Passing Big Dogs on Our Walk

As we have explained before, we live beside Cataloochee Ranch, a thousand acre ranch with lots of horses.  Many visitors to the area will rent horses from the ranch and go on guided rides through the ranch, the neighboring properties, or into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (a somewhat large neighbor of ours).  Thus, when we are out for walks, it is very common to pass some of these “big dogs.”

Whoa! Look at that!

Come play with us, Big Dogs

A family out for a Sunday morning ride.

One of the ranch hands making sure that their guests stay safe.

One of the ranch hands was one who saw us a few months ago when The Herd got Out Herded – and she remembered it.


For those of you who are not members of our Facebook Fan Page – – you may not have seen this article in the Asheville Citizen-Times.  Just wanted to share.


  1. Kari on August 25, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    oh wow! Make sure to be extra careful around those 🙂

    Don’t forget, we moved to

  2. Dennis the Vizsla on August 6, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Best to stay clear of big dogs. They have hard feet.

  3. Ruby's Raiser on August 6, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Oh yes, we’ve worked plenty on not getting too excited on those big dogs out here in CO! But sometimes, a little doggie just can’t help it!

  4. siku marie on August 5, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    When I was a pup, dad held me in his lap while he rode one of those dogs…they smelled funny and I fell asleep from the rocking stride!

  5. The Luke on August 5, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    That’s really cool! I live wif a small pony myself.

    I do.

    I mean… have you SEEN the Bleu???

    I rest my case.

    wif love from the Luke

  6. Huffle Mawson on August 5, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Wow, those are some really big dogs! Did they want to play?

  7. Twinkietinydog on August 5, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Love the body language! As for the comment you left me today, “you never leave pee mail on human legs”, yeah right!

  8. Sagira on August 5, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I love watching horses, but don’t really know enough about them to get near them, but they sure are beautiful.

  9. Ryker on August 5, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    They are mighty big dogs! They don’t smell like digs but they do smell good!

  10. The Army of Four on August 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I saw big dogs like that at the rodeo!
    Play bows,

  11. Khyra on August 5, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I bet they would be SO much fun to zoom with too!


  12. sychoberians on August 5, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Now we know that huskies are the perfect sized dog. You guys wouldnt want a human to ride on you, its bad enough you have to pull them on their sleds and digglers.

    Poor big dogs, we hope their backs dont get sore.

    Remy and Flash

  13. Mochi on August 5, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I wish I lived near some big dogs! I think I would have fun sniffing them!

    Cool article! 🙂


  14. Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo & Molly on August 5, 2010 at 11:37 am

    We had NO idea that we live in a neighbor state to you guys!!!

    Woofs and Kisses!
    The Fiesty Three

  15. The OP Pack on August 5, 2010 at 9:27 am

    No surprise to us that you all are headliners!!! We only wish we could walk behind you in that walk for such a good cause.

    Those big dogs are beautiful.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  16. Houndstooth on August 5, 2010 at 8:14 am

    I grew up with some of those big dogs! I have a feeling that The Herd could be a lot more fun to go for a walk with, though.

    Very cool article about you leading the charge. I hope you at least got enough money in to get the t-shirt!

  17. Kira The BeaWootiful on August 5, 2010 at 8:12 am

    Woos herd! Those are some big doggies woo live by. Is Rusty still jingling? I took my jingle bell off and “lost” it. Mom was using it to scare away the birds and squirrels, I have my own methods.

    ~~husky kisses~~
    -Kira The BeaWootiful

  18. tula on August 5, 2010 at 6:05 am

    hey t-herd, funnie they don’t seem to mind 6 sibes staring at them! i would:)


  19. Molly on August 5, 2010 at 5:20 am

    My Momma luvs the big dogs it is part of the reason she wants to emi-great as she knows she can gets a job with the big dogs


  20. [email protected] on August 5, 2010 at 5:09 am

    We’ve got five of those big dogs too! We have yet to show Monty them, we just think it would be too much for the boy!


  21. Priscilla on August 5, 2010 at 4:56 am

    Must be fun to live next to ‘big dogs’!

  22. Sheba of West Africa on August 5, 2010 at 3:32 am

    Horse dogs are the best! Mom has six of them at home. One of them is a bit mischievous but we get along well. I put my paws in their water buckets (great cooling system!) and sleep on their hay!
    These guys look very healthy and I’m happy you have them under control! 😀
    Greetings from Niger,

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