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"Dining for Dogs and Cats" 2015

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Four Paws Food Pantry's Fifth Annual
"Dining for Dogs and Cats" 2014

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Four Paws Food Pantry's Fourth Annual
"Dining for Dogs and Cats"

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  Four Paws Food Pantry's Second Annual "Dining for Dogs and Cats"

The weather was perfect. The hot dogs were on the grill. The soft drinks were chilling. And Rich Seymour, the creator and organizer of the Second Annual “Dining for Dogs and Cats” fundraiser, hosted by Four Paws Food Pantry, had a big smile on his face as over 350 people attended.

    The event, held on May 21 at the Tellico Village Beach Pavilion, offered a variety of regional hot dogs. Choices were the Chicago dog, Michigan Coney dog, West Virginia Slaw dog, Cincinnati Skyline Cheese Coney dog, Wisconsin Reuben dog, Southwestern dog, and the do-it-yourself dog, all accompanied with cookies, chips and soft drinks.

    “I would like to thank the 25 volunteers who helped make this event so successful, Carole Karg for her photography, and the Tellico Village Volunteer Fire Department for providing the grill,” said Seymour. “For the second consecutive year the Chicago Dog, with neon relish, sport peppers and dill pickle spears, was the most popular.”

    “Volunteers from Tellico Village, Lenoir City and Farragut put in many hours to make this fundraiser a success,“ said Christine Britton of Four Paws. “Thanks to our sponsors that included Small Paws Petite Boarding, Lenoir City Animal Clinic and Senior Health Specialists.”

    Gary Bluemel, generously volunteered his time and talents, singing many old-time tunes and Tennessee favorites, adding a very festive, party atmosphere which inspired line dancing enthusiasts to kick up their heels. And volunteer Ray Walker, in a “Mr. Hot Dog” costume, spent several hours waving in customers off of Hwy. 444.

    “Even when times are tough for so many folks, volunteers from our area gather to support their neighbors in so many ways, which speaks volumes about this community,” said Linda Walter, co-chair of Four Paws.  “Since October 2009 Four Paws Food Pantry has been working to provide families in Loudon County with pet food so that they can care for and keep their four-legged family members with them at home,” she said. “Special thanks go to the Good Samaritan Center of Lenoir City for distributing this pet food for us.”

    To date Four Paws has provided over 2,400 bags of dog and cat food to needy families.

    Four Paws is a nonprofit organization. Tax deductible donations may be made to Four Paws Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1318, Lenoir City, 37771-1318. Persons can also donate through Pay Pal at

    For more information, contact Linda Walter, 865 816-0654, or email to