The Franklin Times newspaper in rural North Carolina is reporting today that an elderly man has been found living in the woods near Louisburg, NC with a pack of dogs and is living as part of the pack. Apparently the man is healthy and relatives state he seems quite content to be living with his hound dogs as a member of the pack. A daughter told the newspaper she brings in food twice a week but that her father does not speak, he only responds with grunts, smiles and a nod of his head. When deputies from the Sherriff's department arrived on the scene they found the man laying on the front porch of the small home in the woods.
The deputies observed the man from a distance as he scratched at the front door of the home, the door opened and he crawled in the house. Several seconds later they heard more scratching from inside the home, the door opened and he crawled back out. "It appeared to be some kind of game," said a deputy. "When we approached the porch he scratched on the door again and we entered." He paused; "it was really a strange sight inside. There were mats all over the floor, two dogs were sleeping and two were watching cartoons on TV. They didn't' pay much attention to us unless we got near Mr. McCorkle and then they would surround the old man and growl. We didn't see anything wrong and the place was clean enough so we left."
When Mr. McCorkle's daughter, Amy, was contacted by a reporter from the newspaper she confirmed that indeed T. J. McCorkle had been living as a dog with the pack for over a year. "Yes," she said, "we worry about Pop but he seems happy. I take out provisions a few times a week and check on them."
The reporter asked Mrs. Wibble how this all came about. "Well," she said, "We all went out to Pop's place for a gathering of family and friends last year and he was laying in the front yard chewing on an old deer bone. The dogs were chasing a rabbit and when we went into the house Pop came in on his hands and knees and started sniffing everybody's," she paused, "well he started sniffing people and we just thought, T.J. was just up to one of his weird jokes again. He and the dogs seem happy and healthy though."
One of the deputies that been at the home was asked by the reporter if the county planned to do anything about McCorkle. "No reason to," said the deputy. "Man seems healthy and happy. When we were about to leave he jumped up on to the couch in the living room, smiled at us and started licking himself."
"Licking himself!?," the journalist asked in a shocked voice."
The deputy smiled with a sheepish grin, turned away and said as if to himself, "Don't seem like sech a bad thang if a feller can do it!"