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November 2013

Low Cost Shot Clinic-Asheville, Weaverville, Nov. 30

Dog_being_vaccinatedNeed to get your dog vaccinated? Come to a low-cost shot clinic on Saturday, November 30 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.

Fantastic Furry Frenzy Adoption Sale-Nov. 29, 30


Cats in hatsAsheville Humane Society will be holding a "Fantastic Furry Frenzy" adoption sale on Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30 from 10 AM to 6 PM. There will be special adoption fee reductions on lots of great adoptable animals!

The adoption sale will be held at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption and Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, behind Harmony Motors and near the WNC Farmers Market).

For complete details and to see animals available for adoption, visit:

Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

Aspca thanksgivingThanksgiving is just around the corner, and it’s a great occasion to have your family join you in the kitchen for a fun day of food prep. When the enticing aromas of food start wafting through your house, it’s likely that your pets will want to get in on the action. However, the hectic environment in the kitchen on this food-filled holiday poses some potential health risks for your pets. Remember these safety tips as you whip up the perfect batch of mashed potatoes and gravy:

Let’s talk turkey: If you decide to give your pet a nibble of your Thanksgiving turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked—no raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria.

Sage advice: While sage can be a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving stuffing, it and many other herbs contain essential oils and resins that can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression in pets. Cats are especially sensitive.

Doughy dangers: When an animal ingests raw bread dough, his body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. Ouch! This may cause vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency. Cake batters made with raw eggs are also dangerous to pets.

Portion control, please: While it’s ok to share a bit of well-cooked turkey with your furry friend, it’s best to stick to your pet’s regular diet during the holidays. Allowing your pets to over indulge could cause stomach upset, diarrhea or pancreatitis.

To avoid potential kitchen dangers, it’s a good idea let your furry friends hang out in a quiet room away from the kitchen until all the food prep is finished. 


Sarge's Home for the Holidays Adoption Promotion, Nov. 26 - Dec. 31

ScreenHunter_01 Oct. 21 12.29Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation in Waynesville will be running a "Home for the Holidays" adoption promotion from November 26 through December 31, 2013. Sarge's will pay a portion of adoption fees at the Haywood County Animal Shelter. This will reduce adoption fees to $60 for dogs,$37.50 for female cats, and $27.50 for male cats.

If you live in Haywood County, take advantage of this opportunity to adopt an animal in your area at a great price -- and bring a bundle of furry love home for the holidays! For more information about Sarge's service to the community, visit .

Free Leash Training Session-Asheville, Nov. 23

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, November 23 from 1 to 3 PM. It will be held at Patton Avenue Pet Company, 1388 Patton Avenue, Asheville.

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

Project Santa Donation Drive through Dec. 31

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 local needy animals through the Blue Ridge Humane Society in Hendersonville and Charlie's Angels in Fletcher.

Project SANTA is currently collecting donations through December 31. The organization is looking for donations of peanut butter and cat litter, as well as new and used itelsm including collars, leashes, animal toys, and cleaning supplies. No food or treats made in China will be accepted, however.

Project SANTA is also asking for help from volunteers and sponsors. They would like businesses to allow them to place bins in their locations for drop off of donations as well.

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

ReTail Scene: Clever "Wash 'n Zip" Pet Bed

PetbedThis unique new product came to our attention and it looks like a winner. Following is some descriptive copy from Pet Product Advisor, the company that is selling the "Wash 'n Zip" pet bed:

The Wash ‘n Zip Pet Bed is like no pet bed you've seen before – it's smartly designed, completely washable inside and out, and the rugged materials stand up to wash after wash. It's a bed. It's a blanket. It's a crate pad. It's a furniture cover. It’s a car seat cover. Quite simply, it’s the most amazing pet bed you’ll ever own. The Wash ‘n Zip Pet Bed is unlike any other pet bed on the market. It is designed for a variety of uses and for easy cleanup. Just throw it in the washer and dryer for thorough cleaning. The bed will be fresh and clean INSIDE and out, which is important since slobber and “accidents” seep through to the inside of the bed too. 

Other pet beds have loose poly-fill stuffing that breaks down and becomes “lumpy” when put through the wash. But the Wash ‘n Zip Pet Bed has sheets of polyester batting inside that are sewn into the seams and box-stitched to keep them in place. That means your bed will hold it shape wash after wash after wash. (No lumps!)

Go to to learn more, or click here to watch a video demonstration.

POOCH PATHS: Asheville Greenways

GreenwaysSome of the best dog-walking paths are greenways -- multi-use paths that typically occupy stream and river corridors. Asheville currently offers 4.3 miles of developed greenways and is working towards its vision of a 15-mile system composed of 12 interconnected corridors.

Most Asheville greenways are situated along stream, creek, and river corridors although mountain side and forested corridors will eventually be added to the mix. Many of Asheville’s existing greenways are located within individual parks. They are ideally suited to dog walking (leashed, of course). Following is a list of Asheville's completed greenways and those under development.

Completed Greenways

French Broad River Greenway, Western Segment
The Western Segment consists of a 10-foot wide paved trail that extends from the FBR Park (at the confluence of the French Broad and Swannanoa River) to Hominy Creek Park (at the confluence of the French Broad River and Hominy Creek) for a total of 2.8 miles. The trail includes a short on-road section as well as a section that is incorporated into a private RV park. The French Broad River Greenway system overlaps with a portion of the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan, a major urban waterfront redevelopment project. 

Glenn’s Creek Greenway, Western Segment
The Western Segment consists of a 10-foot wide paved trail that extends from W.T. Weaver Park to the Botanical Gardens of UNC-Asheville for a total of 1.0 mile.  The trail connects the Norwood, Montford and UNC-A neighborhoods. The Western Segment makes up a vast majority of the Glenn’s Creek corridor.

Reed Creek Greenway, Phase I
Phase I, consists of a 10-foot wide paved trail that extends from Catawba to Cauble Street for a total of 0.23 miles.  Reed Creek Greenway is Asheville’s highest profile greenway because of its close proximity to downtown.  Once complete, the 1.0 mile corridor will connect the Botanical Gardens, UNC-A, and the Montford neighborhood to downtown Asheville. 

Swannanoa River Greenway, “Riverbend” Segment
The “Riverbend” Segment consists of a 10-foot wide paved trail that runs in front of the Wal-Mart shopping center.  It was constructed as part of a development agreement with the Wal-Mart developer and will eventually connect into the Swannanoa River Greenway system.

Town Branch Greenway, Phase I
Phase I begins at Choctaw Park, 500 feet west from the intersection with McDowell Street, travels west along Town Branch Creek and ends near the intersection of South French Broad Avenue and Choctaw Street, a few hundred feet from the new Livingston Street Recreation Center. Phase I takes the form of wide sidewalks and bike lanes and totals 0.2 miles. The Town Branch corridor will eventually connect the new Livingston Recreation Center to McDowell Street.

Greenways Under Development

Reed Creek Greenway, Phase II
Phase II will consist of a 10-foot wide paved trail that will extend from Cauble to Magnolia Street for a total of 0.30 miles. This segment will include a bridge crossing, bio-retention features, trees, and an emergency call box. 

Clingman Forest Greenway
The Clingman Forest Greenway will begin at Aston Park at Hilliard Avenue and follows an existing sewer line and city right-of-way down to Clingman Avenue for a total of 0.5 miles. The greenway will be encompassed by an urban forest and will connect to parts of a perennial stream with beautiful rock outcrops. There are potential connections to Aston Park, Asheville Middle School, YWCA, future affordable housing complex at the corner of Hilliard and Clingman Avenue, Owens Bell Park and surrounding residential areas. 

Town Branch, Phase II
Phase II will consist of a 10-foot wide paved trail that will extend from Depot Street, in the River Arts District, to the existing trail on Choctaw Street. The corridor will utilize park space behind new Livingston Street Recreation Center. The project will also include off-road and sidewalk connections between Choctaw Park and McDowell Street. 

Beaucatcher Mountain Greenway
The Beuacatcher Mountain Greenway will begin at Memorial Stadium, travel north along the west slope of Beaucatcher Mountain to College Street. The corridor will end at the old Beaucatcher reservoir for a total of 1.25 miles. This wooded corridor will have commanding views of downtown Asheville and connects Beaucatcher Park and White Fawn Reservoir. The greenway will be a paved asphalt trail with brief on-road segments in the form of bike lanes and/or sidewalks. This corridor will connect Beaucatcher Park and White Fawn Reservoir to the old Beaucatcher Reservoir near the intersection of College Street and Windswept Drive. There are potential connections to Memorial Stadium/Mountainside Park, McCormick Field and the Asheland Avenue greenway corridor.

For more information about Asheville Greenways, visit:

Free: Kim Brophey Lectures on Dog Aggression-Nov. 15

ScreenHunter_03 Oct. 28 17.10Kim Brophey is one of the foremost authorities on dog behavior and a dog training expert. She lectures nationally on dog behavior and, fortunately for local dog owners, she operates The Dog Door, a unique dog training and products company in Asheville.

Kim will be sharing her considerable knowledge about dog aggression at a free lecture to be held on Friday, November 15 from 7 to 9 PM, brought to you by The Dog Door Behavior Center in association with Asheville Humane Society. 

There is a great deal of misunderstanding about aggression in dogs--what it is, why it occurs, what defines it, how to handle it. Many behaviors are incorrectly labeled as aggression and subsequently mishandled because the underlying motivations for the individual dogs go unrecognized. The vast majority of what is labeled "aggression" is actually communication in the form of social animal ritualized aggression intended to avoid conflict. Learn how to interpret the ritualized aggression signaling of dogs in order to appreciate the meanings of this communication and therefore direct behavior modification and training from an informed position.  

The lecture will be at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market).

Come learn some very important information from this noted authority!

Introducing Your New Dog to the Neighborhood

By Stacey Brecher for The Dog Daily

Introducing a New Dog to the Neighborhood

While you may be eager to introduce your new pup to your neighbors, there are some precautions you should take before that first walk. Your dog may be afraid of his new surroundings and not yet properly trained, so you as the owner need to prepare both him and yourself.

The first step to safely restrain your dog to protect him from getting hurt or lost is using a leash. Amy Shojai, CABC, a certified animal behavior consultant and author of 26 pet care titles as well as the Puppies Guide at, suggests using a halter rather than just attaching a leash to the collar. “Puppy necks can be easily injured just from an exuberant pup straining to run toward or away from something new,” she said. “It is important to work on leash training with your new puppy.”

See this link for more on leash training your puppy.

When you head out with your dog for the first time, you should also bring a squeaky toy, puppy designed treats for reward or incentive purposes, and poop bags to clean up after the puppy.

Once outside, there are many hazards that you need to be extra careful around when you bring your new dog on that first walk. For example:

Strange Dogs

During your walk you may encounter other dogs, either in yards or out on a walk as well. “Dogs may be protective of their turf as you walk by their yard, and rush and bark,” Shojai explains. “Or they may approach with a friendly wag. When the owner is present, ask how the dog feels about other pets. You don't want the pup overwhelmed with multiple dogs -- first encounters should be with friendly single pooches. Look for low, loose wags (friendly/inviting) or jerky-high-wags (possible aggression/threat).”

Environmental Hazards

Once your dog leaves the comfort of your home, there are hazards like cars, teasing squirrels and cats, viruses, and things that your dog may try eat that she could choke on. To avoid these dangers, Shojai suggests always keeping your puppy under leash control to avoid most of these issues. “Avoid the ‘retractable’ type leashes, as they allow puppies to roam an unsafe distance away, and also can teach puppies to pull on the leash perhaps to dash into the highway in front of a car to catch that squirrel,” she added.

Avoid germs

It is imperative that you keep your new dog healthy and away from germs and viruses lurking in the neighborhood. Proper vaccinations and parasite protection help to ensure all those interesting smells he sniffs from the sidewalk, grass, other pets or stranger's shoes won't make him sick. Avoid dog parks until your dog has received all his shots.

Children and Adults

Everyone wants to meet the new dog on the block, but an influx of new people may scare your dog. Children, especially, can be very scary. “Even if your dog welcomes adult humans, a running, screaming, tail-pulling miniature version smells funny, sounds scary and may not be considered safe,” said Shojai. “If your puppy is willing, and so are the parents, ask the kid to sit on the ground, and only then allow your puppy to approach to be petted.”

Being aware of these hazards will make your dog’s introduction into the neighborhood more enjoyable for both of you.

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

Free Puppies "W.I.N." Sessions-Asheville, Nov. 9 and Nov. 26

YorkiePet Behavior Aid will be holding two free "Puppies W.I.N." sessions ("W.I.N." stands for "What Is Normal?") for puppy owners during the month of November. These special help sessions, for people with puppies under 5 months old, help you understand what is age-appropriate puppy behavior, how to establish good habits to prevents problems from developing, and discover how to take advantage of your puppy's socialization window. These sessions are open to anyone interested in understanding more about their puppy, or who might be preparing to bring a puppy into their home.

The sessions will be held twice:

Saturday, November 9, 9 to 11 AM

Tuesday, November 26, 7 - 9 PM

Sessions will be held at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market).

For additional information about Pet Behavior Aid, visit: .

Image courtesy of SOMMAI /

Free Puppy Social-Asheville, Nov. 16

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 16 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.

- 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 visit

Image: nixxphotography /

What to Do with an Aggressive Dog

By Cheryl Lock for The Dog Daily

What to do With an Aggressive Dog

We’ve all been there. You go to visit your friend, your neighbor, your co-worker, etc., and then before you even walk in the door you hear it. Barking. Growling. Lots of anxious movement.

Dealing with an anxious and aggressive dog is scary and, for the owners, can be a bit embarrassing. Barring the invention of a time machine that would allow you to go back in time to when your dog was 6-12 weeks old to focus on behavioral training (which is what Oscar E. Chavez, DVM, MBA, Member of the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition, says he likes to first suggest), there are a few specific things you can do to try to help curb your pooch’s bad (and oftentimes dangerous) behavior.

“Aggressive dogs, if truly aggressive, usually require professional behavior modification, and the attention of a trainer or professional,” says Dr. Chavez. “This doesn’t mean you need to work with them at all times, but it does mean that they need to be a part of the behavior modification program.”

The key when dealing with aggressive dogs is to identify which type of aggression your dog is exhibiting, and then develop an appropriate strategy to reverse it. “This process can take days, weeks, months or even years,” says Dr. Chavez. “But if done right, it can be effective over 90 percent of the time. Truly ‘evil’ dogs are rare, and most of the time it’s poor socialization or training during puppyhood that leads to problems.”

When it comes to training, the key is to ignore bad behavior (provided it’s not immediately threatening), and reward good behavior with attention. “Negative attention is still attention, so yelling and shouting your dog’s name when it’s lunging and growling may only fuel the problem,” says Dr. Chavez.

One common technique that helps in the initial stages is what Dr. Chavez called the ‘invisible dog’ technique. “This is where you literally are instructed to ignore the dog completely, except for only feeding and potty walks for two weeks,” he said. “Even during these allowable interactions, you are instructed to avoid eye contact and be very cold to the dog.”

Dogs who are being given the ‘invisible dog’ technique typically go through a mourning phase, where they miss the attention and affection of their pet parent so much that they become open to training and to being very cooperative. After this period, the dog’s behavior is usually better modified. “Invisible dog is tough, because the last thing we want to do is ignore a pet we love,” says Dr. Chavez. “But it must be adhered to very consistently for it to work, and when it fails, it’s usually our fault for giving in.”

If your dog’s aggressive behavior worries you, Dr. Chavez suggests checking out The Animal Behavior Network as a great place to start for advice.

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.

Taste of Compassion - Asheville, Nov. 14

ScreenHunter_02 Oct. 11 17.55"Taste of Compassion," the premiere event in WNC animal rescue, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. The event will be held on Thursday, November 14, from 5:30 to 9 PM.

Organized by Animal Compassion Network, now a part of Asheville Humane Society, proceeds from Taste of Compassion benefit the Safety Net Program, which keeps families and pets together by providing alternatives to surrendering pets to a shelter. Tough economic times have created a high rate of pet surrender by owners, so this program is especially crucial. 

Join Animal Compassion Network/Asheville Humane Society as they present over twenty different wines for tasting. Sample delectable vegetarian fare from area restaurants. Bid on hundreds of silent and live auction items donated by local businesses, artists, and organizations. You might even be the winning bidder for a 2014 Subaru Outback from Prestige Subaru!

Here are all the details:

10th Annual Taste of Compassion

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

5:30 PM - 9 PM

* New location this year *

Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center

1 Resort Drive, West Asheville


Vegetarian hors d'oeuvres and desserts

Live auction featuring a 2014 Subaru Outback from Prestige Subaru

Silent auction featuring hundreds of items from local businesses and artists

Music by band One Leg Up and DJ from Sound Extreme Entertainment

Free parking!

Buy tickets here, or for more information, contact Eileen Bouressa, email: 

Free Fearful Dog Session - North Asheville, Nov. 2

Be Brave

Pet Behavior Aid will hold a free information session, "Be Brave!," for owners of fearful dogs on Saturday, November 2, from 10 AM to 12 PM. The session will be held at the Animal Medical Center of North Asheville, 137 Merrimon 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 /