The 9-year-old Mountain Cur mix – once lost at sea, proverbially speaking, and later rescued – is going home.
Clyde – The Park on Main’s mascot of sorts, “furever” yearning for home sweet home – at long last has found humble abode.
Having stayed at the pet-friendly luxury hotel in Highlands, North Carolina, for the last two months, Clyde left for Mississippi May 29 with a couple who had visited him earlier last week.
“When they met Clyde it was love at first sight,” said the hotel’s general manager, Michael Hammond.
It appeared for awhile Clyde’s prospects were dim, Hammond said. Although Clyde was the first canine participant in the hotel’s new partnership with Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society aimed at promoting pet adoption, his stay seemed uncharacteristically long, Hammond said earlier.
While keeping hope alive, Hammond even entertained the prospects of allowing Clyde to become The Park on Main®’s permanent “welcoming committee,” insisting the “right people” hadn’t yet come along.
Hammond said the Mississippi couple had been staying at a Bed and Breakfast accommodation near Clayton, Georgia. They had visited Highlands and The Park on Main® several times and taken Clyde for “long walks.” The couple was in Highlands for sight-seeing.
“Although we are all thrilled for Clyde, we will sure miss him around here,” Hammond said.
“Clyde was the perfect canine companion to help launch our new foster partnership program,” said David Stroud, the humane society’s executive director.
Clyde made his tearful departure from The Park on Main® late Friday morning (May 29). His new owners are Dan and Cherie Gibson of Brandon, Mississippi.
“There is no doubt Clyde will be overwhelmed with love and attention throughout his remaining years,” said Hammond, attempting to hold back tears.
Adding to the sentimentality, Stroud said: “The forever home we have wished for Clyde for so very long has finally been found because of your kindness and compassion. In return for his unconditional love and loyalty, you helped Clyde find the perfect home and two wonderful, loving parents.”
Stroud continued: “Everyone at The Park on Main® and Columbus Hospitality Management has our heartfelt thanks and gratitude, and we are thrilled and honored to work with you to find forever homes for the abandoned and neglected animals we rescue at our no-kill shelter.”
Stroud said he has more pooches lined up and ready to go. “We already have a couple of candidates for you to consider to be the next lucky dog to enjoy the posh surroundings of your beautiful hotel.”
For more information about the ongoing partnership between The Park on Main® and the humane society, call Hammond at 828-526-4502 or go to www.theparkonmain.com.
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