Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, August 19 2013 at 3:04 PM, Updated: Mon, August 19 2013 at 3:19 PM
Our 'horse of the month' is a four year old quarter horse cross who's ready for a new home.
Meet 'Smoky' - a young man with a great disposition, and a big heart.
"He's a personable horse." Notes Dawn Keen, of the Klamath Humane Society's Large Animal Division. "He's up in your face, wants to learn, and wants to play."
Smoky was surrendered by a previous owner that could no longer care for him.
Keen notes Smoky will need some training and TLC...
"Green broke, has not had a saddle on him, we're working with him on his ground work."
Keen adds that Smoky has also got a thing for water...
"He's a water horse. Anything of water he can find, he's in it, or he's playing in it."
You can meet Smoky in person at the Klamath Large Animal Shelter on Miller Island Road.
You can also visit the shelter online at: www.klamathlargeanimals.org
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.
Lyle's job history is quite colorful. He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.
Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience. "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".
When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.