ROTC 2022: Racer Spotlight

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Meet Coco:

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“This is Coco Ford…Our Champion. We call her our champion because this small, 12 month old chihuahua has a big heart for patients and she works in our medical clinic. She provides therapy to elder patients who suffer from chronic pain. Because Coco has been around patients since she was two months old, she is probably one of the friendliest chihuahuas you will ever meet. She’s never met a dog or cat that she didn’t love. Coco loves to be held and petted by absolutely anyone and everyone. True to chihuahua nature, she can run extremely fast. We have no idea how she will perform on race day but we look forward to seeing her surrounded by other chihuahuas. It will be exciting to see if she can tear herself away from other guests and chihuahuas to be known as this year’s fastest chihuahua.” ~ Beth Ford (Cleveland, TN)

Meet Lemon:

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“Hola! This is Lemon. She was born February 6, 2021 with a kink in my tail. That’s the secret to her speed! She love squeaky toys and good food. She hides her treasures under the couch so no one can find them. She may only weigh 7 pounds but she is the BOSS. Her Mommy taught her good manners. She knows how to sit, stay, back up and stop barking. She’s also potty trained! She’s currently single and she aspires to be the fastest Chihuahua in Chattanooga!” ~ Veronica Sears (Cleveland, TN)

Meet Abu:

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“Abu is a miniature deer head chihuahua. He’s about a year and a half old. He is black and brown with a little bit of white. He is named after the monkey from Disney’s Aladdin and he acts the part. He’s high energy, loving, and is a little shy when you first meet him but warms up quickly. He’s also very protective of his owner even with his small size.” ~ Kaitlyn Garnand (Chattanooga, TN) 

Meet Tucker:

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“Tucker is about 5 and we took him in about about 2 years ago from a family member. So essentially he’s a rescue. He’s very playful. He loves his toys and our other dog’s toys even more! 🙂 He loves to cover himself in blankets and he loves his people!!” ~ Dena Newberry Brewton (Soddy Daisy, TN)

Meet Little Bit:

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“Hello Hits 96 Listeners!  My name is Rebecca and I am Little Bit‘s Mom. I got Little Bit back in 2016 and she is my world. A little bit about Little Bit, she loves to squirrel hunt and sunbathe outside. She also has won Best Dressed at ROTC11 and became a Grand Champion at ROTC12! We are so glad to be coming back and running this year. This year we are running in honor of Little Bit’s Grandpaw who passed away this past December.  We can’t wait to see you all on April the 30th! #TeamStinky” ~ Rebecca Butler (Ider, AL)

Meet Turbo:

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“Turbo was born on April 9, 2021. I got Turbo July 17, 2021. When I got Turbo, he was so scared. I worked with him to help him not be so scared and to be potty trained. August 19, 2021 we found out that Turbo had Parvo. He couldn’t eat, drink, or be around anyone. We couldn’t even take him outside anymore. While getting over Parvo, he ended up with worms. When he got better, he has been himself again. He went back to being scared and not potty trained again. He has come so far on getting though everything again. Now he is able to go play, run around, and is almost potty trained. Turbo is also a HUGE Mama’s boy.” ~ Angela Kimberlin (South Pittsburg, TN)

Meet Melly:
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“This is Melly. She weighs 12 lbs. She is small but stout. She can easily out run our cats and loves to play all day. She recently had a new little sister move in and she couldn’t be happier! She is Mommy’s baby but she runs to her Daddy if she ever gets scared. She barks at everything and everyone but wouldn’t hurt a fly.” ~ Regina Chamlee (Calhoun, GA)

Meet Rue:


“Rue is from Rome, GA! She’s a three legged, 6 year old, chihuahua/westie/Maltese mix. She was adopted from animal control in the fall of 2017. She had a badly broken leg with exposed bone and eventually needed an amputation. Rue hasn’t slowed down since!! ROTC 13 will be Rue’s 3rd Running of the Chihuahuas. She raced in 2018 and 2019. Rue loves her mama and enjoys snuggling under the covers, going on adventures, and being the boss of the house. She can’t wait to get back to the races at ROTC13!!” ~ Savannah Thompson (Rome, GA)

Meet Maggie May:


“Maggie May was born on September 15, 2019. My mother purchased her in Kalamazoo, Michigan where she lived until her passing last year. I brought Maggie May home with me to be a Tennessee dog, she has helped me so very much in my grief that I don’t know what I would do without her. I fell in love with her the first time I saw her and I’m amazed at how smart she is. Maggie weighs 8 pounds but she seems to think she is 80 pounds when she goes after the chocolate lab next door. Her dislike of going outside in the rain and cold has earned her the nickname “Princess Paws.” I can’t wait for the Running of the Chihuahuas!” ~ Carrie Henderson (Hixson, TN)

Meet Charly:

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“Charly is a 2-year-old, 7 pound, female dapple Chihuahua. She is the sweetest, silliest baby and she brings us so much joy. She is a little shy around people she doesn’t know and it takes her a while to warm up to them. Her favorite people are momma, of course, daddy, granny, Miranda, her favorite dog Jake, which is granny’s 100-pound black lab, and her cat Biscuit. Her favorite treat is an Oinky. She loves to go on walks.” ~ Casey Jacobs (Lafayette, GA)

Meet Pearl:

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“Pearl is a 5 year old rescue dog that showed up on our doorstep in February of 2017.  She was a tiny white puppy and  we thought she was a kitten at first!  Upon speaking with neighbors, apparently she had been wandering around the neighborhood for about a week before she came to us. We took her to our vet, Dr. Chris Keller, to be scanned for a microchip, which she didn’t have. We put out feelers to try to find her owner but no one claimed her. Lucky us!! She has been a wonderful part of our family and our lives are certainly richer because of her!!  Pearl loves to walk on warm sunny days and she loves to burrow in a blanket on cooler ones.  She tolerates and sometimes likes to play with her other rescue dog sister Gabby Louise.  Pearl is a true joy!!” ~ Susan Gentry (Lookout Mountain)