Just found this forum and I'm very glad I did. My family and I live in the highlands of Virginia and brought home a male dobe in August. My last dobe was back in the 80s and it's great to have another. He will be my backpacking buddy this spring.
My daddy grew up in Doe Hill in Highland County right next to you. To hear him tell, our folks had lived there a long long time so it seems like we're related to just about everyone in that area of Virginia.