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Chillin' with Chester

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The snow is back and that makes me a happy dog. We didn’t get that much at my house but it has been cold enough that what snow we have has stuck around. The creeks by my house were frozen this morning. It was perfect weather for taking a new friend for a walk. My sister Olive has become a regular on my walks with the dogs from the shelter. She still has to ride in the back of the car when we drive over. It’s my show.

This month we met a 1-year old Plott hound/ Great Dane mix named Chester. Chester fits the description of a Plott Hound almost perfectly except for the fact that Plott Hounds are described as medium in size. Chester is a big boy. He weighs about 90 pounds and probably has a little more growing to do. That must be where the Great Dane part kicks in.

Raise your hand if you know what a Plott Hound is. The ancestors of the current Plott Hounds were brought to this country in 1750 by a German named Johannes Plott. Now known as Jonathan Plott, he settled in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina where he developed his dogs into hunters of wild boar and bear. For more than 200 years, descendants of the Plotts raised these dogs, eventually leading to the breed. Plott Hounds often have a brindle coat just like my buddy Chester. In 1989, the breed was adopted as the state dog of North Carolina.

Enough history. Let’s talk about Chester. Chester’s hobbies include long walks in the woods, rolling in the snow, wrestling and ice skating. Chester still has that puppy goofiness. When he runs, parts of his body move in all directions. Olive has that same problem and they got along right away. They chased each other all around a snowy meadow until we got to a frozen creek. I know all about ice. When I was a pup my person took me to a frozen lake and threw me tennis balls. It didn’t take me long to figure out that running on ice is not a good idea. So when Olive and Chester reached the frozen creek running in full stride I stopped on the bank to watch. Chester slipped and slid, spinning his legs like a cartoon character does when he tries to run in mid-air. It was pure hilarity. I’ll give him credit it only took Chester three times crossing the creek to figure out that he needed to slow down.

Chester loves people, gets along with other dogs and really likes cats but not in a good way. He’s not recommended for a home with cats. He is also not recommended for a house with small children but only because he is so big. He has a tail that should require a red caution flag. Chester is housebroken and he listens pretty well. We met a few other dogs and some people on our trip together and had no problems.

Chester came over to my house after our walk and was a prefect gentleman. He and Olive continued wrestling in the house while I supervised and tried to look as cool as possible. When we got back in the car to go back to the shelter both Olive and Chester passed out. Finally I can get some peace and quiet around here.

If you are interested in Chester or any of the other fine animals at the Humane Society you can always see pictures at If you would like to foster an animal or adopt Chester drop us an email or give us a call at 587-5948. Have a great month and remember, 'Don’t breed or buy while shelter animals die.'

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