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July 2010

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore - July 30

Silly, yes... but some animal lovers (and their kids) just can't resist talking animal movies! This one has fun written all over it. "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore" opens July 30. It is a spy spoof starring a bunch of talking felines and canines doing amazing things.

"Cats and dogs will be forced to join forces for the first time in history" to save the world from a diabolical plan perpetrated by Kitty Galore.

Watch the trailer here.


Pet First Aid Awareness Day - July 31, Hendersonville

Pet awareness day The American Red Cross is partnering with Henderson County Animals Services Center in holding a Pet First Aid Awareness Day on July 31 from 10 AM - 2 PM at the Center, located at 828 Stoney Mountain Road, Hendersonville.

The event will includes an adoption fair for the Center, along with Red Cross demonstrations of pet CPR and the importance of being prepared for emergencies with your pet. Pet First Aid Kits and other Red Cross materials will be available, as will discount coupons for the Pet First Aid class offered by the Henderson County Red Cross.

This is a great opportunity to adopt a pet, as well as learn more about how to keep your dog safe... but please do not bring your dog to the event.

For more information, contact the Henderson County Chapter, American Red Cross via the web at, or via phone at (828) 693-5605.

Asheville Pet Central

Ashevillepetcentral Take a look at when you get a chance.

Sponsored by The Ingles Pet Project, and supported by radio stations Mix 96.5 and 98.1 The River, Asheville Pet Central is a community resource for pet lovers in the greater Asheville area.

The site provides a central place for lost and found pets, as well as information about adopting, pet events, vets, and resources. There are some great dog photos on the site, too (and you can post one of your own if you like.)

Check it out.

Best CANINE CRUISIN' "Keep Cool" Spots

Chester-mtns If you're a regular reader of Carolina Mountain Dog, you know that we periodically run stories about dog-friendly destinations in our CANINE CRUISIN' section. Well, given how dog-gone hot it has been lately, we thought you might appreciate taking another look at the top CANINE CRUISIN' COOL spots to take your four-legged friend when you want some relief.

Each of these places is typically 10 to 20 degrees cooler than downtown Asheville on a steamy, sultry day... so pick one and CHILL!

Click on each link to view the original CANINE CRUISIN' story:

Craggy Gardens, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC

Max Patch, NC

Montreat, NC

Do You Need Insurance for Your Dog?

Dogonbed With the recent passage of health care legislation in the U.S., health insurance has top-of-mind awareness. So maybe it's time to ask the question: Should you get insurance for your dog?

If you've been to your vet lately, you know why "pet insurance" has become more popular nowadays. If your dog has ever required surgery or any other form of specialized veterinary medicine, you know such services are expensive. With dogs living longer, and people treating them more like family, it is likely that the average dog owner will pay a significant amount of money for veterinary care over the life of the pet.

Pet insurance is not unlike health insurance for humans: it can have limits for pre-existing conditions, deductibles, co-pays, and so on. According to the Insurance Information Institute, three types of pet health insurance are available:

  1. Traditional insurance, which includes three levels of coverage: a. Basic (Least expensive. Typically covers accidents, poisonings, and many illnesses; caps on reimbursements per accident or illness and total reimbursements per policy term.) b. Comprehensive (More expensive. More generous reimbursement, plus coverage for office visits, prescriptions, diagnostic tests, x-rays and lab fees.) c. Well Care (Reimburses preventive care, with deductible for other medical services.)
  2. HMO Coverage - Technically, these are not insurance policies; rather, they are wellness packages offered by some vets, that typically provide discounts on vaccinations, spay/neuter procedures, and dental cleanings.
  3. Discount Plans - Participating vets and pet vendors offer discounts on veterinary services and some supplies.

Purchasing pet insurance is a personal decision and should be based on a number of factors. Here's a good resource for more information about how to decide whether or not to get pet insurance:

ReTail Scene: Woof Gang Bakery Opens in South Asheville

Woof Gang Woof Gang Bakery, a bakery and specialty shop for dogs, has opened in Biltmore Park at 33 Town Square Boulevard, Suite 140, Asheville, telephone (828) 650-9950.

Woof Gang Bakery sells gourmet dog treats, premium pet foods, and boutique items. The store is part of a franchise that features chandeliers and an all-pink motif.

Woof Gang Bakery also has a store in Cashiers, NC. For more information about Woof Gang Bakery, visit:

Other Asheville dog bakeries include Three Dog Bakery at 21 Battery Park and Waggers Dog Depot at 1020 Merrimon Avenue.

POOCH PATHS: Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC

WarrenWilson Asheville is home to many wonderful outdoor adventures and, increasingly, the city is becoming nationally known as one of the greenest and most eco-friendly. At the heart of the environmental movement is Warren Wilson College, a small liberal arts school ten miles east of Asheville in Swannanoa. Warren Wilson is highly rated for its outdoor life and being green; for example, Outside magazine ranks the college fourth on its Top 40, noting the following:

"Warren Wilson is one of the most earth-friendly colleges on the planet. ... Hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders don't even have to leave the 1,200-acre campus, as more than 25 miles of trails cut through the grounds. Warren Wilson's environmental studies program is the biggest on campus, and students can choose between sustainable agriculture, conservation biology, environmental policy, environmental education, and sustainable forestry."

Those trails Outside refers to are open to the public and they are definitely dog-friendly (on-leash). The River Trail, for example, runs alongside the Swannanoa Rover, oops, that is, River! Typically, only locals know about these trails -- but now you do, too. Warren Wilson's trails definitely qualify as a Pooch Path adventure. Access the trails from the campus. Visit the POOCH PATHS page for directions.

Dogs and Thunderstorms

Lightning During the summer in the Carolina mountains, afternoon thunderstorms are a common occurrence. It's somewhat of a mystery, but some dogs are adversely affected by thunderstorms, while others are not. One theory says certain breeds are more prone to "storm phobia" than others, but that is not a hard and fast rule.

Dogs who are affected by thunderstorms can exhibit anxiety or fear when they hear thunder or witness lightning. Possible behaviors in reaction to a storm include barking, whining, shivering, hiding, or even attacking toys or clawing furniture. Some dogs can sense when a storm is coming and they begin exhibiting behaviors even before thunder and lightning begin.

Some experts believe that de-sensitizing a dog is the best therapy. For example, you could  expose your dog to a video of a thunderstorm, with the volume set low, and repeat this training with positive reinforcement until the dog adjusts to the sound. However, any such training should not be attempting without first checking with your veterinarian or an animal behaviorist. Severe cases may require medications, which your vet can provide.

During a storm, presenting a calm demeanor to your dog without babying him or her is thought to be the best action to take.

For additional helpful tips about how to handle a dog that has a bad reaction to a thunderstorm, check out these resources:

National Pet Fire Safety Day - July 15

Windowsticker Some 500,000 pets are affected in home fires each year, which is why the American Kennel Club and ADT Security Services have joined in creating National Pet Fire Safety Day on July 15.

As part of the program, ADT is making available to any pet owner free pet alert window clings, like the one shown here. In addition, the National Volunteer Fire Council has published tips to keep pets safe from house fires:

- Extinguish open flames. Pets are generally curious and will investigate cooking appliances, candles, or even a fire in your fireplace. Ensure your pet is not left unattended around an open flame and make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flame before leaving your house.

- Pet proof the home. Take a walk around your home and look for areas where pets might start fires inadvertently, such as stove knobs, loose wires, and other potential hazards.

- Secure young pets. Especially with young puppies, keep them confined when you are away from home.

- Practice escape routes with pets. Keep collars and leashes handy in case you have to evacuate quickly with your pet or firefighters need to rescue your pet.

- Affix a pet alert window cling. Write down the number of pets inside your house and attach the static cling to a front window. This critical information saves rescuers times when locating your pets.

- Keep your information updated. Firefighters are familiar with pet alert window clings so keep the number of pets listed on them updated. This aids rescuers in finding all of your pets.

- Consider using monitored smoke detection services. As an added layer of protection beyond battery-operated smoke alarms, smoke detectors connected to a monitoring center help save pets who can't escape with left home alone.

Coon Dog Day July 10

Coon dog day Don't miss Saluda's 47th Annual COON DOG DAY on Saturday, July 10. It's a celebration for dogs and their people! Great food, live music, parade, crafts, street dance, and more. Come enjoy this homecoming event in downtown Saluda, NC. What began as a chicken supper fundraiser for the local Coon Club has grown into an event that attracts over 10,000 people each year. Live music on stage begins in the morning around 9 and continues all day until the end of the street dance at 10:00 PM.  For more information:

Furry Friends Benefit Bash - July 8, Waynesville, NC

FurryFriendsBash Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation is sponsoring the "Furry Friends Benefit Bash," a fundraiser to help save Haywood County's lost and abandoned pets. It's an evening of fund with live music, a great summer menu, and wonderful silent and live auction items.

The Furry Friends Benefit Bash will be held on Thursday, July 8 at 6 PM at the Laurel Ridge Country Club Pavilion in Waynesville. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door, with a cash bar.

For more information about the event, go to:

Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation works to save those pets they can in Haywood County by placing them in local foster homes while they try to find permanent homes for them. Sarge's long-term goal is an Adoption Center with quarantine space, comfortable pens, outdoor runs, a cattery, and areas for training and grooming.

Dog-friendly Black Mountain, NC

Black Mountain is a charming, laid back town east of Asheville, right off Route 40. It's also remarkably dog friendly.

Blackmountaindogpark5 In Black Mountain, you'll find a small but nicely appointed off-leash dog park at the River Walk Park. It is a fenced-in, bark mulched area with shaded seating for owners and a water spigot for dogs. There is also a plastic doggie pool for splashing and cool-downs. It's known primarily to locals but anyone can use it. Just head for the Bi-Lo shopping center on NC 9, gong south out of Black Mountain. Go around the back and to the left of Bi-Lo and you'll see a parking area and the entrance to the dog park.

Blackmountain-laketomahawk1 Another great dog-friendly spot is Lake Tomahawk Park. It's located at 401 S. Laurel Circle Drive, not far from the center of town. This lovely lake has a half-mile flat path all the way around it, perfect for a low-impact walk with your pal (on-leash, please).

While in Black Mountain, be sure to visit Bone-A-Fide Bakery in the heart of town at Cherry Street Square. The bakery features homemade treats and doggie birthday cakes, as well as dog food, soaps and shampoos, collars and leashes, doggie clothing, and gifts. Bone-A-Fide is open Monday 1-6 PM, Tuesday through Saturday 11 AM - 6 PM, and Sunday 1 - 5 PM. For more information, go to 


Pet Show and Adopt-a-Pet, Brevard, July 3

Patriotic Dog There are all sorts of wonderful parades, events and fireworks happening during the July 4th weekend. Visit the charming town of Brevard, NC on Saturday, July 3 and you can join in the festivities at an all-day celebration, including the local humane society's All Star Pet Show, with registration beginning at 9:00 AM and judging from 9:30 - 11:30 AM.

In addition, Pure Pets, 31 South Broad Street in Brevard, will be the host location for WSQL Radio 1240 AM's Adopt-a-Pet Program from Noon - 3 PM on July 3rd. WSQL will donate 25 percent of the net proceeds from sponsors to three animal rescue organizations associated with the Adopt-a-Pet Program. Pure Pets sells natural foods and supplements for animals, as well as hundreds of other items, and also has a large self-service dog bath area. Pure Pets is very involved in animal rescue and adoption. Take a look at their "Adoption Wall of Fame" when you visit the store.

For more information about the Brevard 4th of July celebration, go to