Return of the Big Dogs

One of the sure signs of Spring is the return of the big dogs – some of you may call that breed “horses” – at the Cataloochee Ranch next door.  The big dogs winter near Charleston, SC, and return each spring.  Since the road to the valley cuts through the middle of the thousand acre Cataloochee Ranch, we get to see our big dog neighbors regularly.  Today was the first time we have driven through the ranch and seen them since Thanksgiving.

big dog neighbors

Our big dog neighbors out in their field. (By the way, to give you an idea of the size of the ranch and how close we live to the “park”, the property line is along the ridge you see in the background. The other side of that ridge is the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.)

horses have right of way

In case anyone doubts it, the signs make it clear that the big dogs always have the right of way.


Queen Natasha has been looking for her big dog friends for months and was glad to see them back.

very big dogs

Yes, they are very big – and beautiful – dogs.


  1. Little Reufus on April 6, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Wow… Everything about yeur home is just breath taking….from the gorgeous scenery teu the beautiful big dogs!

    Yeu really DEU need a golden retriever, and I could make that happen.

    wif lubbs from Little Reufus

  2. Mom 'n Ice on April 6, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Ice sez: With the return of the “big dogs”, you KNOW spring is here. Right now, the only “big dogs” I get to see are what the hu-Mom calls “MOOSE”, roaming our neighbourhood. Yes, they really ARE wandering all through the subdivision we live in, have been, all winter. A cow and her yearling calf.

  3. Dennis the Vizsla on April 6, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    hello thundering herd its dennis the vizsla dog hay hmm livestock at lardj??? i wonder wot krime they kommitted!!! ok bye

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