The Pattillos' pup is a rock hound dog, with a pooper-scooper holding its droppings — coprolite, actual fossilized animal excrement.
"It prompts a lot of 'oooohhh's' out of people," she said, wrinkling her nose.
Mostly the couple has fun with a hobby they enjoy together, their son said.
"I've never been on a rock hunt; to me it's just rocks," said Trey Pattillo, 57. "It keeps them young and happy and active after retirement. I don't think there's a place in the U.S. they could go without somebody that could be there in a day to help them if they broke down along the road."
He helped them build a website, www.rockfoodtable.com, which has had more than 31,800 visitors.
As much as sharing their interest in rocks, the couple loves interacting with people.
"We love to watch them point and ooh and ahhh — wish we had a penny for every picture taken,'" Bill Pattillo said.
He teases couples with one or the other directing their partner to snap photos of various dishes, plates of food or desserts. "You know we charge $10 per photo," he tells them after they have shot several, earning surprised looks.
Bill Pattillo can hold a pretty stone-face glare after his comment, his wife said.
He inevitably admits: "We have a hard time collecting," she said.
His antic still earns him a chuckle from her after 60 years of marriage.
"It's been a lifetime of enjoyment to us," he said. "We are fortunate to have good health. And now people invite us to shows with our tables, and they pay us a daily stipend and for our gasoline. We call it rockhounding, just dragging a bunch of rocks around already and still looking for others.
"There's still lots of rocks out there that look like food," he said, "we've just not found them yet."
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