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September 2010

Bark in the Park - Sylva - Oct. 3

Barkinthepark The annual Bark in the Park event will be held at Mark Watson Park in Sylva, NC on Sunday, October 3 from 1 PM to 5 PM (rain or shine). There will be agility and obedience demos, meet the breed contests and games, canine freestyle dance, a pet photographer, canine massage, a costume contest, a microchipping clinic, Frisbee dogs, service dogs, and concessions. You can also pre-register your dog for the Canine Good Citizen test ($10).

Admission to Bark in the Park is free. For additional information, visit: http://dnet.net/wcdfa/


Eat, Drink, and Help a Good Cause - Oct. 5

Roux A five course vegetarian gourmet dinner, paired with Biltmore Estate wines, will be served at Roux, the restaurant at the Hilton, 43 Town Square Boulevard, Biltmore Park, Asheville, on Tuesday, October 5, from 6 to 9 PM. Biltmore Wine Maker Sharon Fenchak will also make a presentation.

The event is being held to benefit the foster/adoption programs of Animal Compassion Network, one of Western North Carolina's leading animal rescue and advocacy organizations. Seating is limited, so make your reservations promptly. For additional details, visit www.animalcompassionnetwork.org.


ReTail Scene: "My Pet Speaker" Sound System for Dogs

Petspeaker Now we've heard everything! My Pet Speaker "transforms yor personal music library into pet-friendly tunes that soothe and relax dogs, cats, horses and their people," according to the maker, Pet Acoustics. This sound system works to eliminate the highs and lows that animals are sensitive to and features a soft bass design for easy listening. It avoids "jarring volumes" and "piercing sounds," according to the manufacturer.

The company also offers the Pet Acoustics iPhone Application, with multiple tracks of music categorized by pet type and environment designed to relax pets. The application is available for $1.99 at the iPhone App Store.

My Pet Speaker is available through Frontgate.com and Amazon.com.


Buncombe County Low-cost Rabies Clinics

Dog_vaccine If you're a Buncombe County resident who owns a dog or cat, you have the opportunity to get $10 rabies vaccinations the last Saturday of September, October, and November. Microchips are also available for $10 (a great way to protect your pet if it gets lost) and combination shots are available for $15 (dogs) or $20 (cats). If your pet needs a three-year rabies vaccination, you MUST bring the one-year certificate (not the tag) with you.

Clinics will be held on September 25, October 30, and November 27 from 9 AM to 12 PM at Tractor Supply on Brevard Road, and from 2 to 4 PM at Tractor Supply on Monticello Road in Asheville. For more information, please call Buncombe County Animals Services, (828) 253-1195.


ReTail Scene - Wag! Pet Boutique, Hendersonville

Wag When your travels take you to downtown Hendersonville, NC, be sure to check out Wag!, a unique Pet Boutique located at 231-A N. Main Street. The store carries apparel, beds, toys, collars and leashes, treats, and grooming supplies.

Store hours are Mondays through Saturdays, 10 AM to 6 PM. Wag! also operates an online store, available at their website: www.wagpetboutique.com


CANINE CRUISIN': Cashiers, NC

Cashiers village green Cashiers is one of those places you and your dog won't easily forget. While it is about 1-1/2 hours southwest of Asheville, its elevation is higher -- 3500 feet -- and that makes it considerably cooler. This charming, quaint, upscale town has both mountains and lakes -- the smaller Cashiers Lake and the larger Lake Glenville, where you'll find pet-friendly rentals (check out the lakeview cottage or cabin at www.sugarbearlodge.com, for example) and water sports of all kinds, including kayaks and pontoon boats for rent. There are a number of public boat launches and low spots where your dog can paddle around -- take Pine Creek Road off of Route 107 in Glenville to reach them.

Woofgang-cashiers Cashiers is a worthy destination for its shops and restaurants, but there are some notable spots that are great for your pup, too. There is the Woof Gang Bakery on Pillar Drive, just off the center of town, where you can lavish your dog with baked treats, natural foods, and plenty of boutique and accessory items. Also in the center of town, at the intersection of Routes 107 and 64, is the Village Green -- a beautiful 12-acre park with flat walking trails, including one that wanders through natural wooded forest. The park features sculptures, a gazebo, a chldren's playground, a picnic area, and more.

Half an hour away, and at an even higher elevation, is Highlands -- worth the trip if you like a winding road leading to tony shops along a busy main drag. (You'll find a pet store called Whiskers there too.)

For more information about Cashiers, visit the CANINE CRUISIN' page.


The Shelter Pet Project Launches New Ads

The Shelter Pet Project, a public service campaign sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States and Maddie's Fund in partnership with the Ad Council, has created a new series of "Shelter Stories" animated ads for humane societies and rescue organizations to use on their websites and in promotion.

This one's about "teaching an old dog new tricks." Check it out:


We Have a Winner!

Adg2e Congratulations to Gwen Kelsey for winning our recent contest. She submitted some great ideas for articles to appear in Carolina Mountain Dog. Check out her ideas in the Comment posted with the contest announcement.

Gwen will receive a complimentary copy of the new edition of the Asheville Doggie Guide. The guide includes everything for dogs in Buncombe and Henderson Counties, as well as 50 pages of content from "the best of Carolina Mountain Dog." It is available exclusively at the Asheville Humane Society store in the new Adoption & Education Center, which has its grand opening today.


Asheville Humane Society - Grand Opening - Sep. 14

Ahs-adoption center On Tuesday, September 14, the Asheville Humane Society will hold a grand opening celebration for the new Nancy Hiscoe Clark Adoption & Education Center. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 11 AM. The center will be open for public tours from Noon to 8 PM and everyone is invited.

The Asheville Humane Society's Adoption & Education Center is part of an "Animal Care Campus" that also includes the new Buncombe County Animal Shelter. The Adoption Center is conveniently located at 14 Forever Friend Lane in Asheville, off of Brevard Road (Route 191) and behind Deal Motor Cars. It is at the corner of Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market.

The move marks the relocation of the 25-year old Asheville Humane Society to a state-of-the-art facility with open spaces, fresh air circulation, cat sun rooms, puppy play areas, and dog exercise areas. Included in the facility is a new store and a spacious education room designed with a separate entrance, so it can be used by the community for meetings, classes, and special events.

AHS location The Adoption & Education Center's adoption hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 12 PM to 6 PM. Strays or surrenders should be brought to the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, located next door to the Adoption & Education Center.

To view animals available for adoption, visit: www.ashevillehumane.org, or call (828) 761-2001.


For Pets' Sake Art Show - Asheville, Sep. 10

BW-For Pets Sake For Pets' Sake is a group art show that supports the efforts of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, an Asheville-based rescue organization. The show's opening reception will be on Friday, Sep. 10 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at BlackBird Frame & Art, 365 Merrimon Avenue in Asheville. Artists represented by BlackBird plus several guest artists will present entertaining and inspirational works drawn from their own experiences with pets. The evening will feature live music, refreshments, food, and a silent auction.

Through September 30, the artists and BlackBird will donate 20 percent of proceeds from sale of these works to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

For more information, visit the organization's website: www.bwar.org.


Hartz Dog Treat Recall

This story appeared on CNN.com on September 5:

Hartz A leading pet product company has issued a voluntary recall of nearly 75,000 bags of dog treats due to salmonella concerns, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The move by Hartz Mountain Corp. came after random sample testing by the FDA indicated the presence of salmonella organisms in one or more 8-ounce bags of Hartz Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs.

The company, based in Secaucus, New Jersey, has not received any reports of animals or people becoming ill as a result of contact with the treats, and is investigating the source of the potential contamination.

The potentially affected treats are stamped with the lot code BZ0969101E, according to the FDA. Hartz is urging dog owners who have purchased the recalled treats to immediately throw them away.

The FDA advises dog owners whose pets are exhibiting such symptoms as fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain and nausea to seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact Hartz at 1-800-275-1414.


Asheville Humane Society Opens in New Location on Sept. 7

Adoptioncenter Asheville Humane Society is open for business in the new Nancy Hiscoe Clark Adoption and Education Center as of September 7. The facility is part of an "Animal Care Campus" that also includes the new Buncombe County Animal Shelter, which will be operated alongside the Adoption Center. The Adoption Center is conveniently located at 14 Forever Friend Lane in Asheville, off of Brevard Road (Route 191) and behind Deal Motor Cars. It is at the corner of Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market.

The move represents a new era for Asheville Humane Society, which formerly operated out of a shelter that was a converted county maintenance garage. The new Adoption and Education Center is a state-of-the-art facility with open spaces, fresh air circulation, cat sun rooms, puppy play areas, and dog exercise areas. Visitors will be able to see animals through the front windows and in the lobby of the building. One of the unique features of the Adoption & Education Center is the three "real-life rooms." These rooms will be furnished so potential adopters can take a dog or cat into each room and envision what life would be like in a home setting with the animal.

Included in the facility is a spacious education room designed with a separate entrance, so it can be used by the community for meetings, classes, and special events. A kitchen adjoins the education room for food preparation.

AHS strip The public is invited to visit the new facility for adoptions beginning at noon on Tuesday, September 7. The official grand opening for the Adoption & Education Center will be on Tuesday, September 14 from Noon to 8 PM, when the general public is invited to see what the "new" Asheville Humane Society has to offer. To learn more and view animals available for adoption, visit: www.ashevillehumane.org.


Safe Car Travel with Your Dog

Dog-harness A recent survey of "dog parents" conducted by the American Automobile Association revealed some disturbing facts. For one thing, 59 percent of those responding said they participating in at least "one distracting behavior" while they were driving with a dog. For another, more than half of the respondents said they pet their dog while driving, and 21 percent allow their dog to sit in their laps.

The ASPCA suggests that drivers with dogs in the car keep their pets safe and secure in the car's back seat in a well-ventilated crate, pet carrier, or specially made harness. A crate should be large enough for standing, sitting, lying down, and turning around, and it should be secured so it doesn't slide. Click here to read the ASPCA's top 10 tips for safe care travel with your pet.


Celebrate Our First Anniversary and Win a Copy of the New Asheville Doggie Guide!

Carolina Mountain Dog is celebrating its first anniversary! It has been a great year -- over 3,600 unique visitors have visited this blog and we've had lots of people tell us how much they enjoy the information we provide to dog lovers.

Help us celebrate our first anniversary and you could win a copy of the new second edtition of the Asheville Doggie Guide. The second edition of the guide has 160 pages of useful information: hundreds of listings of dog services in Buncombe and Henderson Counties, plus a special bonus section called "The Best of Carolina Mountain Dog" -- a compilation of the best material from this blog that has appeared over the past year.

ADG-2e The Asheville Doggie Guide is being published by Carolina Mountain Dog in association with Asheville Humane Society. It will be available exclusively at Asheville Humane Society's new Adoption & Education Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane in Asheville (right off Brevard Road -- Route 191 near the WNC Farmers Market) when it opens on September 7. The Asheville Doggie Guide is a $10.95 value -- but you could win a copy FREE!

Here's how to win:

Simply think of a great article idea for Carolina Mountain Dog and submit it by using the Comments feature below this blog post. What would you like to see covered in Carolina Mountain Dog? What do you think is essential information that a dog lover in the Carolina mountains should know about? Tell us and you could win!

We'll review all of the submitted ideas and pick the best original idea. The lucky person who submits the winning idea will get a copy of the second edition of the Asheville Doggie Guide with our compliments!

Please be sure to include your email address when you submit your article idea so we can notify you if you are the winner and arrange to mail the guide to you.

Ideas for articles must be submitted by Monday, September 13 to be eligible to win.