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NC Week for the Animals, May 1-9

Ncanimals Next week is the 3rd Annual "North Carolina Week for the Animals."

Throughout the week, shelters, rescue groups, and humane organizations across the state of North Carolina will be hosting animal-related special events. Events will include adoption fairs, spay/neuter awareness events, shelter days, R.E.A.D. dog programs in libraries, events for the farm animals, student art displays and therapy dogs visiting hospitals and nursing homes. Also to be included are a salute to our canine military and police dogs, and fun-filled festival days for families to come and enjoy food, music and animals.

For a calendar of statewide events, visit:

Bark For Life, Hendersonville - May 1

Barkforlife Bark For Life is a non-competitive walk led by dogs and human cancer survivors to raise the awareness of human and animal cancers. It will be held on Saturday, May 1 from 9:30 AM - 12 PM in downtown Hendersonville, NC, between 4th and 5th Avenue on Main Street. The event raises funds for the American Cancer Society.

Pre-registration ($20) is open until 5 PM Wednesday, April 28, or you can register the day of the event ($25). “Bloominaria” (flowering plants in pots) may be purchased in memory of or in honor of a dog or person who has/had cancer for a $5 donation. In addition to the walk, there will be demonstrations and games. For more information, call 828-203-0201 or visit

More Adoptathons on May 1-2

Petadoptathon We already mentioned one Spring Adoptathon that is taking place in the Carolina mountains... but it turns out May 1-2 is a big weekend for dog and cat adoptions throughout our area and beyond.

There will be two Adoptathons in Asheville featuring many area animal rescue organizations: One at ACN's Pet Harmony store (Fairview St.) and the Province 620 restaurant (Hendersonville Rd.) and another at the PetSmart store on Bleachery Blvd.

Also May 1-2 is the 16th annual national/international Pet Adoptathon, sponsored by the North Shore Animal League and featuring Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan as the 2010 spokesperson. Some shelters and rescue groups in the Carolina mountains are participating in this event. Please contact these organizations directly for additional information, or go here for more information. Participating organizations: Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society (Cashiers, NC), Valley River Humane Society (Marble, NC), Mitchell County Animal Rescue (Spruce Pine, NC), Save Animals From Euthanasia (Salem, SC)

Dogs and Sunburn

Dancingdogs In the Carolina mountains, the sun can increase in intensity quickly during the day this time of year. It's important to know that your dog can actually get sunburned. This is what Drs. Foster and Smith have to say about dog sunburn on their very comprehensive website,

"Collies and other dog breeds such as Shetland Sheepdogs, who have no pigment on their nose can develop a condition called 'Collie Nose,' or 'nasal solar dermatitis.' This is actually caused by a hypersensitivity to the sun.

Some pets, whose hair is clipped very short over their bodies or for some reason have sparse hair can also develop sunburn where their skin is exposed. Pets susceptible to sunburn should be kept out of direct summer sun, especially in the middle of the day when the sun is particularly strong."

There are a number of sunscreen and sun protection products made especially for dogs. You can find an excellent one at the Only Natural Pet Store, one of our partner retailers. Click on the Only Natural Pet Store button under "Good Buys" for more information.

NC Puppy Mill Awareness Day - May 8

Puppy mill license plate Unfortunately, North Carolina is one of the leading states in puppy mills. These facilities are often legal and state-licensed, yet they are horrible places.

Puppy mills are designed to do one thing -- churn out puppies for profit. Puppy mills typically keep adult "breeders" and puppies in filthy, crowded, unsanitary, and inhumane conditions. Diseases are widespread, and puppies are commonly born with genetic defects and inherited disorders. Breeders are disposed of like garbage when they are "used up."

When you purchase a puppy from a pet store, it more than likely came from a puppy mill. The best way to fight against them is to adopt a dog from a shelter or rescue organization instead of purchasing a puppy from a pet store.

Puppy mills are a serious national problem and will remain so until people know the truth about them. That's why you might want to consider attending Puppy Mill Awareness Day in North Carolina. It will be held on May 8, from 11 AM to 5 PM, in Moore's Square, Raleigh. Special guests include dog trainer Victoria Stilwell and the members of Rescue Ink. For more information, visit:

Spring Adoptathon in Asheville, May 1-2

Adoptathon Spring is a great time in the mountains... but it's also a time when animal shelters and rescue organizations tend to be overwhelmed with animals, because it's kitten and puppy season. So if you were ever thinking of adopting, now's the time!

Here's the perfect event to attend to find a lovable creature: The 11th Annual Prestige Subaru Spring Adoptathon, presented by Animal Compassion Network. It will be held in Asheville on Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2, from 11 AM to 5 PM in a new location: Pet Harmony, the pet store for rescued pets, at 803 Fairview Street, as well as in the parking lot of the nearby Province 620 restaurant on Hendersonville Road.

Participating groups include Animal Compassion Network, Asheville Humane Society, A Voice for Pets, All-American Dachshund Rescue, Avery County Humane Society, Blue Ridge Humane Society, Buncombe County Save A Life Campaign, Chain Free Asheville, Foothills Golden Retriever Rescue, Haywood County Animals Shelter, Phoenix Landing Parrot Rescue, and Sarge's Animal Rescue. Cats, dogs, and parrots will be available for adoption. For more information, call 828-274-DOGS, or visit

Discount and Free Shipping on the Asheville Doggie Guide!

Doggieguidecover Know where the dog parks are in Asheville? Is there anyone who can scoop the poop in your yard? Do any vets offer alternative medicine? Where are the best places to hike with your dog in the Asheville/Hendersonville area? Where is there a campground that actually caters to dogs? 

You'll get the answers to these questions in the new 2010 Edition of the Asheville Doggie Guide -- everything for dogs in the Asheville, Hendersonville, and Black Mountain, NC area!

This handy pocket-size guide includes adoption organizations, animal services, dog bakeries and boutiques, boarding facilities, dog-friendly campgrounds, doggie daycare, dog parks, grooming services, dog photographers, poop pick-up services, dog therapy, hiking trails, dog training, sitters, vets, and more, plus adoption information, safety tips, and pet rules and regulations for Buncombe and Henderson Counties. It has hundreds of listings -- names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, and websites -- saving hours and hours of research time! You will refer to it often. There is no other resource available like the Asheville Doggie Guide.

Pick up your copy today at Three Dog Bakery, 21 Battery Park in Asheville (a block away from the Grove Arcade). Or order the guide online via this special offer:

The publisher's list price for the Asheville Doggie Guide is $19.95, but you can get your copy of the guide for $13.95, a savings of $6! You'll get a $6 rebate when you purchase the Asheville Doggie Guide directly from the publisher! Learn about this special offer here. 
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POOCH PATHS: Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC

Biltmore_Overview The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina is one of the country's national treasures. It's also a naturally beautiful and protected walking, hiking, and biking paradise for dogs and their owners. George Vanderbilt, who built the magnificent structure, was a dog lover, and the estate carries on his tradition by welcoming leashed dogs onto the property (but not in the house). There are numerous trails of varying difficulty that lend themselves to hours and hours of walking, hiking, and biking.

The downside is that one must pay the full $65 daily admission price to use the facilities. However, a smart alternative for anyone who is within reasonable driving distance is to purchase a Twelve-Month Pass. The passholder is able to gain unlimited entry to the estate at any time of year for $105 annually. If you purchase the pass by May 16, you can get it for $85, a savings of $20. Passholders are also entitled to other benefits, such as priority dining reservations and discounts at estate stores. A few visits with your dog will make the pass worth the price, so it's something you should consider.

For basic walking or biking with your dog, the best place on the Biltmore Estate is probably the area surrounding and adjacent to Antler Hill Village and the winery. Park near the winery and pick up the paved trail that leads to the duck pond. It is a beautiful flat trail that meanders along the French Broad River and winds up at a duck pond where your doggie will love watching the ever-present geese. An added bonus is that you can return to the just-opened Antler Hill Village, where you'll find Cedric's Tavern, named after one of George Vanderbilt's beloved dogs, and a Creamery, which serves outstanding ice cream. Both eateries have outdoor seating and dogs are permitted to sit beside you while you enjoy lunch, dinner, or a treat.CedricsTavern

Another great area for a walk is behind the house itself. Drive past the house and park in the lot for "A Gardener's Place," the plant and gift shop located near the greenhouse. Then cross the road to the Azalea Gardens. You'll find a wonderful paved path that winds through these gardens (the azaleas are spectacular in season) and eventually leads to a pond and waterfall. It's a memorable walk.

There are many more trails on the property, including some for serious hiking. Just ask for a trail map and follow whichever ones appeal to you. You could easily spend a day adventuring with your dog. Right now is a great time to visit because it's Biltmore's annual Festival of Flowers.

For directions and more information about Biltmore, visit the POOCH PATHS page.

Pet First Aid Class - April 27 in Hendersonville

Pet first aid The Henderson County Chapter of the Red Cross is offering a Pet First Aid class on Tuesday, April 27 from 12 to 4 PM. This Red Cross certified class covers a host of emergency situations for you to be prepared to help your pet. Participants will learn emergency procedures for dogs and cats, including bleeding, drowning, cardiac arrest, etc. This four-hour class will prepare you to handle pet emergencies until you can get to a vet. Your pet is counting on you so be prepared!


The cost for the class is $30 per person, which includes one book for either dog or cat and a DVD. (No animals in the classroom please.) It is held at the Red Cross, Henderson County Chapter, 203 Second Ave. East in Hendersonville. Advance registration is required. Please call 828-693-5605 to register. The organization's website is


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Pedigree Launches Adoption Drive with Carrie Underwood

Pedigreeadoptionpage Pedigree brand dog food has launched its sixth annual Adoption Drive with the help of Carrie Underwood. The country star is appearing on the Pedigree website with her own adopted chihuahua, Ace. She urges everyone to become a fan of the Pedigree Facebook page by December 31, 2010. For every fan, Pedigree will donate a bowl of food to a shelter. You can visit the page at

Pedigree has agreed to donate up to $2 million to animal shelters and breed rescues nationwide. The brand is sponsoring Carrie Underwood's 54-city tour through June.

What's the Real Age of Your Dog?

Dogagechart Most of us remember the old formula that 1 dog year equals about 7 human years. But dog experts say it's a lot more complicated than that. A dog actually matures more quickly than a human, so at age 1, a dog is closer to 15 rather than 7 human years. A dog's breed and weight also factor into the age equation.

So how do you calculate your dog's real age? Take a look at the chart shown here, which is more accurate than the common 7:1 formula. For more information, visit WebMD's dog age page.