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Pat Summitt—One Gutsy Woman
University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt sits with her current pup Sadie during a recent interview.

Pat Summitt is one gutsy woman, not only is she the winningest NCAA basketball coach in history (male or female) but this week she announced she has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at 59. Her talents, on and off the court, are near and dear to our hearts and we were thrilled when we had the opportunity to interview her about how dogs have inspired her and her style of coaching. Not only that, but her toughness, resilience—and love for her dogs—was demonstrated three years ago when she dislocated her shoulder while forearming a raccoon off her deck to protect her Lab, Sally. We wish her, and her family, well—and hope that she will continue to inspire her players and all those who love the game of basketball.

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Claudia Kawczynska is The Bark's co-founder and editor in chief. thebark.com

Photo by Debby Jennings/UT.

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Submitted by Iowa Dog Blog | August 29 2011 |

Good luck to Coach Summit--her dog will be more important than ever in dealing with this tragic news and the effects of the illness.

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