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October 2010

Halloween Dog Festival - Asheville - Oct. 30

Halloweendog Come on down to Wall Street in Asheville and join in the fun at the Halloween Dog Festival on Saturday, October 30 from 1 to 5 PM. Registration starts at 11 AM. Make sure your doggie is dressed to the nines!

Costume contest categories include large dog, small dog, best ensemble and best trick. There will be pets available for adoption, Halloween pet photography, raffles, vendors, and lots more. It's worth attending just to see the amazing canine costumes that appear every year!

The Halloween Dog Festival is sponsored by Blaze n Skyy Pet Boutique, Alisha Silver Photography, avlevent Planning & Staffing, and WNC magazine. Bring your spooky pooch and have an afternoon of fun. It's for a good cause, too -- the event benefits Asheville Humane Society.

For more information, visit: .

Pet First Aid - Oct. 30, 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 (one for dogs or one for cats) as part of the class. (No pets are permitted in class.)

The Pet First Aid class will be held on Saturday, October 30 at 9 AM at the Chapter Office on the corner of Grove and 2nd Ave. East in Hendersonville.  Advance registration is required. Register by phone by calling (828) 693-5605 (have your credit card handy). Or for more information, visit

Additional classes will be held at Wag Pet Boutique on November 29 at 5 PM and December 29 at noon.

Millan Foundation Celebrity Online Auction

Millan Auction The Millan Foundation is hosting its second annual Cesar & Friends Celebrity Online Auction now through November 5. Proceeds from the auction go to the Millan Foundation in order to support the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of abused and abandoned dogs on a nationwide basis.

A wide variety of merchandise, including memorabilia, celebrity and sports-related items, and travel, is available. The bidding has already started and the auctino closes at 8 PM on November 5. To see items or for more information, visit

The Millan Foundation is the charitable organization founded by Cesar Millan, television's "Dog Whisperer."

Sequoia the Therapy Dog - Waynesville - Oct. 30

Sequoia therapy dog Sequoia is a therapy dog who teaches the core values of character education in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Floria. She will be making a special appearance at Blue Ridge Osundu Books and Cafe in Waynesville, NC on Saturday, October 30 at 3 PM. Children and their parents are welcome, but no dogs, please.

Sequoia will be presenting a lesson on kindness for children, and free stickers and picture cards will be given out.

The 5-year old Sequoia wanted to share a few words of wisdom on how she approaches life:

"I practice patience, kindness, respect, cooperation, and acceptance.  The best three words to describe me are delicate, gentle and quiet.  I try to wag more, bark less, and always wear a smile."

Read more about Sequoia at:

Watch These Beautiful Dogs!

Pedigree has outdone itself with a video shot depicting dogs watching, catching, and savoring Pedigree's Vitality brand dog food.

What's so special about it? The video was shot in slow motion and edited brilliantly to capture the true beauty and vitality of these animals.

Of course, as a Carolina Mountain Dog reader, you already know how special dogs are -- but this stunning video is a great reminder nonetheless.



Fall Adoptathon - Asheville - Oct. 23 - 24

Doginsubaru The 11th Annual Prestige Subaru Fall Pet Adoptathon, sponsored by Animal Compassion Network (ACN) will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 23 and 24 from 11 AM to 5 PM.

The Adoptathon will be held in the parking lot of the Province 620 Restaurant, 620 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, as well as inside Pet Harmony, the pet store for rescued pets, at 803 Fairview Street (around the corner from the Province 620 Restaurant). Numerous animal rescue groups will participate.

For further details, visit

Donation Drive for AHS at Asheville Mall

C&b Christopher & Banks clothing store in the Asheville Mall on Tunnel Road in Asheville will be holding a donation drive for the benefit of Asheville Humane Society. Drop off an item at the store and receive 10 percent off your purchase that day. (Please visit to see a list of needed items.)

The donation drive will be held from October 18 - 24. so be sure to drop by, drop off an item, and get a discount on upscale fashions designed for baby boomer women!

Stop 'N Adopt - Sapphire, NC - Oct. 16-17

Sapphirevalley The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society will be holding a Stop 'N Adopt event at the Sapphire Valley Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 16 - 17, from 10 AM to 2 PM each day. The event will be held at the Sapphire Valley Resport in Sapphire, NC.

For further details, visit

The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society also invites visitors to its shelter, located at 200 Gable Drive in Sapphire. The Humane Society provides a small leash-free dog park for visitors to enjoy. For more information call (828) 743-5752.


October is Adopt-A-Dog Month

Adoptadogmonth October has been designated "Adopt-A-Dog Month" by the American Humane Association. Here's what the American Humane Association says about adopting a dog:

What Can an Adopted Dog Bring to Your Life?

There are as many responses to that question as there are dogs in this world! That’s why -- during American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month celebration in October -- we’re encouraging people to adopt a shelter dog and experience the joy of finding their own answers.

Are you looking for:

  • an exercise buddy?
  • a best friend and confidant for your child?
  • a dog you can train with to learn animal-assisted therapy?
  • a partner in agility competitions?
  • a constant companion for your favorite senior citizen?
  • a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day at work?

An adopted dog can be all these things -- and so much more!

Your local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality -- all waiting for a loving home. Or, if you prefer a particular breed that isn’t currently available at a shelter, go online to find a breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you.

Please visit a shelter near you and consider adopting a dog this month. For information about adopting and a list of shelters in the Carolina mountains, visit our Adopting page.

Petteway and White in AHS Benefit Concert Oct. 14

Cat angels poster Popular local musicians Al Petteway & Amy White will be performing a benefit concert for Asheville Humane Society on Thursday, October 14 at 7:00 PM at the White Horse Black Mountain (Black Mountain, NC). At the concert, Al & Amy will also be celebrating the release of Amy White's new book, CAT ANGELS: The Secret Lives of Cats.

Award-winning, critically acclaimed, passionate and playful, Al & Amy are an acoustic music duo that draws inspiration from musical traditions across the globe and distills these myriad styles into a rich and unique voice – a timeless recipe for healing, heartfelt music.  During an Al and Amy performance, the audience is treated to a variety of acoustic stringed instruments and percussion with a dash of pristine vocals.  They capture the hearts of audiences with colorful stories of wildlife in their own backyard in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina and the people and places along the way that have influenced their music.  Al & Amy invite their listeners to celebrate beauty and joy in all aspects of life.

The concert will include a silent auction and copies of Amy's book will be available for sale. A portion of ticket revenue, book sales, and silent auction proceeds will be donated to the Asheville Humane Society.

For ticket information and directions, visit:

Fashion Show at Pet Harmony - Oct. 8

Rescues-Runways See doggies strutt their stuff in the latest fashions at a Fashion Show at Animal Compassion Network's pet store for rescued pets, Pet Harmony, 803 Fairview Street, Asheville (behind Province 620 restaurant on Hendersonville Road) on Friday, October 8, from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. In addition to the show, there will be wine, vegetarian hors d'oeuvres, music from DJ Salinger, and a silent auction.

The event is being held in association with maurices Rescues & Runways, a national campaign created by maurices in partnership with the ASPCA to increase awareness of animal shelters, in turn, increasing pet adoptions through pet-themed fashion shows.

For further details, visit

Swim with Your Dog Day - Oct. 10

Dancingdogs How about a beautiful place where you can swim with your dog, as lots of other doggies are enjoying themselves in the water? That's what awaits you at the Second Annual "Swim with Your Dog Day" on Sunday, October 10, from 1 PM to 6 PM. Join the four-legged gang at Camp Rockmont on Lake Eden Road in Black Mountain, NC for an exhilarating time at a beautiful lake.

There'll be fun, food, and vendors joining in the festivities at this event, sponsored by Bone-A-Fide Bakery & Pet Boutique of Black Mountain, and co-sponsored by Happy Tails Country Club for the benefit of Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and ChainFree Asheville. Admission is $20 per dog with a discount for additional dogs in the same family. For further details, call (828) 669-0706 or visit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue at

R.E.A.C.H. Community Open House - Oct. 2

REACH R.E.A.C.H. (Regional Emergency Animal Care Hospital) of Asheville will be holding a Community Open House at its Asheville, NC location at 677 Brevard Road on Saturday, October 2 from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Behind-the-scenes tours of the facility will be offered, along with information about performing CPR on your pet and general safety and first aid. Participating organizations include the Asheville Police and Buncombe County Sheriff K-9 Units, Asheville Area Petsitters, Animal Compassion Network, ChainFree Asheville, Companion Dog Training School, National Canine Cancer Foundation, NC Arboretum, and WNC Nature Center. Suzanne Kline, author of "Cosmo's Great Adventures," will also be on hand. Free refreshments and leashes will be provided.

For further details, visit