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Story and photos by JOAN VANNORSDALL

IS HENRY LEE A DIXIE DINGO?

A Good Dog is Hard to Find

But sometimes, you get lucky.

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his is a story about the right dog
at the right time in the right
place. A dog found wandering
the roads in southwest Virginia,
who made his way north to make
his home with me. The hero? He
came with the name of Joe. But
now, he has the right name for a Dixie
Dingo (aka Carolina dog): Henry Lee.
The office of Valley View Rescue in Alleghany County, Virginia, where I live,
is a fine place to be on a cold day: warm
and light-filled and animal-fragrant.
Owner Amy Bennett Washburn has

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made a name throughout the region as
a champion of abandoned pets, ranging
from dogs and cats to ferrets and ponies.
"Tell me what you're looking for," she
asks, pen in hand.
"A youngish dog. (I couldn't handle
putting another dog down any time
soon.)
"But not a puppy." (The thought of
housetraining wasn't a happy one.)
"Oh-and I want a big dog. A smart
dog." (My previous dog had been a Great
Pyrenees mix who weighed not much
less than I do, and despite his pie-steal-


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