The first inductee into the VVMA's Vermont Animal Hall of Fame is Cheyenne, an 8 year old Labrador Retriever cross owned by Lynn Mazza and her family and nominated by VVMA member veterinarian Dr. Gary Page.
Described as a "best friend" and a "faithful companion", Cheyenne first appeared one fall day while Lynn and her 6 months old son were enjoying their daily walk. A young dog and obviously a recent mother, Cheyenne joined them, playfully following along behind. She stayed with the Mazzas for several days while Lynn looked for her owner. Research determined that Cheyenne's owner was living with a neighbor and felt he could no longer keep this "un-trainable, uncontrollable, not very smart, not house broken, hyper" dog. And to top it all off, Cheyenne got car sick! Having just lost her pet dog 10 months before, Lynn offered to adopt Cheyenne and the matter was settled. Within just a few weeks, Cheyenne was proving to be a wonderful pet! She was well behaved, loved to ride in the car and became a special companion to Lynn's young son. Cheyenne's gentle disposition has helped several children overcome their fear of dogs. She also has an innate ability to sense someone's distress or unhappiness and quickly offers comfort and consolation. Every Monday, Cheyenne visits the Vermont Nursing Association Adult Day Program with Lynn and brings smiles to the faces of everyone there.
The VVMA is happy to induct Cheyenne into the Vermont Animal Hall of Fame in the Companion Animal Category.