It was blazingly hot in Townsend that day so my sister, Alison, and I headed for a cool dip in the Little Pigeon River for some relief. We never made it. Just ahead of us on Lamar Alexander Parkway, right where two lanes become four, there appeared to be a commotion.
It was a dog, a frightened and confused yellow lab mix was crossing back and forth across the busy highway, seemingly examining passing cars for signs of familiarity. Not another dumped dog! We helplessly watched as motorists did their best to steer away from this poor creature. We knew his minutes were numbered if someone did not intervene. Just as we pulled in at Back Porch Restaurant the, police arrived and stopped traffic. The grateful dog gave us a look as if to say, “What took you so long?” and he jumped into our car without hesitation.