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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.
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!
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."
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!!__________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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.
This is Cat, a 13 year old Hanoverian horse cared for my our very own Ryan Brown - Business Manager. His wife Alex rides dressage and the following is a writing by their daughter - Zoe Brown.
The first time I saw her, I gaze in her kind, dark eyes. Her coat shines her dark color. Her soft breath, calm and steady brushes up against my face. Cat is her name. I turn to see her rider walking up to Cat. They gaze at each other, reading each others body language - they can read each others minds. In one swift move the rider climbs on top of her back. Together they are picture perfect. I follow my mom and Cat, I watch them enter the arena. They ride around the outside of the dressage arena. They ride perfectly together. My mom, strong and confident, looking like the queen of England. Cat listens carefully to mom, making smooth and elegant moves. Cat has fire in her eyes and thunder in her hooves.
The bell rings and they enter the dressage arena. They start their dance, mom confidentially leads Cat thru every step of their dance and Cat follows every silent cue. They move in a blur, they are ghosts in the arena dancing their hearts out. They float across the ground it seems like Cat has grown wings. My mom seems the happiest on Cat's strong, powerful back. Mom can feel every muscle and every breath taken, she can even read Cat's mind. Their dance ends and they leave the arena. Mom jumps off her back and gazes into her eyes for a few seconds then goes back to work again.___________________________________________________________________________________________________
Photos courtesy of Elke & Ted from
Wellspring Farm; Llama babies Gannon, the white one was born on August 16. In the top photo Gannon's mom, Fanny is busy eating hay
while two of his "aunts" Nadia and Cheyenne are looking
into the barn.
In the other photos are both babies. Gannon the white one and the dark one is Margarita (Margie for short). Margarita was born on August 6. The brown Llama in the background is Tequila, Margie's mom.
Also of special note is their 2001
Subaru Outback with over 285,000 miles showcasing their signature
plate - LLAMA 1.
Wellspring Farm is a fiber animal farm raising Llama, Alpaca and Sheep for their fiber. There are more photos and stories of the animals on the Wellspring Farm Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wellspring-Farm/205650092842203
This is Bosco (left) our 8 year old
Shih Tzu belonging to Joe & Dianne Tate. Joe is the Internet
Sales Director here at Prestige Subaru. Bosco is just like he looks,
he's curious, loves everybody and makes everybody feel loved. He is
named after his silky black fur that looks like a deep chocolate
color. He is our 2nd Shih Tzu, the first one (Nikki) was a gift for
Dianne from Joe.
We were lucky to have Nikki for over 15
years and she wanted little to do with Dianne. Dianne got Bosco for
Joe and now Bosco has very little to do with Joe & spends all his
time with Dianne.
Bosco has a sweet nature and knows how to make anyone feel loved. We are very blessed to have Bosco and his BIG sister Gracie (right).