho’s Preservation Pub Rick’s Place Neighborhood Sports Bar Rita’s Ice Sangria’s Sapphire Knoxville Shono’s in the City Soccer Taco Stir Fry Café Tomato Head Trio Café Union Jacks Urban Bar & Corner Café Veg-O-Rama

Dog Parks Dogwood Park at Victor Ashe Park 4901 Bradshaw Road

PetSafe Dog Park at Tommy Schumpert Park Fountain City Road PetSafe Downtown Dog Park Corner of Summitt Hill Drive and Central Avenue PetSafe Village Dog Park 10424 Electric Avenue

Rescue Group Adopt a Golden Knoxville 865-940-0688 Belly Rubs Basset Rescue Blount County Animal Rescue Effort 865-556-0315 | Collie Concern Rescue 865-292-0282 | Dachshund Rescue of East Tennessee 865-671-9597 | Dames for Danes Great Dane Rescue 865-963-9273 or 423-340-0391 East Tennessee Border Collie Rescue 865-435-6125 East Tennessee Pit Bull Rescue 865-202-2520 | Greyhound Pets of America Tennessee Chapter (Knoxville area) 865-671-2749 | Greyhound Rescue Foundation of Tennessee 865-690-0009 or 865-539-9942 Grreat Dog Rescue 865-579-0260 |

Majestic Giants Great Dane Rescue 865-803-6143 MajesticGiantsGreatDaneRescue Mid-South Eskie Alliance 931-259-5869 Noah’s Arc 423-586-2293 | Pets Without Parents 865-771-3728; 865-755-2913 Shelter Animals Rescue Group 865-483-8146 Small Breed Rescue of East Tennessee 865-426-3955 | Smoky Mountain Bulldog Rescue 865-688-2270 Smoky Mountain Great Dane Rescue 877-647-6437 The Stray Connection 865-671-4564 Tennessee Valley Golden Retriever Rescue | 865-558-3100 | Wolf Creek Weimaraner Rescue

Service Groups & Charities Companion Animal Initiative of Tennessee (CAIT) University of Tennessee 865-755-2182 | Human-Animal Bond in Tennessee (HABIT) University of Tennessee 865-974-5633 |

Humans & Animals Learning Together (HALT) University of Tennessee Smoky Mountain Service Dogs 865-408-3070 (general info) 865-691-8091 (puppy raiser info) Wilderwood Service Dogs

Shelters Animal Works 3377 Regal Drive, Alcoa, TN 37701 865-379-2227 | Blount County Animal Center 233 Currie Avenue Maryville, TN 37804 865-980-6244 Blount County Humane Society 1005 East Broadway Avenue Maryville, TN 37804 865-382-7652 Grainger County Humane Society PO Box 229, Rutledge, TN 37861 865-567-0050

Loudon County Animal Shelter 250 Jamie Drive Loudon, TN 37774 865-458-5593

Spay & Neuter Clinics

Loudon County Humane Society 701 Concord Road Knoxville, TN 37934 865-671-8654

Feral Feline Friends PO Box 32121, Knoxville, TN 37930

Animal Works 3377 Regal Drive, Alcoa, TN 37701 865-379-2227 |

Maryville Animal Shelter 426 Home Avenue, Maryville, TN 37801 865-681-2241

Humane Society Fix-A-Pet 10421 Chapman Highway Seymour, TN 37865 865-579-6738 |

Newport Animal Shelter 420 Humane Way , Newport, TN 37821 423-623-1010

Planned Pet-Hood 3699 Harriman Highway Harriman, TN 37748 865-882-9966

Oak Ridge Animal Shelter 395 Belgrade Road Oak Ridge, TN 37830 865-425-3423

PPAW Spay / Neuter Clinic (People Promoting Animal Welfare) 6869 Morganton Road Greenback, TN 37742 865-856-7729 |

Roane County Animal Shelter 296 Manufacturers Road Rockwood, TN 37854 865-354-7387

Humane Society of Jefferson County 310 Landfill Road Jefferson City, TN 37760 865-475-8930 |

Sevier County Humane Society Animal Shelter 959 Gnatty Branch Road Sevierville, TN 37862 865-453-7000

Humane Society of Roane County Rescue Team 109 Bream Lane, Kingston, TN 37763 865-376-2474

Union County Humane Society 719 Hickory Star Road Maynardville, TN 37807 865-992-7969

Humane Society Adopt-A-Pet 6720 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919 865-584-0496

Young-Williams Animal Center 3201 Division Street Knoxville, TN 37919 865-215-6599 |

Sevier County Humane Society Animal Shelter 959 Gnatty Branch Road Sevierville, TN 37862 865-453-7000 | Spay and Neuter Clinic 2436 East Magnolia Avenue Knoxville, TN 37917 865-329-2536 Spay Tennessee PO Box 995, Cookeville, TN 38503 866-355-7729 | TN Spay & Neuter Hotline 866-907-SPAY (7729) Young-Williams Animal Center Spay Shuttle | 865-215-6677

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Happy Tails

Second Chances for Lucky Dogs

Michael Samstag is an award-winning filmmaker, president

A veterinarian came to my house to examine the dogs and

of, and creates mini-documentaries for

said they were sick, too sick to go on a transport plane

nonprofit agencies. He also finds time to foster puppies—very

or anywhere else and had to be quarantined. My vision of

large puppies. Great Pyrenees, Newfoundlands and others

hosting a cute puppy for three days turned into caring for

come to him from Big Fluffy Dog Rescue, often several at

twelve sick animals for two months. It was tough, but things

a time. The day we visited, resident dogs Fozzy, Juno and

did get better. When the dogs were finally healthy, I flew

Kobe were lounging on the couch while two foster pups

with Pilots N Paws to take them to New York for adoption.

played in their own room ( heated and air-conditioned, with a

We filmed the new owners getting their pups at the airport

doggie door to the fenced backyard ). When Michael shared

and several said that it must be hard for me to let the

the story of his first fosters, we learned that his initiation into

puppies go. It wasn’t nearly as hard as they thought!

the rescue world was not quite this peaceful. I know a LOT more about dog rescue after that trial “A friend told me about Pilots N Paws, a group that helps transport rescued animals to new homes. I thought it would

by fire. There are always foster puppies here—a nonstop stream—and it seems much easier now.”

make a great documentary so I started flying with the pilots to film their missions. When our distributor saw the film’s


preview, she asked about including puppies in the story.

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Easy enough, I thought. I heard about someone in Sevier

on your smartphone to see Michael’s

County who wanted to find homes for “some adorable Husky

film trailer “Tales in Flight” or go to

mixes” and I offered to take them. When I got there, I wasn’t watch?v=BVLRCXkvqds

prepared for what I found—at least 30 dogs running loose, all growling and barking. With the owner’s help, I managed to get a dozen puppies loaded, but I knew I was in way over my head. FOZZY, KOBE, MICHAEL SAMSTAG, JUNO  PHOTO: TINAH UTSMAN




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