- [S24] The Newport Plain Talk, (http://www.newportplaintalk.com), 28 Jan 2007.
I did learn of a feel good story from Michelle Finchum at Appalachian. She said Rusty Bassinger lost some dogs and got them back, and sure enough, he did. I went to his home on Thursday night off Thinwood Drive just past the old Detroit Gasket warehouse. He and wife, Selena, live on a portion of the O'Neil farm they bought. He works at the Greeneville Wal-Mart distribution center and she is a dental technician at Strawberry Plains. They have two wonderful pets: an 8-year-old pug, Maggie Mae, with them since a pup; and feisty, fuzzy schnauzer-mix Annie. Early in Jan. Rusty said he took the pets outside for their daily play and they wandered too far-perhaps to check out the neighbors' dog food bowls. He missed them that afternoon and did not find them that night. So, the next morning he placed a notice broadcast by WNPC Radio and promptly got a call from a man who lives behind the Clayton Homes Center-just across Knoxville Hwy. and over a hill from the Bassingers. Rusty went over and scouted around. He was happy to find the schnauzer pup curled up at a home in Covered Bridge Cove. But the pudgy, diabetic pug was not to be seen. Later in the afternoon, a Cosby man called and said he thought he found the dog. Rusty and the finder met at Lane's Market. Yes, it was Maggie Mae and happy to see Rusty. During our conversation I found out that he is a grandson to W.C. Smith, Parrottsville well driller we talked with some weeks ago. Rusty's mother is Marla Frankfort-the older of the Smith children. Berlin Bassinger is also a grandfather. In plain talk, as an old friend of mine once said, "Leave them alone and they'll come home, wagging their tails behind them." Well, sometimes pets need help to get their tails home.
Just Plain Talk - Wagging their tails back home