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Low Cost Vaccinations - Asheville, Sept. 29

Dog_being_vaccinatedNeed to get your dog vaccinated? Come to a low-cost shot clinic on Saturday, September 29 at the following locations:

9 AM - Noon: Tractor Supply, Old Brevard Road, Asheville

1 PM - 3 PM: Tractor Supply, Monticello Road, Weaverville

1 and 3-year rabies shots are just $10. (You must have a prior certificate to get a 3-year vaccine.) DHLPP or DHPP is $15 and Bordetella (kennel cough) is $15. FVRCP/FELV combo for cats is $20.

This service is provided by James Boatwright, DVM. For more information call (828) 553-5792.


Free Housetraining Session-Asheville, Sept. 29

ScreenHunter_02 May. 23 15.15Pet Behavior Aid is offering "Housetraining 101," a free one hour housetraining help session, on Saturday, September 29 from 10 to 11 AM. The session will be conducted at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption and Education Center 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: www.petbehavioraid.org, email info@petbehavioraid.org, or call (828) 707-0644.


Yappy Hour, Asheville, Sept. 27

Dog drinking cocktail

WNC's finest event for Fido is Yappy Hour... and the next Yappy Hour will be held on Thursday, September 27 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 Frankie Bones Restaurant in the Village at Gerber, 2 Gerber Road (off Hendersonville Road), Asheville.

The Yappy Hour is sponsored by Mix 96.5 and Kia for the benefit of 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 http://www.ashevillehumane.org .


How to Read Your Dog

By the Editors of Exceptional Canine for Exceptional Canine

How to Read Your Dog

A person’s eyes might be the window to his or her soul. We learn to read other people through eye contact, facial expression and body language -- not to mention through what they say to us!

But your best indication of what’s on your dog’s mind comes through his tail. By learning to pay close attention to this literal flag and interpreting its signals, you can better meet your dog’s needs and learn to relate to your best pal.

How Your Dog Communicates

Dogs communicate with their entire bodies. When you get home from work, your dog probably wiggles and waggles from top to bottom, eyes alight, ears perked up and voice greeting you with short, high-pitched yaps. But even if you were to ignore these clues, you could ascertain all the information you need to know to make an accurate judgment about your dog’s mood from his tail alone. Consider these basic communications:

  • The excited wag: This is the equivalent of the human shimmy. The tail whips back and forth; the body fizzes into a frenzy to indicate happiness and pleasure.
  • The wary wag: If your dog is unsure, he might slowly move his tail back and forth at an angle parallel to the ground. Your dog’s head might dip slightly.
  • The sentinel wag: Beware the animal that stands at alert with tail wagging high in the sky. This position is that of a guard dog ready to respond to action.
  • The alpha wag: The dominant dog will let you know he thinks he’s the one in control by hoisting a stiff tail high up in the air and then swinging it back and forth at a quick pace.
  • The beta wag: A submissive dog will drop his tail and quiet its movement. He might even hide it between his legs in a sign of surrender.

Get to Know Your Dog

Every dog has dozens of wags in his repertoire to communicate with you. The key, then, is to slow down and analyze them. It’s important to get to know your own dog well, notes Exceptional Canine expert trainer Stacy Braslau-Schneck. A normal expression can vary from breed to breed and from dog to dog. If you spend more time watching how your dog reacts to situations, you’ll know what is normal. And you’ll be better prepared if your dog is fearful or wary.


Reminder: Lots of Good Stuff Here!

ScreenHunter_04 Sep. 03 16.37Carolina Mountain Dog has been publishing information for dog lovers in the Carolina mountains for over three years. While you're visiting this page and reading the latest posts, don't forget that there's lots more good stuff here! A quick overview:

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The Archives section provides you with a an easy way to access all posts by month.
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Furry Friends Benefit Bash, Waynesville, Oct. 4

ScreenHunter_01 Sep. 13 13.10Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation is holding its 4th annual "Furry Friends Benefit Bash" on Thursday, October 4 at 6 PM at Cork & Cleaver Restaurant in the Waynesville Inn. Join Haywood County animal lovers for an evening of fabulous food, fun, music, and live and silent auctions. You'll have a great time and be helping save the lives of Haywood County's homeless animals.

Tickets are $50 each and should be purchased in advance to assure your choice of food. Tickets can be purchased at Sarge's Adoption Center (256 Industrial Park Drive, Waynesville), Earthworks (21 N. Main Street, Waynesville), via mail, or online. More details here.


Free Fearful Dog Session-Asheville, Sept. 20

Be Brave

Pet Behavior Aid will hold a free information session for owners of fearful dogs on Thursday, September 20, 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 www.petbehavioraid.org 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 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


ACN Looking for Help on "Taste of Compassion" Event

ScreenHunter_02 Sep. 03 16.08Animal Compassion Network (ACN), one of the area's leading animal rescue organizations, will be holding its annual "Taste of Compassion" gala on November 8, 2012. The organization is currently recruiting sponsors, auction donors and volunteers for the event.

Event sponsors will receive major media attention, including logo inclusion in print media, Facebook and Twitter. Auction donors are asked to contribute one or more special items that highlight their unique business or artistic talent. Auction donors will have their items included in the event brochure and featured on ACN's website. This year's media sponsors are WLOS TV and Clear Channel Communications, who will cover the event.

"Taste of Compassion" will be a huge silent auction and gourmet wine-tasting. The event generally sells out each year, drawing hundreds of animal lovers who bid on items donated by local merchants and artists. Live music and gourmet food pairings highlight the evening's festivities.

Interested Event Sponsors and Silent Auction Donors should contact Ann McMartin at: annmcmartin@hotmail.com. Potential volunteers should contact Shawna Gilmore at: VolunteerCoordinator@animalcompassionnetwork.org.


Dine with Your Dog, Asheville, Sep. 23

ScreenHunter_01 Sep. 11 08.52On Sunday, September 23, come "dine with your dog" on the patio at Avenue M, a great north Asheville restaurant at 791 Merrimon Avenue. Seatings will be at 4 and 6 PM. The cost is just $15 per dog and $45 per two-legged guest.

Two-legged guests will enjoy a choice of items from a special three-course menu (including libations from a cash bar). Three Dog Bakery will serve up a three-course feast for the doggies, including a "yappetizer," main course, and canine confection. Proceeds from the event will benefit Asheville Humane Society.

Space is limited and reservations are required. Call (828) 350-8181 for reservations. 


Low Cost Vaccinations-Asheville, Sept. 15

Dog_being_vaccinatedNeed to get your dog vaccinated? Come to a low-cost shot clinic on Saturday, September 15 from 1 PM to 3 PM at Pet Harmony, the Pet Store for Rescued Pets, 803 Fairview Street (off Hendersonville Road) in Asheville.

1 and 3-year rabies shots are just $10. (You must have a prior certificate to get a 3-year vaccine.) DHLPP or DHPP is $15 and Bordetella (kennel cough) is $15. Microchip with free registration is $15, and a single application of Advantix/Advantage is $15 for a dog. Low and no cost spay/neuter vouchers are also available.

This service is sponsored by Animal Compassion Network and provided by Dr. Margaret Moncure, DVM. For more information call (828) 274-3647.


ReTail Scene: "Bone Appetit" Food and Water Mats

Food matHere's a cool idea from Better Buddies, an online pet supplies company with a heart.

The company has taken discarded donated yoga mats, run them through a sanitation process, and cut each one into a handy doggie food and water mat. The new "upcycled" pet food mat cuts down on landfills, wipes off clean with a sponge, is dishwasher safe and is totally one-of-a-kind! No two mats are alike as each one is cut out from different pre-existing yoga mats.

10 percent of profits from each product are donated directly to the Guardian Angel Program at the Best Friends Animal Society, helping the most severe-needs pets find a wonderful home.

Better Buddies is also giving a special 15 percent discount off all of its products to Carolina Mountain Dog readers. Just use the coupon code ADPT15 when you place your order. For more information about the mats, visit the Better Buddies website.


Free Puppy Social-Asheville, Sept. 8

ID-10036262Your puppy needs socialization with other dogs to develop into a healthy, balanced pet. Join other puppy owners at a puppy social on Saturday, September 8 from 9 to 10 AM, at Asheville Humane Society's Adooption and Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Pond and Brevard Roads near the WNC Farmers Market).

Mingle with other puppy parents and get your training questions answered by certified trainers while your puppy romps with other pups and meets new and different people and things. Doggie treat bag and human treats provided for all participants.

Requirements:
- 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 is a FREE family friendly event, but space is limited! Reserve your puppy’s spot today. Call (828) 707-0644 or email  info@petbehavioraid.org to make a reservation. For more information visitwww.petbehavioraid.org

Image: nixxphotography / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Low Cost Vaccinations - Asheville, Sept. 8

Dog_being_vaccinatedNeed to get your dog vaccinated? Come to a low-cost shot clinic on Saturday, September 8 from 11 AM to 3 PM at Pet Harmony, the Pet Store for Rescued Pets, 803 Fairview Street (off Hendersonville Road) in Asheville.

1 and 3-year rabies shots are just $10. (You must have a prior certificate to get a 3-year vaccine.) DHLPP or DHPP is $15 and Bordetella (kennel cough) is $15. Microchip with free registration is $15, and a single application of Advantix/Advantage is $15 for a dog. Low and no cost spay/neuter vouchers are also available.

This service is sponsored by Animal Compassion Network and provided by Dr. Margaret Moncure, DVM. For more information call (828) 274-3647.