Thursday, April 12, 2007

Dogs, Dogs & More Dogs-Pigeon Forge TN

I am a real sucker when it comes to dogs......any shape or size! It's pretty evident since my husband and I have 4 dogs with at least 2 or 3 other "related" dogs hanging around most of the time. Chaotic - to say the least..... but I am NO match for Dawn Elberson of Pigeon Forge TN, not even close.....

At last count, Dawn had 9 dogs, yep you heard me - 9 dogs !!! Bless her soul - If any of you Pigeon Forge - Gatlinburg visitors have seen the wildly popular and funny Comedy Barn Show in the Smoky Mountains - you likely have seen Dawn and some of her "pound puppies". Elberson and her 9 dogs, all Humane Society rescues, appear almost nightly at the Comedy Barn Theater in Pigeon Forge. Dawn says "The newest trick in the act is my rat terrier jump roping with me". Dogs are always out during intermission at the Comedy Barn show for "meet and greet". The dogs also visit senior citizens in nearby Sevierville TN as part of an assisted living and Alzheimer's care Pet Therapy program.

These Comedy Canines are stars in their own right - not only are they a famous Comedy Barn act, they even competed on Animal Planet's animal talent contest series, "Pet Star." In one episode, Dallas, her 5-year-old Sheltie mix adopted from the Sevier County Humane Society, jumped over four other dogs. Several of her dogs have been in commercials, print work, and videos - talk about talent! I'm lucky if my dogs come when I call them! Dawn does also have a local training program - hey, that's a thought. Elberson has trained wildlife and done wildlife education programs for many years and has been training dogs professionally for 13 years.

Next time you plan a visit to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg or the Smoky Mountains - Have a heart, bring your pet or dog along for vacation. You will find lots of comfortable pet friendly vacation rental cabins in the Pigeon Forge area. You can even have Dawn Elberson "dog-sit" ! Her "Just Fer Paws" Dog Service includes: 1 acre fenced play area, temperature controlled kennel space, individual attention, play with other dogs-if requested, flexible schedule. Open most Sundays and holidays, baths and nail-clipping available, owners live on premises, doggie day care available or just bring your dog to play ! Be sure to call ahead for info - You can reach Dawn at 865-430-3383 or her website Comedy Canines **Just a little inside tidbit - Dawn told me today she will be adding something new to the act soon - top secret !! Here's a hint- Oink, Oink!

Let your dog enjoy the next Smoky Mountain vacation as much as you do !!!!