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August 2012

Animal Campus Birthday Bash-$9.99 Adoptions, Aug. 31, Sep. 1!

ScreenHunter_01 Aug. 30 15.21Asheville Humane Society is celebrating its 2nd birthday in the Adoption Center on the Buncombe County Animal Campus with a special adoption promotion. On Friday, Aug. 31 (12 to 6 PM) and Saturday, Sep. 1 (10 AM to 6 PM), all dogs, puppies, cats and kittens will be available for adoption at the special price of just $9.99 each. This includes spay/neuter, microchipping, 30 days of insurance, and more.

To find the love of your life, come to the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane (off Brevard and Pond Roads behind Harmony Motors near the WNC Farmers Market) during this special Birthday Bash. Even if you're not adopting right now, stop by and drop off a present for a homeless animal!

Full Moon Farm 10th Anniversary Howl-In, Sept. 1

WolfdogFull Moon Farm is an organization dedicated to the well being of the wolfdog (wolf and dog hybrid). Situated on 17 beautiful mountain acres in Black Mountain, NC, the sactuary operates as a not-for-profit organization for abused and refused wolfdogs who find themselves in need of love, shelter, and care through no fault of their own. Full Moon Farm provides a safe haven for animals that cannot be placed into homes for the rest of their lives. 

You have the opportunity to visit this unique farm during the Full Moon Farm Howl-In on Saturday, September 1. Tours of the Farm begin at 3:00 PM.  Potluck supper begins at 5:00 PM.  A $5 donation includes main dish and water/soft drinks. Bring a side dish and join the fun! This will be a very special How-In since it celebrates the farm's 10th Anniversary.

For information and directions, visit, call (828) 664-9818 or email (Please note: On the day of the event, it is best to call, as the email account will be unmonitored). 

Stop the Barking-Asheville, Sept. 1

ScreenHunter_03 Jan. 13 16.13Pet Behavior Aid will hold a free session to help dog owners deal with barking. If you tried everything you know to do do to stop your dog from barking so much, then this session is for you. Learn the different types of barks, what they mean, and creative ways to stop the barking.

The session will be held on Saturday, September 1 from 11 AM to 12 PM at Patton Avenue Pet Company, 1388 Patton Avenue, Asheville (the bright blue building with the pet mural in the parking lot!).

For more information, visit or call (828) 707-0644. This session is sponsored by Pet Behavior Aid, an organization dedicated to to increasing the retention of companion animals in their homes in Western North Carolina.


Free Fearful Dog Session-Asheville, Aug. 30

Be Brave

Pet Behavior Aid will hold a free information session for owners of fearful dogs on Thursday, August 30, from 7 to 9 PM.

Topics include how to help your dog gain confidence, learning how to understand signs of anxiety and when to step in, how to prevent fear from becoming aggression, and fundamental techniques to help your "wallflower" blossom. The session will be held at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption and Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane (off Brevard and Pond Roads, behind Harmony Motors) in Asheville. Humans only, please.

For more information, visit or call (828) 707-0644. This session is sponsored by Pet Behavior Aid, an organization dedicated to to increasing the retention of companion animals in their homes in Western North Carolina.

Photo credit: Image: Stuart Miles /

Canine Cruisin': Graveyard Fields, Blue Ridge Parkway

CIMG3645Graveyard Fields may be the perfect doggie destination during the fall, so put it on your list of things to do. This area between Milepost 418 and 419 of the Blue Ridge Parkway (about 9 miles south of Mt. Pisgah) has it all: Stunning fall color, several waterfalls with accessible pools of water your dog will love, and trails that offer a variety of hiking experiences. 

A few tips to make your time at Graveyard Fields more enjoyable:

  • Dogs need to be on leash. Some of the paths are narrow and you can come upon other dogs quite suddenly, so be sure your dog is well-mannered
  • If you want to reach the various falls, be prepared to navigate long wooden stairways or uphill trails
  • Trails through the fields and leading to the Upper Falls are likely to be muddy in spots. It's a good idea to wear hiking boots -- and expect your dog to get dirty
  • With its 5,000-foot elevation, Graveyard Fields can be much cooler, so consider bringing a light jacket, especially in the fall
  • Accessible from a parking lot right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Graveyard Fields tends to be extremely crowded on weekends, especially during the peak fall color season.

Even with the things noted above, Graveyard Fields is sure to be a memorable excursion for you and your dog. 

Check out the Canine Cruisin' page for more information and photos.

Rabies Clinic, Fairview, Aug. 25

Dog_being_vaccinatedBuncombe County Department of Health, Buncombe County Sheriff’s Animal Services Division, Asheville Humane Society and Animal Compassion Network invite you to join us in the fight against the deadly Rabies virus.

Come to a Rabies Clinic on Saturday, August 25 from 10 AM to 2 PM, held at Fairview Elementary School, 1355 Charlotte Highway (US 74) in Fairview. 

In addition to low-cost rabies vaccines, other vaccines will be offered, as well as microchipping and ID tags for your dog. More information is available at

Yappy Hour, Arden, Aug. 23

Dog drinking cocktailIf you haven't been to WNC'sfinest event for Fido, you're invited to Yappy Hour on Thursday, August 23 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM!

Your four-legged friend will enjoy specially made doggie treats and doggie drinks while socializing with other cool canines at the Black Forest Restaurant, 2155 Hendersonville Road, Arden.

The Yappy Hour is sponsored by Mix 96.5 and Kia, and benefits Asheville Humane Society. Dogs are always free and their people cost just $10 each. All proceeds help care for the homeless animals of Buncombe County. And you'll meet some wonderful doggies up for adoption, too!

For more information, visit .

Curiosity Market Benefits Animal Haven, Asheville, Aug. 18

AnimalhavenLocal artists come together to support Animal Haven, an animal sanctuary in East Asheville, at the Curiosity Market in Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville on Saturday, August 18 from 10 AM to 4 PM.

A variety of unique artists will be present, along with acoustic entertainment, and the event is free to the public. Each market features a new raffle basket filled with donated items from local vendors. Proceeds benefit Animal Haven.

For more information, visit: .

Dog Day Afternoon! Asheville, Aug. 18

ScreenHunter_01 Aug. 09 12.06On Saturday, August 18th, the 1st Dog Day Afternoon festival will take place at the East Green of Carrier Park in West Asheville to celebrate all things canine and support local dog rescue organizations.

Animal Compassion Network, Asheville Humane Society, and Brother Wolf will be in attendance and will benefit from different parts of the festival. Each rescue group will have large adoption areas showcasing dogs ready for adoption in hopes of matching these would-be pets with a loving foster or forever home.

The event will kick off at 10:30 am with a dog-friendly fun run sponsored by Dr. Kani Nicolls around Carrier Park and will continue until 4 pm with two bands, dog contests including a Weiner Dog race, “Best Heinz 57”, “Most Ear- resistible” and the Fastest Dog in Asheville Competition. The Companion Dog Training School will also host an agility course and offer training tips for dog owners.

Two dog-loving bands, Xanderfly and headliner Big Daddy Love will perform on the Musician's Workshop  stage.

The festival would not be complete without a doggie photo booth from Flying Dogs Photography and a pretty pooch station with free nail trimming services, courtesy of the Gold Spot. Haw Creek Animal Hospital will have doctors and technicians on site at the pet first aid booth.

Local businesses will vend dog-friendly wares and products. Food will be available from Our Taco Truck, El Kimchi, Roly Poly, JW BBQ, and the Hop Ice Cream, with local craft beer flowing from Highland Brewing. Cool water for dogs AND humans will be available courtesy of Earth Fare and McKinney Insurance Services.

Attendees will also get to enjoy the beautiful walking trails and picnic areas surrounding the park. The festival will feature a large cooling tent as well as doggie pools to keep both dogs and humans beat the heat.

Dog Day Afternoon is a free event and produced by Mix 96.5, 98.1 the River, Prestige Subaru, and other local business sponsors. For further details, visit

The Real Story Behind Dog Odors

By Todd Wasserman for Exceptional Canine

The Real Story Behind Dog Odors

A dog’s sense of smell is said to be about 1,000 times stronger than ours. As dog owners, we should probably consider that something of a blessing. In fact, we’re often so unaware of our dog’s odor funk that it often takes a family member or good friend to point this out. (With tact, one hopes.)

Or maybe you have noticed that your beloved family pet smells a bit off lately. If so, you shouldn’t make a big stink about it; you should investigate, say experts. That’s because there are a range of possible causes from the harmless (your dog rolled in something) to the dire (cancer).

If you’ve tried obvious methods of alleviating the stench, including giving your dog a bath, a good combing and maybe a trip to the groomer, then you should take a closer look.

Sources of Dog Odors
Dr. Louis Crupi, a veterinarian in Nutley, N.J., says odors most often emanate from the ears and mouth. “Check to see if your dog is pulling at its ears or shaking its head,” which could indicate an infection.

Another common cause of dog funk is a yeast infection, which prompts a sickeningly sweet odor, says Dr. Tracy Dewhirst, a veterinarian based in Knoxville, Tenn., and a regular contributor to Exceptional Canine. “Any time you smell a sweet or sour odor on your dog, you should get it checked out,” she says. Yeast infections often signal an allergy of some sort. While yeast is normally found on the skin and ears in small numbers, a dog with allergies doesn’t have normal skin defenses, says Dr. Corrina Parsons of the Longwood Veterinary Center in Kennett Square, Penn. Yeast infections can be a problem for dogs in an environment that promotes yeast growth, such as a dog that swims and always has wet ears, notes Parsons.

However, yeast infections can also be an indication of thyroid problems or a weak immune system, notes Dewhirst.

Your dog’s breath might never smell like roses. But if it’s excessively malodorous, then it could also connote dental disease, tartar, back molar problems, stomach infections or oral cancer, says Dewhirst, who acknowledges that some dogs naturally have better breath than others. Of course, a regular program of canine dental care, including teeth-brushing, can help prevent dental problems.

You Won’t Miss This Dog Odor
If your dog’s anal sac is ruptured or partially or fully emptied for one reason or another, a telltale, feces-like scent signals something’s amiss. Even if your dog’s anal sac empties outside the house, there’s likely to be a trail of odor on the dog’s coat. Dogs often make it worse by rubbing their bottom on the floor in an effort to scratch the area. Dewhirst says an anal sac rupture or leak is usually an indication of a yeast or bacterial infection, but, in worst-case scenarios, can also be prompted by cancer. Obesity and food allergies are more common causes of anal sac inflammation.

Finally, there’s flatulence. Though it’s normal for your dog to pass gas on occasion, you should watch for an excessive degree, which could indicate a food allergy or, once again, cancer.

The important thing, caution experts, is to not dismiss your dog’s odors as commonplace. “Your dog shouldn’t smell,” says Dewhirst. “It’s not normal.”

Meanwhile, Crupi cautions to not overdo it with bathing, even if your dog is primarily an indoor pet. To get rid of those common smells, Crupi recommends frequent brushing. “You should brush rather than bathe,” says Crupi, noting that three to six baths a year is probably sufficient. “You want to preserve their natural oils.”

Todd Wasserman is a New York-based journalist whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Industry Standard, among other publications. He grew up in a house that always had dogs, and now he shares his home with a black Labrador, Mura. Todd is a frequent contributor to Exceptional Canine.

Kitten Caboodle & Doggie Doodle Adoptions-Asheville, Aug. 10, 11

Bloodhound with kittyOn Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11, you can adopt the love of your life at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center at a special price during the "Kitten Caboodle & Doggie Doodle" adoption event.

Every kitten and every adult dog is available for a $10 adoption fee, which includes spay/neuter, microchipping, vaccinations, and more.

Don't miss this opportunity to bring a wonderful dog or kitten into your home. Stop by on Friday from 12 PM to 6 PM or on Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM. The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, right next to the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, off of Brevard and Pond Roads near the Farmers Market. For further details, visit .

Blue Ridge Husky Rescue is a "Special Breed" of Organization

BrhuskyBlue Ridge Husky Rescue is a new nonprofit organization in Asheville dedicated to rescuing Siberian Huskies. The goal of Blue Ridge Husky Rescue is to place huskies into foster homes until they can be adopted by owners who understand their needs. Over 50 dogs have been placed to date.

According to founder Danielle Winkelman, huskies have "a particularly high surrender rate because they have some special needs above other dogs. They have a high exercise requirement because they were bred for endurance, and they are highly intelligent so they need mental stimulation as well."

The organization is looking for foster homes and donations. A fundraising benefit is currently underway for the organization, thanks to Merry Rosenfield, a talented jewelry artist and animal lover. From August 7 through August 12, Merry will donate 17 percent of her sales from her website,, to the organization. For more information, visit Blue Ridge Husky Rescue's Facebook page, go to the event dates and follow the link to

Additional information about Blue Ridge Husky Rescue is available at

Free Housetraining Session-Asheville, Aug. 9

ScreenHunter_02 May. 23 15.15Pet Behavior Aid is offering "Housetraining 101," a free one hour housetraining help session, on Thursday, August 9 from 7 to 8 PM. The session will be conducted in the Asheville Humane Society education room at 14 Forever Friend Lane in Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, behind Harmony Motors, near the WNC Farmers Market).

Topics include:

  • How to teach your dog when and where to eliminate
  • Housetraining schedules
  • Management options including crate training
  • Proper accident cleanup
  • Troubleshooting

The help session is free and open to the public, but donations are accepted and appreciated. Humans only, please.

For more information, visit:, email, or call (828) 707-0644.

"Formal Friday"- Adopt a Black and White! Asheville, Aug. 3

Formal dogCats and dogs will have their "tails" on at Asheville Humane Society's Formal Friday adoption event on Friday, August 3, from 12 to 6 PM. Come see a great selection of black-and-white cats and dogs available for adoption at 50% off the adoption fee. These are some of the nicest, friendliest animals around, so come on by and check them out. No formal attire required!

Formal Friday will be held at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (behind Harmony Motors and across from Asheville Ford, off Brevard Road near the Farmers Market). For more information, visit: .

Chain Free Madison Building Fences in Madison County

ChainfreeashevilleChainFree Asheville pioneered the concept of building fences for free to help unchain Asheville's dogs. The organization also lobbied for a ordinance in Asheville -- now in effect -- to make it unlawful to keep dogs on chains. Chain Free Asheville is now working with Buncombe County to extend the influence of the no-chain movement beyond the City of Asheville.

Taking a cue from ChainFree Asheville, Chain Free Madison is a new program in Madison County that does much the same thing. Friends of Madison County Animals started the program to build fences for people who would like to give their chained dogs some freedom. The organization is looking for volunteers who would like to help build fences, as well as contributions to the fence building fund. For more information, visit: .

Photo: ChainFree Asheville