Cynthia Mittler of Chicken Mountain Road beams when she remembers the hot July day long ago when a little white dog wandered onto the property where she lives with her husband, Gary. She paused in the midst of hanging clothes on the line to offer a bowl of water to the thirsty visitor, clearly a stray in need of a home. As luck would have it, the Mittlers were happy to offer theirs: “She showed up and we said, ‘Now this is a great dog!’” Snowy, a terrier mix, now 13, loves the country life—as does Atticus, a playful 7-year-old blue heeler (or perhaps an Australian cattle dog—the jury is still out) who lives with the Mittlers’ son, Rick, and his family in Richmond. When the city slicker is trundling up the highway, he reportedly whines in anticipation because he knows he’s headed to “Camp Chicken Mountain.” He and Snowy ramble around together and then curl up for a companionable nap. “They’re cousins, basically,” Gary Mittler said.