Pet of the Week-George

Published 6:47 pm Thursday, October 27, 2022

By Haley Mitchell Godwin 

“Don’t let my intimidating bark fool you. Although I am always on patrol at the Messick homestead here in Luverne and will certainly notify my family of anything out of the ordinary, I am really a big, loving teddy bear of a dog. One of my humans, who is only 5 years old, often uses me as a pillow and drags me on all kinds of adventures, whether I want to go or not. I will eat anything put in front of me, but power bites are my favorite treat. I love it when my family and I play this game they call ‘fetch.’ I have trained them well. They throw the ball, and I chase it and grab it up. Then they shout, “Bring it back!

” just before they throw their arms in the air and come get the ball from me. It is so much fun.”

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George’s family said that he always seems to know when he has done something wrong. He will lower his head in shame and sulk off, waiting to be scolded. 

The Messicks have two other dogs, Durango and Lucy, that George gets along with well. 

George is half-red heeler and half-blue pitbull, and he will soon celebrate his second birthday. 

His favorite hobby is riding in the truck. 

“Pet of the Week”  and the quarterly feature, “Pet of the Season,” are sponsored by Crenshaw Animal Clinic and Dr. Alethea Gammage of Luverne – (334) 335-5309. 

Crenshaw Animal Clinic is a full-service small animal clinic that provides comprehensive healthcare for your pet. They offer a full range of services to help keep pets happy and healthy- including vaccine administration, routine preventive care, wellness exams, dental care, allergy care, flea/tick/heartworm control, parasite control, routine surgical procedures, microchipping, early detection, and treatment of a wide range of conditions and diseases with in-clinic diagnostics, ophthalmology, spay and neuter, and more. 

During the quarterly “Pet of the Season” contest, animals featured in “Pet of the Week” will go head to head, and the animal with the most votes will win a personalized prize package from Crenshaw Animal Clinic valued at $250. At the end of the year, all quarterly winners will compete for “Crenshaw County Pet of the Year” and the grand prize. 

Go online to submit a furry (or scaly, slimy, or feathery) friend by visiting

If participants have submitted a nomination for a pet, and the pet hasn’t been featured, don’t fret! We have rolled all entries over into the next contest.