Dog Recreation

Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Dec. 17

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, Dec. 17. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Dec. 10

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, Dec. 10. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Dec. 3

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, Dec. 3. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Nov. 19

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, Nov. 19. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Nov. 12

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, Nov. 12. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


5 Parasites and Diseases to Watch Out For

Guest Post by Allivet

Let's say you're going canine cruising (aka "on a dog-friendly road trip"). Whether you're heading to Lake James State Park or Mt. Mitchell, your best friend will have a blast--and perhaps come home with a muddy, wet coat.

Before you take your dog on the adventure of a lifetime, learn about some of the microscopic dangers that await in the Carolina mountains. (They could be more dangerous than bears!)

Here are five scary diseases and parasites to look out for--and what you can do to stop them from infecting your four-legged pal.

1. Leptospirosis

A common waterborne disease, leptospirosis is caused by the bacteria leptospira. It's found within lakes, streams and wet soil in the Carolinas. It's spread through animal urine.

The dangers of leptospirosis can be severe. As Katie Gibson, DVM, writes, "leptospirosis can enter your pet's body through the eyes, nose, mouth or cuts on the skin," and it can be life-threatening if left untreated. Most often, dogs recover well with antibiotics and supportive care.

Symptoms are vague, but can include diarrhea, fever, vomiting, decreased appetite and general weakness. As an owner, be aware of the risk of leptospirosis, and act immediately if you suspect your dog has been infected. Dogs can infect humans with this.

2. Blue-Green Algae

Although the name sounds cool, blue-green algae (aka cyanobacteria) can be very dangerous to come into contact with. It's dangerous when a blue-green algae harmful algal bloom occurs, which are over-growths that can produce harmful toxins in lakes and other bodies of water. This typically happens during times of bright sunlight (summer) and when the water isn't moving much.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the "algae can cause skin irritation or respiratory irritation" and "some blooms of blue-green algae can produce chemicals that are toxic to animals and people who drink the untreated water." So, symptoms range from rashes and skin irritation to respiratory failure and death.

Look for blue-green algae before letting your dog go play in the water. It can look reddish-brown or even bright-green (or just blue-green, as the name suggests).

3. Giardiasis

The Mayo Clinic states that giardia infection is "one of the most common causes of waterborne disease in the United States," as the "parasites are found in backcountry streams and lakes."

If you head into the wilderness with your dog, giardia is something to be aware of. Your dog can ingest it by drinking from a puddle or stream. All it takes is a contaminated water source.

Symptoms include diarrhea and dehydration. The good news is that giardia isn't as serious as some of the other parasites and diseases on this list. Typically, antibiotics and a dewormer are enough to cure it.

4. Cryptosporidiosis

The parasite and disease are both commonly called "crypto" among experts. In simple terms, cryptosporidiosis is a disease caused by parasites of the genus cryptosporidium. The primary symptom is diarrhea, which will be easy to notice.

The issue is that infection can be hard to stop. As the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services notes, "crypto may be found in soil, food, water or surfaces that have been contaminated with the feces from infected humans or animals."

Beyond diarrhea, symptoms your dog may also experience when infected include fever, vomiting and dehydration. Generally speaking, with proper treatment, your dog won't be sick for more than a week or two with cryptosporidiosis.

5. Campylobacteriosis

Caused by campylobacter, campylobacteriosis is the reason for common food poisoning. 

When out in nature, dogs will drink water contaminated with the bacteria. Although it usually affects puppies that are six months or younger, you should still look out for it if your dog is older. Symptoms include diarrhea, high fever and loss of appetite.

What's reassuring to know is that, for the vast majority of cases, your dog can get better with antibiotics or naturally expel the bacteria. To find out if your dog is infected with campylobacter, a stool test is done.

How to Prevent and Kill These Parasites and Diseases

In a perfect world, there would be a method for preventing your dog from getting sick from these parasites and diseases. Unfortunately, there's not. But you can take preventive measures and prepare yourself. This way, you not only greatly reduce the chance of your dog getting infected, you also reduce the likelihood of a negative outcome if infected.

In short, here's what you can do:

  • Get the right vaccines: For instance, a DHLPP distemper vaccine includes protection against leptospirosis (note the 'L' in the name of the vaccine). There is also a vaccine for giardia.
  • Look into at-home treatments: Heartgard Plus prevents canine heartworms in dogs by eliminating the tissue stage of heartworm larvae for a month.
  • Know the water: In general, it's not common for a dog to get ill after swimming in a stream or lake in North Carolina, but it does happen. A good rule is, if you wouldn't swim in it, don't let your dog swim in it.
  • Recognize symptoms: If your dog is ill after being out in the wilderness, get to a vet immediately.
  • Know where the closest vets are: Before you go on a trip, look up where the closest veterinarians are.

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Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Nov. 5

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, Nov. 5. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Oct. 29

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, October 29. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Oct. 22

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, October 22. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Oct. 8

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, October 8. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Sept. 24

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, Sept. 24. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Sept. 17

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, Sept. 17. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Sept. 10

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, Sept. 10. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, June 25

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, June 4. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Mutt Strut - Polk County, June 17

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On Saturday, June 17, celebrate the kick-off of the 2017 Summer Reading Program at Polk County Public Libraries by participating in the 2nd Annual PCPL Mutt Strut 5k! The event begins at 9 AM at Polk County Middle School, 321 Wolverine Trail, Mill Spring, NC.

This is a free event and participants are encouraged to bring along their own dogs or volunteer to walk or run with dogs from Foothills Humane Society. 

Registration is now open at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VYDQY53. If you are interested in walking a dog from the Foothills Humane Society, you must fill out an additional application, available at the Columbus Library, and attend a briefing on race morning.

All participants registered for this event will receive a race packet. The packet will include your bib number for the race, information about the Summer Reading Program, and swag from race sponsors. Packet pick-up will be available on race day. Prizes will be given to the top category winners. The age groups are youth up to 12, teens 13-19, adults 20-29, adults 30-49, and adults 50 and older. There will also be raffles for goodies such as a Blue Ridge Barkway Pet Grooming Salon & Boutique grooming gift certificate.

Information booths from Polk County Public Libraries, Foothills Humane Society, Purrrfect Bark, Landrum Veterinary Hospital, and other participating organizations will be present on race morning. A photo booth and caricature artist will also be available to capture "finish-line worthy" pictures of you and your furry companion. New this year is a dog toy station! Race participants will be able to visit this hands-on station and make a dog toy from recycled materials.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, June 4

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, June 4. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, May 21

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, May 7. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, May 7

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. Each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, May 7. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. Note: New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Take a Hike with Your Dog!

PoochPathsjpgWith warmer weather coming, it's a perfect time to take a hike with your dog. That's why you might like to have a copy of Carolina Mountain Dog's eBook, “POOCH PATHS.” This handy eBook offers descriptions, links, directions, and even insider tips for more than thirty dog walks and hikes in the local area. 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.
 
POOCH PATHS is available to you as a Carolina Mountain Dog reader for just 99 cents!

Read a free sample, and then purchase and download POOCH PATHS in any eBook format, including a PDF, here:

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You're sure to find POOCH PATHS of value. Order your copy today!