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October 2012

Taste of Compassion, Asheville, Nov. 8

ScreenHunter_04 Oct. 17 10.32Animal Compassion Network (ACN) will hold its 9th annual Taste of Compassion, a wine tasting and silent auction, on Thursday, November 8, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at The Venue on Market Street in Asheville.

The event features a tasting of over 20 wines, food from area establishments, a silent auction, music by One Leg Up, and more. Wines will be available for purchase. The silent auction will include such items as autographed books by bestselling authors, artwork, jewelry, spa treatments, vacations, and more. Participants will be able to bid on a new 2013 Subaru donated by Prestige Subaru. A trolley service will take guests to and from nearby free parking lots. Proceeds benefit the programs and services of ACN, one of Western North Carolina's leading animal welfare organizations.

Tickets for the event are $30 in advance of $35 at the door and are available at ACN's Pet Harmony adoption store at 803 Fairview Street (off Hendersonville Road), Asheville, by phone at (828) 274-3647, or online at .

Help Animals During Superstorm Sandy's Aftermath

Hsus photoThe Humane Society of the United States' Animal Rescue Team is assisting animals and people in the wake of Hurricane Sandy's destruction, and is prepared for ongoing disaster relief after this historic storm.

The HSUS can't help animals in disaster-affected areas without assistance. The organization needs help to make its preparedness, rescue, and relief work possible.

Please consider making a donation to the HSUS Disaster Relief Fund today. Your support ensures that the HSUS team can continue to answer the call during times of disaster wherever and whenever animals need them.

Your gift will be used exclusively for HSUS relief work to help animals during this and other disasters.

Thank you.

Photo: Humane Society of the United States

Highlands "Hound"oween Parade, Highlands, Oct. 31

ScreenHunter_02 Oct. 27 14.26Bring your doggie in dress-up clothes to the Second Annual Highlands "Hound"oween Parade on Wednesday, October 31 at 5:15 PM. Meet at the Falls On Main, Highlands, beside Mountain Fresh, just before the town Trick-or-Treat Fest.

The entry fee is $15 per do in advance, $20 at the event. Tickets can be purchased at Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, Woof Gang Bakery or Paws on the Mountain. All proceeds benefit Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society. There'll be major awards and prizes and lots of fun!

Also join us for the parade after-party at the Ugly Dog Pub, where there'll be free biscuits, water, beer and sliders!

For more information, contact Cathi Overton, (678) 227-8000.

3 Reasons to Feed Your Pet a Raw Diet

Guest Post by Kristi King, Owner, Green Earth Pet Food

Green Earth Pet Food JPG (2)When asked to write a guest blog on three reasons to feed a raw diet, I realized I had a huge problem:  how do I narrow it down to just three?  So I decided to “cheat” a little by including a few reasons within each of the three reasons.  Here goes:

1.  Health!  We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.”  This is also true for dogs.  Dogs are scavenger carnivores, meaning they are meant to eat meat (they have sharp teeth for tearing meat and no flat molars meant for grinding grains/grasses).  Dogs can also eat some fruits, veggies and the occasional pesky fly.  Raw food’s main ingredient is meat, usually over 50%.  On the other hand, even the best kibble must contain 40%-50% starchy carbs just to form the kibble shape.  Raw food also boosts the health of your pet’s digestive tract with lots of naturally-occurring digestive enzymes and “good” bacteria, which in turn boosts your pet’s immune system so your pet’s body can naturally fight off illness, allergies and disease.  Plus, the high meat content and low carb content means raw food helps your dog easily maintain a healthy weight.

2.  Save Money!  A healthy dog only needs to see the vet occasionally for a checkup.  With a strong and healthy immune system, there is no need for vaccinations after initial core vaccines, no need for internal or external parasite medications, and no need for skin allergy medications.  With a strong and lean body, there is no need for prescription “diet” foods and no need for medications for obesity-related diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, etc.  With chewing on raw meaty bones, there is no tartar build-up so no need for expensive teeth cleaning.

3.  Happiness!  Eating a species-appropriate diet of real meat means your dog will not feel hungry all the time.  Plus, chewing on raw bones releases endorphins for dogs, exercises their jaw muscles and keeps them from becoming bored.  And isn’t that what we all want?  A happy, healthy dog!

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Howl'oween Pet Adoptathon, Asheville, Oct. 27-28

ScreenHunter_02 Oct. 17 10.20Animal Compassion Network (ACN) will host the 13th Annual Prestige Subaru "Howl'oween Pet Adoptathon" on Saturday and Sunday, October 27 and 28, from 11 AM to 5 PM. The even will take place in and around ACN's adoption center, Pet Harmony, located at 803 Fairview Street, just off Hendersonville Road in Asheville.


ACN and other rescue groups, breed rescues, and area shelters will join together for this pet adoption extravaganza. Dress up your kids, yourself, and your pets for the Howl'oween Costume Contest on Saturday for a chance to win great prizes for best pet costume, best kid costume (under age 15) and best human/pet combo costume. All individual costume winners, in addition to other prizes, will receive a free family portrait provided by the mobile photography professionals of Motofoto Studio.

Trick-or-treating for kids and dogs, portrait photo services, and free "paw"dicures by Muddy Paws Grooming will be available at the event. Pizza from Frank's Roman Pizza and beverages will also be available.

Howl-O-Ween Block Party, Asheville, Oct. 27

ScreenHunter_01 Oct. 17 10.09Asheville Humane Society and Three Dog Bakery present "Howl-O-Ween Block Party," taking place on Wall Street in Asheville on Saturday, October 27 beginning at 11 AM with pre-registration starting at 10:30 AM.

Your dog can compete in contests including Best Tail Wag, Best Trick, Best Small Dog, Best Large Dog, and Best Costume. Winners will receive fabulous prizes courtesy of Three Dog Bakery, located right around the corner from Wall Street at 21 Battery Park. Contest entry fee is $5 per dog per contest.

Come on down to Wall Street and bring your four-legged friends along to enjoy doggie contests, treats from Three Dog Bakery, and live music from Mountain Feist. Visit pet-friendly vendors and have your pooch pal photographed. And be sure to stop by the kissing booth!

It's be a whole bunch of frighful fun on October 27 in downtown Asheville!

Yappy Hour, Asheville, Oct. 25

Dog drinking cocktail

WNC's finest event for Fido is Yappy Hour... and the next Yappy Hour will be held on Thursday, October 25 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. And since this Yappy Hour is close to Halloween, there will also be a doggie costume contest -- so bring along Fido dressed to the nines!

Your four-legged friend will enjoy specially made doggie treats and doggie drinks while socializing with other cool canines at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, 26 All Souls Crescent, Biltmore Village, 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 .

Woofstock, Greenville, SC, Nov. 3

ScreenHunter_02 Sep. 13 13.19Greenville Humane Society invites all dog lovers to "Woofstock," one day of brews, bands, and barks, on Saturday, November 3 from 11 AM to 5 PM. Gates open at 10:30 AM and live music and beer sampling beings at 11 AM. Munchies will be available for sale throughout the day. Woofstock will be held at Watson Aviation Field, 65 Watson Aviation Road (off of Pleasantburg Drive) in Greenville, SC.

This dog-friendly festival will feature live bands (Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Sound Committee, and Tonight's Noise) along with dozens of regional craft beers produced by many fine local breweries. Mellow dogs on leashes are welcome (one dog per person). Coolers with unopened water/soda plastic bottles and cans, as well as unopened food items, are permitted, as are blankets, tarps, and lawn chairs. A photo ID is required to participate in the beer sampling.

Important! Tickets for this event are available online only. No tickets will be sold at the event. Early bird discount available until October 25. For more information and for tickets, visit:

"Dogs on the Deck" Party-Asheville, Oct. 20

ScreenHunter_05 Oct. 17 17.55BMW of Asheville and Acropolis Pizza present the first "Dogs on the Deck" Party on Saturday, October 20 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM at Acropolis Pizza, 140 Airport Road, Asheville.

  • Bring your best 2- and 4-legged friends for snacks and treats (including doggie treats from Woof Gang Bakery)
  • Prizes will be awarded for the best doggie's "seasonal" fashion statement.
  • The incredible limited edtiion BMW Lime Rock M3 will be on display
  • The Asheville Tourists will have their Championship Trophy on display
  • Get pet tips from the great staff at White Oak Veterinary Hospital.

Just $10 per 2-legged guests and 4-legged guests are free! Proceeds benefit Asheville Humane Society's efforts to save the lives of Buncombe County's homeless animals.

Stop on by!

Fix Your Pit for Free on Oct. 19!

PitbullIn honor of National Pit Bull Awareness Day, the Animal Coalition of Buncombe County will spay or neuter 50 pit bull or pit bull mix dogs for free on Friday, October 19 at the Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic in Asheville.

Only 50 spaces are available and will fill up quickly. Appointments are required. To take advantage of this special offer, call (828) 252-2079 today! Free microchipping and training advice will also be available.

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Acupuncture Clinic at MoonDoggies on Thursdays

ScreenHunter_01 Oct. 12 14.36Dr. Beth Jones of Asheville Animal Acupuncture will be holding an acupuncture clinic every Thursday at MoonDoggies Natural Pet Food, 1263 Smokey Park Highway, Candler. The store's hours are 10 AM to 5 PM.

Dr. Jones is an Asheville native and has been a veterinarian for almost twenty years. She received her training in veterinary acupuncture ten years ago. Dr. Jones' special interests are chronic pain, such as arthritis and hip dysplasia, and back pain. She can also help with post-surgical pain and recovery. She has many patients who have intervertebral disk disease, and she helps them avoid surgery or recover more quickly after surgery.

Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medical treatment for animals when it is administered by a trained veterinarian. Clinical research has been conducted showing positive results in the treatment of both humans and animals. It is often used for musculoskeletal and nerve problems. It can also be helpful with allergies, behavior issues, and many other conditions.

For more information about Dr. Jones and acupuncture, visit:

Canine Cuties Photo Contest, Oct. 15 - Oct. 26

Dog with photosYou know you have the best lookin' dog around -- so why not prove it by entering the "Pretty Pitties, Handsome Hounds and Other Canine Cuties" Photo Contest, being held from October 15 - October 26, 2012.

Simply submit a picture of your pitbull, hound dog, or other canine cutie to and you'll be able to compete for bragging rights. Asheville Humane Society will take votes from the public via its Facebook page and then, based on the winning votes, we'll crown the "Prettiest Pitty," "Most Handsome Hound," and "Cutest Canine" in Asheville!

For more details about the contest, go to

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Rabies Clinic, Oct. 13, Asheville

Dog_being_vaccinatedNeed to get your dog vaccinated? Come to a low-cost shot clinic on Saturday, October 13. It will be held from 10 AM to 2 PM at Murray Hill Park (off Bartlett Street in the River District of 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. FVRCP/FELV combo for cats is $20. Microchipping and ID tagging will also be available.

Get a Cat Friend for Your Dog! Just $3 through Oct. 13!

ScreenHunter_01 Oct. 11 14.56Of course everyone who reads Carolina Mountain Dog is a dog lover -- but we know plenty of you love cats, too! In fact, while a dog's best friend is rumored to be his human, Fido can often feel very friendly towards a feline!

That's why you should know about the special adoption promotion going on at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friends Lane, Asheville (behind Harmony Motors, off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the Farmers Market). Through Saturday, October 13, you can take your pick of the cool cats and cute kitties for just $3 each. So get on over to the Adoption Center from 12 through 6 PM and find your doggie a pal!

For more details, visit

"Barktoberfest" in Morganton, Oct. 28, Looking for Sponsors, Vendors

ScreenHunter_01 Oct. 04 09.44Morganton, NC will be holding its first annual "Barktoberfest" on Sunday, October 28 from 2 to 5 PM in the Catawba Meadows Park. This fun-filled dog-friendly event includes various contests like Best Tail Wagger, Best Trick, Halloween Costume contests, and more. Event proceeds will benefit both The American Heart Association and The American Cancer Society.

Registration will include a special doggie goodies bag, entry into the contests and a 1-mile fun walk. Pre-registration is recommended. Visit the Barktoberfest Facebook page,, for a registration form.

Sponsors and vendors are welcome to participate in the event. For additional sponsor and vendor information, including sponsor and vendor booth applications, visit the Barktoberfest Facebook page.

Bark Management 101

By the Editors of Exceptional Canine for Exceptional Canine

Bark Management 101

Dogs bark. That’s how they communicate. But what if your dog barks incessantly? What if your dog is waking the baby up all the time or driving the neighbors crazy? Don’t call the doggie psychologist quite yet. Sometimes, you simply need to correctly diagnose the problem, and then teach your dog to stop the behavior. Here are some strategies:

Figure out What Your Dog Needs
Your dog barks because it wants your attention. Instead of ignoring the barks or hushing your dog, step back and try to figure out what your pal is trying to tell you. Ask yourself: Is your dog bored? Sad? Anxious? Afraid? Lonely? Most of these conditions can be fixed by spending more productive time together. Here’s what you can do to help:

Engage your dog. Instead of sitting on your patio and reading a book with your dog nearby, play a game of fetch or teach a new command         

Burn energy. Your dog might need more stimulation in the way of longer walks or jogs to feel part of the greater world. Moreover, exercise will zap excess energy that your dog will otherwise burn by barking.

Hire help. If you find you’re short on time, hire a dog walker or neighborhood kid who can entertain your pooch.

Be good company. Keep your dog inside with you, if possible, so that your best friend can at least feel your presence.

Behavior Modification
If you know your dog is perfectly self-actualized, perhaps you’ve unknowingly taught your dog to bark. For example, the owner who opens the door when the dog “speaks” reinforces the dog’s notion that you will respond to vocal commands. If this is the case, you’ll have to try behavior modification.

Teach your dog the command “Be quiet”: First, ask your dog to bark. Then, hold a treat in front of your dog’s nose. Your dog will immediately stop barking to sniff, at which point you say, “Be quiet.” When your dog complies, reward it with verbal encouragement and strokes. After three seconds of quiet, give your dog a treat. If your dog makes a mistake (and your pal will), clap your hands to provide a distraction and repeat the exercise.

Dogs With Barking in the DNA
Several breeds are known for barking, and unless you aim to purchase a watchdog, you may want to take this into consideration when you select a dog. These breeds include:

  • Chihuahua
  • Cairn Terrier
  • German Shepherd
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Scottish Terrier
  • Rottweiler
  • West Highland White Terrier
  • Yorkshire Terrier

Dogs that bark too much can be completely irritating. Make sure your pet minds its manners and barks only when necessary -- such as when your football team scores a touchdown.


Rabies Clinic, Oct. 6, Weaverville

Dog_being_vaccinatedNeed to get your dog vaccinated? Come to a low-cost shot clinic on Saturday, October 6. It will be held from 10 AM to 2 PM at North Windy Ridge School in 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. Microchipping and ID tagging will also be available.

"Tail-gate" Adoption Party, Asheville, Oct. 6

ScreenHunter_02 Oct. 04 16.20In celebration of "Adopt-A-Dog Month," Asheville Humane Society will be holding a fun-filled adoption promotion on Saturday, October 6 from 12 to 6 PM at the Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (behind Harmony Motors off of Brevard and Pond Roads near the Farmers Market).

Check out all the dogs (and cats) available for adoption at and stop by. Whether your game is football, running, or swimming, Asheville Humane Society has a dog for you.  "Couch Potato" dogs are also available if you need a friend for hours of lazy TV time!

Photo: Asheville Humane Society

Have Fun and Support the AHS Animal Fostering Program at Trivia Night, Oct. 13!

ScreenHunter_03 Oct. 02 14.00Here's a way to have a brain-teasing good time on a Saturday evening while you support the important work of Asheville Humane Society. On Saturday, October 13, Asheville Humane Society will sponsor its second annual "BYOB (Bring Your Own Brain) Trivia Night." The event begins promptly at 7 PM at the Crowne Plaza Tennis & Golf Resort in Asheville.

Tables of eight people test their trivia-guessing skills to see who can win cash prizes. Also included in the evening's festivities is a silent auction with fabulous items, including a "wine grab," games, raffles for prizes, and more.

Tickets are $15 each. A vegetarian buffet is available at additional cost. All proceeds will be used by Asheville Humane Society to purchase medicine, food and supplies for the foster program, which places hundreds of homeless animals who are sick or need special attention in temporary homes to ready them for adoption. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: