Gatlinburg, TN Pets & Animals

Couple sees four-legged, furry wedding crashers in Wears Valley

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - One pair of newlyweds in Wears Valley had a unique set of wedding crashers this week- a bear and her two cubs. Taylor and Blake Clabaugh were set to be married in Wears Valley when their special day was put on hold as the three bears stopped by to check out the wedding décor. WVLT News spoke to April Lackey, the aunt of the bride, who said she thought the bears were trying out for a role in the ceremony.
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UT Gardens host 8th annual ‘Howl-O-Ween’ pooch parade

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Pooches and their owners gathered at UT Gardens Knoxville for the 8th annual ‘Howl-O-Ween’ pooch parade. “It was kind of pieced together yes. Kind of just random items put together. A cowboy hat and put some strings on it and put some stuff with hot glue,” said James Scott a dog owner attending the event.
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Daily Times

Getting fancy, fundraising for animals

Although the Maryville Alcoa Animal Rescue Center wasn’t expecting its guests to be dressed up in evening gowns and tuxedos at the annual fundraiser, the satin and black-tie turnout was as fancy as the long velvet drapes hanging on the walls of the Capitol Theatre on Friday evening. Since it...

Zoo Knoxville mourning loss of African lion, Jimmy

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Zoo Knoxville announced the death of Jimmy, a 15-year-old African lion, who was humanely euthanized on Friday, due to age-related health issues. Jimmy was born at Zoo Knoxville in 2006 and lived with his long-time companion Zarina in the Valley of the Kings, a spokesperson said. The lion was being treated for spinal issues that are often seen in lions of advanced age, but he began struggling with mobility in his hind legs last week, the release stated.

PetSafe Introduces Four New Treat-Holding Dog Toys to Top Holiday Wish Lists

(PRESS RELEASE) KNOXVILLE, TN – The holiday shopping season is just around the corner and PetSafe brand, a global leader in pet product solutions, recently released four new treat-holding toys that are sure to top any pet’s wish list. A fun-loving food group, the PetSafe Busy Buddy Chompin’ Chicken, Busy Buddy Cravin’ Corncob, Busy Buddy Slab o’ Sirloin, and the Frosty Cone are designed to keep dogs busy and satisfied.

Zoo Knoxville mourns death of Jimmy the 15-year-old African lion

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Zoo Knoxville said it's mourning after its 15-year-old African lion, Jimmy, died Friday after suffering from age-related health issues. The zoo said Jimmy lived a long life, but had been suffering from spinal issues often seen in older lions. Last week it said he began struggling with mobility in his hind legs, and when it became clear his condition and quality of life was not improving with medications, the zoo said they made the decision to humanely euthanize him.

Copperheads: How to avoid them before they go to their dens

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - East Tennessee hasn’t seen a widespread freeze this fall, so snakes, including copperheads are still out. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, each year up to 8,000 people are bitten by a venomous snake in the U.S., only about five of those people die.

UT Gardens going to the dogs for Howl-O-Ween

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Not just humans are getting into the Halloween spirit. The University of Tennessee Gardens in Knoxville is hosting the Howl-O-Ween Pooch Parade and Pet Expo from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Attendees can enjoy a costumed pet parade with prizes for award winners in each category....
Sylva Herald

Doggy daycare opens

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting/grand opening ceremony for Best Day Ever Doggy Daycare LLC on Oct. 7. Located at 22 Steeple Road, Sylva, Best Day Ever Doggy Daycare provides caring and attentive doggy daycare, including full and half-day care. They have securely fenced indoor...
Mountain Press

SFD's new Dalmatian puppy is more than just a firehouse dog

A 3-month-old Dalmatian puppy has joined the ranks of the Sevierville Fire Department. Even though Ember has already gotten comfortable at the SFD Headquarters on Dolly Parton Parkway, she is more than just a firehouse dog and is in training for the department’s educational programs. “We’ve had her for almost...
The Mountaineer

Blessing of the animals Saturday at Maggie Valley UMC

Maggie Valley United Methodist Church is having a “blessing of the animals” this Saturday, Oct. 23, by the barn, from 10 a.m. to noon. People are invited to drop by anytime. Bring any (non-venomous, please!) animals you have and let them receive a blessing. The church knows how much joy and love pets bring, so bring them to the church for a special time of prayer.


The Northshore Town Center area is expected to have a new veterinary service, easyvet of Northshore, this month at 2040 Town Center Blvd. “We are planning our grand opening for mid-October,” said Kaela Mast, vice president of marketing for easyvet. “The grand opening will include the opportunity to meet the...