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September 2013

Trivia Night Helps Foster Animals, Asheville, Oct. 5

ScreenHunter_01 Sep. 15 10.45Trivia Night on Saturday, October 5 promises to be an exhilarating evening filled with laughter, love and good-natured competition! Tables comprised of 8 people will compete for cash prizes and the coveted title of Asheville Humane Society's Smartest Life-saving Team. October's edition of Trivia Night will feature a Picnic Basket Silent Auction and Dessert Dash along with other games and fantastic amusement at the Asheville Event Centre in Asheville. 100% of proceeds raised will go to medicine, food, and supplies for the Foster Program of Asheville Humane Society and Animal Compassion Network.

Doors open at 6:30 PM at the Asheville Event Centre, 991 Sweeten Creek Road in Ashevillle, and the trivia competition begins promptly at 7:15 PM. Tables will compete in 8 categories, 10 questions each. Mulligans for Sale ($10 for 5). Beer, wine, and soda available for purchase and free popcorn for all. Bring cash to buy beverages, mulligans, raffle tickets, and to play other fun games!

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit:

"Reap What You Sow" Benefit-Waynesville, Oct. 2

ScreenHunter_02 Sep. 12 12.23Haywood Spay-Neuter, an organization that provides low-cost spay/neuter services to residents of Haywood County, is sponsoring "Reap What You Sow," a locally-sourced feast to support animal welfare in the county. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 2 at 6:30 PM at The Chef's Table, 30 Church Street, Waynesville.

The guest speaker for the evening will be Dr. Anne Bayer, Medical Director of Humane Alliance in Asheville. Tickets are $50 per person. Call (828) 452-1329 for tickets. 

Haywood Spay-Neuter is currently running its "$10 Fix All" campaign. Haywood County dogs and cats from 8 weeks to 8 years old can be "fixed" for just $10. If your pet is 4 months or older, a free rabies shot will be included. For more information, visit

Tails & Trails 5K - Asheville, Sept. 28

Tails n TrailsThe Annual Tails & Trails 5K will be held at the beautiful Buncombe County Sports Park on Saturday, September 28 from 9:30 to 11 AM. It will start with a timed 5K Run followed by a 5K Fun Run/Walk for dogs and their owners. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Asheville Humane Society and the Buncombe County Sports Park.


Buncombe County Sports Park

58 Apac Circle Asheville, NC 28806

Park information:


$20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

Register on day of race. 

Please note that all dogs must be on a leash and have current vaccinations for the  Run/Walk.

Participants are encouraged to bring donations of dog and cat food for Asheville Humane Society's Pet Food Assistance program.

PuppyFest, Asheville - Sept. 28


An extravaganza devoted to dogs of all breeds up to 8 months old... that's PuppyFest! After a day of pure fun, one puppy will be crowned the star. An international panel of judges will find the ultimate puppy-celebrity to feature in a TV series pilot and appear on bags of dog food from Green Earth Pet Food. The puppy's owner will receive a great trophy and cash prize, as well!

PuppyFest is divided into 5 main categories:

1. Puppy Casting Call: We'll see how "photogenic" each puppy is on our HD cameras, both alone and "posing" with products.

2. Puppy Friendliness: We'll open our "puppy petting booth," where attendees can spend a moment interacting with the cute contestants.

3. Puppy Feistiness: We'll host a funny race to see which puppies are most energetic and competitive.

4. Puppy Personality: This is a costume contest in which each puppy takes the stage!

5. Plea for Your Puppy: We feature the owners as they tell us about their relationship with the puppy and why the puppy should be a star.

Puppies of all kinds and breeds and their owners are welcome to PuppyFest. The event is open to the public and features all things puppy - and dogs - with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Asheville Humane Society. There will be lots of activities, fun, and vendors at this all day event.

PuppyFest will be held at the U.S. Cellular Center (formerly Asheville Civic Center) on Saturday, September 28. Doors open at 11 AM and the event runs from Noon to 7 PM. Admission is $10 per adult and $5 for kids 12 and under.

For more information, visit: 

Yappy Hour - Asheville, Sept. 26

Dog Biscuit cocktailBring your doggy to Asheville Humane Society's Yappy Hour on Thursday, September 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. It will be held at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, behind Harmony Motors and near the WNC Farmers Market). 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


Bark for Life Kick-Off Party, Asheville, Sept. 26

BarkforLifeThe Bywater, 796 Riverside Drive, Asheville will host a Kick-Off Party for Bark for Life on Thursday, September 26 at 7 PM. Proceeds from new Bywater memberships will go to Bark for Life. Ready-Set-Draw-Special Bark Edition will be hosted by Kettle with proceeds going to Bark for Life. There will be music, beer and games at this fun event.

The 4th Annual Bark for Life Asheville Event will be held from 2 to 5 PM on Saturday, October 19 at Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Asheville. The event, which raises money to support the American Cancer Society, is a great way to have fun while supporting a worthy cause.

Registration starts at 1:30 PM and is followed by a welcome and the Parade of Dogs. The Dog Party features live music from Alarm Clock Conspiracy and various food vendors. Registered dogs will receive a goody bag with a special bandana and the owner will get a t-shirt and one complimentary drink ticket.

Registration is $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the event. Go to to register.

Volunteers are still needed for the day of the Bark for Life event. If you are interested informing a team, volunteering, or becoming a corporate sponsor, please call Jill Lydic, Event Chair, at 828-665-1010, or Sarah Miles, Community Manager, ACS, at 828-631-3310.

Low Cost Rabies-Microchip Clinic, Mars Hill, Sep. 21

ScreenHunter_01 Sep. 12 12.07Friends of Madison County Animals (FOMCA) will hold a low-cost rabies and microchip clinic on Saturday, September 21 from 10 AM to 1 PM in Mars Hill. The clinic will take place at the Wolf Creek Market Exxon, 11120 US Hwy. 23.

Rabies shots are available for $10 (bring proof of current rabies vaccination if you want a 3-year booster). Microchips are $15. Other vaccinations will also be available. Dogs should be leashed and cats crated. Call (828) 649-9798 for additional details.

Rabies and Shot Clinic, Fletcher, Sept. 22

Dog_being_vaccinatedNeed to get your dog or cat vaccinated? Come to a low-cost shot clinic on Sunday, September 22. 

The clinic will be held from 2 PM to 6 PM at the Breakthrough Church, 270 Rutledge Road, Fletcher. 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.

Dog Day Afternoon, Asheville, Sept. 22

ScreenHunter_01 Sep. 09 08.33On Sunday, September 22nd from 12 to 4 PM, the 2nd annual "Dog Day Afternoon" festival will take place at the East Green of Carrier Park in West Asheville to celebrate all things canine and support local dog rescue organizations.

Asheville’s most prominent animal rescue organizations, the Asheville Humane Society and Brother Wolf, will be in attendance and will benefit from different parts of the festival. Each rescue group will have large adoption areas showcasing dogs ready for adoption in hopes of matching these would-be pets with a loving foster or forever home.

The event will kick off at 11:30am with a dog-friendly fun run around Carrier Park ($10 entry fee) and will continue until 4pm with live music from the 96.5 House Band, dog contests including a Weiner Dog race, “Best Bark”, “Best Pet Trick” and the Fastest Dog in Asheville Competition.

Get your dog camera ready at the WNC Pet Spa Pretty Pooch Grooming Station before sitting pretty in the Flying Dogs Photography Photo Booth. Need to get your dog microchipped? Take advantage of discounted microchipping from Haw Creek Animal Hospital.

In addition to fun and games with your furry best friend, enjoy the walking trails around lush Carrier Park, craft beer from available for purchase from Lexington Avenue Brewery and wine from The Wine Guy. Satisfy your taste buds with food from Farm to Fender Food Truck, Eddies Dog House, Cecelia’s Kitchen, The Hop Ice Cream and Sweet Treats! The YMCA Kids Fun Zone will feature a bounce house, face painting and other family friendly outdoor activities.

Dog Day Afternoon is a free event and produced by Mix 96.5 and other local business sponsors. For further details, visit

"Howl In" at Full Moon Farm, Black Mountain, Sept. 21

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, September 21. 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

How to Tell if Your Dog is Healthy

By Stacey Brecher for The Dog Daily

How to tell if your dog is healthy

Since your dog hasn’t mastered speaking in words yet, you may wonder how you can tell if your dog is feeling okay. It turns out, many of the clues can come from just looking at your dog and reading his body language.

Dr. Louise Murray, vice president of the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, shares some of the signs to be on the lookout for when it comes to your furry friend’s health:

  • Good appetite
  • High energy level
  • Healthy-appearing coat
  • Interactive behavior
  • No vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, sneezing, increased thirst or unexplained weight loss

The above signs are just the beginning of being able to tell if your dog is healthy, though. Different parts of your dog’s body hold the key to determining if she is truly healthy.

The Mouth
If you notice that your dog has bad breath, it can be an indication of the need for a dental check up, or even something more. “ Some odors may be indicative of fairly serious chronic problems,” said Dr. Murray. “Liver or intestinal diseases may cause foul breath, whereas a sweet, fruity smells may be indicative of diabetes. If your dog’s breath smells like ammonia or urine, kidney disease is a possibility. Any time you notice your pet has bad breath accompanied by other signs of ill health, schedule a visit to the veterinarian.”

Another unlikely place to look to tell if your dog is healthy are his gums. “Once a week, with your dog facing you, lift his lips and examine his gums and teeth,” says Dr. Murray. “The gums should be pink, not white or red, and should show no signs of swelling. His teeth should be clean, without any brownish tartar.”

 Not only can irregularities mean a problem with your dog’s mouth, but it can also be a sign of gastrointestinal issues.

The Eyes
Your dog’s eyes are also indicators of his overall health and wellbeing.  In fact, many vets recommend that you give your dog regular home eye exams to keep you aware of any potential health problems. Dr. Murray explains how easy it is to do this: “Face your dog in a brightly lit area, and look into his eyes. They should be clear and bright, and the area around the eyeball should be white. His pupils should be equal in size, and there shouldn’t be tearing, discharge or any crust in the corners of his eyes. With your thumb, gently roll down your dog’s lower eyelid and look at the lining. It should be pink, not red or white.”

If you do notice a problem, call your veterinarian. They can prescribe medicine to heal any eye disorders that can be impairing your pooch’s vision.

The Skin
Be mindful of your dog’s skin, as well. “Your dog’s skin is an indication of her overall health,” says Dr. Murray. “When a skin problem occurs, your dog may respond with excessive scratching, chewing and/or licking. A wide range of causes -- including external parasites, infections, allergies, metabolic problems and stress, or a combination of these -- may be affecting your dog’s skin.”

 Skin problems can also affect your dog’s fur, which can result in excessive shedding.

Here are some other ways to tell if your dog may be ill.

Other more common signs of an ill or injured dog include pale gums, rapid breathing, weak or rapid pulse, change in body temperature, and difficulty standing. And of course, if you’re ever really in doubt as to whether or not your pup is sick, making a trip to the vet can help, if only to alleviate your worry.

Stacey Brecher is a freelance writer. She has contributed to Animal Fair magazine, and her blogs have previously appeared on The Dog Daily. 

Hike on the Blue Ridge, Sept. 21

Best hikesTake a hike -- with your dog, that is! Join Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, along with Asheville Humane Society, and hike the 1.5 mile loop at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center from 9 to 11 AM on Saturday, September 21.

Leading the hike will be Karen Chavez, Asheville resident, editor with the Asheville Citizen-Times, avid dog lover and the author of Best Hikes with Dogs: North Carolina. Karen will be available for questions and book signings following the hike.

The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center is located at Parkway milepost 384, which is about a mile south of the US 70 intersection (or one mile north of the US 74-A intersection) and about 8 miles east of downtown Asheville. 

Your Dog Doesn't Listen?

By Stacy Braslau-Schneck for Exceptional Canine

Your Dog Doesn’t Listen?

There are two types of focus we might expect from our dogs: cued and uncued. A dog who pays attention to you uncued is the one who “checks in” every so often to see what you’re up to and if he should be involved. Then there are times when you want to tell your dog to pay attention to you, on a cue.

The Name Game
Some people like to use “Look,” “Watch me” or “Pay attention” as the cue to look. I prefer to simply use the dog’s name. Whatever cue you use, start by calling it out in a cheerful, enthusiastic tone of voice. In a low-distraction environment, this might be enough to get your dog’s attention. As soon as he looks, mark that moment by saying “Yes!” or using the clicker, and follow that with some sort of reward -- a tiny food treat, the toss of a ball, hearty praise, etc.

If your tone of voice is not enough to gain your dog’s interest, you can use something that you’re pretty sure will, such as crinkling a treat bag, waving a treat by your dog’s nose, squeaking a toy, etc. Even consistently pairing your cue with something that naturally gains the dog’s attention can eventually work, as long as it pays off for the dog.

It’s important, however, to always recognize those situations where you’ll need that extra something to get your dog’s attention, and to then be sure to use your bait the first time you call him. If you get in the routine of calling your dog few times and then busting out his favorite treat to grab his attention, you might actually train him to ignore you until the prize appears. You end up with a seemingly stubborn dog that actually learned a form of “Leave it.”

This name game -- call, mark and reward -- teaches your dog to look back at you when you call its name. You want to reward the speed of her response; you should only say her name once, and she has only one second to respond to this limited-time offer. If she doesn’t, you can show her the prize she was going to win, but put it away.

Check In
You should also capture and reward those moments when your dog voluntarily checks in with you. Any time you see your dog’s eyes on you, you can mark it (verbally or with a clicker) and reward your dog with praise, a toy or a treat. This is uncued, so don’t call your dog’s name or use any other command. Just wait for it. Your dog will learn to check in with you with some frequency.

A variation on this is the “Find It/Find Me” game. Let your dog see you toss a small food treat on the ground and say “Find it.” Wait for him to eat it and then look back to you for another one. At that moment, you mark and reward. The reward could be tossing another treat for another round of the game. 

Start Easy
All training should be started in a low-distraction environment. If your dog’s focus is already challenged, it’s more difficult to be successful. A dog that’s already had a chance to practice attention in a quiet, boring environment will find it easier to remember this game when there are small distractions, and later when there are greater ones. Remember: If you’re not sure you can get your dog’s attention, don’t allow her or him to be off-leash or uncontained.

Also, remember that if you are calling your dog’s attention to scold or punish or to involve your dog in an activity it doesn’t like (taking baths, getting its nails clipped, being put away while you leave), your dog will learn to be deaf. Be aware that when a dog deliberately turns its head away, that might be a sign of stress or a calming signal that indicates that the dog is uncomfortable with something.

Be Reasonable
While we can train dogs to higher expectation of responsiveness, keep in mind that it will take training. Be patient while you put in the effort and you’ll be rewarded with a dog that quickly looks to you expectantly.


Stacy Braslau-Schneck is a longtime dog trainer and a professional member of the Association of Dog Pet Trainers. She works closely with the Human Society Silicon Valley and is the owner of Stacy’s Wag’N’Train, which offers small group classes and private lessons in San Jose, Calif. Stacy writes frequently for Exceptional Canine. 

PetSmart National Adoption Weekend, Sept. 14 and 15

PetSmart CharitiesArea rescue organizations, including Asheville Humane Society, will feature animals for adoption at the PetSmart National Adoption Weekend, to be held on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 and 15. The event will be held at the PetSmart located on Bleachery Boulevard (off Swannanoa River Road) in Asheville. The National Adoption Weekend is sponsored by PetSmart in association with PetSmart Charities.

Be sure to stop by and find the perfect pet to add to your family!

"The Scoop on Poop" from DogLog Services

DogLog logoOne of Jordan Czeczuga’s two adopted dogs was having intestinal problems, so he was leaving more than his fair share of poop in Jordan’s yard. When Jordan spoke with his vet, he was surprised to learn that dog poop is more than a messy inconvenience – it can also be a health hazard to both pets and humans.

Jordan did some additional research and learned that dog poop is actually considered an environmental pollutant by the Environmental Protection Agency. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pet droppings can contribute to diseases animals pass to other animals as well as humans. Infected dog poop can contain roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and diseases such as giardiasis, parvo, and salmanellosis. And, of course, dog poop is downright messy.

Jordan and dogsThese are some of the reasons Jordan realized it was essential to keep his yard free of dog poop. It also led him to start a dog waste removal service, DogLog Services, to do the same for other dog owners in Asheville and surrounding Buncombe County.

DogLog Services provides residential and commercial service for people or property owners that love dogs but don’t want the hassle of cleaning up after them. “We come to your home and scoop away all your worries,” says Jordan. “We always prefer to meet all clients and their dogs beforehand to make sure we can establish a relationship with our clients,” says Jordan. “We don’t mind working with dogs in the yard, as long as they are friendly. We can work when you are home, or if the gate is left unlocked we can clean up without the owner being there. All of our equipment is sanitized after every visit, and we guarantee the highest quality service. We take dog poop seriously.”

Prices start as low as $10 per weekly visit and depend on the number of dogs and the number of cleanings per week. Visits can be arranged as often as twice a week, weekly, every other week, or monthly. DogLog also does one-time cleanings to get a yard ready for a child’s party or any other backyard event. DogLog offers discounts for clients who sign up for at least 6 months.

DogLog has already received rave reviews from clients. An enthusiastic dog lover, Jordan would love to tell you more about how DogLog Services can help you keep those “little piles” from becoming a big mess.

For more information or to sign up, visit the website:
or call toll-free: 1-855-4 DOGLOG (436-4564).
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Pet Adoption Fair, Black Mountain, Sept. 7

ScreenHunter_01 Aug. 13 15.13A pet adoption fair will be held on Saturday, September 7, from 10 AM to 5 PM at Blue Ridge Reef and Pet, 103 WNC Shopping Center Drive, Black Mountain. Pets from Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue and Blue Ridge Humane Society will be available for adoption.

The adoption fair is being sponsored by Project SANTA, which stands for "Supporting Animal Needs Through Action." Project SANTA is similar to the "Toys for Tots" program, but provides needed supplies, food, toys, and monetary donations to animals in Henderson and Buncombe counties.

For more information about Project SANTA, visit

Plenty of Animals at the Mountain State Fair on Sept. 6 - Sept. 15

Mountain State FairPlanning to attend the Mountain State Fair at the WNC Agricultural Center from Sept. 6 through 15? Then be sure to visit the animal exhibits and shows. While amusement rides, games and music shows might be the featured attractions, there are plenty of animals to see, including pig racing, sea lions, and an alligator show each day.

Check out these special animal events as well:

Fri., Sept. 6 - Dairy Goat Showmanship (6 PM)
Sat., Sept. 7 - Open Llama Show (8:30 AM), Rabbit Show (9 AM), Youth Dairy Goat Show (9 AM), District Jr. Market Steer and Heifer Show (10 AM), Open Meat Breed Sheep Show (5 PM)
Sun., Sept. 8 - Open Senior Doe Dairy Goat Show (9 AM), Junior Meet Breed Ewes Show (12 PM), Open Junior Feeder Calf and Heifer Show (12 PM), Junior Market Lamb Sheep Show (3 PM)
Mon., Sept. 9 - Open Brahman Show (4 PM), Open All Breed Heifer Show (6 PM)
Thurs., Sept. 12 - Junior Market Swine Show/Senior Market Swine Show (5 PM)
Fri., Sept. 13 - District Junior Dairy Fitting and Clipping Contest (4:30 PM), District Junior Dairy Cattle Show (7 PM)
Sat., Sept. 14 - Very Special Livestock Show (9 AM), Open Fleece Show (10 AM), Open Dairy Cattle Show (10 AM), Youth Poultry Showmanship (10:30 AM), Junior Meat Goat Show (4 PM)
Sun., Sept. 15 - Open Junior Dairy Cattle Show (10 AM), Open Wool Breed Sheep Show (10 AM), Open Meat Goat Show (10 AM)

For more information, visit: 

How to Prep Your Dog for Boarding

By Cheryl Lock for The Dog Daily

How to Prep Your Dog for Boarding

Boarding your dog can be a stressful time for both you and your pooch. If you take the time to prep ahead of time, however, there’s no reason the time your furry friend spends being boarded can’t be both fun and stress free.

To help make sure you’re prepared ahead of dropping your dog off, call ahead and find out any specific rules or regulations your kennel or vet has for dogs who are boarded. Oscar E. Chavez, DVM, MBA, Member of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, says the following are a few of the steps you’ll most likely need to take to help put everything in place before the big drop off occurs.

For Her Physical Health

Medically, you’ll need to make sure your dog is up to date on her vaccines before you board her, says Dr. Chavez. “This includes the famous Bordetella bronchiseptica, aka Kennel Cough,” he said. “In fact, most boarding facilities will require proof of Bordetella vaccination within the last six months, and a current Rabies vaccine.”

Timing is everything when it comes to these vaccines, too. It’s easy for pet parents to lose track of vaccine dates, which could cause a last-minute, stressful rush to the vet. “While some boarding facilities will be satisfied with a last-minute vaccine, it’s important to note that your pet only mounts an effective immune response several days following the vaccination, so if you do it all at the last minute, they may  not truly be protected,” says Dr. Chavez.

Additionally, just because your pet has had all her vaccines doesn’t mean she’s totally in the clear for avoiding common boarding ailments (like Kennel Cough or fleas). “Just like the flu vaccine, no dog vaccine is 100% effective, so it’s worth doing what we can to maximize their efficacy,” says the vet.

Other things to keep in mind when it comes to your dog’s health include: flea prevention, de-worming and preventative care. “Many dogs are flea allergic,” says Dr. Chavez, “and the April, May, June season is the worst for it. I see owners come in and spend over $200 on treatments for flea allergies (antibiotics, etc.), when it could have been prevented. Don’t let the boarding facility become a source of fleas for your home unnecessarily.”

For His Mental Health

Physical health prep before boarding is important, sure, but don’t forget the psychological preparation, as well. “In short, don’t make it a big deal,” says Dr. Chavez. “Research has shown that domestic dogs are better than any other species on reading human cues and body language -- so if you’re anxious, he will be anxious, as well.”

Instead, try to stay calm and make things fun. Consider how you would talk to your kids excitedly about going to Grandma’s for the weekend, and use that same thought process to gear your dog up for getting excited about being boarded.

It doesn’t hurt to drop off food for your pup (in fact some kennels require this), along with a few of his favorite treats to help him feel more comfortable, too.

If you’ve properly prepped your pet, a couple days of being boarded can actually be a fun experience where she’ll get to meet and play with new people and puppy friends. And after all, absence makes the heart grow fonder … so just think of what your reunion will be like when you’re finally back together! 

Cheryl Lock is an editor at Studio One. Her work has appeared online at Petside and Pet360, as well as in print in publications like Parents, Family Circle and Runner’s World. She lives in New York with her adorable rescue cat, Penny, and a rabbit named Nugget.