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Low Cost Rabies and Shot Clinic-June 29

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

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

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

1-year rabies shots are just $10 and 3-year rabies shots are $13. (You must have a prior certificate to get a 3-year vaccine.) DHPP is $15, Bordetella (kennel cough) is $16 and DHLPP combo for dogs is $20. FVRCP/FELV combo for cats is $25.

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


Yappy Hour - Asheville, June 27

Dog Biscuit cocktailBring your doggy to Asheville Humane Society's Yappy Hour on Thursday, June 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. It will be held at Wicked Weed, 91 Biltmore Avenue, 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 www.mix965asheville.com.

Image: groovepawty.blogspot.com


Picturing Our Pets in the Best Light

DogframeGuest Post by Art Grand

We love to take pictures of our pets! And to us, the images are nearly always “great” no matter how they turn out technically. But employing a few simple guidelines can improve  those pictures of our best four-legged friends, no matter what camera we are using.

The most common way people photograph pets (especially dogs and cats) is to stand up and shoot down on our adoring creature who is looking up at us. While many of these are sweet poses, the effect of shooting “down” is to shorten the apparent distance between the front of the nose and the backside of the animal, giving their body a peculiar shape. On the other hand, if we get down to the animal’s level (kneeling, for example), we can capture what our friend really looks like.

Shooting from a lower angle emphasizes the face of the animal. Nearly all cameras have a zoom lens, so we can even “frame” the image, leaving in what we need and leaving out annoying background elements. Some cameras allow us specific control over what portion of the image is in focus. If that’s the case, we should always aim for the eyes. If the eyes are in focus, we can forgive most other areas not being “sharp.”

Head shots are nice. They highlight the expression of the animal without the numerous distractions nearby. On the other hand, sometimes we want to photograph the entire animal. Or perhaps our purpose is to show our subject with other animals or people. Such pictures “tell a story” beyond what we can gain from a head-only image. Getting down to the animal’s level is still good advice for these situations. Try it and compare it to shooting “the old way.”

Professional photographers often say “It’s all about the light” when referring to excellent photographs. The light is one of the most important things we should think about when photographing our animals. If possible, we should use natural light, daylight or preferably “open shade” such as under a tree, rather than relying on flash photography. Flash produces sharp contrast between light and dark areas and produces harsh shadows. Also, the flash is what causes the dreaded “red eye,” which is especially bad in pets looking directly at the camera. With natural light, we avoid such problems.

A little thought and effort will improve our photographs. It’s nearly guaranteed that we’ll love the result.

Art Grand is an Asheville-area accomplished photographer of animals and landscapes. You can reach him at agrand@grandcreative.com.

Image courtesy of Witthaya Phonsawat / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Low Cost Rabies and Shot Clinic, Columbus, NC, June 22

ScreenHunter_02 Jun. 11 16.20Foothills Humane Society is offering a low cost rabies and shot clinic at their facility at 989 Little Mountain Road, Columbus, NC on Saturday, June 22 from 11 AM to 1 PM.

Rabies shots are $10.00 (1 or 3 year). You must have proof of 1 year vaccination to receive the 3 year vaccination. Distemper/ Parvo (5 in 1) shot is $8.00 for dogs only. Microchips are available for $15.

The Foothills Humane Society will also offer nail trims for $5 on that day.

For additional information, call (828) 863-4444.


Four Strange Rituals that Dogs Do

By Carol Bryant for The Dog Daily

4 Strange Rituals That Dogs Do

Does a tail wag always mean a happy dog? Are a dog’s sloppy kisses a surefire sign of its affection? Since dogs are unable to verbalize what they are really thinking, there are nonverbal cues that we can learn from and respond to accordingly. We separate the facts from the fiction.

1. A wagging tail indicates a happy dog.

False: Not always. A friendly wag is generally wide and sweeping for long-tailed dogs, and rapid and joyful for smaller breeds. Pay attention to other nonverbal cues: Ears tend to hang low and eye contact is remiss in a happily wagging dog. When a stiffly wagging tail that is held higher is coupled with a glare, this might indicate trouble, so keep your dog clear of any other dogs that are exhibiting that behavior.

2. My dog kisses me because it loves me.

Partially true. Dogs like the taste of salt, so it may just be that human skin tastes good to them. Other factors are probably at play too. For example, mother dogs lick their newborns from the start. Pups from an early age then learn to associate the licking sensation with something positive, welcome and comforting. In the dog world, it is therefore often a gift to be licked! So consider those poochie smoochies to be a sign of devotion and loyalty.

3. Dogs yawn because they are bored.

False. Though often considered a sign of boredom, yawns may indicate tension or anxiety in a dog. Yawning may occur when being hugged or petted or even upon being approached by a stranger. Of course, your dog may simply be yawning because it is sleepy and/or relaxed.

4. Dogs roll over and expose their stomachs for a belly rub.

Tralse (a little true, a little false). A sign of submission, dogs will roll over to show another dog or person they are not a threat or to indicate they are not interested in performing a certain behavior. True, it can mean “Rub my tummy” as well.

Though unable to verbalize, our pets have been communicating their wants, needs and moods for thousands of years. So keep your eyes on your dog. It’s probably trying to tell you something important.

Carol Bryant is the Social Media and PR Director for Fido Friendly magazine. A frequent media contributor, Carol is a two-time nominee from the Dog Writers Association of America, and she maintains her own dog blog, Fidose of RealityHer articles have previously appeared in The Dog Daily.


Free Leash Training Session-Asheville, June 22

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 Saturday, June 22 from 10 AM to 12 PM. It will be held at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, behind Harmony Motors, 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. 

For more information, visit www.petbehavioraid.org, email info@petbehavioraid.org, or call (828) 707-0644.

Image: Quinn Dombrowski, Flickr


Take Your Dog to Work Day - Fri., June 21

ScreenHunter_01 May. 06 09.44First celebrated in 1999, Pet Sitters International's Take Your Dog To Work Day® (TYDTW Day®) was created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs. This annual event asks pet lovers to celebrate the humane-canine bond and promote pet adoption by encouraging their employers to support TYDTW Day. Employers are encouraged to open their workplace to employees' four-legged friends on this one special day.

The 2013 event will take place on Friday, June 21. On this day, thousands of pet owners will work with their dogs to celebrate the 15th annual TYDTW Day.

In addition, the entire week, June 17-21, has been designated Take Your Pet To Work Week™. So, if your company is closed on Fridays or if you want to invite all types of pets, select any day during the week to host a special event at your workplace.

Click here to listen to the Take Your Dog To Work Day Song!


Free Fearful Dog Session-Asheville, June 18

Be Brave

Pet Behavior Aid will hold a free information session, "Be Brave!," for owners of fearful dogs on Tuesday, June 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The session will be held at The Tail Gait Market 328 New Leicester Highway, #142, in Leicester. 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 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


Free Housetraining Session - June 15, Asheville

ScreenHunter_02 May. 23 15.15Pet Behavior Aid is offering "Housetraining 101," a free one hour housetraining help session, on Saturday, June 15 from 10 to 11 AM. The session will be conducted at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption and Education Center, 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.


$9.99 Canines for Adoption, Asheville, June 13-15

ScreenHunter_01 Jun. 13 16.04All dogs over 6 months old are available Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, June 13 through 15 at the reduced adoption fee of just $9.99.

Visit the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane in Asheville (off Brevard Road on Pond Road, behind Harmony Motors, near the WNC Farmers Market) between 10 AM and 6 PM each day.

See all the cuties at www.ashevillehumane.org.

What a great time to find the love of your life!


Free Puppy Social-Asheville, June 15

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, June 15 from 9 to 10 AM, at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption and Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Pond and Brevard Roads, behind Harmony Motors, 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


Vacation with Your Dog on a Budget

By Carol Bryant for The Dog Daily

 

Vacation With Your Dog on a Budget

Not only is it possible to enjoy a fun vacation with your dog, but it’s also easier than ever to do so while being frugal. Finding deals and ways to save doesn’t need to be a laborious chore. With gas prices on the rise and vacations in the forecast, here are a few tips to keep your change spare and your dollars intact:

Plan a picnic. Plan the route and pit stops with a fun picnic basket–style lunch for ravenous road warriors. Save on fast food costs and carry pooch snacks, cool water and a “paw-nik” basket of sandwiches, fruits and beverages of the human variety.

Research gas savings. Use GasBuddy, or a similar gas price checker, on your mobile device to find the lowest price on gasoline in any designated city.

Book midweek. Many dog-welcoming hotels and bed-and-breakfasts offer midweek specials, particularly in the not-so-busy off-season. Call ahead and ask for deals.

Save on hotel fees. Sometimes hotels have a per-pet fee. The worst they can say is “No,” so ask if perhaps the fee can be waived for additional pets and/or in general. Clarify if fees apply per night, per stay or per dog.

Find local dog activities. Many dog-friendly cities pepper key vacation times with dog-welcoming events at little or no cost. One such example is Provincetown, Mass., where each fall the Carrie A. Seaman Animal Shelter holds a fun day-long event for dogs and their parents.

Prevent dog disasters. Avoid getting charged for dirty paw prints on furniture in the room, and pack old sheets and towels for use on the bed and in-room furniture while vacationing.

Find dog-friendly eateries. Call the local chamber of commerce of your vacation destination to inquire about dog-welcoming eateries. Bring your dog’s food for outdoor dining so that there is no sudden change in diet and no tummy upset when traveling. Serving your dog’s usual food also saves you money while vacationing.

Using these time-tested tips and cost-saving suggestions, you improve the chances of your dog having a great, memorable time on the next family vacation.

Carol Bryant is the Social Media and PR Director for Fido Friendly magazine. A frequent media contributor, Carol is a two-time nominee from the Dog Writers Association of America, and she maintains her own dog blog, Fidose of RealityHer articles have previously appeared in The Dog Daily.


Moms & Dads & Dogs Festival-BMW of Asheville, June 8

ScreenHunter_03 Jun. 12 14.28BMW of Asheville will be hosting the third annual "Moms & Dads & Dogs Festival" at their location, 649 New Airport Road in Fletcher, right across from the Asheville Regional Airport, on Saturday, June 8 from 12 PM to 2:30 PM .

Bring the family (including your dog on a leash, please) for lots of fun, food, live music, fine cars, vendors representing all things dog, and a chance to meet the BMW mascot, Beemer, shown above. There'll also be animal-related sponsors and dogs available for adoption from Asheville Humane Society and Animal Compassion Network, partners in saving more lives.

Admission per person is just $5 plus a bag of dog food, to be donated to animals in need. For more information contact Joey at (828) 681-9902.


Rabies and Shot Clinic, Asheville, June 8

Dog_being_vaccinatedNeed to get your dog or cat vaccinated? Come to a low-cost shot clinic on Saturday, June 8. 

The clinic will be held from 10 AM until 2 PM at the Biltmore Square Mall on Brevard Road, indoors at the former Garfields Restaurant. Rabies vaccinations and other vaccinations will be available at low cost. Microchips to protect your pet if lost are also available at a low fee.


Pawsitively Purrfect Evening-Highlands, June 14

ScreenHunter_02 May. 06 09.53Join the Cashiers-Highland Humane Society to celebrate a "Pawsitively Purrfect Evening" on Friday, June 14, from 6 to 10:30 PM at the luxurious Country Club of Sapphire Valley.

This magical evening features cocktails, an exquisite dinner, live and silent auctions, and dancing. Among the live auction items this year is a one-week stay in a beautiful townhome in Barcelona Spain.

For complete details, visit http://chhumanesociety.org .


Critter Camp: Day Camp for Animal Loving Kids

ScreenHunter_01 May. 29 16.45Critter Camp is a week long day camp designed especially for children who love animals! Age-appropriate activities and field trips teach young people about animal care in a fun, safe, hands-on environment.

Instructing the campers will be Brother Wolf Animal Rescue staff, long-time volunteers, and guest presenters. Speakers include wildlife rehabilitators, a service dog trainer, and representatives from Phoenix Landing bird rescue and Friends 2 Ferals.

Understanding dog and cat behavior is an invaluable life skill, helping young people to be confident, safe, and compassionate when meeting new pets, or interacting with their own furry friends. At Critter Camp, young people will work closely with Tristan Rehner, MS, CPDT-KA, who has been a professional trainer since 1997.

In addition to understanding cat and dog behavior, children will learn the value of socializing pets at a young age, and will pick up training techniques that can be used with dogs and cats at home, and in the adoption center if they choose to volunteer in the future.

A visit to the Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic in Asheville (with parent's permission) offers kids the chance to witness a real spay or neuter surgery during their 'behind the scenes' tour. This nationally-recognized facility hosts veterinarians and externs from across the country, and will help Campers understand the importance of spaying and neutering.

All classes run from 8 AM -4:30 PM. The enrollment fee is $300 per camper; additional sibling is $250. Healthy snacks will be provided daily. Please call 828-575-2699 for more information. If you don't reach someone, please leave a message.

Sessions are tailored to your child’s grade in the upcoming year:

Grades 3 and 4: June 17-June 21 or July 22-July 26
Grades 5 and 6: June 24- June 28 or July 29- August 2
Grades 7 and up: July 8- July 12 or August 5-August 9

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.bwar.org/crittercamp