Celebrating Heritage on the Blue Ridge Parkway

We promise, pictures are coming from Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation Downtown Dog Walk.  Stay tuned.

On Saturday afternoon, after the walk, we decided we wanted to go for some higher elevations and get away from the heat.  So we went up to Waterrock Knob (elevation 6292 feet – 1918 meters).  Of course, when we arrived, it was not only cool – it was foggy and drizzling rain.  Such is life in the mountains.

Anyway, we went up for the Heritage Celebration that was being held – a celebration of mountain crafts, dance, art and music.  We arrived in time to see some of the dancers from the Cherokee reservation next to us perform.

But you didn’t come to read about mountain heritage – you came to read about us – The Herd.  How do we fit into this?  Let’s count the ways:

On the way up the mountain on the Parkway, we came upon a minor accident.  Two park rangers were there directing traffic.  Both recognized us and waved.

When we arrived at Waterrock Knob, two more rangers at the entrance were helping to control traffic and parking.  They excitedly waved us into the parking lot and cheered – “Sibes!”

We had barely parked when another ranger came over.  “Where have you been?” she exclaimed.  “I have been telling visitors about you all summer, but have barely seen you.”

The humans apologized and blamed the heat and schedules.  No matter, the ranger said, could the humans get The Herd out for the festival so that the visitors could see us?  Yes, we became an impromptu exhibit.  How cool is that?

Anyway, while we wandered around the festival, we came upon exhibit promising snacks.  Now you had our attention:

Apparently, they meant the cheese. How disappointing.


  1. ken on August 20, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    hi, didnt know where to leave comment so put here rather then on the newest entry because wanted to tell you that i enjoyed meeting you guys in person at the w.r.knob as you may recall. you were packing everyone up when i came up to say hi.after reading your site for a couple of years it was good to run into you. as i mentioned we have a malamute and lab mix rescue.so hope to see you again sometime when we are in the area. now returned to fl. where its a adjustment getting used to the normal heat after the break we had up there. but the kids have to get back to school. maybe well be one of your neighbors one of these days. ken

  2. Maxx on August 10, 2011 at 9:24 am

    So so so, did you get any goat’s cheese or milk?


  3. siku marie on August 9, 2011 at 1:48 am

    We SO knew The Herd would understand! Not easy is it, when the whole world wants to touch your furs!

  4. Stella on August 9, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Lets add a little to their names, like

    The World Renowed Thundering Herd!

    It won’t be long. . . .


  5. Becky on August 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Did you give pawtographs to your fans????

  6. Sychoberians on August 8, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    We did’nt think the Herd would get live goats for a snack. We hope you at least got some cheese.

    Remy and Flash

  7. Huffle Mawson on August 8, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    You are even more world famous than I thought! I hope you demanded appropriate payment in ham.

  8. Lisa Myers on August 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    That was a really cute story! I love the attention The Herd gets everywhere. After all, I go nuts when Sitka & I see even 1 other sibe let alone 6 beauties!!!

  9. The Ao4 on August 8, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Well, yeah. It’s only natural that you’d be the stars of the show!
    Did you guys make friends with the goat?
    Play bows,

  10. Khyra on August 8, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    And to think we knew woo when……

    PeeEssWoo: Didn’t woo try to snag the goats fur Bricey? His mean momma won’t get him and Princess Eva their own goats!

  11. Bailey on August 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Why, of course you’re famous!! 😉

    Happy Monday woofs & hugs <3,

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  12. Kari on August 8, 2011 at 11:04 am

    mmmm goat cheese


  13. HUSKYS RULE on August 8, 2011 at 9:45 am

    WooHoo…ya’ll are celebrities everywhere!!! Did you get lots of ear scratches from the fans??!!!
    Licks & Nibbles,
    Kody & Nia

  14. Terri Jacobson on August 8, 2011 at 9:40 am

    LOL, my guys would have been disappointed if it were only the cheese too.

  15. houndstooth on August 8, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I am not even a little bit surprised by this! I thought everyone knew of The Herd, so of course they’d want to meet local celebrities. I guess you’d better start visiting a little more often!

  16. Ice 'n Ayla on August 8, 2011 at 5:40 am

    Just goes to prove — SIBES RULE!

  17. Susan on August 8, 2011 at 4:34 am

    How exciting! You’re an official Heritage Exhibit!

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