For East Tennessee State University basketball player Patrick Good and his energetic puppy, Bella — a German shepherd and Rottweiler mix — Labor Day meant playing fetch in Founders Park and frolicking in Brush Creek.
|What are you studying?
||Sports management and business.
|Favorite outdoor activity?
||Going to the beach or taking hikes.
|Favorite class you’ve taken?
|One thing not a lot of people know about you?
||Loves to travel.
How did you spend your Labor Day weekend?
“I actually play basketball at ETSU, and we had a team lunch at 1:00 and I picked up my dog. I figured I would pick up my dog and bring her out to the park since it was such a beautiful day.”
How do you feel about summer ending?
“I’m not really a big fan of the cold weather. I mean, it’s been great summer. It’s been productive. Seeing dogs and people happy, it’s a good feeling. [Bella] likes being around other dogs and stuff and in the winter she won’t get that as much.”
How did you end up with Bella? What’s the story?
“One of my friends from class, she knew somebody who was giving away a dog. They had a dog but they weren’t able to take care of it, and I was like, well ... the only pet I’ve had in my lifetime was a frog. So, I mean why not get a dog? One of my former teammates had a dog while he was in college so I figured it would be manageable to do so.”
What’s your favorite thing to do with Bella?
“I’d probably say taking her on a hike. It’s kind of like she leads the way and I follow the path that she goes on.”
What is the best part and worst part about having a dog?
“It’s like raising a child without having a child. You have to feed her, take her out to use the bathroom and take her to do fun stuff like this. You don’t want to stay in the house all day. So, I guess, sharing energy with someone else [is the best.] And the worst ... probably waking up to take her to use the bathroom and then cleaning up.”