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December 2010

ReTail Scene: Anxious Dog? Try This.

Thundershirt Here's an interesting product that doesn't use drugs or any other substances to calm a dog's nerves. It's called Thundershirt and it works using gentle pressure which is known to have a calming effect on animals. The shirt apparently works for a variety of issues -- dogs who are afraid of thunder, who have separation anxiety, don't travel well, etc.

We have not tried the product so we can't speak to its effectiveness, but it is widely endorsed by vets and trainers and comes with a moneyback guarantee. Visit for further details.

New Year's Special on Adoptions, Asheville

Newyeardog On Thursday, Dec. 30 from 12 to 6 PM and Friday, Dec. 31 from 12 to 4 PM, Asheville Humane Society will be holding a New Year's Adoption Special at the new Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville.

All cats over 6 months old are available, first come first served, WITH NO FEE. All other adoptable animals, including dogs, puppies and kittens, will be available for the reduced price of just $50 each. Every animal is spayed or neutered and microchipped, and receives necessary vaccinations. Included with every adoption is 30 days of free pet insurance, a starter bag of food, and a coupon for a first check-up with a vet (Buncombe County only).

Check out the Asheville Humane Society's website to see all the dogs and cats ready to go home for the New Year.

The Adoption & Education Center is conveniently located on Forever Friend Lane, near the Farmer's Market, at the intersection of Brevard Road (Route 191) and Pond Road, behind Deal Motor Cars in Asheville. Stop by and begin the New Year by finding the love of your life!

CANINE CRUISIN': Cleveland Park, Greenville, SC

The Canine Corner During cooler temperatures, the temperate climate of the Upstate is particularly enjoyable. For a great dog-friendly destination, cruise over to Cleveland Park, a 122-acre park set alongside the Reedy River and close to downtown Greenville. 

First let your dog work off some energy at The Canine Corner at Cleveland Park, located right across from the Cleveland Park Animal Hospital on Woodland Way. This enclosed off-leash dog park is a sloping bark-mulched area with swings, benches, some shady areas, and a combination human/doggie water fountain. Then take a leisurely leashed walk (or bike ride) along one of the numerous flat paths in the park. Some wind their way parallel to the river.

This is a great fall and winter spot in a city that welcomes dogs. For more information about Greenville parks and trails, visit the CANINE CRUISIN' page.


New in Asheville: The Dog Door

Thedogdoor Certified dog trainer Kim Brophey recently opened The Dog Door at 15 B Broadway Avenue in Asheville.

The Dog Dor is a Behavior Center that offers professional dog behavior consulting services by appointment, as well as walk-in/private training, from 5 to 6:30 PM, Tuesday through Saturday.

The Dog Door also houses the new Doghugger Outfitters, which offers natural and eco-friendly dog supplies, toys, chews and treats, tools, collars/leashes, beds, crates, outdoor gear, and anxiety/hyperactivity treatments. The facility provides a dog welcome center/rest area and indoor lounge during store hours and runs puppy socials.

For more information, visit:

Adopt Any Animal-$25-Two Days Only!

Homefortheholidays Asheville Humane Society is holding a special two-day adoption event because "Every Animal Deserves a Home for the Holidays."

On Thursday, December 23 from 12 to 8 PM, and Friday, December 24 from 12 to 4 PM, every adoptable animal at the new Adoption & Education Center will be available for just $25. As part of this special promotion and for an additional fee, your new pet can be delivered to your home on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day! (Buncombe County residents only.)

Check out the Asheville Humane Society's website to see all the dogs and cats ready to go home for the holidays.

The Adoption & Education Center is conveniently located on Forever Friend Lane, near the Farmer's Market, at the intersection of Brevard Road (Route 191) and Pond Road, behind Deal Motor Cars in Asheville. Stop by and find the love of your life for Christmas!

Good News, Dogs -- You're Superior to Cats!

Dogeye Researchers have discovered that dogs' brains are larger than cats because they are highly social and need more brain power than solitary animals. A recent study by Oxford University, published in PNAS Journal, indicates that groups of mammals with relatively larger brains tend to live in "stable social groups." The study found that brain growth varies widely among mammals, and the results indicate that social animals need to think more.

Professor Robin Dunbar, a co-author of the study, said, "For the first time, it has been possible to provide a genuine evolutionary time depth to the study of brain evolution. It is interesting to see that even animals that have contact with humans, like cats, have much smaller brains than dogs and horses because of their lack of sociality."

So rejoice, doggies. While you may have suspected it all along, now you know it for a fact. Your brains are larger than cats because you are socially superior!


Wackiest Dog Names of 2010

Wacky pet names The end of the year is a great time for lists, and this one is a natural for Carolina Mountain Dog readers, courtesy of VPI Pet Insurance. From its database of more than 485,000 insured pets, employees of the company picked the 50 wackiest dog names and cat names for 2010.

The top ten names are listed below. Go here for the complete list of 50 wackiest dog and 50 wackiest cat names.

Top Ten Wackiest Dog Names

1. Pickle Von Corndog

2. Lord Chubby Pruneface

3. Badonkadonk

4. Ninjastar Dangerrock

5. Molly Mcboozehound

6. Dog Vader

7. Flopsy Squeakerton

8. Bettie Poops

9. Geez Louise

10. Barnaby Bones

Holiday Decorations and Your Pet

Christmas santa dog During holiday time, you may consider your pets part of the family and therefore part of the celebration, but they are particuarly susceptible to injury and illness from things you might consider harmless. Here are some tips to keep the holidays safe for your dogs and cats, courtesy of Asheville Humane Society.

  • The family Christmas tree should stand in a flat, wide base. You might want to anchor it to the wall to avoid tipping. Cats often see trees as fabulous climbing posts. If your kitty shows a penchant for this activity, decorate with animal-safe items such as dried flowers, pine cones, resin-cast or wood ornaments. You might also want to consider putting the tree in a room with doors that close.
  • Whether your tree is real or artificial, both kinds of needles are indigestible. 
  • Metal ornament hooks can get caught in curious mouths. Use ribbon or yarn instead of hooks to hang ornaments. 
  • Refrain from using edible ornaments or decorations on your tree. Cranberry and popcorn strands can be deadly to pets, causing internal obstruction or getting wrapped around your pets' neck.
  • Tinsel can cause intestinal obstruction and blockage if swallowed.
  • Glass balls can shatter in an animal's mouth. Broken pieces can cut and be deadly if ingested.
  • Angel hair is spun glass, and will shred the intestines if swallowed.
  • Artificial snow or flocking can be ingested or inhaled and caught in the nasal passages.  
  • Cover your tree stand tightly with skirting. The water from the tree base can cause mouth sores, vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite. 
  • DO NOT use moth balls to deter your cat from climbing the tree, digging in your holiday plants or scaling garland. They are highly toxic and if even a little is ingested it could have serious consequences. A bowl of fresh lemon peels at the base of the tree can deter curious kitties plus add a nice scent to your festivities. Also, try spraying Bitter Apple or "Cat Away" on the lower branches. 
  • Exposed wiring can electrocute a curious animal who chews on it. Encase or cover cords or electrical plugs inside PVC tubing or under tape. Hide or tape down all cords to avoid tripping. 
  • Leave Christmas tree lights unplugged when out of the room to avoid electrocution. 
  • Keep gift ribbons, curling ribbon and bows out of sight to prevent chewing and swallowing.  Do not put presents under the tree if your pet can access them. 
  • Many pets enjoy romping through discarded wrapping paper and empty boxes, but be sure to dispose of all bows, yarn and curling ribbon to prevent swallowing and intestinal blockage, or strangulation. 
  • The lovely bubbling holiday lights are of moderate to lethal toxicity, depending on the amount of fluid (methylene chloride) inhaled or ingested.
  • Fire salts may be beautiful and breathtaking on a cold winter's evening in the fireplace, but they are moderately toxic to pets which can cause vomiting or convulsions. 
  • Resist the temptation to tie ribbons around your pet's neck for the holidays. The ribbons could tighten or get caught on something, choking the pet. 
  • Never leave burning candles unattended. Pets could knock over burning candles and receive serious burns by spilling hot wax over themselves.
  • Beware of simmering potpourri and/or potpourri oil. Most potpourri liquids contain natural or essential oils, which if ingested can cause vomiting, stomach upset, diarrhea, weakness and possibly liver damage. Some products also contain cationic detergents, which is even worse. Cats are often exposed to the oils by rubbing against a leaky bottle or pot containing the oil, or may spill it over themselves. When they try to lick the oil off of their fur, it poisons them, burning their tongue, mouth and esophagus. Dogs and ferrets often like the taste of potpourri, so make sure to keep an eye on them, too.
  • Keep batteries stored safely away. Batteries contain a highly corrosive acid that can burn a pet's mouth if it leaks or the container is broken by chewing. 

Sequoia Appears in Waynesville, Dec. 18

Sequoiawitkids Sequoia is a therapy dog who teaches the core values of character education in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida. She will be making a special appearance at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main Street, Waynesville, NC on Saturday, December 18 at 2 PM. Children and their parents are welcome, but no dogs, please.

Sequoia will be presenting a lesson on Friendship for children and sharing her new book, "Will You Be My Friend?" All children will receive goody bags and free stickers.

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:

Cold Weather Tips to Protect Your Dog

Siberian husky in snow With colder weather setting in, it pays to be extra-cautious when it comes to protecting your dog from the elements. These helpful tips, courtesy of Asheville Humane Society, can keep your dog safe and comfortable during the winter months.

  • If ingested, anti-freeze (ethylene glycol) is often lethal – even in very small quantities. Because many dogs and cats like its sweet taste, there are an enormous number of animal fatalities each year from animals drinking anti-freeze. Poisoning from anti-freeze is considered a serious medical emergency which must be treated by a qualified veterinarian IMMEDIATELY. Fortunately, the Sierra Company now offers a far less toxic form of anti-freeze. They can be reached at (888) 88-SIERRA.  
  • Ice-melting chemicals and salt placed across sidewalks and roads can cause severe burning to your dog's footpads. Whenever possible, avoid walking your dog through these substances, and wash off his footpads when you return home. There are also products available such as Musher's Secret which can be applied to your dog's footpads prior to going outside, which may help reduce the pain that is often caused by road salt and chemicals. 
  • When a dog's internal temperature drops below 96°F (by being exposed to cold weather for long periods, or getting both wet and cold), there is a serious risk to the dog's safety. Small and short-haired dogs should wear sweaters when taken for walks during cold winter weather. Any sign that a dog is very cold – such as shivering – should signal the owner to bring the dog indoors immediately.
  • Your dog should have a warm area to sleep at night, away from drafty windows or doors.  Make sure your dog has warm comfortable bedding and his water isn't too cold.
  • To avoid fleas this time of year, wash your dog's bedding and vacuum your carpets weekly.  Also, make sure your dog is on a monthly flea and tick preventative.
  • Your dog may require more calories in the cooler months. Talk to you veterinarian about whether or not you should increase the amount of food in the dog dish.

Most dogs shed their summer coats before putting on their winter coat. Make sure to brush your dog often to keep down the amount of hair dust found in your home.

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Kids Day at AHS-Dec. 11, Asheville

Girl with dog What's better at this time of year than the joy and love that's shared between kids and pets?

Join Asheville Humane Society for its first-ever Kids Day at the new Adoption & Education Center on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 1 to 3 PM.

There will be lots of wonderful seasonal activities, including story time, holiday crafts, and sweet surprises. The event is FREE and open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.

Please bring a dog or cat toy for one of the animals at the Adoption Center.

The Adoption & Education Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, behind Deal Motor Cars at the intersection of Brevard Road (Route 191) and Pond Road, right near the WNC Farmers Market in Asheville, NC. For additional information, visit .

Gift Idea for Dog Lovers: Asheville Doggie Guide

Adg2e Here's a great holiday gift for anyone who owns a dog in the greater Asheville area (including yourself): A copy of the all new Asheville Doggie Guide!

This guide is your complete resource for dogs in Buncombe and Henderson Counties. It features hundreds of listings for accommodations, adoptions, bakeries, boutiques, boarding, daycare, dog parks, grooming, sitters, therapy, trails, training, vets and more! As a bonus, the guide contains over 50 pages of material from the past year of Carolina Mountain Dog. It's like getting a library of the best information from this blog!

The guide is available exclusively from Asheville Humane Society, and a portion of the sale of every guide supports the care of homeless animals of Buncombe County.

To get your hands on a copy of the Asheville Doggie Guide for just $10.95, get on over to the Asheville Humane Society's Adopt 'n Shop store at the new Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville. It's open Tuesday through Saturday, 12 - 6 PM and conveniently located near the WNC Farmers Market, at the intersection of Brevard Road (Route 191) and Pond Road, right behind Deal Motor Cars.

The guide is also available online in print and as an e-book at: .

Santa Paws-Dec. 3, 4, Hendersonville

Christmasdog-reindeer "Santa Paws 2010" will take place at the Henderson County Animal Services shelter, Stoney Mountain Road in Hendersonville, on Friday and Saturday, December 3-4.

Virginia Bennett, pet photographer, will be at the shelter with her mobile pet studio, Portraits at Noah’s Ark, to take professional photos. Holiday costumes will be available so your doggie can look his or her holiday best. Santa will be there too! Photos will be taken from 1 - 4 PM on Friday and from 10 AM - 2 PM on Saturday.

Dogs should be brought on leashes and cats should be brought in carriers. A $15 fee covers up to two pets and three pets will be photographed for $25. The pet owner will receive a CD with 5 images of their pet with Santa.

Brad Rayfield, executive director of Henderson County Animal Services, told the Asheville Citizen-Times: “We’re pleased to see pet owners coming year after year to participate in this fun event. This is a great way to honor pets as part of the family, have some holiday fun, and support the animal shelter.”

For more information on Santa Paws 2010, call the Henderson County Animal Services shelter at (828) 697-4723. The mobile pet photo studio can also be scheduled for private appointments. Visit for more information.

Paws & Claus-Dec. 4, Asheville

Christmas chihuahuas-Lora Sharp Ellis Come to the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center on Saturday, December 4 from 1 to 4 PM and get your pet's photo taken with Santa Claus!

A digital photo of your pet and Santa will be emailed to you in two business days. Photos are free, but donations will be accepted. Holiday refreshments will be offered.

The Adoption & Education Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, behind Deal Motor Cars at the intersection of Brevard Road (Route 191) and Pond Road, right near the WNC Farmers Market in Asheville, NC. For additional information, visit .

While you're there, be sure to take a look at all the great dogs, cats and rabbits up for adoption!

Photo credit: Lora Sharp Ellis

Prestige Subaru-ACN Holiday Adoption Event - Dec. 4

Petadoptionposter Prestigue Subaru, 505 Tunnel Road in Asheville, will host a major holiday Adoption Event on Satuday, December 4 from 11 AM to 3 PM.

Animals will be available for adoption, and for every Subaru purchased that day, Prestige Subaru will donate $100 to help Animal Compassion Network (ACN) save more homeless dogs and coats and find them homes for the holidays.

For additional information, visit or