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A Love Affair with Mimi

A Love Affair with Mimi

The initial goal was to return the little deer as soon as possible to the wild. But the deer, and the couple it adopted, did not seem to want that to occur. What ensued was a relationship that not only amazed and helped one North Carolina mountain couple, but had an impact on much of the community where they live.

Cheryl Moretz of Linville, N.C. was well aware of “the other woman.” She knew Mimi loved her husband, Dennis, in a rare, unconditional way. Not only did Cheryl approve of the “love affair,” she also welcomed Mimi into the family.

“Looking into Mimi’s eyes was like looking into the eyes of God,” says Cheryl.  “I think Mimi had a purpose and the ability to heal the human heart.”

Mimi, you see, wasn’t human – but a deer that came into the Moretzes’ lives when she was struggling to survive. When Dennis, who grew up on a farm near Boone, N.C., found out his brother, Ernest, had rescued a starving baby deer from his pastures, he jumped in to help. He had raised many different species of animals throughout his life and he knew he could help the young deer gain strength and return to the wild.

“My ultimate goal,” explains Dennis, “was to readapt her back to nature. “

The hearts of Dennis and Cheryl melted the first time they saw the baby deer. She still had her spots and weighed a mere six pounds. They transported her to their home in Linville Ridge where they bottle-fed her and nurtured her as if she were one of their own. She was even readily accepted into the fold by the couple’s two beagles: Beagie and Bagel.

For the complete article, pick up a copy of Blue Ridge Country's September/October 2012 issue, on newsstands now.


 

40 Reasons We Love the Blue Ridge Region

40 Reasons We Love the Blue Ridge Region

Our readers and editors contributed to this list of reasons why we love the Southern Mountain region. Why do you? Email us at info@blueridgecountry.com, or post to our Facebook page and we’ll share some of your views in a future issue.

1. Music: High ...

Cold Mountain's Hero

Cold Mountain's Hero

“Cold Mountain,” the movie starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger, is based on Charles Frazier’s novel set in the mountains of North Carolina. Elizabeth Hunter paid a visit to the spot where some say Pinkney Inman died.

Francis Gary Powers: The Virginia Boy Who Spied On Russia And Came Home To Tell About It

Francis Gary Powers: The Virginia Boy Who Spied On Russia And Came Home To Tell About It

Summer, 1943 Princeton, W.Va. "I left my heart up there, Pap, and I'm goin' back to get it," 14-year-old Francis Gary Powers told his father, Oliver, after his first plane ride - in a Piper Cub. At a fair outside of Princeton, Francis had spotted a s...

The Hatfield-McCoy Feud: Roseanna, Don't You Cry

The Hatfield-McCoy Feud: Roseanna, Don't You Cry

 

Hers is the classic story of a girl who loved too much. Young and starry-eyed, she blinded herself to clan hatreds, and one spring afternoon, claimed Johnse Hatfield as her lover and intended husband. Little did she know how completely her happiness...

Did Edith Maxwell Murder Her Father in 1935?

Did Edith Maxwell Murder Her Father in 1935?

Kentucky-born, Virginia-raised reporter Sharon Hatfield has published a book on a crime that’s been half-forgotten and never satisfactorily resolved. In 1935, Edith Maxwell, a 21-year-old schoolteacher, became an overnight celebrity – for patricide s...

Stones That Sing

Stones That Sing

Carilloneur David Breneman Rings the Bells in Luray, Va.

“You want to try it?” David Breneman asks, and I’m afraid to say yes.

An hour ago, we climbed three flights of stairs, going floor by concrete floor up to the top of an almost- 70-year-old stone ...

Hatfield-McCoy Feud: A Timeline

Hatfield-McCoy Feud: A Timeline

A Chronology

The Hatfield-McCoy feud ran off and on for nearly 30 years. Here, against the backdrop of other events in American history, is a chronology of the feud's main events.

Airstreams and RVs

 Airstreams and RVs

On a mountaintop in Floyd County, Va., Airstreamers have spent their summer since the 1970s.

The Round Barns of Madison County

The Round Barns of Madison County

Circular barns, popular a century ago for their efficiencies of materials, labor and use, have largely left the landscape. One, in the foothills of Virginia, has recently been re-upped for the next 100 years.

Winding east on Va. 230 through the hills ...

Climbing the Family Tree: Mountain Genealogy

Climbing the Family Tree: Mountain Genealogy

Genealogy. The word conjures up images of dusty libraries, dry courthouse records, endless hours with microfilm and crumbling documents.

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