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UTCVM Celebrates Eighth Annual Tennessee Week for the Animals

(Knoxville, TN. September 20, 2012) -- September 22-30 marks Tennessee Week for the Animals. Throughout the week, various animal organizations will host various activities to celebrate the human-animal bond.

Throughout the week, we will add images of people and their animal companions.  We start with a group image of most of our team walkers at the PetSafe K-9 Cancer Walk for the Morris Animal Foundation.


Below:  Chui Chi is visiting with us for a few months and has become best buddies with Sebastian. They are always up to something and good for a laugh or two. Here they are looking out the window on a beautiful fall day. Who only knows what they are thinking or planning. Nothing better than coming home and having your cats come running to the door to greet you. Sandra Hill

Below: Don't let this cute face fool you...Addie is full of spirit and just loves to help me study ;) Hannah Debusk.

Below:  From Dr. Jose Castro, Clinical Instructor Equine Field Services. "This is my beloved Val, my 11 year-old TB mare that has been with me since 2005. It is not what to spend on horses, it is what you get out of them because there is something outside of the horse that is good for the inside of a man."


Below: Kathy Yates' granddog Lacey and her grandson prepare for homeschool class to get underway.


Below: Stella is a 2 year old German Shorthair Pointer. She exudes energy and has such a zest for life! Stella is one of those dogs who just never has a bad day. When I'm with her, her enthusiasm is contagious, and I can't help but smile at her simple elation of being a dog. Stella is a dock diving dog and she LOVES the water and her toy. Stella's energy level requires long walks every day which is good for both her and for me. She is so loyal and only asks to be loved (and to have the ball thrown 150 times a day). She makes me laugh and smile every day. Leslie Wereszczak, LVMT, VTS(ECC)

Below: Zeke is almost 12. Poor guy has no teeth and one good eye, but he still seems to love life. In fact, he loved it so much yesterday when I came home from work that he ran full-steam-ahead to the neighbors front porch to eat their cats food and used his selective (but still very good) hearing to ignore my pleas for him to stop. His imperfections are what make him a dog, and dogs make life much more pleasant. Misty Bailey.

Below: These are my dogs Zoey and Layla. They are my constant companions and they always manage to brighten my day. Layla is the big sister and the sweetheart. She loves to cuddle, give lots of kisses, and she never leaves my side (unless theres a body of water near by and then she will most definitely be in it).
Zoey on the other hand is quite the trouble maker. She's very rambunctious and will eat just about anything thats in front of her if you're not careful. But she is the happiest dog you will ever meet and she makes me laugh every single day. Meagan Batey.

Below: This is my 4 year old Greyhound, Bear. Bear was right by my side, traveling from Knoxville to Grenada a couple times a year for 2 years, while I went to school at St. George's University. The locals have never seen a dog his size, and thought he was a real tiger! Bear definitely made being 2,000 miles away from friends and family tolerable. Not many rescued Greyhounds get to retire to the Caribbean! Erika Wolf.

Below: This is me with my mare Tequila. Although she can be really bossy and doesn't always like to be cuddled, she can also be really sweet and is a pleasure to ride! She will do almost anything for a candy cane and a belly scratch! Celia Hurley, LVMT Equine Internal Medicine


Below: This is my husband, Chris, with his mare Kelpie. Kelpie is one of the kindest, sweetest horses you'll ever meet. She gave us a surprise this year when I brought her in for coughing, only to find out she has a cleft palate! Since she's 6 years old, this was quite a shock! Thanks to the equine surgery folks, she is now doing GREAT! Celia Hurley, LVMT Equine Internal Medicine.

Below: I adopted Muse from a shelter about 5 years ago and she is my little ray of sunshine.  She greets me at the door when I come home and makes sure my lap stays warm.  Muse will always be my loving companion that will do anything for a cheez-it. Erin Felty.

Below:  Scout Pruitt. This is my dog Scout - she's 14 years old. I got her when I was 11, so I've had her for over 1/2 of my lifetime! She was there when I started middle school, and she'll be there when I graduate vet school, and she's everything in between. She may be a big dog, but she still gets treated like a princess-she always gets her pink rain jacket put on when she has to go potty in the rain. I plan on having a super sweet sixteen for her if she's still around -- I'm going to buy her one of the children's mini jeeps and everything!  Jessica Pruitt

Below: This is Kojac and me down by the river. Without him in my life, I'm not sure where I would be...surely not as sane as he keeps me, nor as enlightened with his love for frisbee fetch, excitement for long runs together and leaps for joy at any play time together! Tiffany Makowski

Below:  My wonderful fluffy children were rescued when they were kittens - MacKenzie from a barn & Cooper from a cat shelter.  MacKenzie, age 12, has recently claimed a red shopping bag - sleeping on it, in it and hiding toys in there.  Cooper, age 9, is content to curl up on his favorite blue blanket & loves to talk!  Great my cats! Jane Barcroft

 Below:  "This picture is of my mother, me, my brother and one of our wonderful cats, Noggins. We've had Noggins for 12 years since he adopted us (after he got tired of living in a nearby park). He was recently diagnosed with cancer and we will be saying goodbye to our wonderful friend who has been through a lot with our family. He's a legend in our neighborhood, having had some pretty unusual adventures of his own (including a cat-napping!).  We will miss his always-friendly, happy, and loving spirit." Corinne Tandy

Below: This is me and my buddy, Simba! He's about 2 1/2 years old now, and I found him as a stray when he was about 8 weeks old. Watching him grow up has been a great joy. He can get pretty hyper and crazy at times, but sometimes he decides he wants to show some love with a little eskimo kiss! The first picture is recent and the second picture is from when I first brought him home. Mary Hall

Below: This is me and my cat, Charlie. Charlie is crazy and moody but my life wouldn't be the same without her. She finds anything entertaining. The next one is a pic with me and my dog, Zoey. She is probably the happiest animal ever. No matter what happens, she thinks it is the best day ever!  Jackie Young

Below: Bluecifer Harbison is a loyal, trying-bo-be-big-brave-dog, who loves to snuggle. 

 And his sister Boondoggle Harbison doesn't mind ruling the roost and taking over the driver's seat while Bluecifer hides.


(Knoxville, TN. September 26, 2011) -- September 24-October 2 marks the Tennessee Week for the Animals.  Throughout this week, we will add images of UTCVM folks and their critters.  We'll start with a group shot taken at the Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk last week.



Below: Dr. Jill Narak, our Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, with Stella. "This is Stella and me hiking by the French Broad River in the Cherokee National Forest up in the Smokies. She always get very excited when she sees me grab my pack and boots."


Below: Veterinary student Jill Wilson, her fiance and Moose. "We are new pet parents and we are loving all the joy we get from our new boy (yes, even with the barking and chewing)! What I love most about our companion animal, and others as well, is the unconditional love they give. We also love his energy most of all because he gets us off the couch! Moose was named to remind us of Alaska and the time we've spent there and because clumsy Moose are everywhere! And our Moose is just as clumsy!"


Below: CEM graduate student Nichelle Whitlock. "In the picture is Korri Jones, Merle (my baby girl!) and me. We rescued Merle from Young Williams in April; from the time we brought her home, she's brought us nothing but joy and happiness (and the occasional headache). She's my constant companion (and I do mean constant, she won't let me out of her sight) and is an excellent listener (she looks attentively, tilts her head to the side, and doesn't say a single word!). She's a wonderful puppy, she's my baby girl.


Below: UTCVM Associate Dean, Dr. Bob DeNovo with his human and furry family. All three dogs are rescues: Cosmo, Sydney, Juneau. "There has never been a time in my life when I did not have a dog, and I remember all of them. They have provided constant companionship, always listened intently, and never talked back. From them, I have learned the value of compassion and the power of a kind word. My dogs are my best and most trusted pals.


Below: Dr. Melissa Kennedy's sweetheart. According to Kennedy, "Don't let looks deceive you--she is a little devil, will destroy anything from clothes to carpet,chairs to chew toys, TV remotes, papers (important or trash--makes no difference) and books. But she's funny, and makes me laugh, and she keeps things lively amongst a clan that are pretty sedentary and calm. All my dogs are like the air I breathe..."



Below: Karen McLucas, our licensed veterinary technician on our neurology service, is kissing "daughter" Beverly who is perched in husband Jay's arms. "We don't have kids, so of course our dogs mean everything to us. We have two sons and two daughters! Our life truly would not be complete without them in our lives!"


Below: Veterinary student Lesley Moser with Roxy. "She's the best. All she wants to do is make me happy; we can study or play outside--it doesn't matter to her as long as she is with me."


Below: Veterinary student Allison Mueller and her husband adopted Beau (Redbone Coonhound) and Sadie (Beagle/Treeling Walker mix) two years ago. "They have kept us laughing with their antics both together and apart. My husband is in the Navy and the long distance can become difficult with me bing in school. Sadie and Beau help alleviate some of the loneliness for my husband and me, and Sadie is always happy to see me and ready to greet me when I get home in Knoxville--the same goes for Beau and my husband in NH! I can't imagine life without the pups!"


Below: Misty Bailey, science editor at UTCVM, with Zeke. "Zeke makes mornings bearable by stretching his front paws toward me and waiting for his ritual rub-down. Seeing his tail wag every morning makes this night owl smile, even at 6 am."                    


Below: Veterinary student Faith Cogswell talks about her furry family. In this photo, Kenai, their Gentle Giant, and sons Scanlin and Dryden. "Our dogs lighten our mood, give us unconditional love, and add texture to our also...and they give us someone to blame bad smells on--which is very handy in a house with 3 boys!"


Cogswell's "Hermi, the Love Dog" throwning down on the 1s and 2s.


Below: Veterinary Student Pam Boyer shares a couple of great photos of her companions. Asked for a few words to describe what they mean to her? "Unconditional love, joy, smiles, warm hearts, trust, and loyalty."  Humans could learn a lot from them, couldn't they? Lillie, Sammie and Ella at the pool....and below that Sammie (now 4 years old) giving kisses!



Below: Whitney Myers, our Large Animal Clinica Sciences Veterinary Technician Intern for Field Services, shares a photo of her appendix QH mare, Blue. Her German Shepherd mix, Dante, is in the background of the photo. "They, along with my other horse and dogs, are my life. They mean everything to me and are my best friends."


Below: Vanessa Byrge, human resources facilitator at UTCVM, shares photos of her babies. She says not to be deceived--they are NOT little angels..and in the second photo, if she says if the little one figures out how to open that window--it's off to the races!



Below: Sandra Hill, the dean's executive assistant, is mom to Sophia Loren, Coco Chanel and Sebastian. "Here (top photo) is Sophia Loren, all tired out from playing. She is one very spoiled cat, just like the other felines in the house. She loves to carry candy wrappers (yes, we tie them in a bow for her to carry) around the house while making this strange noise that sounds more like a mouse than a cat. Of course her favorite time to do this is 2am--hence the reason she is cat napping at 3pm!"


Kitty Sebastian Hill says, "Stones, stones, no more stones! I can catnap again thanks to the amazing Dr. Bartges and his minimally invasive surgery!"


Below: Karen Armsey, our HABIT coordinator, with Maggie. "Maggie brings out my better half. Because of her, I take the time to talk to people and hear the stories that they need to share. She has taught me that it is OK to be known as 'that woman who is always with Maggie.' Maggie has also taught me that there are times that the best thing you can do for yourself is to find a quiet spot and take a nap. She has tried to teach me that it is very important to always have good hair, but that did not take."




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