COVINGTON — Back in late May, a vicious dog jumped a fence on Pearl Street in Covington and attacked a small black Pomeranian dog. The dog’s owner, Janice Hayes, also suffered a minor injury in the attack, having been knocked to the ground. Thankfully, the attacking dog’s owner showed up and helped stop the attack on Hayes. But unfortunately, after taking her injured Pomeranian, Taz, to veterinarian to be checked, the doctor found the dog’s spine was broken, and he had to be humanely euthanized.
Earlier this month, the Village of Covington enacted a vicious dog ordinance in response to Hayes’ situation, as well as other incidents in the village.
This sad news originally appeared in the Daily Call back in June, and many folks in Covington read this information with shock and sadness. If they didn’t know her personally, countless village residents immediately knew of Hayes and her little black dog, Taz. Hayes and Taz were fixtures on High Street and other village streets, going for walks three or four times daily, likely making Taz the best-conditioned dog in Covington. It was a sad situation, and the story could have ended here. But thanks to the generosity of multiple area residents, this story has a very happy ending. It is a small glimpse into the kindheartedness of Covington citizens this Thanksgiving season.
After learning of the attack and death of Taz, the staff of Above and Beyond Salon and Spa in uptown Covington felt a calling to do something. Many of the staff, including salon co-owners T.J. Manson and Gayle Wray, are animal lovers, and were used to seeing Hayes and Taz walk past their 105 N. High St. location multiple times per day. Several months passed, and Hayes was back out walking, but all by herself.
One day this summer, T.J. was in the salon cutting client Cherie Roeth’s hair, and got to chatting about the situation and how the salon wanted to help. Cherie and her husband, Ed, are dog breeders, and they had one puppy left from a recent litter. It was a small black “Shorkie,” a mix of a Shih-Tzu and Yorkshire terrier. The decision was quickly made to purchase this dog for Hayes, if she was ready and able to care for another furry friend.
Although none of the staff personally knew Hayes, Above and Beyond stylist Shannon McCuiston knew her daughter, so that connection was made. T.J. called and told Hayes that the staff of the salon wished to buy her a new puppy, if she felt ready to have another pet. She said yes, and must have been excited, as she arrived to the salon 10 minutes before the scheduled time the new pup would arrive. T.J. and the staff proudly presented Hayes with her new little female Shorkie puppy. Immediately, the little black furball nestled herself into Hayes’ chest, confirming it was love at first sight.
None of this would have been possible without the generosity of everyone at Above and Beyond Salon. It was a team effort by owners T.J. Manson and Gayle Wray, and stylists Erica Schatz, Ashlee Thokey, Fran Shouvlin, Nikki Lavy, Stephanie Thompson, Tiffanie Miller, Shannon McCuiston, Danielle Bourne, Taylor Angle, Stephani Deeter, and Kayla Yohey. These ladies and gentleman pooled their personal funds to purchase the dog for Hayes.
Many special clients and salon neighbors also donated to the cause. Ed and Cherie Roeth contributed greatly as well by selling the dog for half of its usual cost. And after viewing the live video of Hayes receiving the dog on Facebook, many random folks in the community have dropped off donations to the salon. This heartwarming video is viewable on the personal Facebook page of T.J. Manson.
Hayes is very thankful and grateful to have her new furry friend named Roxy. She stops by the salon with Roxy at least twice a day to visit. Covington residents can now spot Hayes and Roxy, sporting a pink sweater, briskly pacing High Street on these chilly mornings and afternoons.
Alex Moore is a Covington resident who writes a biweekly column, Calling Around Covington, for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 418-8884 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org