South's Greatest Pets 2017 Winners

There’s no bond stronger than between humans and their pets. 

South Magazine celebrates some of the greatest pets and their loving owners who are happy to share the spotlight with their adorable companions.

 

Amanda & Tatum

BREED: cavapoo (King Cavalier
Spaniel, Bichon, Poodle Mix)

 

Our Story

Tatum is quite the funny dog. He loves to watch TV and hasn’t figured out how to fetch yet. Other than making me laugh, Tatum has truly changed my life. I got him in college and had no concept of responsibility, but luckily he has the sweetest temperament and absolutely adores being loved on by people. My advice to those considering getting a pet is to know what you’re getting yourself into. It seems easy when you see cute pictures of little fluffy puppies, but life is not a photograph. Dogs are a lot of work and require a lot more attention than you would imagine, but I guarantee it will be one of the most rewarding experiences. Give them tons of love and attention. You are all that your dog has in life—they love you unconditionally and they just want the same in return.

 

Leeann & Dillon

BREED: French Bulldog

 

Our Story

Dillon is the gentlest pet I have ever owned—he would never even hurt a bug. Everything he does is funny due to his big ears and head-tilting! Dillon is my best friend and constant companion. He gives so much love and makes me laugh multiple times a day—what greater gift could anyone ask for? He loves to travel with me and is always entertaining guests and myself. (I think my friends come to see him instead of me!) If someone is willing to be a responsible and loving pet parent, run fast and do it. The love and time you give to your pet, you will get out of it—and so much more. Make sure you give them high-quality dog food, exercise, interaction, time and a lot of love!

 

AJ & Kimmi

BREED: German Shepherd

 

Our Story

Not surprising, Kimmi is very protective of our son, A.J., while her son, Bruno, is a loveable loaf who is happy watching TV with our other son, Patrick. Kimmi and Bruno are quite opposite of each other—she is very disciplined and he reacts to everything. Both of these dogs have absolutely become members of the family. They’re incredibly protective and loving. They love going outdoors with us, especially on hiking and fishing trips. Getting dogs outside is important in keeping them happy and healthy. Owning a dog is definitely a commitment and sometimes hard work, but the things worth doing usually are. Make sure you love them endlessly.

 

Chelsea & Tucker

BREED: weimaraner

 

Our Story     

Tucker has the personality of a human and he’s very sneaky. The weimaraner breed is nicknamed “gray ghost” for a reason. I remember when Tucker was a puppy, he used to drag EVERYTHING he could find to the back yard secretly. One day we looked out the window and realized he had been brining our mail, clothes, dishes, food and anything else outside. Too funny. Tucker is my sweet boy. I can’t do anything without including him. He and his brother even have their own bedroom. (His brother was also in South magazine in 2013, by the way.) Pets require tons of attention and love. Stay active outside to make them tired... and don’t leave food on the counter! Remember, dogs are sneaky. 

 

Lisa & Emmett

BREED: French Bulldog

 

Our Story     

Emmett has two strong traits: He loves to be around people and he loves to cuddle. Every time I leave him, even to go to the restroom, he howls. I hate not being around him, too. He has brought me so much joy, especially once my oldest son left home to join the Army. He didn’t replace my son, but he kept me calm and reduced my anxiety tremendously. Emmett is truly my saving grace! My advice for someone considering getting a pet would be to extensively research the breed you are interested in and make sure you have enough time and money to properly care for the pet. In order to keep a dog happy and healthy, give them as much love and praise as you can. Dogs respond to positive reinforcement, just like we do!

 

Amanda & Xena

BREED: Chocolate Lab and American Bull Mix

 

Our Story     

Xena is always playing with toys, but has an odd obsession with black-and-white toys such as cows and panda bears. She also tries to sneak outside and play in mud puddles after it rains! My parents got Xena for me as a birthday present about four years ago. She was just a puppy and loved to cuddle in my lap. She is definitely not a puppy anymore, but still tries to claim herself as a lap dog! She has made a big impact in my life by just loving me as much as I love her. Plenty of kisses and play time are sure to keep a dog happy and healthy. All they want is love (and “accidental” food droppings while cooking)!

 


 

South's Greatest Pets Part II: In Their Own Words

 

Taylor & Lyza

BREED: BLUE WEIMARANER

Lyza is extremely energetic and sweet, and loves to drink out of the toilet! She is my best friend—I couldn’t imagine life without her. She is by my side day and night. Whenever I come home, Lyza is always excited to see me, which makes my days incredibly better in an instant. If someone is interested in getting a pet, make sure to do a lot of research on the breed. Also, dogs require a lot of time and energy, so be sure to have enough time to give to them. Play with them, give them walks and love on them all the time!

 

Jared & Kelsey with Daisy

BREED: Beagle/Dachshund mix

Daisy is a major snuggler! She was abandoned outside of Grayson Stadium but loves people now. She goes to work with Jared and the Savannah Bananas staff all the time. We love how her place of abandonment is now a place of joy. Daisy has shown us that there is still so much good in the world. If someone is considering getting a pet, I hope they look at adopting a pet over buying a pet from a breeder. By adopting a dog from a shelter, you save one life, and open up a space for another dog to have a chance at finding a forever home. Also, a training class is a great way for you to learn more about the needs of your dog, as well as for them to learn respect and how to communicate with you.

 

Matt & Hercules Dayjah & Sophie

BREED: American bully  & Staffordshire Terrier 

These two couldn’t possibly be more opposite. Hercules has a very docile and lazy mentality while on the other hand, Sophie is very upbeat and wild. But what they do have in common is the beach. They are naturals and love the water and sand! Matt is in the military, and has been deployed several times. Sophia and Hercules have helped greatly when he’s away. They make everyday life easier whether it’s loving on you to death or simply just being there.

 

Maci & Chloe

BREED: POMERANIAN

Chloe has a lot of fun characteristics, including dancing like a ballerina when she wants something like human food. It’s the cutest thing! She has made such an impact on my life. Chloe has always been there when I needed her. No matter if it’s a good day or a bad day, Chloe is there to comfort you with plenty of kisses. She knows when you’re down and she knows when you’re happy. She has truly been such a blessing to me and my most favorite Christmas gift! Having a dog is the best decision anyone could ever make. They are, without a doubt, your best friend. The key to having a happy and healthy dog is to spoil the heck out of them and love them unconditionally.

 

Katherine & Blue

BREED: silver lab

Blue, a silver lab, is a relatively new breed. The Silver Lab is AKC registered as a Chocolate Lab, the silver color is a recessive gene. My children gave Blue to me as a Christmas present a few months after our Chocolate Lab was hit by a car during a storm. He has made me slow down and enjoy going outdoors more often. I was missing out on this incredibly beautiful time of the day before Blue came along! Having a pet is one of the greatest rewards and comes with a lot of responsibility. It takes a lot of time and patience, plus it is important to give your dog plenty of attention and exercise to keep them happy and healthy!

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Events Calendar

  • "Keita Takahashi: Zooming Out" Exhibition at Telfair Musuems

    Jan 24, 2019
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  • "The Prints of Dame Laura Knight" Exhibition at Telfair Museums

    Jan 19, 2019
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Telfair Museums' Jepson Center

    Telfair Museums exhibits nine prints by Dame Laura Knight (British, 1877-1970), together for the first time since they were acquired by the museum...

  • SBF Children's Tent

    Feb 17, 2019
    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Reynolds Square

    Join Live Oak Public Libraries and Savannah Book Festival for the SBF Children’s Tent on Sunday, February 17 from 1-4 PM in Reynolds Square....

  • Hospice Savannah Oyster Roast

    Feb 17, 2019
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  • Fundamentals of Salsa On2 (Mambo Style)

    Jan 16, 2019
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  • 23rd Annual Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration

    Feb 01, 2019
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    The Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration showcases the rich cultural heritage of theGullah people and their history on Hilton Head Island. Hilton...

  • Savannah Book Festival

    Feb 14, 2019
    All Day @ Downtown Savannah

    The 12th Annual Savannah Book Festival will continue to celebrate nationally-recognized and local authors through their contributions to literacy,...

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  • Balletomane: Paintings by Spain’s Antonio Torres

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  • 2019 American Traditions Vocal Competition

    Feb 18, 2019
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    The 2019 American Traditions Vocal Competition (ATC) will be held Feb. 18-22, 2019. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit...

  • Fashion Show & Luncheon

    Feb 20, 2019
    11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ The Plantation Club, The Landings

    Vendor Fair Fun Runway Fashion Show with local celebrities including former Mayor Edna Jackson, Tina Tyus-Shaw, Dawn Baker, Cynthia DeLoach,...

  • 2019 Groundhog Day 2.2 Mile Virtual Race

    Feb 20, 2019
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    February 20th is Love Your Pet Day! We want to celebrate all of the animals we love so much with a Love Your Pet Day 5K & 10K! We will be...

  • "A Star is Born"

    Feb 20, 2019
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    The last feature in our run up to the Academy Awards Feb. 24 is, of course, “A Star is Born!!”In this new take on the tragic love story,...

  • Fundamentals of Bachata

    Jan 16, 2019
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  • Opioid Alternatives & Resources Seminar

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  • Brews for a Cause

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    South Magazine and Southern Eagle presents BREWS FOR A CAUSE, Thursday February 21st, 2019.  Once a month, join a collection of like-minded...

  • Piano in the Arts-Music of the Americas

    Feb 21, 2019
    7:30 PM @ Armstrong Fine Arts Auditorium

  • World of Illusion at Savannah Theatre

    Feb 21, 2019
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  • Cinema Circle: The Kid

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Scenes of the South

Hearts for Healing Gala

The Faith Equestrian's Annual Hearts for Healing Gala at Tybee Wedding Chapel on Friday evening started out with a bang as the Free Spirit Orchestra' violin twins played their rendition of some of the greatest musical hits. The attendees were reminded what the event was all about as the founder Bonnie Rachael was recognized after story after story was shared to a room of teary eyed party-goers. Congrats to event director Bonnie Karr and her amazing team for a job well done!

The Cure Gala

Sisters on a journey sold out to a crowd of over 600 mainly female partygoers as they celebrated a night dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer.This special dinner featured unique, individually-themed table decorations, a silent auction, live auction, and a room full of big generous hearts. The event was held at the beautiful trustees garden, Charlie Morris's masterpiece of a venue.

Southern Coast Heart Ball

The American Heart Association's 22nd Annual Southern Heart Ball took place on February 2, 2019 and celebrated all the life-saving advances made so far while raising funds to continue to further AHA's mission. The black-tie gala brought together more than 400 guests to enjoy a night of dining, dancing, live entertainment and both live and silent auctions. Those in attendance got to hear the story of Lily Cochran, who was born with several congenital heart defects. Her father, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, also had a heart disease and was honored at the event.

PUTTING Away Crime

On Saturday, January 12, 2019 Savannah helped McGruff the Crime Dog take a bite out of crime at the Crimestoppers Savannah's 3rd Annual Putt Putt Mini Golf Tournament held at Island Miniature Golf and Game on Wilmington Island. Proceeds went to helping fund rewards for the Crimestopper's anonymous crime tip line.

Dining in the Dark

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, the 3rd Annual Dining in the Dark event presented by The Charles C. Taylor and Samir Nikocevic Charitable Foundation benefitting the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision, was held at the Embassy Suites/Downtown Savannah.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2018

Savannah's 39 Rue De Jean celebrated Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the official end of this year’s growing season. Harvest is complete and vintners—especially in France—are ready to celebrate the completion of the harvest. Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine that is annually released on the third Thursday in November. Nouveau wine undergoes a very short fermentation process, and yields an extremely fresh and fruity wine.

A Chefs Collaborative

This five course dinner held at Pacci Italian Kitchen and Bar allowed guests to taste exceptional flavors steeped in tradition. Included were the culinary skills of Chef Adam Barnett of The Katharine Brasserie & Bar, Winston-Salem, NC, Chef Robert Hoffman of Angeline’s Charlotte, NC, Chef Daniel Gorman of The Henley Nashville, TN, Chef Sebastien Rondier of Brabo, Alexandria, VA, and Chef Lauren Teague of PACCI Italian Kitchen + Bar.

East and West BBQ

A whole hog BBQ showcase, from two of the south’s most legendary Pitmasters, Pat Martin and Sam Jones. Hosted by Alida Hotel this event was a fabulous juxtaposition between Eastern North Carolina style BBQ and Western Tennessee style. Made possible by the Savannah Food and Wine Festival.

Savannah Food & Wine Fest

Hundreds came to experience Southern charm and hospitality, Savannah Style. The South's best culinary happenings - one exceptional week in Savannah. Iconic and historic coastal venues provided the perfect backdrop for gourmet and fun. South magazine captured the experience at the VIP tent.

Big Wig Boat Bash

Savannah's Riverboat, The Georgia Queen set sail to host the final fundraiser for the 2018 class of Big Wigs, together raising over $100,000 for the Susan G. Komen Coastal Georgia Foundation. This evening included heavy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, a silent auction, music and dancing and a contest to crown the Biggest BigWig! Contest categories included: The Biggest Wig, The Pink Ribbon Award and Best Pink Personality.