A Wood Carver and a Kennel

We will be leaving soon for Eric’s workshop at the ever-popular Basket Cottage outside of Atlanta. That means Chance will be going to his new favorite kennel, Kamp Kritter here in Tennessee. We were lucky to find this place. And Tim, the owner, just happens to be a fellow craftsman as well.

He is a talented wood carver and his workshop and studio is amazing. Below are some images of his work. Unfortunately, I didn’t grab a good shot of his more creative work. These were taken at a local craft fair where Tim had a booth. He’s quite popular. When I stopped by to have a quick chat, he had several customers. And what was the big seller? Like most artists, his popular item is a “tourist” item… his carved bears! He sells them like hotcakes. When I took this shot, a woman who purchased one of his larger bears the day before, said she just had to have two little cubs to join it.



Now why does he run a kennel as well? From the story we got when we first met him is that it was his wife’s idea! He said she woke up one day and proclaimed, “I want to start a kennel.” So, yes, they did build and start a kennel but then she didn’t quit her job so it soon became Tim’s new job as well.

It’s a great kennel. Located in a hilly, wooded area, very secluded. And each kennel has their own private dog door to a fully enclosed outdoor patio. I like that! When I’m away, I’m always worried that maybe Chance got forgotten and was holding it all night. Because he’s the type of dog that would do that. He never wakes us up in the morning. If we slept until noon, he would simply wait in his bed for one of us to get up. But if he has his own little patio, I don’t have to worry about that.

I know he’s in good hands with Tim the carver. Anyone who can carve such a cute little bear face like he does has got to treat his canine visitors extra special. And it’s nice to know that Chance is in a creative environment as well, just like his new home here. So instead of worrying about him while in Georgia, I will only be missing him… lots.

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