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April 2012

Doggie Ice Cream Social, Asheville, May 3

Dog-eating-ice-creamBring your doggie to the first Doggie Ice Cream Social of the season on Thursday, May 3 from 6 to 8:30 PM. Enjoy doggie ice cream with other well-behaved, leashed pats on the patio at The Hop Ice Cream Cafe, 640 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville.

50 percent of proceeds from ice cream and doggie yogurt sales that evening will benefit Animal Compassion Network's foster/adoption program.

Warmer Winter Could Bring More Fleas

ScreenHunter_05 Apr. 17 16.03Yes, it has been a pleasure having a mild winter, hasn't it? Unfortunately, there is a potential downside for you and your dog. Some vets are predicting a flea season that is worse than most. Why? Because during cold weather, fleas are dormant, so a warmer winter could bring them to life earlier, meaning a longer "flea season."

Most dog owners are well aware of the wide variety of flea preventative treatments available. As an aside, if you are a Frontline user, there is now a less expensive generic version of Frontline available with the same ingredients. It is called Pet Armor and it is widely available at retail stores and online outlets. Of course, it is always a good idea to discuss any flea preventative treatment with your veterinarian.

Whatever you choose to use, the most important thing is to use it regularly. In fact, the climate in the Carolina mountains is temperate enough so that it makes sense to continue to treat your dog with a flea preventative year round. If you have ever had a flea infestation in your home, you know it is not fun. Flea preventative treatments are the best way to avoid this unfortunate situation.

Admittedly some pet owners do not like the chemicals in commercial flea preventative products. There is an alternative: natural products. There are several "natural" ways to prevent fleas with environmentally friendly, safe substances. They can be effective, but they may require testing and patience, since they are not completely foolproof.

If, however, you are strongly committed to solving the flea problem naturally, you might want to consider purchasing a copy of the eBook, "Flea Control: How to Get Rid of Fleas Naturally." This comprehensive guide discusses basic principles of fighting fleas naturally, outside prevention including five natural methods of outdoor flea control, ways to fight fleas on your pet by diet and using natural substances, and ways to rid your home of a flea infestation using natural substances. The book also contains a "toolkit" with chapter extras and checklists.

Full disclosure: This blogger authored the "Flea Control" book. I am a professional freelance writer with pet experience and I was contracted by the publisher to write this book. I can tell you that it was very carefully researched and was reviewed and received positive feedback from a number of veterinarians. For further details about the book, visit:

"Flea Control: How to Get Rid of Fleas Naturally" is available for $14.95 at the Amazon Kindle store. You can also purchase it directly from the publisher.

Paws on Parade, Asheville, April 28

ScreenHunter_03 Apr. 17 12.49The annual Paws on Parad Walk-A-Thon will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 9 to 11 AM at Carrier Park in Asheville. Dozens of dogs and their people will be raising funds for the Paws on a Mission Pet Therapy Program at Mission Health. After light refreshments, participants will high-tail it at their own pace around the Walk-A-Thon loop.

Hosted by Mission Foundation, the Paws on Parade Walk-A-Thon will add a Derby Finery hat contest this year. Participants are invited to wear their prettiest, most creative, or most outragious hat in honor of Kentucky Derby week. Humans and dogs sporting the best hats will be awarded prizes.

Paws on Parade is open to the public, and all well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, contact Jade Frank at (828) 213-0131, or via email:

The "WestvilleMinster" Dog Show, Asheville, April 28

ScreenHunter_01 Apr. 11 11.56The first annual "WestvilleMinster" Dog Show, a dog show for all dogs, will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 12 to 4 PM at Patton Avenue Pet Company, 1388 Patton Avenue in Asheville. For guests looking to add a new family member, there will be pet adoptions through Animal Compassion Network during the event.

Prizes will be awarded in categories that include "Best Smile," "Best Trick," "Most Mysterious Heritage," "Best Costume," Best Lap Dog over 50 Pounds," and more. Contest winners will receive prizes including trophies, gift baskets, and gift certificates. Dog registration is $10 per category with a maximum of three categories per dog. Admission to the event is $5. Only ten dogs will be entered in each category so pre-registration is recommended.

In addition to the dog contests, the event will also feature food vendors, live music and special guest judges including She-Wrex of the Blue Ridge Roller Girls, Tiffany LeMeaux of Freaks & Geeks Tattoo Sideshow and Jenny White of Dog-Ed .

Proceeds from the WestvilleMinster Dog Show will benefit Animal Compassion Network, a leading animal rescue organization in Western North Carolina. For more information about the event and to download a registration form, visit .

Operation Save a Pet, Boone, April 21-22

ScreenHunter_04 Apr. 11 13.22Family-fun activities abound on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and April 22, as Walmart celebrates the animals who are waiting patiently for forever families and homes with Operation Save A Pet. Between Noon and 4 PM each day, Watauga Humane Society’s dogs will be out front to greet everyone, a local well-respected veterinarian will be on hand to answer questions, and local pet services and stores will be there to share information on their offerings.

Walmart of Boone is located at 200 Watauga Village Drive, Boone, NC 28607. Stop by and pet a pup!

Yappy Hour, April 19, Asheville

Dog drinking cocktailIt's another season of the area's finest event for Fido: Asheville Humane Society's Yappy Hours!

During the Spring and Summer months, your four-legged friend can enjoy specially made doggie treats and doggie daquiries while socializing with other cool canines at various locations around town.

The first Yappy Hour, sponsored by Mix 96.5 and Kia, is Thursday, April 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Mellow Mushroom on Broadway Street in Asheville. Dogs are always free and their people cost just $10 each. All proceeds benefit the homeless animals of Buncombe County.

Paws 4 Kids, Asheville, April 21

ScreenHunter_05 Apr. 12 18.17On Saturday, April 21, from 10 AM to Noon, join Child Abuse Prevention Services for a stroll with your favorite four-legged friend through Town Square at Biltmore Park in south Asheville. This annual Paws 4 Kids event celebrates Child Abuse Awareness Month.
Come for a morning of information and activity including a dog agility demo, photo booth, pet adoptions, raffles, music and more! Registration for the walk starts at 9:00 a.m. $10 for Individual or Family - kids and dogs are free. Donations benefit Child Abuse Prevention Services and Asheville Humane Society.
For more information and to download a registration form, visit:

Buncombe County Rabies Clinic-Leicester, April 14

Dog and doctorBuncombe County will be holding a low-cost rabies and vaccination clinic for Buncombe County residents on Saturday, April 14 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Leicester Community Center, 2979 New Leicester Highway in Leicester, NC. Rabies vaccinations are $10 (1 or 3 years). DAPP and DALPP vaccinations for dogs are $15 each and FVRCP and FELV vaccinations for cats are $15 each. Vaccinations are provided by Appalachian Animal Hospital. Please bring your dog on a leash and your cat in a carrier!

In association with the clinic, Asheville Humane Society will be offering microchipping for dogs and cats for just $10 per animal, along with free ID tags and collars. 

April is Heartworm Awareness Month

ScreenHunter_02 Apr. 11 12.20Heartworm is a serious disease transmitted through mosquitos that can be fatal to dogs. As a dog owner, you should become familiar with heartworm disease and its symptoms. The easiest way to prevent heartworm disease is to assure that your pet is taking a monthly heartworm preventative. Discuss this with your veterinarian.

PetMD offers an excellent and comprehensive article written by a veterinarian that discusses heartworm in detail, including the lifecycle of the heartworm, signs of heartworms in dogs, diagnosis, and treatment. You can read the article here.

Bark for Life, Asheville, May 12

ScreenHunter_01 Feb. 14 12.36The third annual Bark for Life of Asheville will be held on Saturday, May 12 at Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Highway in Asheville.

The American Cancer Society Bark For LifeTM is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. By supporting Bark For Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps us move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

So bring your best canine friend and join the American Cancer Society for a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests, and games. Bark for Life is lots of fun for both humans and dogs, with great sponsors, kiddie pools for the dogs, free beer, doggie treats, food, and more.

To sign up as part of a team, or for additional details, visit .

Four Most Common Dog Emergencies

ScreenHunter_02 Feb. 06 20.37"Dr. Jon" is Dr. Jon Rappaport, a vet who started, which now boasts over 1 million visitors per month and maintains a library of over 10,000 veterinarian-approved articles. publishes a free e-mail newsletter that dog lovers will find very helpful.

It may surprise you to learn that the four most common dog emergencies may seem almost harmless at first glance, but each is an important signal that should not be overlooked. In each case, it is wise to observe the dog carefully and contact a veterinarian if the condition does not improve.

1. Vomiting: Dr. Jon says "this brings more patients into emergency clinics than any other condition." There are many causes of vomiting, ranging from simply eating the wrong thing to serious diseases.

2. Diarrhea: Similar to vomiting, diarrhea can be caused by a number of things. Excessive diarrhea can dehydrate a dog quickly and could be a sign of a serious condition.

3. Not eating: Dogs hardly ever turn away from food, which is why a dog with no appetite is probably far more serious than the same condition in a human. Again, the reason behind it could be simple or serious.

4. Foreign ingestion: Objects and poisonous substances can wreak havoc on a dog's system. While some things end up being harmless, others can be life-threatening, so this should not be taken lightly.

Check out this informative article on PetPlace: "21 Symptoms You Should Never Ignore."

Bark for Life, Hendersonville, May 5

ScreenHunter_04 Mar. 10 10.52A Bark for Life event will be held on Saturday, May 5 in downtown Hendersonville.

The American Cancer Society Bark For LifeTM is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. By supporting Bark For Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps us move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

So bring your best canine friend and join the American Cancer Society for a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests, and games.

To sign up as part of a team, or for additional details, visit  .

Run for the Paws, April 22, Fletcher

ScreenHunter_03 Mar. 10 10.41The Hunter Subaru 3rd Annual 'Run for the Paws' 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk and Wagging Wellness Fair will be held on Sunday, April 22nd at Fletcher Park, Fletcher, NC.

The 5K Run begins at 1:30 pm and the 1 Mile Walk starts at 1:45 pm. Following the race, awards will be presented to two- and four-legged contestants. The Wagging Wellness Fair, running until 4:30 pm, will feature live music by Warm the Bell, tasty food, beer from Pisgah Brewing, and free health checks for the public and activities for the kids. In addition to doggie games and nail trims, our furry friends will have a blast checking out the neat stuff at the pet vendor fair, showcasing booths from our sponsors and local businesses.

Bring the whole family for a fun afternoon in the park! Funds raised from Run for the Paws support Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

For more information, visit

Free Puppy Social, April 14, Asheville

ScreenHunter_01 Mar. 05 12.10Come to a free "Spring Time Puppy Social" on Saturday, April 14 from 9 to 10 AM at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption and Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville.

Mingle with other puppy parents and get your training questions answered by certified trainers while your puppy romps with other pups. Doggie treat bags and human treats provided for all participants. This is a FREE family friendly event, but space is limited!

Reserve your puppy’s spot today. Sign up at (828) 707-0644 or via email: For more information visit
-Ages 9-20 weeks of age
-Puppies must be healthy
-Must be in home at least 10 days prior to coming to social-Must have at least 2 sets of vaccinations
(copy of vet records required)
-Rabies vaccine is required (16 weeks and older)

This event is sponsored by Pet Behavior Aid, an organization dedicated to increasing the retention of companion animals in their homes in Western North Carolina.