Hobo the Wonder Dog

Howard Baker - RN BSN

Courtesy of Howard Baker Hobo the Wonder Dog at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

Hobo the Wonder Dog embarks on an adventure of travel and exploration to some of our local pet-friendly destinations. As we begin planning our summer vacations we thought why not consider some great hiking, shopping, and dining close to home. We live in an amazing area of the country and this summer Hobo and I want to spend less time traveling and more time experiencing the great outdoors close to home. We hope through our travels we will inspire and encourage you to live more with your dog.

Before we begin, I want to formally introduce you to Hobo the Wonder Dog and how he changed our lives. When Hobo was a puppy he was set out in a neighborhood to fend for himself and as puppies do he was often getting into trouble. Some people were kind to a stray puppy, others not so much, and some were even cruel. Bee and Terry Graham named the puppy Hobo because he often carried a ball and a blanket they had given him everywhere he went. Those mean and cruel soon taught Hobo to fear and be skittish of people. Tension between neighbors grew tempers flared and some lashed out at Hobo; for his safety he was picked up by the Sevier County Humane Society. When Hobo arrived at the shelter he was so fearful he was deemed unadoptable and would be euthanized. Bee Graham mentioned Hobo to me in a passing conversation and I adopted him sight unseen. Hobo was taken to a veterinarian, then to Certified Dog Trainer Kayla Daniels where he lived for eight weeks. You can see his transformation on YouTube by searching Hobo the Wonder Dog’s first five months.

Today Hobo the Wonder Dog travels with me wherever he is allowed to go; he still is skittish of some people and situations but, we continue to take things slowly and challenge him. His world has opened into new experiences with purpose. When we rescued Hobo we were not looking for a dog, the timing was wrong, and we had a million-and-one reasons not to save him. Because of Hobo, my life has changed focus. I cannot imagine life without Hobo the Wonder Dog and he has caused me to see animal rescue in a different way. If you don’t have a four legged hiking partner please consider adopting a dog from your local shelter — he just might be your “Wonder Dog.”

Hobo the Wonder Dog and I are setting out on a summer of travel and exploration of the National Parks in our area. I am committed to bring you accurate information on dog friendly trails, shops, and dining. Each article will be packed with tips on health and safety to ensure you are prepared for the area of travel. Whether you are an experienced hiker or just getting started this summer we want to help get you outdoors and take-in as much of life as possible. Most important, we will encourage you to live healthier and longer with your dog. Hobo and I look forward to seeing you on the trails of life.

Hobo’s first destination is the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

Hobo is a rescue dog out to make a difference in animal rescue and education. Please follow Hobo on Facebook at Hobo the Wonder Dog or contact him at: [email protected]

Courtesy of Howard Baker Hobo the Wonder Dog at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.
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Howard Baker


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