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ReTail Scene: Best Tech for Dog Owners

Dog-2983021_1920Technology has taken over the pet market -- and that's good news for dog owners. There are lots of high tech gadgets that can make your life, and your dog's, easier. Here are just a few of the top picks:

Dogness Automatic Smart Feeder
Pawbo+ Pet Camera and Treat Dispenser

Dog Walks
Dogness Smart Retractable Leash
PupFlask Dog Water Bottle

Clever Pet V2
iDig Digging Toy

You'll find more information about these and more tech devices at the 2020 Pet Tech Guide here: https://www.attplans.com/resources/pet-tech-guide/

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Blessing of the Pets - Mills River, Sept. 26

People-309479_1280The 12th Annual Blessing of the Pets at Mills River Presbyterian Church, 10 Presbyterian Church Road, Mills River, NC 28759, will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2020, with a  “drive thru” ceremony that offers a safe, socially-distant blessing for their pets.

From 10 am to noon, Rev. Merri Alexander and members of Mills River Presbyterian Church will offer pet readings and blessings as vehicles drive through the one-way pet blessing.

Vehicles coming through the Drive-Thru Pet Blessing will meet with church elders for prayers and readings, get a doggie bag of treats, and then continue through the planned route to receive personalized blessings from Rev. Alexander. At the final stop, people are invited to donate unopened bags and cans of pet foods to representatives of Blue Ridge Humane Society (BRHS). The collected items will be used to fill the Pet Pantry at BRHS that supports the needs of area residents who cannot afford food for their pets.

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Does Your Dog Need to Wear a Sweater?

Dog-1543573_1920Hard to believe that Fall is just around the corner. When cooler weather comes, you may be wondering if your dog needs to wear a sweater. According to the AKC, "Breeds with thick coats generally do not require cold weather protection for short periods of time, whereas short-haired breeds will be more comfortable with a winter sweater and booties."

Our friends at YourDogAdvisor.com put together a handy guide to the best dog sweaters. It includes information on whether a dog sweater is right for your dog, how to choose the right size, and specifics about the best dog sweaters on the market. Check out the dog sweater guide here: https://yourdogadvisor.com/best-dog-sweater/

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Asheville Adoption Center Now Open - Dog Adoptions Just $10

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This is from Asheville Humane Society:
To better serve the animals in our care, while keeping the safety of our staff and visitors a priority, we are discontinuing appointment-only adoptions and opening our doors to a limited number of walk-ins at a time to meet our adoptable pets! 
With over 370 cats and kittens currently in our care (in our Shelter, Adoption Center and foster homes) we are still OVERFLOWING with felines in need!!! To help make space and save lives, we are also *EXTENDING* our fee-waived promotion for all felines through September 30th!!
Adoption fees for all canines will be $10!
If you can't adopt, please spread the word!
A set number of customers will be welcomed inside to adopt on a first come, first served basis. Safety protocols such as masks required, contactless temperature readings and social distancing within the building will remain the same. If the building reaches our set capacity, potential adopters will have socially distant options available to wait until the next spot opens.
Our hours of operation are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm, with animal naptime each day from 1-2 pm.
We humbly ask in advance for your patience and understanding, as facilitating adoptions during COVID-19 times is an ongoing learning experience for everyone! We are trying to find the balance between helping the animals who rely on us, while ensuring the continued safety and health of Asheville Humane Society's adopters, volunteers and staff.
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).
Image: Asheville Humane Society