Introducing Carmela, a Cane Corso puppy in Murfreesboro
Editor’s Note: Today is the first in a series of weekly stories about the amazing, ordinary people of Murfreesboro and the surrounding area – or in this case, a furry four-legged baby. There are people we see and talk to every day, but we might not take the time to get to know them. In an effort to better connect our community, especially during tough times, we want to tell more stories like this. Because you don’t have to own a fancy title or own a successful business to have a story. Email [email protected] to nominate a member of the community.
It’s a sunny day in the historic plaza in downtown Murfreesboro. The skies are blue, the temperature is in the mid-1970s, and local businesses are settling into a lull after lunch.
On the covered porch of Puckett’s, a Southern hospitality restaurant, Carmela, a Cane Corso puppy greets passers-by. Each person is greeted with friendly brainstorms and all the enthusiasm of a 90-pound baby.
At nine months, Carmela’s paws are already the size of her owner’s palms.
Today, it is one of the small landmarks in life. This is Carmela’s first social outing in public. For the occasion, Amy Allbrittten, her human mother, her human aunt, Amanda, and Riley Malone (human father), Amanda’s fiancé and the offensive line coach at Oakland High.
Carmela loves the attention of every new friend on the street, whether they linger or walk past them. When she notices a photographer’s lens, she poses. She is a natural extrovert, like her human mother.
Amy Allbritten laughs at the thought of getting all the attention for herself today, every day. Laughter reaches her blue-green eyes, which light up when she talks about the people and things she loves. Allbritten’s pale yellow Beatles shirt is lightly stained from a day spent playing with her pup. Her hair is clean, but loosely contained in a messy bun. She only dyed it recently to restore it to its dark brown hue. She had been blonde for years.
Today was not a day for strenuous exercise; she wears flip flops, exposing her lavender painted toes to the cozy afternoon heat.
A nearby stranger stops to discuss dog breeds. Allbritten has the answers. She and her family have owned dogs for years. Currently, they have eight.
Allbritten loves every dog in the family very much, but Carmela is quickly becoming his favorite dog.
Darby McCarthy, a Middle Tennessee State University student and former Wheel of Fortune winner, is an intern this fall at the Daily News Journal. She can be contacted at [email protected]