Dog News

Two Handy Money-Saving Guides for Pet Owners

ID-100449248MoneyGeek.com has published two free, handy money-saving guides for pet owners: "The Budget-Friendly Guide to Caring for Your Pet" and "Understanding Pet Insurance."

"The Budget-Friendly Guide to Caring for Your Pet" has a wealth of information, covering the following topics:

  • Can you afford a pet?
  • Thirteen steps for saving on pet expenses
  • Resources: How to save money on pet care
  • How dog expenses vary by breed
  • Should I get pet insurance?
  • An emergency plan for your pet
  • How to protect your pet if something happens to you
  • End-of-life care for your pet

Find this guide here: https://www.moneygeek.com/living/resources/pet-expenses/

"Understanding Pet Insurance" offers the following helpful advice:

  • Who benefits from pet insurance
  • Compare popular pet insurance plans
  • Reasons for pet insurance
  • Understanding pet insurance coverage
  • How pet insurance works
  • Other ways to pay for pet care
  • Special circumstances
  • Expert pet insurance advice

Find this guide here: https://www.moneygeek.com/insurance/pet/

Image: Jk1991, Freedigitalphotos.net


Posana in Asheville Creates Menu for Dogs

ID-10055327Hooray for Posana, a restaurant at 1 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville. Recognizing that plenty of dog lovers dot the Asheville streets, Posana has not only welcomed dogs to their outdoor patio, the restaurant has also created a menu especially for culinary canines, according to a recent report in Mountain Xpress.

The menu was kicked off on March 7 in a nod to "Dine to be Kind," a fundraising event in which Posana, along with over sixty other local restaurants, contributed a portion of sales to Asheville Humane Society. Martha Pollay, co-owner of Posana, "worked really hard to find things that were pretty lean and good for dogs to eat," says Peter Pollay, co-owner and executive chef.

"Homemade biscuits, grilled Carolina Bison burgers, grilled Ashely Farms chicken breast, Brasstown Beef doggie meatloaf and a dessert dish of bacon soy doggie ice cream make up the canine menu," reports Mountain Xpress. "Prices range from $3-$8. All orders are served in dog dishes."

So next time you're in downtown Asheville with your doggie, remember that you'll find both a warm welcome and a special menu at Posana.

Image: Stuart Miles, Freedigitalphotos.net

 


New Study Shows Dogs Help People Improve Their Interactions

ID-100104783Dog lovers rejoice! Recent research conducted at Central Michigan University compared groups of people working together on tasks. Some small groups worked without a dog present, while other groups had the companionship of a dog. The result: The groups with a dog worked more cooperatively and seemed to trust group members more than the groups with no dog in the room.

Researcher Steve Colarelli reports, "When people work in teams, the presence of a dog seems to act as a social lubricant. Dogs seem to be beneficial to the social interactions of teams."

Colarelli adds, “In a situation where people are working together for a long period of time, and how well the team gets along—do they speak together, have rapport, act cooperatively, help one another—could influence the outcome of the team, then I suspect a dog would have a positive impact.”

Read more about this study from the perspective of Jill Suttie, writing for the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley: 
http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_dogs_help_people_get_along_better?

Image: Vlado, freedigitalphotos.net


March 23 is National Puppy Day

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In honor of National Puppy Day, March 23, MySweetPuppy.net has published a useful infographic that discusses the benefits of pet adoption, considerations for choosing the right puppy, and puppy care tips for new parents. You'll find the infographic here: http://mysweetpuppy.net/national-puppy-day/ MySweetPuppy.net has all sorts of helpful articles for puppy owners or for anyone thinking of getting a puppy.

To learn more about National Puppy Day and to see puppy photos and videos, visit: http://www.nationalpuppyday.com/

Image: MySweetPuppy.net


Presentation on The Plott Hound, Weaverville, February 21

PlottHoundDuke12Months1On Tuesday, February 21 at 7 PM, author and historian Bob Plott will present "Touching the Face of History: The Story of the Plott Hound, North Carolina's Official State Dog."

Bob Plott is a North Carolina native who can trace his family roots in the Old North State back to 1750, when his great-great-great grandfather Johannes Plott arrived here with five of the family hunting dogs. These dogs would later become renowned as the premier big game hunting dog breed in America -- the Plott bear hound. His history of the breed Strike and Stay - The Story of the Plott Hound was published in 2007.

This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The event will be held at the Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main Street in Weaverville, NC. It is sponsored by Friends of the Weaverville Library.

Image: Duke the Plott Hound at 12 months,
 http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/plotthound.htm


February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and World Spay Day is February 28

SpayneuterFebruary is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, and World Spay Day is an international day of action to promote the sterilization of pets, community cats and stray dogs as a way to save animals’ lives. It takes place each year on the last Tuesday of February; this year it is February 28, 2017.

Created as Spay Day USA by the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL) in 1995, World Spay Day is now a program of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Humane Society International (HSI) and Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA). On World Spay Day and throughout the month of February — Spay/Neuter Awareness Month — veterinary and animal welfare professionals, business owners and concerned individuals join forces to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter as the most effective and humane means of decreasing the number of homeless animals put down in shelters or living on the street.

Why World Spay Day

Millions of animals suffer on the streets worldwide. Too often, governments deal with this overpopulation through cruel means, such as poisoning, electrocution or shooting. 

Preventing litters reduces the number of animals for whom resources are not available. Most people support spay/neuter, but affordable services are out of reach for many pet owners, and funding is always needed for street animal surgeries.

You can make a difference by helping to raise awareness of available services or the need for them by organizing a related event or activity on World Spay Day or sometime during the month. At the very least, spay/neuter your own pet, and support spay/neuter initiatives in your own community.

We are very fortunate to have Humane Alliance, a program of the ASPCA, in Asheville. This internationally known spay/neuter clinic and training center makes low cost spay/neuter available to local residents. To book an appointment online or for more information visit: http://www.humanealliance.org/


ASPCA Helps Pet Owners Prepare for a Disaster

The recent flooding in Louisiana is a reminder that it is important to be prepared for a disaster. This includes your pet, and that's why the ASPCA wants pet owners to be prepared in September, which is "Disaster Preparedness Month."

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 10.29.22 AMThe ASPCA offers some helpful tips in an article about Disaster Preparedness. You can read it here. The ASPCA has also prepared a helpful "Disaster Preparedness Checklist for Pet Safety." The checklist is a handy tool that covers such items as food and water, medications, and pet first aid. It also includes a section listing the crucial information you need to have available in case of an emergency. Download a copy of the checklist below.

Download PetDisasterChecklist

In addition, the ASPCA provides a free mobile app for lost pets, disaster prep and emergency alerts. This free app shows pet parents exactly what to do in case of a natural disaster. It also allows pet owners to store vital medical records, and provides information on making life-saving decisions during natural disasters.

Learn more about the mobile app here.

Image: ASPCA.org

 


New POOCH PATHS eBook Features Dog Walks and Hikes

PoochPathsjpgCarolina Mountain Dog is excited to let you know that we've just published a new eBook called POOCH PATHS. This handy eBook offers descriptions, links, directions, and even insider tips for more than thirty dog walks and hikes in Asheville and beyond. You’ll find useful information about Asheville greenways, Bent Creek Forest trails, Blue Ridge Parkway trails, DuPont State Forest, Pisgah National Forest, and much more.

To ensure every dog owner can gain access to this valuable eBook, we’re making it available for a mere 99 cents!

The eBook is now available at the Amazon Kindle store here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IABRECC

It is also available in all other eBook formats, including PDF, here:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/649816

POOCH PATHS will soon be available through other major online booksellers as well.

We hope you find “POOCH PATHS” of use. If you like it, please post a good review so others know about it, too!


Managing the Expenses of Dog Ownership

AngelinaLitvin-unsplash.comMost readers of Carolina Mountain Dog probably treat their beloved dog as a family member. Just like other family members, though, taking care of a dog means being responsible for things like food, shelter, and medical care.

How much do you really spend on dog ownership? MoneyGeek.com offers "The Budget-Friendly Guide to Caring for Your Pet," a free handy online guide to the real costs of pet ownership. It includes information to help people determine whether they can afford a pet with their current finances, the typical one-time and yearly costs of owning an animal, how to save money on pet care, and a variety of other resources on finding the perfect pet for a household. Such topics as "Thirteen Steps for Saving on Pet Expenses," "How Dog Expenses Vary by Breed," and "An Emergency Plan for Your Pet" will undoubtedly be helpful to every dog owner.

You can find the guide here: https://www.moneygeek.com/living/resources/pet-expenses/

Image: Angelina Litvin, unsplash.com


Dog Bite Prevention Week: May 15 - 21

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This is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and it's a good time to make sure you and your family are practicing safety when it comes to your dog and others. Believe it or not, more than 4,500,000 people in the United States are bitten by dogs in a year.

We are providing an interesting, informative infographic about dog bites and dog bite prevention, courtesy of UltimateHomeLife.com

You can see it here: http://ultimatehomelife.com/dog-bite-prevention-week-2016-may-15-may-21/

 


This is What Animal Neglect Looks Like

It is hard for dog lovers to believe that neglect and abuse of dogs exists in our community but it does. The following is the recent story of a neglect case with a thankfully happy ending. It is important for all dog lovers to be aware of animal neglect. If you see something questionable, report it to Animal Services of Asheville or Buncombe County. 

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From Asheville Humane Society (AHS):
 
We have a tragic, but triumphant story to share with you! On March 24th around 6:00 pm, AHS received a call from Asheville Animal Services (“AAS”) telling us the police were serving several criminal warrants for animal cruelty. We expected to be seizing what they then thought were about 19 Shih Tzus from a residence in Asheville. Because AAS had only 2 officers on duty, they were seeking our assistance.
 
We loaded our van with crates and other supplies and met them at the North Asheville home. Once the warrants were served and AAS was permitted entry, we soon realized that there were far more dogs than expected, with 55 dogs dispersed in groups all over the house.The smell of ammonia from years of urine and feces buildup soaking and encrusting the walls and floors was overwhelming. 
 
After an initial walk through, a few medically-critical dogs were rushed to nearby veterinary clinics for emergency care. Four AHS employees assisted AAS in removing 55 frightened, under-socialized, urine-burned, and feces-matted Shih Tzu mixes from the home.Unfortunately, one of the seized dogs died at the hospital shortly after it was taken into our custody. 
 
Photos: The same dog, before (when seized) and after grooming.
 
Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 10.01.15 AMThe dogs not taken for emergency care were brought to the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, where AHS staff and volunteers were standing by to process and intake the dogs. Each dog was weighed, vaccinated, dewormed, and given flea preventative and a preliminary assessment. For the dogs' health, mobility and comfort, they would all need to be shaved.
 
Over the course of the next week, staff and volunteer-groomer extraordinaire, Sharon Wood, shaved, bathed and groomed each of the matted Shih Tzu mixes. However, until we received legal authority or custody, we were not allowed to treat some critical medical concerns. We were very persistent about this issue and did everything in our power to hasten the legal battle and gain full custody.
 
While we were waiting, our behavior staff provided enrichment, assessed each dog behaviorally, and developed a plan to help them cope with their new environment. Many of the dogs had never seen a leash before! But even in the short time we have had them, our enrichment and behavior plans are allowing many of the dogs to make great improvement. 
 
Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 10.01.24 AMWhile AHS staff worked diligently to care for these dogs, AAS, AHS management staff, and AHS attorney Sam Craig and City of Asheville Assistant Attorney John Maddox began the arduous process to gain additional authority to treat the dogs' medical issues.
 
Finally, on April 15th we received the long-awaited news that the owner had agreed to relinquish ownership of all but 4 of the dogs to AHS.  The remaining dogs not relinquished will stay under the custody and care of AHS, and their status will be determined through continuing legal efforts. 
 
This truly has been a team effort. Many of the dogs are still in need of medical treatment for bladder stones and dental disease, but now that they are completely in our care, we can give them what they need to thrive in a safe and healthy environment!
 
Due to poor medical conditions, Asheville Humane Society will spend between $12-15K on specialized treatment such as dental procedures, bladder stone surgeries, medications, wound care and bloodwork. If you would like to contribute to our lifesaving medical fund, you can do so at the link below:

There's a (Y)app for That!

ID-100104022Dog lovers and smartphones are a natural pairing, especially when it comes to the increasing number of "yapps" available. PetPlace.com, an excellent site with over 10,000 vet approved articles, offers their list of the best smartphone apps for dog lovers. Among the top apps are:

 

  • Bring Fido - a pet travel app that helps you locate dog-friendly places to stay
  • Dog Park Finder Plus - find dog parks anywhere you go, and then rate them
  • Spending on My Dog - helps dog owners keep track of pet expenses by category
  • Pet First Aid - an American Red Cross app that assists with pet medical emergencies
  • Doggy Datez - find other dog lovers in your area.

Check out the entire list of dog lover apps (with links to each one) at PetPlace.com.

Image: Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.net


North Carolina Ranks 30th of 50 States in Animal Protection Laws

Screen Shot 2015-12-21 at 1.28.18 PMWhen it comes to animal protection laws, North Carolina has some work to do. The Tenth Annual report from the Animal Legal Defense Fund ranks North Carolina 30th out of 50 states in animal protection laws, which puts the state in the "middle tier." The longest‐running and most authoritative report of its kind, the Rankings Report assesses the strength of each jurisdiction’s animal protection laws by examining over 4,000 pages of statutes.

The best five states for animals, in terms of animal protection laws are (in order): Illinois, Oregon, Maine, California, and Michigan. The worst five states are (in order): North Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, Iowa, and Kentucky. Illinois has been number one for eight years in a row, while Kentucky has been number fifty for nine years in a row.

The good news is a study of the past five years of the Ranking Reports shows more than three quarters of all states and territories have significantly improved their animal protection laws. Still, North Carolina could greatly improve -- and you can help by being proactive in lobbying your state representatives to pass laws that protect all animals. One example of where pressure from citizens is needed is the fact that the North Carolina legislature has yet to pass a bill that effectively regulates puppy mills.

You can download a copy of the Ranking Report, which has useful information about what makes a state "best" and "worst," below. 

Download Rankings-Report-2015


New Year's Resolutions for Your Dog

ID-10032214Traditionally, people make all sorts of New Year's resolutions for themselves... but what about dogs? Writing for Care2, Lisa Spector has created a great list, "5 Simple New Year's Resolutions to Improve Your Dog's Life."

Among the five are such suggestions as "Teach your dog a new trick" (a proven way to provide mental stimulation) and "Give her a massage" (canine massage helps reduce stress and aids in recovery from illness and injury).

One of my favorites from Lisa's article that I never would have thought of: "Take a sonic inventory." Lisa writes, "Taking a sonic inventory of your environment is a good way to check for sounds in your house that may be causing stress to your pets. Sound is like air. We rarely notice these two common elements unless the air suddenly becomes polluted or the sound becomes chaotic. The sonic inventory is one way of becoming aware of the noise in your pet’s environment. Simply sit on your sofa with pen and paper in hand. Jot down all of the sounds you hear and rate them from one to 10. Observe your pet’s response to these sounds. Ask yourself how you can make your home a calmer, more peaceful place, for yourself and for your pets. Often, just by listening, we become more sonically aware, an important first step.  Small changes made in your sound environment can often make a big difference in your pet’s behavior."

Read Lisa's entire article here: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-simple-new-years-resolutions-to-improve-your-dogs-life.html


6 Unsettling Facts About Dog Waste

Guest Post by Stephanie Chow
Did you know?
  • 72.8 million dogs currently live in the United States
  • 30,000 tons of waste is collectively produced every day
  • That’s 10 million tons of dog waste produced every year!

6factsdogwasteThat’s a lot of dog poop, but what exactly is it doing to our environment?  Let’s look at these 6 Unsettling Facts about Dog Waste…

  1. Dog waste is NOT fertilizer for your lawn.
    In fact, it is just the opposite and can be very toxic to your soil. Due to their high-protein diet, dog waste is highly acidic and will actually burn your grass creating brown patches.
  2. Just one gram of dog waste can contain as many as 23 million fecal coliform bacteria.
    Waste can seep into groundwater and spread salmonella and giardia. This poses a hazard to your pets, your family, and your landscape.
  3. Your lawn mower doesn’t help, in fact can make it worse.
    Mowers will actually chop up the waste into smaller pieces and spread it further throughout your yard where you, your children, and your pets continue to step in it and then bring it into your home.
  4. Dog fecal matter is a major contributor to stormwater pollution.
    One out of three households have at least one dog, and all that dog poop left out can be blown into storm drains, lakes, and streams. When in water, the liquefied waste consumes the oxygen and releases ammonia, which contaminates our resources as well as harms the fish that reside there.
  5. The EPA classified dog waste as a dangerous pollutant in the same category as toxic chemicals and oil.
    The average dog discards approximately three quarters of a pound of waste per day, which adds up to 275 pounds per year. Your yard might be more polluted than you think.
  6.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirms that hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms and Salmonella can be spread by contact with infected dog waste.
    It can take over one year for dog waste to decay, but even when it has visibly disappeared, the parasite eggs it contained can linger on for years in your soil – leaving your family and your pets vulnerable to serious infection.
What you can do
  • Bag it and trash it, always.
  • Difficult to keep up with the mess? Hire a local pet waste removal company to clean your yard on a routine basis.
  • The most responsible thing pet owners can do for their family, community, and environment is to make sure their pets are picked up after.
  • Share this information with friends, family, and neighbors. Let them know the importance of scooping their dog’s poop, and that it’s more than just a smelly eyesore.

Petpooskiddoo_logoStephanie Chow is the founder of a unique type of business in Asheville called Pet Poo Skiddoo, a local pet waste removal company.  Stephanie, a former web designer, now scoops up doggie droppings for a living.   Her mission is to not only keep the town clean, but to educate others about the true hazardous dangers of pet waste and to provide a service that will protect people and animals alike. 

If you are a pet owner in need of some extra help whether it is removing waste from your yard, cleaning out your cat’s litter box, or taking your dog out on a walk for some relief, contact Stephanie at Pet Poo Skiddoo!

Images provided by Pet Poo Skiddoo


July 4 Dangers for Dogs

ID-100138401According to the ASPCA, the organization's Poison Control Center gets calls every July 4 about four common things: fireworks, food, lawn products, and pool chemicals.

The ASPCA has produced a handout, "Top 4 Pet Toxicities of July 4," that includes tips to help you keep your dog safe around this national holiday. You can download it below.

Download Top4July4Handout

 

Image: Mister GC, www.freedigitalphotos.net


Take Your Dog to Work Day-June 26

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 10.20.59 AMFriday, June 26 is "Take Your Dog to Work Day." Here are some of the facts surrounding this national event:

  • TYDTWDay® was first celebrated in 1999. This year marks the 17th annual event.
  • It was created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) to celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote their adoptions. 
  • The event encourages employers to experience the joys of pets in the workplace for one day to support their local pet community. 
  • TYDTWDay is an annual event and is always celebrated on the Friday following Father’s Day. 
  • It also accommodates cat lovers (and other pets) and those who cannot participate on TYDTWDay. The entire week leading up to the event, June 22-26, is Take Your Pet To Work Week™. 
  • Event creator PSI is the world’s largest educational association for professional pet sitters. 
  • PSI feels that through the events, non-pet owners are able to witness the special bond their coworkers have with their pets firsthand and be encouraged to adopt a new best friend of their own. 
  • An estimated 300 businesses participated in the inaugural celebration of TYDTWDay. Since that time, America’s love affair with pets and interest in TYDTWDay has grown to an all-time high. 

Learn more about it here.


Agility Trials, Fletcher, May 22-25

Screen Shot 2015-05-21 at 10.00.02 AMDog agility is a beloved sport by dogs, their handlers, and spectators. Now you have an opportunity to watch American Kennel Club agility trials, free of charge, from 8 AM to 2 PM each day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 22, 23, 24, and 25. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Agility Club, the event will be held at the WNC Agricultural Center McGough Arena in Fletcher (across from the Asheville Regional Airport).

More than 300 purebred dogs from throughout the southeast will compete at various levels of difficulty against each other and the clock. About 70 AKC registered breeds will compete in the trials.

Watch as dogs and their handlers navigate obstacle courses, everything from platforms to weave poles to tunnels. It's an experience you won't want to miss (but please leave your own dog at home).

For additional information about the trials and agility in general, visit the Blue Ridge Agility Club's website: http://blueridgeagility.com/

Photo: Blue Ridge Agility Club


"Stop the 77" Campaign - Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 17-23

Screen Shot 2015-05-14 at 4.17.00 PMIn honor of Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 17-23), kid-dog training and relationship experts Leah Hatley and Justine Schuurmans of The Family Dog™ have launched a campaign called "Stop the 77," since 77 percent of dog bites come from a family or friend's dog.

Sponsored by PetSafe® brand, the three-part campaign aims to educate the public about how to really respect dogs and help keep kids safe around the dogs they know. The three parts are:

  • A must-share video that tells the story of a family dog’s experiences from the child’s perspective, followed by the same story told through the dog’s eyes, which clearly shows the tragic effects of misunderstanding our family dogs.
  • An upbeat, informative website featuring cool graphics and music videos that teach kids to respect dogs, understand what your dog is trying to tell you and how to help Stop the 77 by sharing this information.
  • An eye-catching poster designed by Los Angeles-based artist and dog lover Lili Chin, which is free to download by the public and can be hung in school, libraries, vet offices, and more.

To learn more about Stop the 77 and how to keep our kids and dogs safe, please visit www.stopthe77.com.

Image from Stop the 77 video


Pet Honoring Ceremony-March 8

 ScreenHunter_01 Jul. 10 15.30The second Sunday of every month, a United Pet Honoring Ceremony is held for pet owners to come together and unite in expressing their love and appreciation for their pets. It is a way to have sacred time to honor our pets and loved ones, our relationship with them, and all they give us.  
 
People from all over send in names of Pets to be Honored: Cats, Dogs, Horses, Ponies, Rabbits, Birds, Frogs and more. This is a simple ceremony (much like a memorial service). It includes an Opening, Blessing of each pet, Prayer, Silent reflection and Closing. Each pet name is said out loud and sent love and blessings for the highest good.
 
On Sunday, March 8 at 10 AM, call in and listen: 1-857-232-0159  x329054.
(Please note this is not a toll free number, although there are no charges to call in and listen!)
 
It is free to add a pet, and free to call in and listen. You can send in a pet's name (picture optional) to be included in the honoring. Send to: info@pethonoring.com.
 
Visit www.pethonoring.com/ for more information.