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November 2010

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"Susie's Law" Takes Effect Dec. 1

Susies law Last June, Governor Bev Perdue signed into law an animal rights bill known as "Susie's Law," which was unanimously passed by the North Carolina legislature. The new law takes effect on December 1.

The law essentially states that it is now a Class H felony if a person tortures, abuses or murders any animal in the state of North Carolina. A Class H felony is punishable by time in jail. Prior to the enactment of Susie's law, such acts were considered misdemeanors.

The law was named after Susie (shown here with Governor Perdue), who became the first dog to sign a piece of legislation in North Carolina. Susie was tortured, set on fire and left for dead in Greensboro, North Carolina, about a year before the bill was signed. She miraculously survived the ordeal and her owner, Donna Lawrence, fought along with others to get a law enacted that would ensure anyone who tortured a dog would face jail.

At the bill's signing, Governor Perdue said, "This law will also protect, I believe, North Carolina's people. The data is pretty clear. For those of you who don't know the data, people who are actually cruel and do this kind of stuff to animals are five times more likely to do this kind of thing to a human being."

Is Your Dog Overweight?

Overweight dog We've heard a lot about the human obesity problem in the U.S. Well, it seems dogs are following that pattern. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 45 percent of dogs in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese. That's about 35 million animals. The association says an overweight dog can develop a number of health problems. Tops on the list are osteoarthritis, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory disease, cranial cruciate ligament injury, kidney disease, and cancer.

Dogs are a healthy weight, says the association, if you can easily feel their ribs, observe a tucked abdomen (no sagging stomach), and you can see a waist when viewed from above. The association has a lot more good information on its website, including a body conditioning scoring chart, ideal pet weight ranges, and a listing of pet caloric needs. Check it out: .

A Happy Thanksgiving Story

Cassandra Our gift to you today is one of the best local dog stories we've ever read, courtesy of Asheville Humane Society. It's about a stray dog named Cassandra and the trials and tribulations she went through. But humans who cared never gave up on her, so this story has a happy ending.

You can read the entire story at the Asheville Humane Society page on Facebook. Have some tissues handy! Enjoy it.

Happy Thanksgiving from Carolina Mountain Dog!

Home for the Holidays-Haywood County

Christmas_puppy "Home for the Holidays" is an adoption promotion in Haywood County that started on Monday, November 22. Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation, in association with Aidan's Fund, is making it possible to adopt animals from the Haywood County Animal Shelter through January 2 at a reduced fee. Dogs are available for $60, female cats for $37.50, and male cats for $27.50.

Each animal adopted will get its name on a stocking that will be displayed on the wall of the shelter. Jamie Powell, executive director of Sarge's, told the Asheville Citizen-Times, "We are counting on filling up these walls with adopted pets before the event ends. Unfortunately, more animals have been surrendered this year that in any previous year."

Jean Hazzard, director of Haywood County Animal Services, says families need to consider the long-term responsibility of owning a pet, not just treat it as a unique holiday gift. But, she says, "The holiday season can be an ideal time for some to adopt and fit a pet into the family routine, as children are out of school and many adults have time off."

The Haywood County Animal Shelter is open 9 AM - 5 PM Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM Saturday, and Noon - 4 PM Sunday. It is located at 245 Hemlock Street, Waynesville. For more information, call (828) 456-5338.

Pet First Aid Class-Hendersonville, Nov. 29

Petfirstaid-cartoon Wag is a unique boutique shop located at 231-A N. Main Street in Hendersonville that caters to pets. 

Not only can you buy clothes, food and toys for your pet, but now you can take  an American Red Cross Pet First Aid class in the downtown store.   Pet owners want to be able to keep their pets safe and care for them in an emergency.  The American Red Cross class will help pet owners be more prepared by learning skills such as CPR, choking actions, stopping bleeding and other important emergency skills.  

The Henderson County Chapter of the American Red Cross has Pet First Aid classes scheduled at Wag on November 29th at 5 pm and December 29 at Noon. Class cost of $30 includes one of the two available reference guides, one for dogs or one for cats. Additional books are available for $10 if purchased with the class. The Red Cross even has dog and cat manikins to assist in the training. No pets will be permitted in the classroom. A $5 discount coupon for one of the Wag classes is available at Wag. Sign up deadline for the November class is Tuesday November 23. 

Advance registration is required. Register by phone by calling (828) 693-5605 (have your credit card handy). Or for more information, visit

Howl for the Holidays-Black Mountain, Nov. 20

Wolfhowl Full Moon Farm is a safe haven for hybrid animals known as wolfdogs. The non-profit organization, located on 17 acres in Black Mountain, takes in refused and abused wolfdogs who find themselves in need of love, shelter and care through no fault of their own.

On Saturday, November 20th, Full Moon Farm will be hosting its annual Howl for the Holidays. Tours of the Farm start at 1:00 p.m. Come on out, meet the wolfdogs and do a little howliday shopping! 

For information and directions, please email , call (828) 664-9818, or visit .

Read a previous post about wolfdogs.

Tails and Trails 5K Race - Asheville - Nov. 20

Tails and Trails Come with your canine athlete to the Buncombe County Sports Park on Saturday, November 20 and join the 4th Annual Tails and Trails 5K Race. The race is for dogs and their humans. Proceeds benefit Asheville Humane Society and Buncombe County Parks, Greenways and Recreation Services. 

There are two 5K races scheduled that day. The first race is the 5K Run for human runners only and starts at 8:30 a.m. The second race is a 5K Run/Walk at 10:00 a.m. when dogs are encouraged to run with their people. 

The entry fee is $20 per race before November 10 and $25 after that date and on the day of the races. The registration includes a Tails and Trails T-shirt. Both races are timed and medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

For more information, visit: .

Bow-Meow Banquets-Nov. 16, Waynesville

Bow-Meow Banquets Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation is sponsoring "Bow-Meow Banquets," a fund raiser at the Balsam Mountain Inn & Restaurant, on Tuesday, November 16. It's a night of dining, entertainment and door prizes to benefit Sarge's. First seating is 5:30 PM and last seating is 7:00 PM.

The menu includes homemade chicken or veggie potpie, slaw, green beans, cookies, coffee or tea. Beer and wine is available. 100 percent of dinner proceeds will go to Sarge's, plus 50 percent of lodging for November 16.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets are available at Sarge headquarters, 1659 S. Main Street, Waynesville, Balsam Mountain Inn, Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery in Waynesville, Mountain Dreams Realty in Maggie Valley, and City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. For more information, call (828) 456-9498.

POOCH PATHS Update: Fletcher Park Greenway

Fletcherpark-bridge About a year ago, we listed Fletcher Community Park (Fletcher, NC) in our POOCH PATHS section. If you haven't been there lately, it's even better than before.

Now, the greenway path, which is behind the main community park area, has been extended. This flat, paved trail, partially in the shade, is perfect for walking and hiking. You can reach the path by taking the trail to the right of the parking lots as you enter the park. This trail leads over a small bridge. You'll see a large field ahead of you. Take the left path and you can follow the greenway path a few miles until the pavement ends. The path on the right is also flat but it is unpaved.

The rest of the park is also ideal for a nice jaunt with your dog. For further details, check out the previous article about Fletcher Community Park.

PBR for Pups - West Asheville, Nov. 13

PBR Lift a cold one and support dog adoptions in Buncombe County at the same time. Celebrate "PBR for Pups" on Saturday, November 13, from 1 to 5 PM at one of the coolest places in West Asheville: Universal Joint eatery and bar at 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 Asheville Humane Society. Pabst Blue Ribbon is donating hats, t-shirts, beer and raffle items.

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

ReTail Scene - Lucky Dog Delivers, Asheville

Luckydogdelivers Lucky Dog Delivers is a new delivery service for dog and cat owners that delivers high quality pet food and other products, free of charge in the greater Asheville area.

Deane, owner of Lucky Dog Delivers, says the service grew out of her need to find high quality special food for her Bernese Mountain Dog, Zephyr. While Zephyr is gone now, Deane and her two "canine testers," Rico and Lucy, personally choose every dog food product , ensuring each is "nutritionally advanced and as close to what nature intended as possible." In fact, all of the dog foods sold by Lucky Dog Delivers are on the Whole Dog Journal's list of approved dog foods.

Lucky Dog Delivers offers pet food, treats, and supplements, along with select toys and accessories, even cat litter for the kitties in the household. You can set up deliveries as needed or take advantage of "Recurring Delivery" -- especially convenient if you need dog food delivered on a regular basis (maybe along with a special Treat of the Month). In addition to offering a unique service for dog and cat owners, Deane pledges to donate 9 percent of the company's profits to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and Asheville Humane Society.

For more information or to schedule a delivery, check out the company's website:


Taste of Compassion - Nov. 11

Tasteofcompassion Animal Compassion Network's 7th Annual "Taste of Compassion" wine tasting and silent auction will be held at The Venue, 21 North Market Street, Asheville, on Thursday, November 11 from 5:30 to 8 PM.

The event includes gourmet vegetarian hors d'oeuvres from Neo Cantina, Neo Burrito, Nona Mia, Travinia, Laughing Seed, FILO, Sisters McMullen, Mountains Sunshine Farms, and Well-Bred Bakery and bidding on over 200 silent auction items. There will also be wine tasting courtesy of Mutual Distribution Company and music by One Let Up.

For additional details, visit .

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Irishsetter What's so great about senior dogs? A lot of things. They tend to be mellow, well-mannered, obedient, and downright lovable. They're a great addition to any household.

If you're thinking about getting a dog, please consider adopting a senior dog from a local shelter or animal rescue organization during November, which has been designated Adopt a Senior Pet Month.

We've published a number of helpful articles about senior dogs over the past year, and we provide links to them here:

Celebrating Senior Dogs

Adopting a Senior Dog

10 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog, Part 1

10 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog, Part 2

Forever Farm (shelter for senior dogs)

Anniversary Special: $25 Adoptions in Asheville!

Party dog Asheville Humane Society is celebrating 25 years of saving lives in Buncombe County by offering this "Anniversary Special": On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5 and 6 from 12 to 6 PM, all adoptions are just $25 each. That's a substantial savings over the regular adoption fees, which range from $85 to $150. The fee includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, a free month of health insurance, and a coupon for a free well check with a Buncombe County veterinarian.

Help Asheville Humane Society celebrate its 25th anniversary by finding the love of your life -- that cat, kitten, dog or puppy you've always wanted! Visit the new Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane (off Pond Road), Asheville -- right behind Deal Motor Cars on Brevard Road, across the street from the Farmers Market.

For additional information, call (828) 761-2001, or visit:

Post-Election News: Missouri Votes YES to Control Puppy Mills

YesonPropB Missouri is the nation's leader in puppy mills and yesterday, Missouri voters approved Proposition B, a statewide ballot initiative to establish basic standards for the care of dogs in large-scale commercial breeding facilities. Missouri is home to an estimated 3,000 puppy mills breeding hundreds of thousands of puppies, far more than any other state in the country.

Campaign director Barbara Schmitz said, "If we can do it here in the nation's largest puppy mill state, we are more likely to carry the day with reforms enacted in other states, where this cruel industry is not nearly as strong and entrenched." Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, added, "It is no more business as usual for the puppy mill industry, and we have a pathway forward that will allow us to turn around this problem for Missouri and the nation with this victory tonight for the dogs."

Lawmakers in Iowa and Oklahoma, the second- and third-largest puppy mill states in the country, enacted puppy mill legislation earlier this year. Last year, 10 states approved legislation to crack down on cruelty at puppy mills. The animal protection groups that supported Prop B look forward to working with lawmakers in other states to ensure that dogs in puppy mills get the basic care they deserve. Puppy mill legislation has been under consideration in North Carolina but it has not yet reached the full legislature for a vote.

For more information about puppy mills, check out Best Friends Animal Society's "Puppies Aren't Products" campaign:

Dogs and Women Helping Each Other

Newleashonlife The lead article in the October issue of Western North Carolina Woman is a fascinating inside look at the "New Leash on Life" program, which brings together women in the Swannanoa Correctional Facility with dogs in a win-win situation. Sponsored by Animal Haven in Asheville, the five year old dog training program demonstrates the unique bond of people and dogs, says Debbie Hughes, Superintendent of the facility.

"The inmates get a lot out of the program. ... It's a beautiful thing because the dogs have been through a lot of trauma, and the inmates have too. The way I see it, they help each other heal. It's great to see a dog who came in terrified, not trusting, then over the weeks just blossom, not just because of the trainers but because all the inmates love these dogs. ...Every inmate brings a different gift to the table. Every dog brings a different story."

To read the complete article, go to:

Animal Shelter Appreciation Week - Nov. 7-13

Lendapaw November 7 - 13, 2010 has been designated National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week by the Humane Society of the United States. The campaign is designed to promote the invaluable role shelters play in their communities and to increrase public awareness of animal welfare issues and shelter services.

Please use this time to think about the plight of homeless animals in your community and throughout the country. Consider supporting your local animal shelter by adopting, donating, or volunteering. With your help, we can reduce the animal over-population problem in the Carolina mountains.

Thank you!