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Super Bowl Fundraiser for Blue Ridge Humane Society - Hendersonville, Feb. 4

Screen Shot 2018-01-03 at 3.36.27 PMThe Dugout's 6th Annual Super Bowl Party on Sunday, February 4 at 6 PM is also a fundraiser for Blue Ridge Humane Society. Reserve your seat today to watch the Super Bowl at the Dugout, 430 N. Main Street, Hendersonville, NC. For an advance purchase of $15, you'll get a reserved seat, the Super Bowl buffet (wings, nachos, pulled pork sliders, hot dogs, chili, and more) and a raffle ticket. Seats only are $5, and the buffet is $20 on the day of the event. Domestic buckets of beer available for $10, and pitchers of PBR and Bud Light are $8. A charity raffle and auction benefits the Blue Ridge Humane Society.

To reserve your seat, call (828) 692-9262 or email thedugout77@yahoo.com



Is a Toy Dog Breed Right for You?

Guest Post by Lilly Andrews

StuartMiles-fdpToy dogs have become very popular pets over the past years and are slowly becoming top choices of dog lovers. As a matter of fact, the American Kennel Club has listed six toy dog breeds in the top 25 of the recent most popular dog breeds in America. The top 25 list includes Poodles (7th), Yorkshire Terriers (9th), Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (19th), Shih Tzu (20th), Pomeranians (22nd), and Havanese (23rd).

Many people are looking to take in small dog breeds because of their adorable features, and perhaps, thinking that there will be fewer responsibilities and lesser work to expend. But toy dog pets go beyond their charms. Even with the popularity of these toy dog breeds, there are still some people who wonder if they make good pets at home. To help you decide, here are pros and cons of taking care of toy dogs.


Because of their cute size, toy dogs can easily adjust and fit into small and big living spaces. Whether you live in a one-room apartment or a mansion, you are assured that your little pooch has plenty of room to move around. They only require a short walk to get their needed amount of exercise per day.

When you go out or travel, you can easily bring your pet along. You can place them inside your shoulder bag or tote bag and not worry about carrying a load. Moreover, these dogs eat less, need fewer exercises, and their routine vet visits often cost less. Toy dogs show a great deal of love and affection to their owners as well, a common characteristic of all types of dogs. Although it depends on a number of factors, smaller dog breeds tend to live longer than big dogs.


Small dogs can sometimes have obnoxious personalities. They can be aggressive to larger dogs and responsible for starting fights. Toy dogs feel that they are in charge of the household. They may disobey their owner and feel that they need to be served all the time. They can also be difficult to train, but you, as an owner, should set the tone that you are the boss, being firm yet still showing affection.

In addition to those points, not all small dogs are good around children. If a dog is not taught the proper behavior when they are still a puppy, the owner can experience a number of behavioral issues.

Popular Breeds

There are several popular breeds of toy dogs to choose from. Here are a few options you can consider:

  • Yorkie. The Yorkshire terrier originated in England, and they were used to kill vermins. They are known to have a very strong personality.
  • Poodle. Originally a water dog, the poodle was used to hunt game. They are very intelligent and are easy to train.
  • Shih Tzu. This toy dog breed has its roots in China. It is one of the oldest breeds in existence.
  • Pug. The pug is also from China. This dog has become very popular for their small size and cute features.
  • Chihuahua. A dog breed from Mexico, the chihuahua may have been used in religious ceremonies by ancient tribes.

The Importance of Toy Dog Breed Choice

Before getting a toy dog, it is important to research the different breeds and their specific needs. Don’t rush. Take the time to look at the needs of the dog and figure out if that certain breed fits into your lifestyle. You should also consider your finances since the prices of small dogs can be high, especially if they are purebred. Keep in mind that you can often obtain a small dog at a much more reasonable price from an animal shelter, humane society, or rescue organization. In addition, small mixed breed dogs may have less behavioral and health problems than purebred toy dog breeds.

The bottom line: Try to find out as much information about the breed that you want to have. Once you have finalized your choice, it is important to make sure that you are capable of taking care of it.

Image: Stuart Miles, Freedigitalphotos.net

"Parodies for Charity" - Flat Rock, Jan. 14, 15

Join Blue Ridge Humane Society at the Flat Rock Cinema, 2700-D Greenville Highway in Flat Rock, NC, for a traveling film fest featuring "Gary Gose Gump" to benefit the animals at Blue Ridge Humane Society. Gary Gose Gump is a craft beer-themed parody of Forrest Gump created by and starring The Brewery Experience founder Gary Glancy. (Trailer below.) This short includes an epic road trip across America, with several scenes filmed in some breathtaking national parks like Death Valley, Mount Rainier, Yellowstone and Zion. Gary Gose Gump will be the feature film for the Parodies for Charity film fest.

Show times are Sun., January 14 at 4 and 7 PM and Mon., January 15 at 4 and 7 PM.

Tickets are $15 and include one raffle ticket. The raffle includes prizes from many local merchants. Additional raffle tickets are available for purchase.

Food, wine, and beer will be available for purchase at concessions, because who would want to watch beer themed short films without a drink in your hand! For more information or to reserve seats, visit: https://www.blueridgehumane.org/get-parodies-charity-tickets-today/

$9.99 Canines - Asheville, Jan. 11-12-13

Screen Shot 2018-01-11 at 10.21.33 AMDogs 35 pounds and up are just $9.99 at Asheville Humane Society on Jan. 11, 12, and 13! Meet your perfect "Barkelor"!

Although the love of a pet is priceless, all of the following are still included when you adopt! Each adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, behavioral training when appropriate, microchip and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian. 

To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesdays until 7 PM). The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1 to 2 PM, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!

Pilates with Puppies - Asheville, Jan. 23

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 3.04.01 PMBack by popular demand -- "Pilates with Puppies"! On Tuesday, January 23, Cisco Pilates will hold two sessions of "Pilates with Puppies" -- one at 4:30 PM and one at 6 PM -- at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market).

Pilates with Puppies will be a basic Pilates class, with puppies provided by Asheville Humane Society. Please bring your own yoga or Pilates mat and a small towel. Please do not bring your own puppy! The cost is $10, which is a donation to Asheville Humane Society on behalf of Buncombe County animals.

Pre-registration is required. Early registration is suggested as space is limited and this event is expected to sell out! Visit https://www.ciscopilates.com/pricing/ to sign up. Questions? Email alexis@ciscopilates.com

Image: Cisco Pilates