Valentine’s Hearts for the Herd 2016 – Cheoah

Today marks the half way point in our nominations for Valentine’s Hearts for the Herd. Cheoah is proudly sponsored by Youth of Sarge’s member, Jena. And, remember, all of the money raised will go directly to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation.

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And now, about the wonderful dog named Cheoah!

In late May of 2008, the Hu-dad got a call that there was a Siberian Husky found tied behind a foreclosed house. They were asked to foster me for the time it takes to find a home. As I was there, I used my beautiful eyes to work some magic! Soon I was a permanent member of the Herd!

But let’s rewind and start from the beginning.

A few months before I got here, the hu-family ran into a woman from the Lakota tribe. As a spiritual woman she said she wanted to meet the Herd. After talking awhile, she told them that she saw them getting a new female Siberian that will be named Cheoah (the Cherokee word for spirit).

Well of course, I had to make all of this come true, so I was promptly named Cheoah. After doing a little research on the name, it doesn’t actually mean spirit. It means Otter. They named a dog Otter!

They all live in the one part of the world where lots people know Cherokee. Right next to the Qualla Boundary, the reservation for the eastern band of Cherokee Indians! Where every child is supposed to know the language. But this name is absolutely perfect, because I LOVE playing in the water!

And where in the world did the nickname Cheesewhiz come from? Hu-dad always plays around with our names and that just came out one day! So, hu-dad calls me Cheesewhiz and English speaking people laugh or he calls me Cheoah and Cherokee speaking people laugh. Either way I’m always making people smile!

So, why should I win this? Well for one I’m the only redhead in the group now. My gorgeous eyes. My names that always make people smile! So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE send me a lot of Valentines, it would make my day!



Jena even selected this picture for me!

Jena did even more work. She even wrote an introduction which we will use here to explain the contest:

Remember the rules are very simple: Mail a Valentine to your favorite member of The Herd

Dogs name
℅ The Thundering Herd
PO Box 1835
Maggie Valley, NC 28751-1835

If you wish you can also enclose a check or money order of any amount to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation. Sarge’s has helped 1000’s of pets find fur-ever homes over the past few years, so your money would be going to terrific cause! And we will tell whichever dog receives the most valentines and raises the most money for Sarge’s!

So let’s also take a moment to remind you about one of the many animals that Sarge’s currently has for adoption. Find their adoption application on their website or call (828) 246-9050 for more information.



Zoey is a lovely blue-gray and white kitty, about five years old, weighing about 10 lbs. She loves to be petted and have ear scratches, but isn’t crazy about being held, so a home with older kids and adults would be best.

Four more nomination to go and the contest is on!


  1. Melon on January 21, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Aw, man. Jena reminds me a lot of me! What a great recommendation for Cheoah.
    And Zoey is so pretty!

  2. Susan McManus on January 20, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Cheoah, you are a gorgeous girl who brings a smile to everyone. You keep Typhoon in his place. You look sweet and cuddly. A perfect Valentine.

  3. Lori on January 20, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Aw CheeseWhiz you make me smile just looking at your beautiful red face❤️❤️❤️

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