Dallas, Welcome to Subieville!
Dallas, TX, 2016 -
Dallas the dog carries with him the name of his hometown of Dallas TX, after having recently stole the heart of Prestige Subaru's Tony Pelle and relocated to Asheville, NC.
Their concrete connection was made on a typical day at a Subaru dealer conference, complete with a full share of meetings, presentations, showcases, slideshows, small talk, and of course, dogs. The presence of a local Dallas, TX animal shelter, Operation Kindness, afforded Tony and Dallas (then unnamed puppy) the mere moment of face-time needed to forge a lifelong connection... It was instant. It was permanent. It was fate. Some say time slowed, others in the area reported sounds of a stringed ensemble softly accompanying the moment... we can't be too sure on this... however, what we do know, is that it was a moment meant to be. Dallas was adopted on the spot at the ripe age of 10 weeks old.
Having had flown to Dallas TX for the conference, which was still underway, Tony made quick arrangements for a Dallas (puppy) pickup the following day via Subaru from Subieville. The plans were soon set for the two to rendezvous back in Asheville, NC no later than need be. >>>FWD>>> 1 Outback, 2 days, and 1,930 miles later, Dallas had made it back to Tony's arms, back where he will be, and be found, for many years to come. Welcome to Subieville Dallas!
December pet of the month is Deborah Caughron and Michael Follo, with Huck & Scout. Check out our next pet of the month submission. Photos & story courtesy of Deborah Caughron and Michael Follo, with Huck & Scout. A really cool setup for the pups to travel with them in luxury.
Michael Follo and Deb Caughron live in Bat Cave with their two dogs, Huck and Scout. Michael and Deb are both recently retired educators. Deb worked for over 30 years with Outward Bound and Michael was a college professor and high school teacher before spending the last 6 years as Director of Education at the North Carolina Outward Bound School.
Deb and Michael have always loved traveling with their dogs and, now that they are retired, they are thrilled to have more time for adventures, both near and far. They recently returned from a 5-week western road trip with Huck and Scout in their Subaru Outback outfitted with a custom back-seat dog bed that was the envy of every dog they met!Â Â Michael and Debs new 2017 Outback is their fourth Subaru. They are especially excited about the new EyeSight technology that makes road trips even safer for them and their pups.
Meet Patches Cat, cared for by our very own Matt Gregor. Patches, and 2 other litter mates, were found trying to survive out of a dumpster at about 6 weeks of age. Brought home and nursed to health they have become a seemless part of the family.
Patches is now over 7 years old, sharing the space with her large furry protectors and two other cats. She is a gentle & timid cat that has the faintest meow that can only be heard when all is quiet.
This is a rare photo of Beau actually sitting still.
Pictured is Ozzy, cared for by Mike & Becky. He is a 3 month old Cotton Da Tulear rescue from out of State.
Ozzy has a playful personality, loving
anything that squeaks. He is very energetic and gets into mischief
when not watched closely. He has two siblings, Ruger & Frye that
are all close.
He enjoys boating, being on the water is a great thrill. He also loves feeding time. As seen in the photo, as soon as he is finished a nap is needed, even where he eats._____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Meet Little Lucy, a Great Pyrenees & Black Lab mix (white & black color), cared for by our very own Matt Gregor. Lucy was the runt of the litter and the last one that nobody seemed to want. She was 7 weeks old when we began caring for her requiring medical care. Now at 14 weeks, she is all better and growing exponentially.
Little Lucy is helping fill the hole in the hearts of her sister pup Ethel and her Human family. Recently Ethel lost her twin brother, Fred, unexpectedly due to cancer. They both were 8.75 years old and have never been apart overnight since 7 weeks of age.
Little Lucy has helped to re-kindle the spark in Ethel's life bringing out puppy qualities in her older larger sister. Lucy plays with all her heart and doesn't realize she isn't the size of her big sister - yet. She loves to play with the cat as well, one of the 3 cats enjoy playing with her too.
A very sweet puppy that has helped mend the hearts of everyone around her, we are fortunate to have her in our lives.
Ben is the pride and joy of Paul and Cindy Bennett of Franklin NC. He is a four year old Scottie with a big personality and a curiosity to match. He started out his journey on a farm in Uxbridge Mass. and came to live with us in Connecticut. He smiles for cheese, and understands the word "handsome". If you meet him you will love him. He insists on it.
The family needed a change and in 2013 we moved to Franklin NC and we couldn't be happier. Long adventurous hikes and meeting barnyard animals is our favorite pass time. Going for rides in my new Forrester is his next favorite thing!. Our trips to Prestige are so pleasant and the staff welcomes him with lots of treats and attention. Life is very good for a Scottie living in the mountains!
Meet "Bailey" Sullivan. Bailey belongs to Ed and Arlene Sullivan, owners of Asheville Signarama. Bailey was rescued from the side of the road, along with 4 of her siblings, at only 6 weeks old by their daughter, who was attending Lees-McRae College. Bailey is now 4 years old. She sleeps in her crate every night, without being told, she loves to snuggle under the covers in the morning and playing with her toys (especially the squeaky ones!) She loves her treats, going on walks and looking after Ed and Arlene.
Cared for by Prestige Clients Bill & Martha - Buster Brown, an 8yo Chocolate lab, has a truly excellent home & gives back even more.
Buster Brown is a registered therapy dog with a soft, warm touch that runs from his paws to a human's heart. His handler, Martha Server, witnesses it every week. She herself fell victim to it.
"I was teaching a fitness class at a gym near Fort Bragg and saw a picture of a cute puppy on the door and said that I wanted the dog," Server said. "I fell in love with a lovable puppy with blue eyes."
The puppy became a nationally certified therapy dog through Therapy Dogs International when he was 20 months old. Now a handsome 8-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever, Buster Brown started training when he was only a few weeks old and continued to train intensely during the 12 months prior to certification.
"We purchased Buster Brown as a gift for a fallen military hero's family, but they couldn't take him at the time because of living circumstances. And after he lived with us, we weren't willing to let him go," Server said. "The family is still thrilled that his life has been devoted to serving veterans and children."
Every week for the past five years, Buster Brown, with Server in tow, visits the Community Living Center at the VA Medical Center in Asheville. The veterans at the center need care ranging from short-term rehabilitation to nursing and hospice care. Buster doesn't care what illnesses they suffer; he loves them unconditionally and accepts them as they are, expecting nothing more. He doesn't care if the veteran has lost hair to chemotherapy or his speech to a stroke. Buster Brown creates a unique bond with the patients that has a healing dimension.
And as a reward for his visits, Buster Brown gets a lot of love.
"Many of the veterans confined to wheelchairs push themselves to the canteen located in the basement of the hospital to purchase treats for him," Server said. "I always have treats to share with the veterans, but many insist on having their own goodies to give him. Buster Brown doesn't shy away from those who are about to pass (away). He may be the only therapy dog that has ever been allowed into the ICU (intensive care) unit at the VA hospital.
"At the request of patient Mike Poole, a Vietnam vet who was known as the unofficial mayor of the Black Mountain Dog Park, a nurse granted Buster Brown permission to visit him," Server said.
"Immediately Buster jumped up beside Mike to provide him with healing comfort. He barked once, and that alerted other patients that he was there, and they requested a visit. He provided comfort to family members and staff. Poole died on Valentine's Day in 2013 with Buster never missing an opportunity to visit with him weekly."
One special visit was with a marine who was suffering terminal brain cancer. Buster Brown jumped in bed with the marine and had a long visit. The next week when Buster returned, the marine had passed. Buster Brown attends some of the memorial services.
"It was sad but rewarding that Buster was the last dog the marine knew on this earth," Server said. "I think he knows how sick some of them are. Many of the patients at the VA hospital have no family members locally, and others have few visitors, making Buster's visits even more important."
Buster Brown also provides therapy for children at Black Mountain Primary and ArtSpace charter schools. He is especially fond of the reading programs.
"Students spend a lot of time reading to him and sharing their problems and feelings with him," Server said. "One young man said that his father had been taken to prison on the day Buster was visiting. The little boy always looked forward to hugging him and getting wet kisses in return. At the schools, Buster has a small rug that he sits on the entire time while the children read to him, which has lasted up to three hours. He has visited many different schools and has an active relationship with Black Mountain Primary and ArtSpace Charter School."
One student wrote, "Thank you for visiting us. Thank you Buster Brown for listening when we read. When you are not here, I imagine that I am reading to you."
Buster Brown also participated in developing the pilot program for veterans at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.
"One of Buster's most moving moments came during a visit to St. Joseph of the Pines Rehabilitation Center in Southern Pines," Server said. "This was the site of Buster's first therapy job. He approached a non-responsive woman in a wheelchair who had been in a coma for some time and no one had been able to reach her, not even the director's dog.
"Buster began to lick both of her cheeks, and she slowly smiled and opened her eyes for the first time since she had gone into a coma. People in the large rehabilitation room, including staff patients and family members, began clapping with tears in their eyes. During future visits, the woman's son and family members always approached Buster Brown and thanked him again for what they considered his miracle therapy."
Buster Brown became well-known at the dog park in Black Mountain and made friends with many of the homeless people who find shelter at First Baptist Church of Black Mountain in the winter. The dog is the international ambassador to the Montreat College men's soccer team and attends the games. The majority of the men playing on the team are from countries outside the U.S. and have never had a personal relationship with a dog. Buster Brown has participated in several Blessing of the Animals ceremonies ate various area churches as well as prayer walks at the Community of the Cross retreat center in Black Mountain.
Buster Brown has also been nominated by the Black Mountain Kiwanis Club twice as Volunteer of the Year.
"It gives me chills - good ones - to think of all the ways God has used Buster Brown," Server said. "Where he goes in the community, he reaches out to those who are experiencing personal problems such as illness, post-surgery, divorce and grief. Wherever my husband Bill and I go, Buster Brown goes. At home he is like all other dogs; he is our therapy dog, making us happy. If God can use a dog like Buster Brown, he can use any of us to love and serve our community."
Cared for by our very own Jenn Nance, Sales Specialist, these furry companions are lucky to have such a great home. The top photo is our Mona Mae. We call her our Blonde Baby. Out of our 3, Mona is our most skittish however, our snuggliest kitty. Mona came to our family while on a search for a friend for our Pico (the giant orange cat below). She was adopted about 2 years ago from the Humane Society, now happily residing in our home receiving lots of love from our 3 kiddos.
The lower left photo is Pico de Gallo. We call him many things but frequently just Pico. I have had Pico since he was a little bitty kitten. While on the search for a female cat about 2 years of age, this fluffer stole my heart with his loud purr and yearning for lovin' all the time. He's our most ornery of the bunch, often tripping us and causing chaos however, we love him dearly. I like to tell Pico that he is my best friend.
Lastly, lower right photo, we have Normyn. Normy is our stealth cat, always on the prowl and constantly begging to spend time outdoors. He's kind of the "cool kid" in the house, seldom speaking but loves to sneak a snuggle.
Here we have Tucker, at 1 1/2 years old, cared for by our very own Jason Wicks. We adopted Tucker in January 2014, after my kids saw him in the Humane Society adoption day. He has since taken over ownership of all sofas and beds in the house. He loves the garden for watching birds. Tucker likes a good belly scratch and believe it or not, a daily play wrestle match with a 60lb lab named Olive. He also likes to nibble toes when his owners are watching TV. We are blessed to have him as part of our family.
Here we have Champ, cared for by our very own Scott Wilbanks. He was a rescue from Animal Compassion Network which is now Asheville Humane Society. He is a jet black Newfoundland mixed with Wired Hair Retriever. We had a pet adoption here at Prestige on a Saturday before Christmas 2012. He all but stole the show with his full of life & energetic personality. There was discussion about what to do with Champ amongst ACN staff that I overheard. The foster family that had Champ were going out of town, hmmm.... this was an opportunity as long as he was house broken! He can stay with us for the weekend. When I called to tell my family the good news that we are fostering him for the weekend, the normal 10 minute commute to the dealership was a quick 5 minutes. That evening when I got home there were all these new dog toys everywhere. The weekend quickly passed and everyone was pitching in taking Champ on walks, etc. Monday morning as I was taking the girls to school & putting Champ in the car I looked up - in the window I could see my wife w/ tears in her eyes in addition to the girls not wanting to see him go.
We surprised the kids for Christmas. We had a new member to the family and all of us were so excited! We have defiantly had some training to do with him, including a dog whisperer. He is a hunter, gatherer, with a little alpha built-in. We have no problems with moles, possums, squirrels, etc on our property. He thinks that when family and friends come over they are there to see him! He enjoys outside, running & riding in the car. At the beach he chases the birds and you never see him run so fast but the birds always get away. He enjoys the water anytime of the year but is hesitant to go swimming. He turned 4 in April, with a birthday celebration getting doggie ice cream. He is one of a kind & we love having him as part of our family!!__________________________________________________________________________________________________________
He is sneaky & we feel he is my kids secret weapon when they have to eat all there food. Somehow it all just disappears and my boy P.G turns into a magician then vanishes. I love that dog, a great dog that takes care of us as much as we take care of him.
Cared for by our very own Gus Dotsikas & his wife Susan - here are their children with fur.
Suzette (left) is a female standard Poodle along with Samson (right) who is a miniature Poodle. Both dogs are a blessing for them. They both are very friendly and love to be petted. Suzette & Samson have Gus & Susan well trained in the area of giving them snacks and buying them toys.
Meet Rusko Riffe - Cared for by our very own Griffin Riffe. This sweet boy was adopted just a few weeks ago from Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, and quickly found a place in our hearts (and on our couch). Rusko is a 3month old PitBull/Border Collie with a Big personality and an even bigger heart. Rusko loves play with his friends Leia & Hendrix, go on adventures to the park, and get spoiled by his mom & dad. He also loves to come see his daddy at work and get treats from all the nice people at Prestige Subaru. You'd be hard-pressed to find a puppy as sweet as this little baby.
He is a remarkably effective hunter yet inquisitive, gentle, affectionate and playful all while getting along with his brother/sister-pup Fred & Ethel. He made himself right at home like he owns the place and the two pups have accepted him as one of their own. Often times he is found sleeping on or under one of his giant furry protectors. He also has two older cats to share the space with but they prefer to keep a slight distance when he wants to play.
A kind and gentle cat, that nobody else wanted, that we are fortunate to have in our lives.