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February 2011

CANINE CRUISIN': SC Botanical Garden

Scbotanical Before the heat of summer sets in, why not take an excursion to a beautiful dog-friendly place in the Upstate where there are miles of nature trails and woodland hikes?

Pay a visit with your pooch to the 295-acre South Carolina Botanical Garden at Clemson University in Clemson, SC, where on-leash dogs are welcome. You can choose from the Belser Native Wildflower Trail through the Woodland Wildflower Garden, where you'll see plenty of native wildflowers that bloom starting in early spring, or the Heusel Nature Trail, located in the oak-hicory forest beyond the Arboretum. There are other trails along Hunnicutt Creek, which connect natural areas of the Garden and offer meadow vistas. The Arboretum loop road is another popular walk.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden is open every day, dawn to dusk, and admission is free. Visit the CANINE CRUISIN' page for directions and further information.

Dogs, Diamonds & Denim - Mar. 3

Dog with tiara Put on your favorite jeans, grab your tiara, and bring your checkbook! Come to "Dogs, Diamonds & Denim" at the Asheville Humane Society's new Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane (near the Farmers Market) on Thursday, March 3, at 5:30 PM, presented by the Asheville Symphony Guild.

This exclusive event will be a memorable evening of music, magic, drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction (including diamonds!) to benefit Asheville Humane Society and the Asheville Symphony.

Tickets are $50 each and available at, or by calling the Asheville Symphony at (828) 254-7046.

For directions to the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center, visit:

Dogs at the Movies!

DogMovies What is thought to be the first movie theater for dogs had its debut last month in Sweden, according to Eight screenings of the movie, Marmaduke, were held in a theater, and 20 dogs attended each show -- but they did have to attend with their owners.

The pups didn't get popcorn and candy, but they did enjoy "goodie bowls" with doggie snacks courtesy of Pedigree, who co-sponsored the theater with Fox Home Entertainment.

The theater was a special one-time occurrence set up in conjunction with a pet exhibition, but the organizers said the doggy theater was so popular that they would do it again next year.

Maybe this is a novel idea for a movie theater in the dog-loving Carolina mountains???


Dine to Be Kind - Feb. 22

Dinetobekind Each year, Animal Compassion Network (ACN) holds a fund raising event called Dine to Be Kind, and it will do so again this year on National Spay/Neuter Day, Tuesday, February 22.

The concept is simple. Have a meal at one of over 50 wonderful restaurants in the greater Asheville area and, when you do, that restaurant will donate a portion of its income in support of ACN's Spay/Neuter Assistance and other worthy programs that help reduce animal over-population and get more dogs and cats adopted in Western North Carolina.

For more information and a list of restaurants participating in Dine to Be Kind, visit ACN's website:

Quality Dog Photography on Sale

Charlie-suzi Suzi Camarata is a professional photographer with an impressive portfolio and the ability to capture a dog's spirit. She recently relocated to Asheville with Charlie, a female pit bull mix that Suzi found along a road. Suzi promptly set Charlie up for a photo session (that's Charlie on the left) and decided it would be fun to offer other dogs the same treatment.

To introduce dog owners to her photography services, Suzi is offering $75 off a portrait session (regularly $150) that is booked by February 28. If you mention "Charlie" you'll also get a free print.

You can contact Suzi via email:, or call her at (617) 429-3128.

New Herding Club in WNC

Herding A new all-breed herding club, the "That'll Do Club," has been formed by Vicki Hughes of Possum Hollow Farm in Rutherford, NC. Vicki runs herding clinics for dogs and started the club for anyone who has a sincere interest in herding. Any level of handler is encouraged to join. The club plans to maintain a Facebook page.

Memership dues for the club are $15 for an individual and $20 for a family. Membership payments should be sent along with an application to Robin Taylor, 370 CC Lovelace Road, Rutherfordton, NC 28139. The membership application will be posted on the Possum Hollow Farms website under "Stockdog Services." 

Benefits include a $5 discount on herding clinics and free admission to Free Club Fun Days held at Possum Hollow Farm. The first Fun Day will be on Saturday, March 26 starting at 10 AM.

Breaking News: Local Dog Wins Best in Breed!

This article appeared today in the Asheville Citizen-Times:

Lt. Disher A Western North Carolina dog won best in breed Tuesday at the Westminster Kennel Club 2011 Dog Show in New York. Redclay Dreamboat Lieutenant Disher, better known as Lt. Disher, a male Dandie Dinmont terrier from Hendersonville, won best in breed Tuesday and went on to compete for best in group Tuesday night.

The dog is owned by Laura Chapal, owner of Dreamboat Pet Grooming and Supplies in Hendersonville. Chapal has been raising dogs for 30 years, but it was her first time to Westiminster, said her father, Ed Chapal. He called the show "The Super Bowl of dog shows."

"She called this morning so excited she was almost bawling, Ed Chapal said Tuesday evening.

How is Your Dog's Dental Health?

Dog teeth The American Veterinary Dental Society says 80 percent of dogs develop periodontal disease by the age of three. As in humans, periodontal disease is a condition that needs to be treated promptly or it can have a damaging effect on the dog's overall health.

The Woof Report, an email newsletter/website for dog owners, has some good advice for dog owners about taking care of Fido's teeth and gums. You can read it here. Also of value is the website,, which features these three basic steps to success:

  1. Get a dental exam from your veterinarian.
  2. Begin a dental care regimen at home.
  3. Schedule regular veterinary checkups.

At some point in his or her life, your dog may require a canine teeth cleaning, especially if the dog is over five years old. Talk to your vet about this. The good news is there are a number of ways to fight plaque and tartar buildup, including specially formulated foods, treats designed for healthy chewing, and special chew toys that promote good oral health.

Pet Trading Cards

Toki Poki card Carolina Mountain Dog just discovered an unusual website/community called Toki Poki. For a "lifetime membership" fee of $30, a member receives 50 trading cards customized to your dog, shipped free plus an online pet profile. In addition, Toki Poki offers a lost-and-found service; if your pet is lost, they'll provide you with an instantly generated poster, as well as send a lost pet alert to your community and veterinarian.

Toki Poki says its pet trading cards have a purpose: You can hand them out to family, friends, and neighbors so they get to know your pets, meet other pets in your neighborhood and online, and maybe start a pet trading card group. Toki Poki also puts together packs of cards for sale on its website. The cards area a way to promote an organization or interest group and potentially raise money.

As a kid, I remember treasuring baseball cards with my favorite players (of course I also liked the bubble gum), so I guess it's not a crazy idea to have a trading card featuring your favorite furry friend!


ReTail Scene: Fully Adjustable Dog Wheelchair

Wheelchair dogs It's a known fact that some dogs, dachshunds, for example, are prone to back problems that can potentially cause rear leg paralysis. Other problems, such as hip dysplasia, common in larger breeds such as golden retrievers, might also eventually cause a dog's inability to walk. Some owners feel the most humane option in severe cases is to put their dogs down.

However, there is a way to keep a dog who cannot use its rear legs mobile -- the doggie wheelchair. While many wheelchairs must be custom-made, there is a wheelchair on the market called "Walkin' Wheels" that is completely adjustable to fit virtually any size dog 20 pounds and up. (Custom carts are available for dogs under 20 pounds.)

According to the maker, a Walkin' Wheels dog wheelchair can be shipped the next day, requires only approximate measurements, folds flat, comes fully assembled and is adjusted, without tools, to fit your dog. In some cases, such as for animals over 100 pounds, some customization may be required.

Check out Walkin' Wheels at:

Valentine's Event Feb. 11-12: Adopt a Dog or Cat for Only $14!

Freddie with heart Wouldn’t you love a “furry Valentine” for Valentine’s Day? That’s what you’ll get when you adopt any adult dog or cat 6 months or older at the special Valentine’s adoption fee of just $14 at Asheville Humane Society's "Be My Furry Valentine" adoption event.

The event takes place on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11 – 12 from 12 pm to 6 pm. Adult dogs and cats are $14 each, puppies are $150 and kittens are $100. Included in the fee is spay or neutering, microchipping, vaccinations, one month of free health insurance, a free vet visit (Buncombe County residents only), and a free starter bag of food.

Every adopter will automatically be registered to win a Kilwin’s Valentine Gift Basket. Every dog adopted gets a free specially designed Woof Gang Bakery Valentine cookie and every cat adopted gets a free Valentine cat toy.

Stop by and enjoy free fudge courtesy of Kilwin’s.

Who knows – you just may find the love of your life at the new Adoption Center! The Adoption Center is conveniently located off Brevard Road, behind Deal Motor Cars and close to the Farmers Market. For additional details, visit:

An Update on Susie's Law

Susie In a previous post we wrote about "Susie's Law" which took effect in North Carolina on December 1. Named after Susie, a dog who was tortured yet survived, 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.

Now state senator Don Vaughn of Guilford County has introduced an amendment to Susie's Law that would make it easier to prosecute animal cruelty, allow the court to place restrictions on custody of animals and require psychological evaluation and treatment, and require shelter for dogs.

Contact your state legislators asking them to support Senate Bill 2, An Act to Amend the Laws Regarding Cruelty to Animals, also known as Chamberlin's Law

How to "Go Green" with Your Dog

Dog in weeds Going green goes with dogs in more ways than you might imagine. Maybe your dog is "recycled" to begin with because you adopted your pup from a shelter or rescue organization. But that's just the beginning of the relationship between your pet and protecting our precious Earth. Here are some ways you can go green with your dog:

  • Both dogs and cats enjoy playing with cardboard cores from paper towel and toilet paper rolls.
  • Recycle your old pet toys, collars and leashes to an animal shelter or rescue group.
  • Clean up after your pet using organic and natural cleaners, such as vinegar, water and baking soda -- they help the environment and are safer around your dog.
  • Reuse pastic grocery bags to pick up your doggie's poop, or purchase biodegradable poop bags.
  • If you have a cat, consider using natural, eco-friendly cat litter, such as"Yesterday's News," made from recycled newspapers, or "Feline Pine," made from renewable Southern yellow pine and 100 percent bioderadable.

Source: Buncombe County e-news

Spread the Word! Half-Price Neutering in Feb.

Spayday February 22 has been designated "Spay Day 2011" by the Humane Society of the United States. In honor of Spay Day, Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic is offering neutering of male dogs on Friday, Feb. 4th and 18th at half-price -- just $35 each. Male cat neutering will be offered on Friday, Feb. 11th and 25th at half-price -- just $20 each. These prices are available for Buncombe County animals only and include a rabies vaccination if one is needed.

Neutering male animals is the only permanent way to prevent animal over-population, which continues to be a chronic problem in the Carolina mountain area. Neutering has been proven to keep pets safer and more healthy. Neutered dogs are less aggressive and are not as prone to marking territory. It is against the law in Buncombe County to own a dog or cat that is not neutered or spayed.

Appointments are required. Call (828) 252-2079 for an appointment or for more information. Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic is one of the country's leading spay/neuter facilities and is located at 25 Heritage Drive, off Leicester Highway in Asheville.