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August 2010

Mountain Tail Waggers Walk, Highlands, Sept. 4

Mountain walkers The Cashiers Highlands Humane Society is sponsoring the annual Mountain Tail Waggers Walk and Pet Fest to help the homeless animals in the Cashiers-Highland area. The event will be held on Saturday, September 4 from 8 AM to 1 PM at Highlands School - Pine Street, Highlands, NC.

In addition to the walk, there will be a craft show, competitions, demonstrations, music, food, and microchipping. 

Registration begins at 9:30 AM, the Walk begins at 10:30 AM, and the Pet Fest begins at 11 AM. Registration and the Walk start at the Highlands Recreation Center next to the Dog Park. You can also register online at:

Fur Ball in Boone, August 28

Watauga The Watauga Humane Society invites you to attend the Thirteenth Annual "Fur Ball" on Saturday evening, August 28. It will be held at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

This year's dinner dance will feature a silent auction, live auction and wine raffle, a three-course dinner, and dancing to the live music of The Fabulous Kays. This is the largest fund raising event of the year to help the homeless animals of Watauga County.

For further details, visit For ticket information, email Dr. Jan Watson,, or call 828-264-1743.

Free Adoptions at Asheville Humane Society!

AHS strip Asheville Humane Society is moving to its new Adoption & Education Center and to celebrate the move, they are offering an incredible deal: all adoptions are free of fees for the final 4 days at the old shelter.

From 11 AM to 5 pm on Friday and Saturday, August 27 and 28, and Monday and Tuesday, August 30 and 31, you can adopt a dog or cat at no charge at Asheville Humane Society's old shelter at 72 Lee's Creek Road, Asheville. This shelter will be permanently closing at 5 PM on Tuesday, Augusut 31.

Don't miss this opportunity to add a wonderful pet to your household. For more information about the special adoption event, photos of animals available for adoption, and directions to the shelter, visit, or call (828) 253-6807.

Rock n' Rescue, Asheville, Aug. 27

Rock n rescue (2) A "Rock n' Rescue" benefit concert will be held on Friday, August 27 at The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Avenue, at 8:00 PM (doors open at 7:00 PM). The concert will help raise awareness and fund the unique pet food assistance program run by Animal Compassion Network (ACN). The program ensures that no cat or dog in the area suffers starvation or loses their family for lack of pet food.

Rock n' Rescue features local favorite Pierce Edens & The Dirty Work as well as The Blue Hotel, an American rock band from Atlanta. Tickets for the concert are available for a minimum donation of $10. Bring a bag of dog or cat food and you'll be entered into a drawing to win a raffle prize.

For more information about Rock n' Rescue or ACN, visit


Mtmitchell-dogs If you're looking for a cool (sometimes even cold) spot to take your dog, Mt. Mitchell's the place. It's a perfect destination on a hot summer day, and just as delightful during the fall.

Just under 6700 feet high, yet easily reachable via car, Mt. Mitchell offers spectacular views and temperatures at least 10 degrees, and sometimes as much as 20 degrees, cooler than Asheville.

Mt. Mitchell is in Yancey County, 33 miles north of Asheville, accessible via the Blue Ridge Parkway (mile marker # 355). Off the Blue Ridge, turn left on NC 128, which leads to Mt. Mitchell State Park. You can drive to the top of Mt. Mitchell and walk your dogs a relatively short way to get to the observation deck (see photo). There's a restaurant at the park, but the shady picnic area is a better bet for dogs. There are a number of hiking trails in the park as well.

Go to the CANINE CRUISIN' page for additional information about Mt. Mitchell.

Going to Walt Disney World? Take Your Dog!

BestFriendsWaltDisney If you're planning to take your kids to Walt Disney World in Orlando after the summer, then take your dog too -- because as of August 27, your pooch can be pampered at the new Best Friends Pet Care Resort.

The one-of-a-kind resort comprises more than 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, including 17,000 square feet of air-conditioned indoor space, 10,000 square feet of covered outdoor runs and play areas, and an expansive private dog park exclusively for the use of pet resort clients and their dogs. A wide selection of suite choices for dogs includes air-conditioned indoor rooms, 48-square-foot indoor-outdoor suites, and four expansive VIP (very important pet) suites with television, raised bedding and private outdoor yards.

The resort’s exclusive dog park features a fenced walking trail bordering the natural wetlands around the park. Inside the trail, guests can choose from a variety of different play areas, including a 3,300 square-foot area covered in artificial turf, a 4,500 square-foot area with shade trees, and a 1,300 square-foot “canines only” water park. There are several large areas for owners to sit, relax and watch their dogs play. The entire park is secured from outsiders and is illuminated for use after dark.

Pet parents can choose from a wide range of a la carte activities for pet guests from one-on-one playtimes and social playgroup with other doggy guests, to cuddle time and bedtime stories with staff. Additional amenities and upgrades include Ice Cream Treats, Bottled Water and Premium/Orthopedic Bedding.

The pet resort is located across from the Port Orleans Resort at 2510 Bonnet Creek Parkway in Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. Pricing and other details are available at or by calling 877-4-WDW-PETS.


International Homeless Animals Day - Aug. 21

August 21, 2010 has been declared "International Homeless Animals Day" by the International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR).

ISAR introduced National Homeless Animals Day and Candlelight Vigils in 1992 as an innovative educational vehicle with a purpose of informing society of an American tragedy that overwhelms animals shelters each year -- pet population. Because of ever-growing, successful international participation by foreign animal protection organizations, the crusade was expanded to become International Homeless Animals Day.

International Homeless Animals Day activities often include candlelight vigils, adoptathons, microchip and spay/neuter clinics, and other events. Various events are scheduled around the United States and worldwide to mark the day.

For additional information, watch the accompanying video, and visit ISAR at: .



Pet Food Company Donates to Shelters with Every Purchase

PlusOne The pet food industry is a huge worldwide business. And when pet food companies make an effort to support homeless animals, they deserve recognition.

In a previous post, we talked about Pedigree's work to encourage adoptions. Now a small Canadian pet food company called Darford has started a unique program called the "Plus One Movement." The company sells a box of premium dog food and attaches an additional bag to the top of of the box at no additional charge to the consumer. The consumer is invited to purchase the product and then detach the bag and drop it into a special bin that has been set up at the front of the store. The donated bags of food are then picked up by a local shelter to feed homeless dogs.

The Darford brand is not available in all stores but we wanted you to know about the program because it is a cool way for a company to give back to needy animals. For more information about the Plus One Movement, visit the program's website, .

Top Ten Tips from the Crate Training Pros

A Guest Article by Jessica Bradford, DVM

Medium_cherry dog crate Training your dog to use a crate is a very useful thing to do. It can help them with toilet training, it gives them a safe place when you have a noisy household, and it stops them chewing up your shoes when you aren’t looking!  It’s not difficult to crate train your dog, and to help you, here are my top 10 crate training tips.

  1. Choose the right sized crate for your dog. It may look took big, and be more expensive than a smaller crate, but your dog isn't going to stay a puppy forever. It will save you money in the long term, because you won't have to buy a bigger crate when your dog is an adult.
  2. Take your time. Dogs learn at different speeds. Don't rush your dog's training, and it will be less stressful for both of you. Most dogs get there in the end.
  3. Use plenty of rewards when you are training your dog to go into their crate. They'll enjoy their training so much more because they have the chance to earn a delicious treat.
  4. Make your dog's crate a pleasant place to be. Give them a soft bed (unless they are a chewer!) and put their favorite toys in there. Stuffed Kongs and similar toys will keep them occupied if they have to spend some time alone.
  5. Put the crate in the busiest room in your home, so your dog feels like they are part of the action, even when they are crated. If you'r worried about the crate taking up extra space in the living room consider getting dog crate furniture. These crates take up no more room than an end table and actually serve as a piece of furniture.
  6. Don't set your crate up next to the heater, or in the way of a cold breeze. Your dog will be more comfortable in the crate if they aren't too hot or too cold.
  7. Never leave your dog unattended in their crate with a bone. There is the risk of the bone getting caught in their teeth, or even worse, in their throat. If you dowant to give your dog a bone, make sure you stay close by to keep an eye on them.
  8. Look for strangulation risks. If you have curtains, don't put the crate in a position where the cords could dangle inside. Consider taking off your dog's collar while they are in the crate.
  9. Feed your dog their meals in the crate, so they associate it with pleasant things and are happy to go in there. Keep an eye out for any spilled food as this could spoil and start to smell bad.
  10. Lastly, never ever use the crate as a punishment, or yell and scream at your dog when they are in their crate. If they become anxious, you may have to go right back to the start and teach them to use the crate all over again. Not only that, your dog may become frightened of you, which is not good for your relationship.

Dr. Jessica Bradford is a small animal veterinarian with 20 years experience in private practice, and a contributing writer for She shares her life with four dogs, so she can see first hand the many benefits of crate training.


Dog Daze - August 13, Marshall, NC

Marshall Friends of Madison County Animals will be presenting French Broad Friday DOG DAZE in downtown Marshall (northwest of Asheville) on Friday, August 13 at 5 PM.

There will be dog contests, doggie wellness information, a silent auction of dog beds made by local artist to benefit Friends of Madison County Animals, and a free jazz concert at 9 PM featuring none other than "The Kittens."

Come join the festivities!

Camp Unleashed Coming to Asheville, Sept. 23-26

CampuUnleashed The concept of Camp Unleashed, which started in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, is to get dogs and their owners together for an extended weekend of fun and learning. After an initial introductory period, dogs remain for the most part unleashed during a four day, three night outing that includes everything from hiking to agility to canoeing to learning about dog behavior. It's a jam-packed agenda, but dogs and their owners can do as little or as much as they wish.

Now Camp Unleashed is coming to Asheville, September 23 - 26. (It will actually be held at Blue Star Camps, a 500-acre property outside Hendersonville.)

For more information about Camp Unleashed, watch the accompanying video, and go to:


Sarge's Downtown Dog Walk - Waynesville - August 7

Sarges dog walk Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation is holding its fifth annual "Downtown Dog Walk" in Waynesville on Saturday, August 7. Registration begins at 9 AM and the Dog Walk begins promptly at 10 AM. Registration is also available online at Teams as well as individuals are invited to register.

As in the past, walkers will meet at the Haywood County Court House lawn. The route will be from Depot Street to Montgomery Street to Church Street and then returning down Main Street back to the Court House. Darryl and Kirk Wall will lead the parade with their "Thundering Herd," consisting of Siberian Huskies Natasha, Rusty, Kiska, Kodiak, Qannik and Cheoah.

Contests for registered dogs and their owners who walked will be held upon return to the Court House. The contests will be Best Dressed, Best Tail Wagger, Best Trick and Owner-Dog Look Alike.

Pet First Aid Class - August 7 or August 25, Hendersonville

Pet first aid The Henderson County chapter of the American Red Cross is holding a Pet First Aid class to help dog and cat owners cope with pet emergencies. The class, which costs $30, includes everything owners need to know to keep their pets healthy and safe. From basic pet owner responsibilities like administering medications to managing breathing or cardiac emergencies and preparing for disasters, the class gives you vital information and hands-on training. Dog and cat manikins assist in the training. Every class participant will receive a valuable reference guide as part of the class. (No pets are permitted in class.)

The Pet First Aid class will be held on Saturday, August 7 at noon, or Wednesday, August 25 at noon, at Pet Source at 1927 Spartanburg Highway. Discount coupons for the class are available at Pet Source, but registration is only available through the Red Cross. Register by phone by calling (828) 693-5605 (have your credit card handy). For more information, call the same number or visit

Bark for Life, August 7, Asheville

Bark for life The American Cancer Society is sponsoring "Bark for Life," a canine event to fight cancer, to be held on Saturday, August 7 at The Wedge Brewery, 125B Roberts Street, Asheville. This non-competitive walk event is a way for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. The 1-mile leashed walk will be followed by a doggie party.

Join in and help "take a bite out of cancer."

Registration for the event is from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. The Parade of Dogs begins at 5:45 PM with a Dog Party at 6:15 PM.

For more information, visit: