(T-G Photo by Tracy Simmons)
He was one of a litter of four pups that came to Bedford County Animal Control in early September. A puppy scuffle as the litter was caged together resulted in an injury to Tango's head, causing scars which are still visible.
The attacking brother was euthanized, and his sister and one of his brothers were quickly adopted. Tango has since become a featured face on the local animal adoption circuit appearing at adoption events in Shelbyville and Murfreesboro.
The Dog and Pony Show will be held Saturday night at Clearview Farms, 2291 U.S. 231 South.Proceeds will benefit BCAC.
The show will feature 38 dog and horse classes. Dog classes will reward the most glamorous, handsome and butch. There is a class for best celebrity look-alike, best tail wagging, vocal and dog trick. Horse classes include halter and rail. Fees for all classes are $5 or $45.
The event will feature a silent auction, vendors, food and a parade of adoptable dogs. Registration will start at 5 p.m. with classes starting at 6 p.m. Donations of dog food will be accepted as well.
This is the second time Marie Loyd has allowed the group use of the Clearview Farms facility. The inaugural event was held last December, but has moved to August in favor of warmer temperatures.
Tango's face, perhaps, is one only a mother could love, but his energy on a summer afternoon was boundless as he chased a ball in the backyard of his foster home.
"Tango has the best personality as well as being a handsome, energetic boy," said Donna Clanton, a long-time volunteer with local animal welfare groups. "The one thing that has prevented him from being adopted is the scar on top of his head. It is always the first question about him."
"He just needs that special someone who can see beyond the scar," she said.
"Education is huge in talking with anyone interested in adopting. Time and patience go a long way, and will pay off tenfold in the long run," Clanton said.
Tango has received all his shots and has been neutered at the Middle Tennessee Spay and Neuter Clinic. Tango and Clanton will receive visitors at the MTSNC booth Saturday.
"I have always had a heart for animals, most especially dogs," said Clanton. "Dogs don't ask for much -- food, water, shelter -- the basics, and they give unconditional love and companionship."