Meet The Dogs



 



Dunkin

Dunkin is a rescue from Monroe County Animal Shelter. For some reason this boy wasn't getting adopted. A woman that saw his potential decided to foster him and I ran into them at Petco one Saturday. I was definitely not looking for another dog, but there was something about this boy. He had such a face and showed such intelligence. I had that gut feeling with him that I have had with my other dogs. I was right on target too. He has already done two commercials and two movies in the first year I have had him. He is super good with meet and greets and a great family dog. I guess he didn't get adopted because he was meant to be with us! He gets his name because his tail curls into a circle like a Dunkin Donut!!


Nevada
Nevada

Nevada is a border collie mix that was once a stray on the streets of New York City.  He was first rescued by a NJ shelter that Dawn did temperament evaluations at.  When she met Nevada it was love at first site.  She didn't really want a dog and for two weeks kept telling the staff that if no one else wanted him she would take him.  She came in early one day to find an adopted sign on his kennel and her heart sunk.  Dawn went to the manager and asked when he was going home.  The manager replied "when you sign the papers and take him".  They knew it was meant to be and Nevada has been Dawn's shadow ever since!  He is one the the smartest dogs and he believes he has Dawn better trained then she has him!  It was Nevada's attitude and tricks that got Dawn the job offer at the Comedy Barn.


Scooter
Scooter

Dawn was not looking for another dog when she found Scooter.  She was "just looking" on Petfinder.com when she came across his face.  Dawn experienced a gut feeling at the very sight of him.  The Lake Cumberland Animal Welfare League brought him down from KY to meet Dawn.  It was an instant bond! She knew this dog was a winner from the start.  Scooter was the happiest dog she had ever met.  His tail never stops wagging and he is so excited to meet everyone! He was a perfect fit in the group and in her heart.  Scooter's enthusiasm is contagious and makes him one of the favorite dogs at the Comedy Barn.


Dallas
Dallas

When Dawn walked into the Sevier County Animal Shelter one afternoon, she was greeted by a crazy dog barking and jumping all over the lobby.  He was out for some fun time and the shelter staff was laughing at his ability to jump on the counter top and tables.  Dawn knew she needed a jumper for her dog act and "Wild Thing" was definitely up to the task.  When he came up and rested his paws on her leg and leaned in for loving it was a done deal.  Dallas is the star jumper of the group and his ability landed him and four others a spot on Pet Star in 2004.


Liberty
Liberty
 

It was September 11, 2001 and Dawn sat at home with the dogs watching the devastation on TV.  She knew that she needed to get out to get her mind off the horrible events.  The animal shelter was calling her name.  When she got there she found the sweetest beagle mix just going in circles in her pen.  She took out the little girl who then proceeded to shower Dawn with kisses.  What Dawn found was the love she needed that day.  "Spot" needed a more patriotic name and the name "Liberty" was it.  Liberty almost didn't make the cut.  Dawn was talking to her sister about finding Liberty a new home since she didn't seem to get any of the tricks she was trying to teach her.  Well, Liberty must have heard that conversation, because later that day it all seemed to click and she became one of Dawn's star performers.


Jay-Jay
Jay Jay

Dawn's sister has always loved chinese crested hairless dogs.  In Dawn's mind, they were cute, but not her style.  That was until she met Jay.  A breeder had contacted Dawn when she found out she was training dogs to perform at a theater.  She had a dog coming into rescue that was a beautiful example of the breed.  Unfortunately Jay was too much work for the woman that bought him and due to a heart problem in one of his babies, she couldn't make money off of him by breeding.  So, she got rid of him.  Dawn went to meet him and he walked up to her on his hind legs.  He looked like a natural performer.  Jay Jay was the start of a hairless group that now runs the house! Jay Jay is short for "Naked as a Jaybird"!


Kona
Kona

Dawn received a call from her sister one day that she had a puppy that mom had rescued from someone.  At the time Dawn didn't need anymore dogs and said NO.  Her sister continued to explain how agile this dog was and how perfect he would be.  The answer was still NO.  Then mom called.  Dawn explained to mom that they had plenty of dogs and she didn't want a puppy.  Mom then said she was bringing the dog anyway.  Dawn said NO.  Mom then asked Dawn if she remembered all the animals she brought home when she was a kid, despite the NO.  Mom said this dog is "payback".  That is how Kona came to be part of the pack.  As they say "momma knows best", because Kona has become one of the best workers in the show.


Taz
Taz

One fall Dawn received a call from a local guy that wanted to give his chinese crested hairless to her if "she would put him in the show".  This couple had bought him for their granddaughter and then could not housebreak him.  He ended up living outside with a goat!  Dawn did not want another dog, but when she met Taz it was an instant bond.  He was the biggest hairless she had ever seen and so motivated to work!  Taz loved the other dogs and made himself at home by sleeping under the covers and snuggling every chance he got.  Although Dawn told the couple she couldn't promise anything about the show, he was part of the team in just over a month.  His signature trick is the circle, which earned him the name of the Tazmanian Devil Dog!


Odie
Odie

This handsome guy was yet another dog that wasn't suppose to stay.  The rescue that Dawn adopted Scooter from called and asked if she wanted another hairless.  Dawn offered to foster him and find him a home.  He had allergy problems and major separation anxiety.  Doug had warned Dawn that no more dogs were staying! Just a few weeks after Dawn got Odie she traveled up to Vermont to teach at Camp Gone to the Dogs.  When she got home she was excited to tell Doug that she found someone that really wanted Odie.  Doug looked up at her with puppy dog eyes and exclaimed "we can't get rid of him, he loves me!".  And so Odie became part of the family!



Iki
Iki

This little guy was found on the side of the road.  And, you guessed it, was not supposed to stay! Dawn found him sitting in the middle of the street with no identification.  He jumped right into her car and was ready to go.  Dawn called the local shelters, vets and drove around the neighborhood for almost two months trying to locate his home.  He was a sweet dog, but she soon realized could scale any size fence and loved to take off.  After two months of trying to find his owners, she tried to find him a home.  Of course during this time he got along so great with the family, loved to snuggle, and had a great attitude for learning tricks.  Iki (the Hawaiian word for little) was destined to be a part of the family.


Jamba

This little guy was rescued from death row by Small Breed Rescue of E. Tennessee. He was at a rescue event that Dawn performed at in October of 2008. The rescue group really didn't have the room for him, but felt he had something special. After treating him for heartworm he was ready for adoption when Dawn met him. It was an instant hit and he fit into the pack as though he had been there forever. Expect to see him in the show in early 2009.


Jake

Jake is a special dog. He belonged to an angel... Dawn helped her dear friend Kelly pick this dog from a rescue. Kelly had been diagnosed with cancer and was looking for a friend. Jake was a great companion. Unfortunatly, Kelly lost her battle with cancer in the fall of 2008. Her one wish was that Jake be in a safe and happy home. Jake had spent alot of time with the canines while Kelly went through treatments and was very comfortable with them. So, he is now a part of the family and a wonderful reminder of Kelly's spirit.


Elvis

After Miss Ellie's run for Ugliest Dog, someone contacted me about another potential "not so cute" dog.  Elvis was taken into a shelter from a hoarding situation.  The shelter did not have the space and Elvis was on the list for euthanasia.  The folks from 4Petsake Rescue took him and his brother in and put them up for adoption.  Dawn drove to SC to meet him and fell in love with this "not so ugly, ugly dog".  He has the coolest toupee! His amazing hair got him the name Elvis. He has an incredible jump and loves to stand on his head! He is definitely going to be a new star!


Hoppy

Hoppy came to us as a foster dog from Small Breed Rescue of East Tennessee. He was a puppy mill rescue that needed his back leg amputated. The group had several people interested in him, but everyone seemed to think that missing a leg would slow him down and make him a calm lap dog. NOT! Hoppy is full of energy and life. His spirit is contagious and that is what prompted Dawn to adopt him. He runs circles around the other dogs, loves doing tricks and is currently in training to be a therapy dog so he can visit amputee children and lift their spirits.


Guido

Guido was found on the street by some tourists on a cold January night. The shelter was closed and they didn't want to leave him out. Dawn took him in to try and find his owner. Doug fell in love immediately. Two weeks later his owner came forward and decided she couldn't handle him and wanted us to have him. He is a couch potato and has become Doug's baby.



Blondie

Blondie

IN LOVING MEMORY...
to the smartest dumb dog I will ever have the pleasure of knowing.
 


Miss Ellie
Miss Ellie

IN MEMORY OF
THE CUTEST UGLY DOG EVER!

 























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