A recently formed animal-rescue group has come to the aid of Lady, the small mixed-breed dog who last summer helped rescue her elderly master after he collapsed in a field near his western Greene County home.
The group is seeking homes for Lady's puppies.
Last July, J.K. "Jake" Carter, of Mohawk Ridge Road, credited Lady with having saved his life.
Carter told a Greeneville Sun reporter then that Lady had repeatedly approached two different groups of men working at two different locations near his residence and attempted to lead them to him after he had collapsed.
The men finally followed the dog and found Carter, who had lain in a field for about four hours, the Sun reported at the time.
He maintained during an interview at his residence last summer that the small, black dog pulled him from a pond into which he had collapsed and then went for help after he was unable to get to his feet.
Puppies For Adoption
But Lady, who already had had one litter of puppies before she helped rescue her master, subsequently had more puppies - too many for Carter, who suffers from a variety of health problems, to care for, according to his friend, Tweed Couch.
On Friday, Tracy Sargent and Kat Rollins, volunteers with a five-month-old animal-rescue organization called the GreenePets Foster Network, visited Carter's home and picked up four of Lady's most recent litter of puppies for veterinary treatment and placement with adoptive families.
Sargent said that after learning of the plight of Lady and her puppies earlier this year, GreenePets paid to have Lady and two other of her offspring from an earlier litter spayed.
In addition, Sargent said, GreenePets volunteers also began trying to arrange for Lady's puppies to be adopted by individuals who will give them what the group calls "forever homes."
Sargent said Lady and two of her male puppies are to remain with Carter.
Lady's puppies, whom Sargent said appear to be "Labrador Retriever mixes," have been listed on a national animal adoption Web site called "petfinders.com," she said.
That listing had found an adoptive family in Atlanta for one of the puppies, according to Rollins and Sargent, who said the Georgia family was driving in this weekend to pick up the 10-week-old black and white puppy.
Sargent said GreenePets members are trying to find homes for many other abandoned Greene County dogs and cats as well.
Recently, she said, she drove seven dogs and seven cats from Greeneville to Denver, where they were adopted through a Denver animal rescue organization called the "Dumb (non-speaking) Friends League."
Sargent said GreenePets is trying to work out an arrangement with trucking companies under which more abandoned and neglected dogs and cats from Greene County can be shipped to Denver for adoption.
Carter's Rescue Recounted
With Lady at his side last July, Carter told a Greeneville Sun reporter that his ordeal began after he went out to check on his cattle about 6 a.m. one day and subsequently collapsed.
Last year, Carter said Lady, who had accompanied him to the pasture, tugged on his clothing as he struggled unsuccessfully to return to his residence.
After failing to rouse Cater, Lady apparently began attempting to lead anyone she could locate back to her fallen master.
Inside a fenced area at Carter residence last summer, four seven-month-old "pups," each larger than Lady, who was their mother, barked suspiciously at strangers.
Lady, whom Carter said had simply come to his residence about 11 months earlier, remained unperturbed during the interview.
At times, Carter became emotional when discussing how Lady had come to his aid.
Dog Approached 4 Times
Wade Byrd, a Mosheim logger who, along with friends, was cutting timber on the opposite side of Mohawk Ridge Road from J.K. Carter's house last July, said during a telephone interview last year that Lady approached his logging crew on four separate occasions, barking and "raising sand."
The loggers, who thought the dog was just angry with them, chased her away several times. But after a man who said he had been scheduled to take Carter to a medical appointment but had been unable to locate him approached the loggers, the loggers began helping to search for Carter.
The search led the loggers to a house a short distance down Mohawk Ridge Road from Carter's residence.
The house is owned by Joe Cansler, a Humbert Lane resident who, along with Sam Dixon, was remodeling a house he owns in the 1100 block of Mohawk Ridge Road.
Cansler said last summer that Lady twice came to the house where he was working.
The dog, he said, barked and ran back into the field behind J.K. Carter's nearby house as if she wanted someone to follow her.
But Cansler said he and Dixon, who were busy working inside the house they are remodeling, also failed to follow Lady.
But then, members of Byrd's logging crew asked them if they had seen Carter on
Friday morning, and they realized they had not.
Byrd said the logging crew, accompanied by the unidentified man who had come to take Carter to his doctor, subsequently went into the field behind Carter's home in search of Carter after talking with Cansler and Dixon.
The search party found Carter lying on a hillside in the field and remained with Carter until a Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services ambulance reached the scene and picked up Carter, according to Byrd.
When the searchers found Carter, Byrd said, they noticed that his shirt was in tatters, looking as though Lady had torn it while attempting to drag him to safety.
"The dog tried to get into the ambulance with him," Byrd said. "Then she started following the ambulance down the road until we chased her back."