Dog Stars and Dog Visitors Welcome in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Now here's a sweet post about a dog lover who also works with dogs in her stage show in the East Tennessee resort of Pigeon...

Joy  |  Apr 13th 2007


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Now here’s a sweet post about a dog lover who also works with dogs in her stage show in the East Tennessee resort of Pigeon Forge. BTW, it’s been many years since I got the chance to visit Pigeon Forge but it was and probably still is a lovely town set in some of the most beautiful mountains in the US. If you and your furbaby get a chance to visit, make sure to check out this caring entertainer’s show!

Thanks to the Smoky Mountain Travel Tips Blog for this post.

Dogs, Dogs & More Dogs-Pigeon Forge TN

I am a real sucker when it comes to dogs……any shape or size! It’s pretty evident since my husband and I have 4 dogs with at least 2 or 3 other “related” dogs hanging around most of the time. Chaotic – to say the least….. but I am NO match for Dawn Elberson of Pigeon Forge TN, not even close…..

At last count, Dawn had 9 dogs, yep you heard me – 9 dogs !!! Bless her soul – If any of you Pigeon Forge – Gatlinburg visitors have seen the wildly popular and funny Comedy Barn Show in the Smoky Mountains – you likely have seen Dawn and some of her “pound puppies”. Elberson and her 9 dogs, all Humane Society rescues, appear almost nightly at the Comedy Barn Theater in Pigeon Forge. Dawn says “The newest trick in the act is my rat terrier jump roping with me”. Dogs are always out during intermission at the Comedy Barn show for “meet and greet”. The dogs also visit senior citizens in nearby Sevierville TN as part of an assisted living and Alzheimer’s care Pet Therapy program.

These Comedy Canines are stars in their own right – not only are they a famous Comedy Barn act, they even competed on Animal Planet’s animal talent contest series, “Pet Star.” In one episode, Dallas, her 5-year-old Sheltie mix adopted from the Sevier County Humane Society, jumped over four other dogs. Several of her dogs have been in commercials, print work, and videos – talk about talent! I’m lucky if my dogs come when I call them! Dawn does also have a local training program – hey, that’s a thought. Elberson has trained wildlife and done wildlife education programs for many years and has been training dogs professionally for 13 years.

Next time you plan a visit to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg or the Smoky Mountains – Have a heart, bring your pet or dog along for vacation. You will find lots of comfortable pet friendly vacation rental cabins in the Pigeon Forge area. You can even have Dawn Elberson “dog-sit” ! Her “Just Fer Paws” Dog Service includes: 1 acre fenced play area, temperature controlled kennel space, individual attention, play with other dogs-if requested, flexible schedule. Open most Sundays and holidays, baths and nail-clipping available, owners live on premises, doggie day care available or just bring your dog to play ! Be sure to call ahead for info – You can reach Dawn at 865-430-3383 or her website Comedy Canines **Just a little inside tidbit – Dawn told me today she will be adding something new to the act soon – top secret !! Here’s a hint- Oink, Oink!

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