As a photojournalist it’s my job to watch everything going on at an event to make sure I don’t miss recording anything noteworthy. As the Today Show folks were packing their equipment and Sara Haines was being polite to everyone who wanted to talk or have their photograph made with her I noticed Sandra Harbison, with the UT Vet School, stationing several vet students along Haines’ route to her limo.
Haines didn’t need to be asked for a photograph. She commented as she walked toward the small group, “Oh, Mabel is the best, I want to hold her before I leave.” Harbison asked Haines to look at Mabel’s thong, to which she replied, “You better not put a thong on this dog.” The students pointed out they were referring to her “natural thong” markings on her back side and Haines made this face.
Mabel was surrendered to Young Williams Animal Center because at 67 pounds she was too large for her owners to care for. Mabel was put on a program at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center and has lost over 25 pounds. - Michael Patrick