Dr. John Pilley and Chaser during their many happy times together.

Dr. John Pilley and Chaser during their many happy times together.

One of the most famous animals from the Carolinas has died.

Chaser, a border collie known as “The Smartest Dog in the World,” died peacefully of natural causes on July 23 at the home of the Pilley family in Spartanburg, S.C.

As a puppy, Chaser was given as a gift to Dr. John Pilley, a retired Wofford College psychology professor, by his wife in 2004. Dr. Pilley taught Chaser a remarkable number of commands and to identify and retrieve more than 1,000 toys - each with a different name.

Chaser rose to worldwide fame with numerous articles and television features including an interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson for PBS’ Nova.

Here’s the famous video:

Dr. Pilley died last year at 89 with Chaser by his side. Chaser’s Facebook page has a moving description of their last days together written by Dr. Pilley’s son.

Grooming Essentials

Since 1851, the classic American brand Kiehl’s has become famous for creating innovative skincare products for men and women.

Now your dog can benefit from Kiehl’s nature-inspired, scientifically proven formulas.

Cuddly-Coat Grooming Shampoo ($24) is gentle enough for a dog’s coat, face, and skin. It has Chamomile Flower Extract for cleansing and a light lavender scent.

Follow with Cuddly-Coat Conditioning Rinse ($20) to treat and condition dogs’ coat and skin.

In between grooming sessions, try Spray-N-Play Cleansing Spritz ($13) to remove stains from your pet’s coat or to spot clean and deodorize.