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July 2011

Downtown Dog Walk, Aug. 6-Waynesville

Sargesdogwalk Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation is sponsoring the 6th Annual Downtown Dog Walk, to be held in Waynesville on Saturday, August 6 at 10 AM on the Courthouse Lawn on Main Street.

This is a fun event to celebrate Sarge's rescued pets and recognize their new forever homes. On-site registration begins at 9 AM. The dog walk begins at 10 AM sharp, rain or shine. Following the walk there will be contests and prizes on the Courthouse Lawn.

The annual dog walk is Sarge's largest fund raising event. They need a great turnout to continue to save lost and abandoned Haywood County animals from euthanasia. Click here for a brochure and registration form for the event.

Garden Alert: Don't Use Cocoa Bean Mulch!

Puppyingrass Dogs spend a lot of time in the yard during the summer and that's why you need to know about a dangerous product: cocoa bean mulch. When you mulch your garden beds, stay away from cocoa bean mulch. Despite its sweet smell, rich color, and organic qualities, the ASPCA reports that cocoa bean mulch can be just as toxic to dogs as chocolate. If your dog ingests a quantity of this mulch, it can result in serious illness. Signs include diarrhea, vomiting, elevated heart rate, hyperactivity, and muscle tremors.

Dr. Steven Hansen of the ASPCA recommends using a nontoxic mulch alternative. Some possibilities are shredded pine, cedar or hemlock bark. If you suspect your dog may have ingested cocoa bean mulch, contact your veterinarian at once, or call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: (888) 426-4435. For helpful tips from the ASPCA about pet-safe gardening, click here.


Protect Your Dog During a Heat Wave

Panting dog The oppressive summer heat is uncomfortable for humans, but it can be life-threatening to dogs. Dogs' systems do not have the same cooling mechanism as humans so they are more prone to heat-related stress and possibly even heat stroke. Sometimes, we may be able to bear higher temperatures and humidity than our four legged friends.

Here are two good articles from to help you make sure you are protecting your dog during the summer months:

Be a Cool Dog Owner: Don't Let Your Dog Overheat
How to know when your dog is being affected by heat-related illness, with tips for prevention and care.

Keeping Your Dog Cool in the Summer
Helpful information on sunburn, heat injury and heat stroke.


CPPI, Henderson County

CPPI Community Partnership for Pets Inc. (CPPI) is avolunteer organization supported by private donations that focuses on spay/neuter in Henderson County. Spay/neuter is the only permanent, proactive way to reduce pet overpopulation.

CPPI offers four possibilities for getting pets spayed or neutered at low cost:
1. Henderson County residents with income of less than $35,000 per year will likely qualify for the free spay/neuter program supported by the Henderson County Shelter. To learn more about this program, contact the shelter directly at (828) 697-4723.
2. Henderson County residents who wish to use one of four local veterinarians in Hendersonville to perform spay/neuter on their pets can get a voucher from CPPI for the special price of $60 for a dog and $40 for a cat, which includes a free rabies vaccination if one is required. Contact CPPI directly at (828) 693-5172 to purchase a voucher.
3. Henderson County residents can also take advantage of the spay/neuter services provided by Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic, located in Asheville. This clinic performs affordable high quality spay/neuter procedures for the citizens and humane organizations of Western North Carolina. Residents can get a voucher from CPPI for the special price of $30 for a dog and $20 for a cat, which includes a free rabies vaccination if one is required. Contact CPPI directly at (828) 693-5172 to purchase a voucher.
4. The Noah's Ark Spay/Neuter Clinic in Pisgah Forest, NC also offers a discount. Contact them directly at (828) 884-6600. On the day of your appointment, ask them for the Community Partnership for Pets discount.

Community Partnership for Pets encourages donations and needs volunteers. For more information, visit the organizations website:

Picnic for Paws, July 23-Hendersonville

Blueridgehs On Saturday, July 23 from 11 AM to 3 PM, the Blue Ridge Humane Society will hold "Picnic for Paws."

Bring a picnic lunch with lawn chairs or a blanket for some old-fashioned fun! No admission fee. The event will include:

~ Special raffle items with winners announced at 12:30 pm
~ Games for the kids
~ Fun for your dog (leash required/current on vaccinations)
~ Dog agility demonstration
~ Henderson County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit Demonstration
~ Fire Truck from Edneyville Fire Department
~ Dunking booth
~ Bounce House…..and much, much more!

Grade school children’s contest, “The Funniest Thing I Ever Saw An Animal Do” winners will be announced at the picnic.

For more information, please call Blue Ridge Humane Society at (828) 685-7107.

Music on the Lawn, Yappy Hours, Blowing Rock

Wataugahs Watauga Humane Society participates in two summertime events in Blowing Rock, NC.

Music on the Lawn is held on Friday evenings from 5:30  to 8 PM at the Ragged Gardens Inn of Blowing Rock. Various groups will perform each Friday, so enjoy the good music, food, drinks, and friendship, courtesy of the Ragged Gardens Inn. Watauga Humane Society will be present to distribute information, and animals for adoption will be available.

Yappy Hours take place every Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM on the patio at Glidewells on Main, 1182 Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock. Dogs get a bowl of water and some Milk Bones and their owners can enjoy the weekly specials. Dogs need to be leashed at all times and owners should be prepared to clean up after their pets if need be.

Glidewells asks for donations of dog food and cat food which will be donated to the Watauga Humane Society. Glidewells also sponsors an animal up for adoption, posting its photo on their corkboard and Facebook page.

Common Dog Myths

16 myths graphic A really interesting article appeared on recently -- "16 Common Dog Myths" by veterinarian Dr. Debra Primovic. It lays to waste some commonly held misconceptions about our favorite four-legged friends.

Here are just a few excerpts:

Dogs should have a litter before they are spayed.
Not true. Dogs that have a litter before they are spayed are not better for it in any way. in fact, spayed dogs are at lower risk for breast cancer and uterine infections.

Dogs are sick when their noses are warm.
The temerpature of a dog's nose does not indicate health or illness.

Dogs eat grass when they are sick.
Many scientists believe grass was once part of dogs' natural diets and eating small amounts of grass is normal.

Click here to read the entire article: 

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Yappy Hour, Asheville-July 14

Dog-wine-illustration-benningtonproperties You're invited to bring your pooch pal for an evening of fido-fantastic fun at Asheville Humane Society's Yappy Hour on Thursday, July 14 from 6 to 8 PM at Biltmore Park.


Sponsored by Woofgang Bakery, there will be vegetarian appetizers for human consumption and delicious doggie delights including Doggie Daiquiries for all four-legged friends.


Admission is $10 per person and dogs are FREE.


Come join the fun!




POOCH PATHS: Singing the Praises of Bent Creek

Cinder in bent creek Easily accessible via the Blue Ridge Parkway and not far from I-26 is a true natural gem -- Bent Creek Experimental Forest. The forest is right off Brevard Road (Rt. 191) south of Asheville. It encompasses nearly 6,000 acres of forest and streams, is home to the North Carolina Arboretum, and includes the Lake Powhatan recreational area (swimming, fishing and camping).

Bent Creek is also as close as you can get to doggie heaven. There are miles and miles of trails appropriate for hiking and biking -- everything from wide former logging roads to narrow dirt paths that meander through the woods or take ambitious hikers high into the mountains. An added bonus during the summer is that many of the trails are shaded and cool.

Dogs love the smells, sounds and running creeks. While dogs should technically be on leash (and they must be leashed at Lake Powhatan), many owners seem to feel comfortable allowing their dogs to explore off-leash. If you use trails that are not near to the Lake Powhatan area, chances are you your dog can enjoy a memorable off-leash experience, as long as he or she is well-behaved and returns when called. (Tip: Hunting is allowed in Bent Creek during the fall. Don't allow your dog off-leash during hunting season. Watch for a sign indicating the dates for hunting season posted near the entrance to Bent Creek, opposite the service entrance of the NC Arboretum.)

There are so many trails and access points that it is difficult to recommend any one or mention them all. The best thing to do is explore on your own since trails are well-marked. You can also make use of the trail map which you can download here.

You'll find that Bent Creek is especially popular (and frequently crowded) on weekends. To avoid the crowds, Carolina Mountain Dog's advice is to drive past all of the obvious entry points to Bent Creek. Go beyond the entrance to Lake Powhatan and continue on the dirt road that curves around to the right. You'll see another access area to the right, but keep driving down the dirt road, which curves to the left. Continue a mile or two and you'll find several more access points with small parking areas to the left and right. Many less-traveled trails are off this road.

Pet First Aid Class, Hendersonville-July 16

Pet first aid On Saturday, July 16 at Noon, an American Red Cross Pet First Aid Class will be held at Pet Source, 1927 Spartanburg Highway in Hendersonville. This class will feature a special guest, Dr. Randy Wetzel, Medical Director of the R.E.A.C.H. Emergency Animal Hospital in Asheville. Dr. Wetzel will discuss:
- signs of cardiac arrest and how to care for a pet
- signs of breathing emergencies, including choking and how best to provide care
- how to control life-threatening bleeding
- how and when to move an injured pet
- signs of suddent illness, including poisoning, seizures, heat and cold emergencies and how to treat them
- components of a good "pet friendly" first aid kit.

The class is about 3-1/2 hours and will include skills such as CPR. The cost is $70 and includes one of two available reference guides, one for dogs and one for cats. As a summer special for this class or the August class at Pet Source, two persons can be enrolled for the price of one if you mention Pet Source. Please, no pets allowed in the classroom.

Class space is limited so enroll now. Advance sign up is required and to take advantage of the special summer price, you need to call or visit the office of the Henderson County Chapter, American Red Cross, at 203 Second Ave. East. For more information on this class or future classes, call (828) 693-5605 or visit the website: Registration by phone with a credit card is accepted.

Your Dog on the 2012 Spartanburg Pets Calendar

Spartanburg calendar If you've ever thought you ought to show off your dog all year round, here's your opportunity. You can put your pet on the Spartanburg (SC) Humane Society's "Pets of Spartanburg 2012 Calendar." You'll be helping this worthwhile organization raise much-needed funds, and your dog will be a star for all of next year.

For $100 you get a 2 by 2-inch photo on the bottom of the calendar, and for $250, you'll snag a top spot with a 4 by 6-inch photo.


For additional details, go to: 

Don't delay -- the calendar is now in production.

New Survey Shows Pet Adoption is Favored

Adopt-a-dog The Hartz Pet Trend Report, a new survey conducted on behalf of the Hartz Mountain Corporation, shows that pet owners favor adopting animals from rescue organizations and shelters. Sixty percent of survey respondents said they would prefer to get their next pet from a rescue organization, and a majority of pet owners agree that pet stores are "out of favor." Only four percent would get their next pet from a pet store.

The survey also suggested that personality, not pedigree or physical appearance, is the most important attribute of a pet. Nearly half of pet owners (47 percent) think of their pet like a child, and 42 percent of pet owners compare their pet to a good friend.

The survey was conducted in April 2011 and included over 1,000 cat and dog owners ages 18 and older from around the United States.