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Were you there for the 6th Annual Pet Celebration at Historic Hayesville Square on Saturday, September 23rd? If not, you missed a fun time with Drs. Hilty Burr , Jim McClearen and Lynn Stevenson and staff from Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital and Tri-County Animal Clinic. The event was also again sponsored by Pam Roman and Clay County Chamber of Commerce
It was a full day packed with activities and demonstrations emceed by DJ Dan and Dr Burr. We saw this year’s Obedience Class led by Linda Vanderlaan graduate 20 participants, showing how well they behaved and what they learned in 8 weeks. Mitzi Shepherd led the rally obedience class with participating pairs vying for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and honorable mention positions. There were several medical service dogs and their owners that included Maria McLeod and Grady (Seeing Eye Dog), Bill Buck and Elsie (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Pat Werdin and Reddy (locomotion and balance), and Kate Martin and Ozzy (autism) who explained and demonstrated the valuable and necessary services these remarkable pets provide for them. Ed Abel of PAWS Pet Training provided tips and advice that included canine fear aggression anxiety. There was also a two-hour live feed reenactment of Ask the Vet radio show on 102.7FM hosted by Kenny G and Drs Burr and McClearen that featured many guests and live demonstrations that included Joan Crothers of Operation PUP, Kirsty Waller of Valley River Humane Society, Bill Buck of Paws4awarrier, Judy Balter of Affordable Pet Care out of Atlanta, Dr Brian Roberts (Medical Director) of Mountain Emergency Animal Center in Blue Ridge who provided pet CPR demonstration, Lynna Shepherd who presented dog bite prevention techniques, Steve Clark of Cupid Falls Farm who explained his Great Pyrenees small ruminant protecting working dogs, and Mr Abel’s fascinating career in animal behavior. Sherriff Vic Davis, and deputies Heath Woodard /K9 Phantom & Chris Harper / K9Sara of Clay County Sherriff’s department demonstrated their drug detection capabilities. Father George Choyce of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church provided A Blessings of the Pets. Participating rescue/humane society groups that benefited set up creative booths and provided homeless pets available for adoption. The silent auction tables were FULL of wonderful items and many high-priced items drew the crowd’s attention in a live “Dutch” auction. And, of course, there was reduced cost pet vaccinations, music, pet parade/costume contest, pet talent show, pet product artisans/vendors,
and the much-loved Wiener Dog Race.
We express our sincere thanks to over 70 businesses and individuals who provided donations, the overflow of people and their pets that were in attendance for making the Pet Celebration possible that celebrated the human / pet bond and the pure joy the bond provides, and that raised significant funds for our area rescue/humane society groups.
RESCUE GROUPS PARTICIPATING IN PC2017
Cast Off Pet Rescue – Blairsville, GA Shannon Elliott
Katz N’Dawgs Helping Hands – Hiawassee, GA Bill Hall
Logan’s Run Rescue - Murphy, NC Marian Hill
Lucky Paws Cat Rescue – Warne, NC Carl Haines
Mt. Shelter Humane Society - Blairsville, GA Lisa McConnell
New Digs for Dogs - Brasstown, NC Ms. Terri Drinkut
Operation Pup – Hiawassee, GA Joan Crothers
Paws4aWarrior – Hayesville, NC Bill Buck
Senior Scenter / Puppies Under Protection – Warne, NC Jeanne Strack
Valley River Humane Society – Murphy, NC Kirsty Waller
Wholly Cats Rescue – Hayesville, NC Nancy Ede
Pictures at Pet Celebration by Gina Gomez Photography