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December 2011

Adopt the Love of Your Life - Just $12!

JanAHSFor two days only, Asheville Humane Society will ring in 2012 with $12 adoptions. That's right, any dog, cat, puppy or kitten can be yours for just $12!

Come to the Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville on Friday, December 30 from Noon to 6 PM and Saturday, December 31 from 10 AM to 4 PM. Start the New Year right by adopting the love of your life!

Visit for more information or to see animals available for adoption.

"The Dog that Faced bin Laden"

Bin_laden_raid"The Dog that Faced bin Laden" is the top animal story of 2011, according to TIME magazine. Here's what the magazine wrote about the story:

"We're frequently told that a dog is man's best friend — but not if that man happened to be Osama bin Laden. One of the overlooked story lines in the remarkable operation carried out by the American commando team that went to Pakistan and killed the al-Qaeda leader in the early hours of May 2 is the role played by the only member on four legs. Wearing canine armor, the trained military dog, believed to be either a German shepherd or a Belgian Malinois, was attached to a human SEAL and lowered from a helicopter into the compound in Abbottabad. He had the ability to sniff out hidden explosives and find any secret rooms of bin Laden's. And if any of the bad guys had tried to escape, the dog could have easily given chase, seeing as a shepherd or a Malinois runs twice as quickly as humans.

"If the dog ever needs a reference, it doesn't get much better than having the following remark on your résumé, courtesy of General David Petraeus, then commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan (he's also said the military needs more dogs): 'The capability they bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine.' "

To see TIME's Top 10 Animal Stories of 2011, go to:,28804,2101344_2100782,00.html

Photo credit: Brennan Linsley, AP

"Home for the Howlidays"-$25 Adoptions-Asheville, Dec. 23-24

HomefortheHowlidaysLooking for a special way to celebrate Chanukah and Christmas? How about adopting the love of your life!

Now you can, at Asheville Humane Society's "Home for the Howlidays" special adoption event, taking place on Friday, Dec. 23 from 12 to 6 PM and Saturday, Dec. 24 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville. Every lovable animal -- cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies -- is available for just $25.

Take home an animal and get the unconditional love of a pet this holiday season!

For more information, visit

An excellent article about adopting puppies from shelters rather than buying them from pet stores, which typically sell puppies from puppy mills, appeared in the Dec. 21 edition of the Asheville Citizen-Times. The article includes important information from Katherine Shenar, president/CEO, Asheville Humane Society. You can read it here.

Illustration credit: Image: Grant Cochrane /

New Transport Program Helps WNC Animals

Transport - Buddy and Angie 1On December 14, Appalachian Animal Rescue Coalition (AARC), a new life-saving alliance, began regular transports from WNC to rescue organizations in the northeastern United States, where spay/neuter laws have been so successful that the destination agencies have more people eager to adopts pets than animals available for adoption.

AARC has been organized by Animal Compassion Network (ACN), a rescue organization that serves all of Western North Carolina, P.A.W.S. Animal Shelter in Bryson City, Jackson County Humane Society (ARF) and Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue in Transylvania. 

What makes AARC different from other transport programs is that the four WNC rescue organizations are working collaboratively to help more dogs, including those from outlying counties where help is not as readily available. AARC has formed partnerships with northern safe-for-life rescue organizations that are ready and willing to receive transports on a monthly basis so they can meet the higher demand for adoptable pets in Massachusetts and New Jersey. The dogs who are transported will come from Buncombe, Haywood, Swain, Jackson, Transylvania, Madison and Rutherford counties. 

Volunteers are needed to fill several roles and donations are needed to cover transport expenses. Donations will help defray transport costs. Checks may be sent to Animal Compassion Network (write Transport Program on the memo line) at 803 Fairview St., Asheville, NC 28803. Anyone interested in being a foster or a transport-loading volunteer – or who has questions first – should contact Angie Wilt at or at Animal Compassion Network’s Pet Harmony pet store for rescued pets at (828) 274-3647.

A Holiday Gift for You!

Best of CMDog coverCarolina Mountain Dog would like to thank all of our loyal readers with a free gift this holiday season. 

We've put together "The Best of Carolina Mountain Dog," a compilation of more than 100 blog posts with all links included. This publication is packed with information from more than two years of Carolina Mountain Dog, the most popular dog blog in the Carolina mountains, all in one convenient eBook.

To get your free copy, simply go to and download the eBook in the format of your choice. Tell your friends about "The Best of Carolina Mountain Dog" too. Enjoy it with our compliments and best wishes for Christmas, Hanukkah, and the New Year!

Brother Wolf Holiday Open House-Dec. 18, Asheville

BwarlogoYou are invited to the Holiday Open House at Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, 31 Glendale Avenue, Asheville, on Sunday, December 18 from 12 to 4 PM. Come to Brother Wolf's adoption center and enjoy free refreshments, projects for kids, sweet treats for sale, gift ideas for pets and people, and free "pawdicures"!

Bring a gift for the animals from the wish list found at, tour the adoption center, and get 50 percent of all merchandise at the Second Chances Thrift Store on this day only. For more information visit

Pet Adoption Fair-Asheville, Dec. 17

SubaruSubaru's charitable work is widely known, and the company's support of animal causes is to be commended. In the Asheville area, Prestige Subaru is a major supporter of animal adoption efforts.

Join ACN (Animal Compassion Network) and Prestige Subaru for an Adoption Fair on Saturday, December 17 from 11 AM to 3 PM at Prestige Subaru, 585 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC, where you can "find your dream car and a forever friend."

For additional details, visit the ACN website:

7 Home Remedies for Your Dog

Care2 When your dog is feeling a little blah, you may be able to administer a treatment that you have around your house. That's right, home remedies exist to make Fido feel fine.

Find out how things like Vitamin E, plain yogurt, and chamomile tea could do the trick in this helpful article from Care2, adapted from PetMD.

If you haven't discovered, by the way, take a look at the site. Of particular interest to dog lovers is the Animal Welfare cause section, which covers a wide variety of stories from around the world about animals.

"Paws on a Mission" Brings Joy to Hospital Patients

Paws on a Mission is a hospital-based pet therapy program that operates at Mission Hospital in Asheville. It is a wonderful program any time of year that brings joy to patients in 19 hospital areas and waiting rooms on three Mission campuses as well as The McDowell Hospital.

During the holidays, Paws on a Mission is especially welcome, particularly by children at Mission Children's Hospital. Check out this heart-warming video to see how much these pets mean to the kids.

Santa Paws and Open House-Dec. 10, Boone, NC

WataugaBring your family and your pet to visit with "Santa Paws" and have your family pet portrait photograhed on Saturday, December 10 from 1 to 5 PM during a Holiday Open House at the Watauga Humane Society's new Irma Baker Lyons Adoption and Education Center, 312 Paws Way in Boone, NC. Please bring gifts for the animals too!

For more information, visit, or call 828-264-7865.


"Starwolf Weavings" Support Full Moon Farm

Fullmoon wolf n woolWrap yourself in the "Spirit of the Wolf" and help a good cause at the same time! Starwolf Weavings was born of a desire to find a way to combine Dianne Woni Lea's love of knitting into much need funds for wolfdog rescue. Dianne uses collected undercoat of captive bred wolves and wolfdogs (Spring blow) sent to her from rescues and sanctuaries. It is processed at a local fiber mill and combined with sheep fleece and is spun into the "Wolf 'n Wool" yarn. Wolf 'n Wool yarn is combined in each item Dianne makes. It is soft and reminiscent of angora fiber. It develops its own fluffy "halo" the more it is worn.

Hat and scarf sets are $89; hats are $25, and scarves are $75.  Shawls can be rectangle or triangle and are $150. All items are hand-knit, each one is unique, and none are exactly the same. You can reach Dianne on Facebook (Dianne Woni Lea of Starwolf Weavings) or email her: Choose your colors from a vast selection of colors and place your order for a custom-made Wolf 'n Wool shawl or scarf & hat set. 100% of all monies generated from sales will go directly to rescue efforts at Full Moon Farm. You may pay directly to Full Moon Farm at Once you have made your purchase Dianne will contact you for color preferences. When the project is complete, in 2-3 weeks, it will be mailed directly to you. Full Moon Farm is a nonprofit organization in Black Mountain for abused and refused wolfdogs. 

Free Seminar for Dog Adopters-Dec. 6, Asheville

KimstimpsonA free seminar, "Perfect Match: Choosing and Creating a Versatile Dog," will be held on Tuesday, December 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the Education Room at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville. (Off Brevard and Pond Roads, behind Deal Volkswagen).

Topics covered will include:

* Reasons for adopting a dog 
* How a dog will change your life 
* Lifestyle and breeds: choosing a good match 
* True financial costs of adding a dog to the family 
* Basic, positive reinforcement for training good behaviors


The seminar will be conducted by Kim Stimpson, a positive change specialist and director of Building Me Up Communications and Opportunity Strategies. She facilitates self-designed programs that demonstrate powerful ways to create lasting change using positive methods. Her passion and dedication is to the use of positive reinforcement for win-win relationships. It is her belief that dog training begins with a mutually beneficial relationship and the ‘catch them being good’ theory. Reservations are preferred, but drop-ins are welcome. To reserve your spot, please email