by Brad Waggoner
We were delighted to be asked to participate in the first annual Bark-E-Que sponsored by Operation P.U.P. (Prevent Unwanted Pets). Operation P.U.P. is a non-profit group dedicated to the promotion of spay and neuter education and assistance.
We were so happy that we could be there to introduce so many people to clicker training and answer their questions on training and behavior.
There were many of the local rescue groups and shelters there as well, they included; Castaway Critters, Humane Society’s Mountain Shelter, Logan’s Run Rescue , North Georgia SPCA and the Whiskers Project.
Several of the local veterinarians were there to give talks on a variety of topics to pet owners. Dr. Mary Brennan of Alternative Veterinary Services gave an informative talk on pet foods and nutrition. Dr. Hilty Burr of Lake Chatuge Animal Hospital spoke about the human pet bond. And Dr. Kirk Vardeman of Hiawassee Animal Hospital gave some great information on flea and tick prevention.
There were demonstrations as well. The Towns County Sheriff’s department K9 unit was there showing their crime stopping abilities, and Cold Nose College was proud to be able to give a clicker training demonstration. I gave a brief description of clicker training and narrated as Lisa worked with Lucy, a beautiful hound mix who is currently available for adoption at the Mountain Shelter. I do think the crowd was impressed with just how quickly Lucy started responding to Lisa’s cues.
We were also so very pleased to see so many graduates and students of Cold Nose College there. I’m sorry we didn’t get photos of everyone, but here is a shot of Melody and Stuart, and their pups Maya and the recently rescued Aussie Aragorn.
A big thanks again to Operation P.U.P for putting on a great event.