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June 2010

ReTail Scene: Natural Pet Products

Only Natural One of our retail partners, Only Natural Pet Store, is running a great sale right now. You can get 20 percent off 20 popular products through Tuesday, July 6. Products on sale include All-in-One Flea Remedy, Skin & Itch Remedy, Oral Care Dental Spray, Soothe & Shield Paw Balm, and Chicken Apple Pie Biscuits.

Only Natural Pet Store is an eco-conscious, organic, fare trade organization. They have quickly become the leading online natural pet care company with over 125 top brands. They believe in offering natural dog and cat products of the highest quality consistent with a holistic approach to pet health.

Check them out today. Simply click on the Only Natural Pet Store button to the right (third button down) under "GOOD BUYS."

Only Natural Pet Store offers natural dog and cat products of the highest quality consistent with a holistic approach to pet health.  We strongly believe that our animal companions benefit from natural living in the same way that humans do.  We have quickly become the leading online natural pet care company with over 125 top brands and will remain at the forefront of the industry as we continuously add healthy, natural and organic products to our inventory.  Our goal is to greatly improve the health, happiness, and longevity of our pets lives. 

Hot Dogs

Panting dog The high temperatures and humidity we've been having is not just uncomfortable for humans -- it can be deadly for dogs.

That's why we suggest you take another look at two posts published previously in Carolina Mountain Dog. Both are well worth reading again right now. Just follow the links below:

1. Dogs and Car Safety

2. Dogs and Sunburn

"PBR for Pups" in Asheville, June 26

PBRforPups Lift a cold one and support dog adoptions at the same time at "PBR for Pups," Saturday, June 26, from 4 to 9 PM at West Asheville eatery and bar Universal Joint (784 Haywood Road). Dogs will be available for adoption, and proceeds from the sale of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer (that's what PBR stands for) will benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, an Asheville-based rescue and adoption organization. Pabst Blue Ribbon is donating hats, t-shirts, beer and raffle items.

It'll be a cool time on a hot night, so come on down, drink up, and help a good cause.

CANINE CRUISIN': DuPont State Forest - Part 2

Fawn lake In Part 1 of Carolina Mountain Dog's coverage of DuPont State Forest, we discussed the forest's primary attraction: its waterfalls. But there are other natural attributes of DuPont State Forest that make great destinations for you and your doggie.

Consider, for example, that there are some 90 miles of trails and dirt roads of varying difficulty, so you can hike to your heart's content. Then there are several other water features, aside from the falls, that make for enjoyable and refreshing visits.

Fawn Lake is one such destination. This lovely lake is hidden away in an access area beyond the falls, so it attracts less attention and therefore less crowds. Fawn lake has a small grassy area and sand sloping down to the water's edge, plus a short wooden dock that swimmers use for diving. The lake is very dog-friendly; in fact, no one seems to mind dogs being off-leash. Your dog will love frolicking in the shallow, warm water near shore or chasing a ball or stick further out. Be aware, however, that there is no shade, so come prepared with sunscreen, hats, etc.

Dupontwithdogs Another interesting place to take your dog is Corn Mill Shoals, which is on the way from DuPont State Forest to Fawn Lake. Corn Mill Shoals features a slippery but inviting shallow swimming area on the Little River.

Finally, try Lake Imaging if you're looking for a quiet spot for a picnic. It's a pond-sized lake with a covered picnic pavilion, located in its own access area, just before the Hooker Falls access area.

For directions to Fawn Lake, Corn Mill Shoals, and Lake Imaging, visit the CANINE CRUISIN' page.

CANINE CRUISIN': DuPont State Forest, NC - Part 1

Dupont18 DuPont State Forest, located between Hendersonville and Brevard, NC, is a hiker, biker, and dog owner's paradise. This 10,000-acre forest has numerous outstanding trails (some of the best mountain biking trails anywhere), waterfalls, lakes, and dense, cool forest. It definitely qualifies as a premier Canine Cruisin' destination -- so exceptional that it deserves more than one blog post. That's why Carolina Mountain Dog will cover it in two parts.

This first part covers DuPont's most visited attractions -- its waterfalls. There are six different falls, Triple Falls, High Falls, Hooker Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Wintergreen Falls, and Grassy Creek Falls. Each one has its own unique qualities. For a description of each, visit

The falls are accessible from two parking areas, the Hooker Falls Access Area, and the Buck Forest Access Area, which has access to the high falls. If you park at the Hooker Falls area, you can walk all the way up a path and see several of the falls.

For driving directions to DuPont State Forest and additional information, visit the CANINE CRUISIN' page. In Part 2, we'll explore some of DuPont Forest's other natural attractions.

A Doggy Summer!

Today is the first day of summer, and this wild and wacky group of dogs knows it. Watch their antics as they set up for a fun day at the beach. You'll see them romp, play frisbee, and frolic in the water in this very well done video from Hungary that's already had nearly 2 million views.

This will remind you why we love our dogs -- because they get so much joy out of the simple things in life!


"Big Dogs of Summer," June 19, Asheville

Greatdane If you're a big dog lover, don't miss the "Big Dog Days of Summer" adoption event on Saturday, June 19th from 11 AM to 4 PM at Pet Supplies Plus, 1856 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC (next to Earth Fare).

Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, and other rescue groups will be participating. In addition to big dogs for adoption, there'll be merchandise, refreshments, and a car wash.

Dog Show in Haywood County - June 19-20

Poodle A dog show sponsored by the Western Carolina Dog Fanciers Association will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20 from 8 AM to 3 PM each day at the Haywood County Agriculture and Activities Center on Crabtree Road (NC 209). Food and dog supply vendors will be available.

The two-day event will include an all-breed dog show, plus obedience and rally competitions. Admission is free and the public is welcome. A small parking fee will be charged.

Chain Free Asheville Helps Make Dogs' Lives Better

ChainFree Asheville It's a sorry fact of life that some people believe it's okay for dogs to spend their days and nights at the end of a chain. Thanks in large part to Chain Free Asheville, a city of Asheville ordinance was passed last September banning unattended chaining. However, there is still a lot of work to be done -- many dogs in Buncombe County and elsewhere throughout the Carolina mountains are still forced to live outside on chains.

Chain Free Asheville and its corps of volunteers build fences and provide dog houses for these needy victims of quiet, invisible abuse. You can help by volunteering your time to build a fence or by making tax-deductibe donatiions of goods or funds. Chain Free Asheville especially needs igloos or plastic dog houses, water bowls, straw, tools (cordless drills especially), tarps, collars and leashes, a truck (really!), dog toys, office supplies, welded wire fencing, metal t-posts, gates and hardware, and 4x4 pposts.

Check out the website at, or call 941-979-2381 or 828-337-2448 for more information.

CANINE CRUISIN': Craggy Gardens, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

Craggy Gardens Craggy Gardens is one of those unforgettable spots on the Blue Ridge Parkway that reminds you why you're so lucky to live in the Carolina mountains. This special area at Mile Post 364 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, about 25 miles north of Asheville, is a perfect excursion for you and your dog during the hot summer months because its altitude means temperatures as much as 15 degrees cooler than in the city.

In addition to the cool mountain air, you'll be treated to some memorable vistas, as well as spectacular rhododendron and fire azaleas. (Note, however, that they are past peak right now.) There's a beautiful picnic area where your dogs can hang out for awhile. From the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center, you can pick up several trails. Just slightly north beyond the Visitor Center you can find Craggy Pinnacle trail, just 1-1/2 miles round trip. This is a great one to try. It will lead your through a rhododendron tunnel to a great mountaintop view and you'll see plenty of vegetation along the way. This is a prime spot for a dog hike!

For additional information, visit the CANINE CRUISIN' page.

Pet Adoption Day at BB&T - June 12

ACN BB&T Bank and Animal Compassion Network (ACN) are sponsoring a Pet Adoption Day on Saturday, June 12, from 11 AM to 3 PM at the BB&T branch at 1327 Tunnel Road in Asheville. Adopt a pet at the event and get a free goodie bag and free caricature of your new pet.

In addition to animals for adoption, there will be opportunities to win free pet supplies and grooming sessions, courtesy of Pet Harmony, the pet store for rescued pets. BB&T will also be giving out $25 BB&T Gift Cards to anyone who opens a checking account that day. For more information, visit

ReTail Scene: New "Virtual Leash" Protects Your Dog

Virtual Leash Dog Tag Art, one of our retail partners, has just introduced a nifty new service called Virtual Leash.

Virtual Leash allows you to maintain a unique website (basically an online profile) for your dog with unlimited emergency contacts that can be instantly notified in case your dog is lost. The website can send you, and your emergency contacts, messages through email, Twitter, text message and voicemail when your pet is found.

Your pet's unique website is printed on a tag (along with your phone number) and worn by your pet. Your pet's website can be updated as you move, travel or even when they are at a pet sitter for the weekend.

Virtual Leash is only availalble when you purchase a cool, custom designed, personalized tag from Dog Tag Art. For more information about Virtual Leash, or any of the hundreds of high quality dog tags available, just click on the Dog Tag Art button to the right under GOOD BUYS. Dog Tag Art is currently running a limited time offer -- all tags just $10 each. Check them out today!

Greenville, SC: A Dog's Best Friend

Falls park greenville Greenville, SC is a dog-friendly city, worthy of a visit with your pooch.

Dogs can go off-leash at Canine Corner at Cleveland Park, a fenced, mulched dog park on Woodland Way in Greenville. For leashed walks, try Falls Park in downtown Greenville (pictured here), right along the Reedy River. It features waterfalls, gardens, and the beautiful Liberty Bridge. For ambitious excursions, there's the Greenville Hospital System Swamp Rabbit Tram Trail. It's more than 13 miles long and goes from Travelers Rest to Greenville, running along the Reedy River.

Many Greenville restaurants welcome dogs in the outdoor seating areas. If you're looking for special treats just for Fido (baked gourmet goodies as well as boutique items), head over to The Barkery Bistro, 118 North Main Street.

For lake recreation, Paris Mountain State Park is just four miles away from the city. Paris Mountain features 15-acre Lake Placid, hiking trails, and picnic and camping areas.

And if you're from the area and looking to adopt a pet, don't forget about the Greenville Humane Society.

Music Benefit for Homeless Animals - June 8

Laketoxaway An outdoor concert to benefit homeless animals will be held on Tuesday, June 8 from 7:30 to 9 PM at Seven Foxes Cabins in Lake Toxaway, NC. Local animal rescuer and concer violist Jan Daugherty will play the fiddle and perform an eclectic mix of folks and popular Celtic music with her band, Top of the Mornin'.

The concert will benefit Friends for Life in Lake Toxaway and Transylvania Animal Alliance Group in Brevard. Both organizations help find place homeless animals in forever homes. Friends for Life also runs Forever Farm, a sanctuary for senior and special needs animals.

Admission to the concert is $20. Light refreshments are included and there will be a silent auction and bake sale as well. Reservations are encouraged. Simply leave a message at 828-508-2460 with your phone number and number of people attending. Bring a folding chair and flashlight to the concert. Directions to Seven Foxes Cabins are available at