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November 2012

Masquerade Fur Ball-Asheville, Dec. 31

ScreenHunter_01 Nov. 16 11.08The second annual Brother Wolf Animal Rescue "New Year's Eve Masquerade Furball" will be held on Monday, December 31 from 9 PM to 1 AM. Ring in 2013 and help a good cause too!

Festivities will occur at Céline and Company “On Broadway” (49 Broadway Street) in downtown Asheville. This promises to be a fabulous evening and includes heavy appetizers, open bar, music, local entertainment, silent auction, and door prizes with proceeds benefiting Brother Wolf. Tickets are $75 each, $140 per couple.

For more information, visit

Home for the Holidays Adoptions-Waynesville

ScreenHunter_02 Nov. 25 16.29Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation in Waynesville is sponsoring  "Home for the Holidays" to enable people to adopt dogs and cats from the Haywood County Animal Shelter at a reduced rate from November 21 through December 31.

Sarge’s and Aidan’s Fund will pay a portion of the adoption fee. All dogs adopted during this time will be available for $60.00.  Male cats can be adopted for $27.50 and females $37.50.  The fee covers the cost of spay/neuter and a rabies vaccination.

 The Haywood County Animal Shelter is located at 245 Hemlock Street in Waynesville. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9 AM to 5 PM, Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM, and Sunday 12 PM to 4 PM. The shelter will be closed Monday through Wednesday December 24-26.

For 2012, the group "Youth for Sarge's" is assisting in the event, hanging a wreath at the animal shelter and making stockings that will be displayed each time a dog or cat is adopted. Youth for Sarge's has raised $3,000 for the organization this year through a variety of fundraising activities.

Holiday Pet Food Drive in North Asheville

ScreenHunter_01 Nov. 25 16.26Animal Hospital of North Asheville is accepting donations of canned or dry pet food, blankets, pet toys, and cash donations for the holiday season on behalf of three local animal welfare organizations -- Asheville Humane Society, Animal Compassion Network, and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Donations will be evenly distributed among the three organizations.

Donations can be dropped off by the public at the veterinary hospital's location at 1 Beaverdam Road, Asheville during normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 8:30 PM and Saturday, 8 AM - Noon). Donations will be accepted until December 24.

For further information, call Animal Hospital of North Asheville at (828) 253-3393.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for Dogs!

ChristmasdogLooking for that perfect gift for your dog -- or a dog lover? Then check out Carolina Mountain Dog's great line-up of advertisers. From Patton Avenue Pet Company, a wonderful local business with its own dog park, to numerous leading online companies, you'll find what you're looking for right here!

Just click on any of the square ads on the right hand side of this page to find great deals this holiday season. Happy holidays from Carolina Mountain Dog!

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Free Leash Training Session-Asheville, Nov. 29

DogonleashIs your dog friendly towards dogs off-leash, but becomes a wild, reactive beast when restrained? Then this help session is for you!

Pet Behavior Aid presents "GGRRR!" -- a leash reactive dog help session -- on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 7 to 8:30 PM. It will be held at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (behind Harmony Motors, off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the Farmers Market).

Topics include:

  • How to read your dog's signals before he or she erupts
  • Management tools and ideas to reduce reactivity
  • Helpful behaviors to teach your feisty fido
  • How to set up for successful dog greetings

This help session is open to the public and free of charge, but donations will be accepted. The event is for humans only and no registration is required. This session will be repeated on Saturday, December 8 from 10 - 11:30 AM in the same location.

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

Image: Quinn Dombrowski, Flickr

Fantastic Furry Frenzy Adoptions-Asheville, Nov. 23, 24

ScreenHunter_02 Nov. 21 17.07Asheville Humane Society is offering its "Fantastic Furry Frenzy" adoption sale on Friday and Saturday, November 23 and 24. All animals are available for adoption at 50 to 75 percent off for two days only.

Come visit between 10 AM and 6 PM and find the love of your life! The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, off Brevard and Pond Roads, behind Harmony Motors and near the Farmers Market. For further information, visit:

Fix Common Dog Behavior Problems

By the Editors of Exceptional Canine for Exceptional Canine

Fix Common Dog Behavior Problems

Dogs aren’t born knowing our rules. They bark and jump and dig not because they’re being bad, but because it’s instinctual. Besides, it often gets a reaction from us. It’s up to us as owners to teach our pets how to express themselves in a manner we appreciate.

Often, common behavioral problems occur as our dogs engage in a natural behavior that conflicts with our needs. But you can teach your dog how to fit in to your household and the world around it. Here’s an overview of how to deal with several basic problems:

Stop Excessive Barking

Your dog barks to communicate in one of the only ways it knows how. Tend to your dog’s needs, and you can often circumvent the noise altogether. The key is to learn to read your dog’s body language. When your dog barks, try to deduce the cause. Is it because your dog is lonely, hungry, hot, bored? Then aim to correct the scenario with exercise, attention, play or a meal. If you’ve tried to get to the root of your dog’s barking habit but simply can’t seem to solve it, then it’s time to consider professional help from a trainer.

End Nipping

Dogs that nip aren’t aiming to hurt you. In many cases, they’re attempting to play. Try yipping loudly when your dog grazes you so it knows you’re hurt. Your dog will instinctively set its teeth less firmly next time. If the behavior occurs again, yip again. It might take some time, but your dog should learn control. (Note: If you’ve got a nipper, never let others approach your dog. Call out a verbal warning to children who go near your dog with an outstretched hand, or put a muzzle on your dog when you’re out.)

Stop Digging
Dogs entertain themselves by scrabbling in the dirt. They love to hide treasures, build dens and lie in the cool earth. And, frankly, it seems sort of unfair to ask them to stop this instinctual behavior altogether. Instead, block off a section of your yard and let your dog use it as a playground. Teach your dog to dig in this area by burying bones and toys, and offer praise for digging them up. If you’d like a cleaner alternative, construct a doggie sandbox.

Abate Jumping
Your dog’s habit of jumping on people can be terrible. Not only is it scary for some guests, but it also greatly increases your dry cleaning bill. When your dog jumps up, walk backward and say “Off!” Praise your pal when all four paws are back on the ground. Consistently using the right reinforcement should abate this behavior.

Stop Submissive Peeing
Dogs that want to show they’re submissive pee on the floor when you come into the house. Instead of scolding your pet -- which will cause it to feel further belittled -- immediately let it outside to pee when you step foot in the door, and ignore your dog for the first 10 minutes that you’re home. Sooner or later, your dog will realize that this behavior doesn’t register with you.

Ease Separation Anxiety
If your dog misses you, it might whine, cry, bark or become destructive when you leave the house. Often, this issue can be stopped by spending adequate time with your dog and exercising it so it doesn’t have the energy to get wound up when you’re not around. You’ll also want to teach your dog that you will return. Do this by practicing quiet departures, then coming home quickly. Offer a reward for good behavior.

Lucky for us, dogs are fast learners. If you provide the right instruction (sometimes with a bit of outside help), your dog will manage life in your household just fine.


Rabies Clinic, Asheville and Weaverville, Nov. 24

Dog_being_vaccinatedNeed to get your dog vaccinated? Come to a low-cost shot clinic on Saturday, November 24 at the following times and locations:

9 AM to 12 PM: Tractor Supply, Old Brevard Road, Asheville

1 PM to 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.

50% Off Adult Dog Adoption Fees-Asheville, Nov. 16-17

ScreenHunter_01 Nov. 15 11.40In honor of the latest "Twilight" movie premiere, Asheville Humane Society is having its own "pawmiere" of "Barking Dawn." On Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17 from 10 AM to 6 PM, adoption fees for all adult dogs are 50 percent off! Adoptions include all necessary vaccinations, microchip, 30 days of health insurance, a free vet check, and a starter bag of food.

The Adoption and Education Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, behind Harmony Motors and near the Farmers Market). For more information, visit:

4 Tips to Keep Your Dog's Coat Healthy

By Lauren Johnson for Exceptional Canine

4 Tips to Keep Your Dog’s Coat Healthy

Anyone with a furry friend can tell you that keeping up with a dog’s shedding is a full-time job. And some dogs can grow 100 feet of fur per day -- that’s adding up all the new strands covering the entire animal end-to-end, including the fluff between your dog’s toes -- so it’s easy to see why taking care of your dog’s coat can sometimes seem overwhelming. But all that fluff’s got real substance! You may not know it, but your dog’s fur:

  • Is eight times warmer than wool
  • Is fire-resistant
  • Wards off dirt
  • Repels static
  • Protects from parasites

So how do you keep your dog’s coat healthy and handsome? Use these tips and tricks from the experts to keep Fido’s coat glowing -- and growing.

A Healthy Diet
Like humans, dogs are only as healthy as what they eat, says Michael Weiss, a veterinarian at All Creatures Veterinary Care Center in Sewell, N.J. Two things to look for in your dog’s food:

  • Protein. If your dog lacks this vital nutrient, its body will dedicate protein to muscle first, leaving its fur and skin dry and dull. Make sure your dog’s food is rich in protein.
  • Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. These essential building blocks keep your dog’s coat healthy, thick and lustrous. They may also help reduce itching, dandruff and allergy-related skin problems. On the ingredients panel, look for fish oil, fish meal or flax, all excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

Exercise not only keeps your dog slim, it may also help keep her fur in top condition. Weiss says regular exercise benefits your dog’s overall health -- and a healthy dog is more likely to have a healthy, shiny coat.

The fact is you can’t keep your dog from shedding. But with a few key products and techniques, you can easily take great care of your dog’s coat at home to keep it looking its best:

  • Brush at least once a week. In order to keep your dog’s mane manageable, give the fur one good brush each week with a de-shedding brush to get out the undercoat, says New York City-based groomer Lisa Caputo from the dog service company Biscuits and Bath. Part the hair and brush from the skin out to avoid matting, moisture and heat build-up, which can cause yeast and bacteria. For an even slicker look, give your dog a quick brush every day.
  • Bathe with gentle shampoos and conditioners. If your dog has sensitive skin, try a hypoallergenic or oatmeal shampoo. Caputo recommends washing your pooch every four weeks.

Medical Checkups
If you notice your dog has consistently itchy, uncomfortable skin or is shedding more than usual, your best bet is to take him to a veterinarian. “There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution, and each dog is different,” says Weiss. “It could be something as small as a food allergy to a more serious problem, like ringworm.”

Lauren Johnson is a journalist living in New York City. Her work has appeared on and in Redbook, among other publications. This is Lauren's first article for Exceptional Canine.

Donate Doghouses for Haywood County-Nov. 17

ScreenHunter_01 Nov. 14 08.32Help keep Haywood County's dogs warm this winter by donating a doghouse to the doghouse donation drive. Drop your doghouse off on Saturday, November 17 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Petco, 825 Brevard Road in Asheville. Doghouses will also be accepted at Haywood County Animal Services, 245 Hemlock Street in Waynesville. If you do not have a doghouse to donate, cedar pet bedding, egg carton foam or other foam sheets, plastic sheeting and tarps, and wooden pallets will be accepted to be used as insulating materials. Volunteers will insulate the doghouses and donate them to Haywood County.

This donation event has been organized by Laura Wright of Asheville in memory of Peggy Irwin, who founded ChainFree Asheville. Irwin, who passed away in October, was the inspiration for the organization that builds free fences for previously chained dogs and has expanded its activities from Asheville to Buncombe County. Irwin was also instrumental in getting an anti-chaining ordinance passed in the city of Asheville. Haywood County does not currently have an anti-chaining law.


Project SANTA Looking for Donations

ScreenHunter_01 Nov. 05 09.40Project SANTA stands for Supporting Animal Needs Through Action. This project is similar to the classic "Toys for Tots" but provides needed supplies, food, toys, and monetary donations to the animals of Henderson and Buncombe counties through the Blue Ridge Humane Society and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.

Project SANTA encourages donations of money, time, or space to set up public drop-off points for the program. Businesses and individuals can become involved as sponsors, by making donations, or by purchasing items from Project SANTA's online store.

For updates about the organization's activities, visit their Facebook page: For detailed information, visit the website:

Common Sense Tips for Outdoor Safety

The fall is an ideal time to hike, bike, jog, walk and generally be outside with your dog. As enjoyable as it is, being outdoors more often also puts your dog at higher risk, so it pays to be cautious.

ScreenHunter_02 Oct. 02 13.41The ASPCA has prepared a very handy document, "Safety in the Great Outdoors," available in PDF form here. It includes helpful information about how to get ready for an outdoor trip, how to make sure your dog is ready for an outdoor excursion, what to get from your vet prior to venturing outdoors, information about common pests and parasites, safety tips for hiking and camping, and what to bring along to keep your dog safe.

Be sure to download your copy of "Safety in the Great Outdoors." It will help ensure your outdoor experiences with your dog this fall are both enjoyable and safe.

Photo: ASPCA

Stop the Barking-Asheville, Nov. 10

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, November 10 from 10 AM to 11 AM at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (behind Harmony Motors, off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the Farmers Market).

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.

Veterans: Adopt for Free at Asheville Humane Society Nov. 9 and 10

Patriotic DogAsheville Humane Society is proud to offer all veterans the opportunity to adopt any animal from the Adoption Center free of charge on Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10 from 10 AM to 6 PM. Whether it's a dog or cat, puppy or kitten, the love of your life may be waiting for you!

This special offer is available to U.S. military veterans, active duty military, National Guard and reservists. Proof of service is required.

The Adoption and Education Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane in Asheville, off Brevard and Pond Roads and behind Harmony Motors near the Farmers Market.

Free Puppy Social-Asheville, Nov. 10

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, November 10 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.

- 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 to make a reservation. For more information

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The Asheville Bow-Wowhaus, Asheville, Nov. 10

ScreenHunter_01 Oct. 22 09.29The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Asheville, along with Fine Arts Theatre, Asheville Art Musuem, Aloft Dowtown Asheville, and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, is sponsoring a design/build competition of doghouses to be auctioned as part of The Asheville Bow-Wowhaus on Saturday, November 10th. This event will also include a screening at the Fine Arts Theatre, of Michael Miner’s movie “Romanza, the California Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright”, followed by a reception, gala and auction, at the Asheville Art Museum.

The doghouses will be on display November 3rd through 10th at Aloft Downtown Asheville prior to the Gala event. In addition, a replica of a Frank Lloyd Wright doghouse wil be on display the weekend of the event.  Doghouses will be auctioned with proceeds benefiting Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and the Asheville Art Museum.  Tickets include heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and a dawg gone good time! 

Tickets to the event are $45 and include film screening at 4 PM, followed by a reception and auction at 6 PM on Nov. 10. Tickets can be purchased online here:

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month

OlderdogWhat's so great about senior dogs? A lot of things. They tend to be mellow, well-mannered, obedient, and downright lovable. They're a great addition to any household. While puppies seem to get a lot of attentino at shelters and adoption centers, don't overlook those senior dogs! They can make your heart melt and be the best pet you ever have.

If you're thinking about getting a dog, please consider adopting a senior dog from a local shelter or animal rescue organization during November, which has been designated Adopt a Senior Pet Month.

We've published a number of helpful articles about senior dogs in the past, and we provide links to them here:

Celebrating Senior Dogs

Adopting a Senior Dog

10 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog, Part 1

10 Reasons to Adopt a Senior Dog, Part 2

Forever Farm (shelter for senior dogs)

Image courtesy of Victor Habbick /