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May 2013

Pet Food Stamps Helps Pet Owners in Need

ScreenHunter_02 Apr. 30 13.08If you or anyone you know is having trouble paying for a pet's food, there's a program you should know about: Pet Food Stamps. This non-profit organization arranges for free monthly home delivery of all necessary pet food supplies for people in need. The program is designed for people already on food stamps or those with a low income.

Pet Food Stamps is currently accepting applications on its website: Visit the site for complete information.

Even if you do not qualify for Pet Food Stamps, you can take advantage of their relationship with a pet food delivery company, offers $10 off any scheduled order over $40 with code PFS, plus free shipping on any delivery schedule over $49 (after the discount). You can choose to have your pet's food delivered from every 2 weeks to every 16 weeks and can change, cancel or edit your upcoming deliveries at any time.

"$5 Felines and 50% Fidos" Adoption Sale! May 31, June 1

Summer-pet-care-tipsAsheville Humane Society and Animal Compassion Network will be holding a "$5 Feline and 50% Fidos" on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, from 10 AM to 6 PM, at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, behind Harmony Motors).

At this special event, adult dogs will be available for adoption at 50 percent off their regular adoption fee. The adoption fee will be just $5 on adult cats.

This is a great time to add a four-legged friend to your family! Check out available animals at:

Also: On Saturday, June 1 at the Adoption Center from 12 to 2 PM, kids can decorate cookies for a shelter dog and for themselves!

Image: Indiana Vet Clinic

Yappy Hour - South Asheville, May 30

Dog Biscuit cocktailBring your doggy to Asheville Humane Society's Yappy Hour on Thursday, May 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. It will be held at Frankie Bones in Gerber Village, off Hendersonville Road, South Asheville. Yappy Hours are the place for cool canines to congregate. They'll enjoy special treats and drinks made especially for them while you and your four-legged friend get to mingle with other dog lovers!

Admission of just $10 per person includes food and beverages and dogs are free. The Yappy Hour is being sponsored by Mix 96.5 and Paramount Kia. All proceeds go to help the homeless animals of Buncombe County. More information is available at


Putt for Mutts - June 21, Fletcher

ScreenHunter_01 May. 22 09.02The 3rd annual Putts for Mutts Charity Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, June 21 at Broadmoor Golf Links in Fletcher. It will be a Captain's Choice format and shotgun starts at 1 PM.

Single, twosome and foursome registrations are now being accepted. Single is $85 per golfer before June 1 and $90 on or after June 1; twosome is $170 per couple before June 1 and $180 on or after June 1; foursome is $310 per team before June 1 and $340 on or after June 1.

Registration includes: 12:30 PM registration, 1:00 PM Shotgun Start, Captain’s Choice format
Green fees & cart, catered lunch, cold beer, soft drinks and water on the course.

Prizes for Hole-in One (x1), Longest Drive (x1), Closest-to-Pin (x3). Additional prizes will be awarded to the top of the field. You will also be able to meet and greet adoptable pups from Animal Compassion Network and Asheville Humane Society. The tournament is presented by Prestige Subaru and all proceeds benefit the life-saving work of ACN and AHS.

More information, including online registration, is available at .

United Pet Honoring Ceremony - June 9

Leigh-and-xander21L. Leigh Meriweather, a local Ceremonial Honorist and Reiki Master Teacher, will be holding a United Pet Honoring Ceremony on June 9 to coincide with World Pet Day. Leigh invites you to send in names of pets, current and passed, to be honored during this ceremony.

Leigh also offers:

  • Grief Healing sessions, using a combination of energy work, spritial counseling and animal communication to facilitate healing
  • Pet Honoring Ceremony Kits, so people and families can hold their own Pet Memorial
  • Customized Audio Pet Honoring Ceremony, customized for your pet

For more information about Leigh and her services, visit

AKC Trial - Blue Ridge Agility Club-Fletcher, May 24-26

SatchmoDog agility is a beloved sport by dogs, their handlers, and spectators. Now you have an opportunity to watch American Kennel Club agility trials, free of charge, from 8 AM to 5 PM each day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 24, 25, and 26. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Agility Club, the event will be held at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher (across from the Asheville Regional Airport).

Watch as dogs and their handlers navigate obstacle courses, everything from platforms to weave poles to tunnels. It's an experience you won't want to miss (but please leave your own dog at home). Spectators are welcome at the trials and admission is free. Competition begins each day at 8:00 a.m. and continues throughout the day until approximately 5:00 p.m.  

All trials have a food vendor present as well as various vendors selling dog related items such as treats, leashes, beds, T-shirts and agility equipment. There is plenty of seating available to watch the action in both rings and all are held in covered arenas. There is no set time table and individual dog breeds do not run at a particular time, they run by dog height, so if you are looking to see an individual breed, the Blue Ridge Agility Club cannot provide a specific time to come.

For additional information about the trials and agility in general, visit the Blue Ridge Agility Club's website:

Photo: Blue Ridge Agility Club

Free Fearful Dog Session-Asheville, May 25

Be Brave

Pet Behavior Aid will hold a free information session, "Be Brave!," for owners of fearful dogs on Saturday, May 25, from 1 to 3 PM. The session will be held at Patton Avenue Pet Company, 1388 Patton Avenue, Asheville. Humans only, please.

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. 

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 /

POOCH PATHS Update - Fletcher Now Has a Dog Park

Stonepath-fletcherpark09 008Several years ago, Carolina Mountain Dog covered Fletcher Community Park (off Howard Gap Road and Hendersonville Road in Fletcher, NC) as an ideal "Pooch Path." The park features flat, paved and very walkable trails that run through the park and beyond to a lovely greenway, behind the park. Bordering the park is also Cane Creek, accessible from a crushed stone path, where dogs can splash around and get a cold drink.

Now, Fletcher Community Park is an even better doggie destination. The park has added the new Morris Broadband Dog Park, which consists of two separate large fenced in areas, one for small dogs and one for large dogs, where your pet can roam off-leash. The Dog Park can be accessed off the main trail that circles the park. 

Here's a tip to add an extra dimension to your visit. Go to the Blue Sky Cafe on Hendersonville Road (a minute away from the corner of Hendersonville and Howard Gap Roads) and take out one of their scrumptious wraps, salads or sandwiches and then picnic at one of the numerous tables set up around the park. It's a great way to get your dog out for a walk and enjoy lunch or dinner at the same time!

Full Moon Farm "Howl In" - Black Mountain, May 25

WolfdogFull Moon Farm is an organization dedicated to the well being of the wolfdog (wolf-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, May 25th. 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!

For information and directions, 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).

Image: Full Moon Farm

Charlotte Pet Expo - May 18

ScreenHunter_01 Apr. 30 12.48The Charlotte Pet Expo will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 10 AM to 6 PM at the Park Expo Center in Charlotte. Along with over 100 exhibitors, the expo will feature:


  • Prize giveaways for people and pets
  • Dozens of rescue groups and a mega-adoption event
  • Discounted vaccinations, microchipping and heartworm and flea preventatives
  • Free nail trims
  • Agility demonstrations
  • Obedience demonstrations
  • Author readings and book signings
  • The latest pet products
  • Live entertainment, and more

Pets are welcome. Admission is free; parking is $7. For more information visit .


Free Stop the Barking Session-Asheville, May 18

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, May 18 from 10 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 WNC Farmers Market). 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.

Dogs & Suds, Waynesville, May 16

ScreenHunter_01 May. 13 16.25Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation does great work to save Haywood County's adoptable pets. You can support Sarge's by attending the second annual "Dogs & Suds" fundraiser on Thursday, May 16, from 6 to 9 PM at the Frog Level Brewing Company, 56 Commerce Street, Waynesville. 

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. You can purchase tickets in advance at Sarge's Adoption Center, 256 Industrial Park Drive and Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery, 102 N. Main Street, both in Waynesville, or at Mountain Dreams Realty, 3457 Soco Road in Maggie Valley.

Your ticket includes a 16 oz. craft beer, along with hot dogs, chips and dessert. These aren't just any hot dogs, either -- they're from Blueridge BBQ Company, with your choice of beef or smoked sausage and lots of toppings. Smoky Mountain Dog Bakers is providing the dessert cookies. Home-brewed root beer and soda are available for the kids and Frog Level Brewing is dog-friendly -- so bring the whole family! The Celtic Knot Band will provide the evening's musical entertainment. Every ticket is a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from gourmet food supplier Chef's Table. And, of course, all proceeds benefit Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation.

Blueridge BBQ Company, the Tourism Development Authority, Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery and Frog Level Brewing Company sponsor the event. 

Dogs are Good for Your Heart!

ID-10039187 (2)Dog lovers have long suspected that owning a dog was related to good health -- but now the American Heart Association confirms it!

The following is the beginning of an article that appeared in The New York Times last week:

"The nation’s largest cardiovascular health organization has a new message for Americans: Owning a dog may protect you from heart disease.

The unusual message was contained in a scientific statement published on Thursday by the American Heart Association, which convened a panel of experts to review years of data on the cardiovascular benefits of owning a pet. The group concluded that owning a dog, in particular, was “probably associated” with a reduced risk of heart disease.

People who own dogs certainly have more reason to get outside and take walks, and studies show that most owners form such close bonds with their pets that being in their presence blunts the owners’ reactions to stress and lowers their heart rate, said Dr. Glenn N. Levine, the head of the committee that wrote the statement."

Read the rest of the article here.

Image courtesy of Digitalart /

ReTail Scene: New YaffBar is for You and Your Dog

YaffBarCarolina Mountain Dog recently learned about a unique new product -- an energy bar designed for you to share with your dog. "YaffBar" is produced by a Vermont company called Mudd + Wyeth (named after two dogs). And in case you're wondering, "yaff" is an old English word meaning "to bark," according to the company.

Says Mudd + Wyeth, "Now you can snack and stay on the go with the world's first 'people food' bar designed to be shared with your best friend! This is pure puppy love in a bar: wholesome, hand-baked, and seriously delicious. And it's full of healthy ingredients for both of you." 

YaffBar comes in three flavors, Blueberry Carob, Banana Peanut Butter, and Honey Almond Cranberry. Mudd + Wyeth includes an endorsement from a veterinarian on its website. YaffBars are not yet available in North Carolina, but they can be ordered online from the company. A sampler pack of 6 bars, 2 of each flavor, is available for $18. The company also sells some pretty cool-looking reflective gear (an absolute necessity during hunting season in the mountains) and dog toys.

In a Carolina Mountain Dog taste test, my two dogs went bananas over the YaffBars; in fact, they were particularly fond of the Banana Peanut Butter YaffBar. I thought they were tasty, moist and chewy, but the bars were just a bit too dense and fat-laden for my liking. Still, YaffBars could certainly compete with much better-known energy bars, and they were a big hit with my dogs -- and it is nice to know there's a product that's truly safe to share with your dog.

Free Leash Training Session-Asheville, May 9

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

Pet Behavior Aid presents "GRRRR! Leash Reactivity Help Session" on Thursday, May 9 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. It will be held at Pet Harmony, 803 Fairview Street (off Hendersonville Road near the Rt. 40 exit).

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. 

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

Image: Quinn Dombrowski, Flickr

Blue Ridge Humane Opens Second Thrift Store

ScreenHunter_03 Apr. 17 11.59The Blue Ridge Humane Society in Hendersonville, NC operates a thrift store that is the top source of revenue for the society's animal shelter. In the last five years our shelter has helped over 3,000 animals. Thrift store revenue has helped in so many ways, including paying for spay/neuter surgery, microchips, vaccinations, medical attention, and food for those 3,000 animals.

Now the Blue Ridge Humane Society has opened a second thrift store. It is located at 1034-A Greenville Highway (near Merrell Paint and Pita Express), a half mile north of the current thrift store at 1214 Greenville Highway.

The new store will sell:

  • Large appliances
  • Tools
  • Light fixtures
  • Hardware
  • Kitchen/bath cabinets
  • Building materials
  • Exercise equipment
  • Sporting goods
  • Lawn/garden items
  • Some furniture

Donations of any of the above items are welcome, and the society will pick up donations. Volunteers are also needed to help with the store. For more information, visit, or call Lynne Blackwell at (828) 692-3503.

Watauga Humane Society Golf Tournament-Blowing Rock, May 17

ScreenHunter_02 Apr. 17 11.47The 2nd Annual Watauga Humane Society Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, May 17 at the Blowing Rock Country Club with a 1:30 PM shotgun start. The field will be limited and deadline for entry is May 10, 2013.

The tournament will feature team prizes, special event prizes, and a hole-in-one prize. Individual players and teams of four are welcome and sponsorships are available. Proceeds benefit the Watauga Humane Society. For more information and to download an entry form for the tournament, visit

ACN and AHS Join Forces to Save More Lives in Buncombe County

ScreenHunter_01 May. 01 14.32Animal Compassion Network (ACN) and Asheville Humane Society (AHS) have announced they are integrating their teams and talents to strengthen and expand their capability to save and serve more of Buncombe County’s neediest animals.

ACN brings a strong history of programs that keep animals in their homes so that they don’t have to come into the Buncombe County Animal Shelter in the first place. Examples of these programs include the Community Pet Pantry, Meals on Wheels for pets, and the Betty Fund for financial assistance in spay and neutering. ACN also brings a dedicated foster network.    

AHS brings a long history of advocating for homeless animals in Buncombe County.  For more than two years, through adoption, transfer, transport and innovative community programs, AHS has saved every healthy adoptable animal that has come into the Buncombe County Animal Shelter. Both organizations are hoping to save even more of the special needs animals with their combined resources.

The combined organizations will be housed under one roof at Asheville Humane Society’s Nancy Hiscoe Clark Adoption and Education Center. Asheville Humane Society runs the Adoption Center with donated funds and operates, under contract, the adjacent Buncombe County Animal Shelter.

Asheville Humane Society is the largest and oldest lifesaving organization for homeless animals in Western North Carolina, and saved 4,519 animals last year. Animal Compassion Network, founded in 1997, is the first “safe for life” animal welfare organization in this area, and saved 1,000 animals last year.  

More information can be found here.

Yappy Hour - Greenville, SC, May 2

ScreenHunter_04 Apr. 17 12.11The Greenville Humane Society will hold a Yappy Hour on Thursday, May 2 from 6 to 8 PM at the society's facility, 305 Airport Road, Greenville, SC. 

Enjoy listening to local artists with a cold beer in hand while your dog has a chance to run around the canine courtyard and cool off in one of the “doggie pools.” This event is open to the public, but all canines must come on leash, be dog-friendly, spayed/neutered, and up to date on vaccinations. 

Admission is $8, which includes beer, bark and band. All proceeds benefit the Greenville Humane Society. Visit for additional information.