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April 2014

On May 3, Join Paws on Parade!

ScreenHunter_01 Apr. 08 15.55On Saturday, May 3 from 9 to 11 AM, the Paws on a Mission Pet Therapy Program at Mission Health will hold its annual Paws on Parade fundraising event at Carrier Park in West Asheville. The event will take place rain or shine.

Hosted by Mission Foundation, dozens of dogs and their people will be raising funds for the Paws on a Mission Pet Therapy Program at Mission Health. After light refreshments, participants will walk at their own pace and prizes will be awarded to the top three fundraisers. This year’s goal is to raise $15,000.

A program of Mission Hospital's Integrative Healthcare Department, Paws On A Mission consists of more than 98 dedicated volunteers and their pets that touch lives throughout the Western North Carolina community with the healing power of pet therapy. Paws On A Mission therapy dogs spread smiles, comfort, hope and healing to hospital patients of all ages, children and youth in local schools and at community agencies. Mission is one of only a small number of hospitals to have pet therapy coordinators on staff who recruit, train and schedule pet therapy volunteers. As a result of having coordinators on staff, Mission has one of the largest programs in the southeast, and its services are in high demand.

Paws On Parade not only raises funds to support the growing program, it is a celebration of the bond we have with our animals. All well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. There is a minimum donation of $10 per family to participate in Paws On Parade; however, all are encouraged to get sponsors for a pet therapy or family dog's participation. 

To learn more, visit www.missionfoundation.org.


Yappy Hour-Greenville, SC, May 8

ScreenHunter_02 Apr. 10 15.54Greenville Humane Society will hold a Yappy Hour on Thursday, May 8 from 6 to 8 PM. The dog-friendly event takes place at Greenville Humane Society, 305 Airport Road in Greenville.

The $8 admission price includes beer, bark and band. Enjoy listening to local artists with a cold beer (or water) in hand while your doggie can run off-leash in the Humane Society's courtyard. Yappy Hour is open to the public. Dogs should arrive leashed, be dog-friendly, spayed/neutered, and up to date on vaccinations. Proceeds benefit the Greenville Humane Society, which operates Greenville's largest no-kill facility.


Angel Pets Vendor Expo, Asheville, April 26

Angel-pets-pet-honoring-dog-cat
The Angel Pets Vendor Expo is being held on Saturday, April 26 from 9 AM to 5 PM as part of the Angel Pets Conference at the Four Points Sheraton in Asheville.
 
The Angel Pets Vendor Expo is free to the public during the conference! Come check out pet and caregiver support resources, including Holistic Veterinarians, Animal Reiki, Energy Essences, Pet Artists, Jewelry, Pet Memorial Kits, Keepsakes, Book signings, Dogabeds, Door Prizes and more. 
 
The Asheville Angel Pets Conference is a unique one-day conference being held in Asheville on Saturday, April 26 at the Four Points Sheraton, 22 Woodfin Street, Asheville, from 9 AM to 5 PM.
 
This conference covers many topics on pet end-of-life care to help us become more knowledgeable and comfortable with this difficult, but inevitable time in our pets lives. We all want to lovingly care for our pets during their end-of-life but we do not always know how. This conference sets out to explore these issues in an informative, lighthearted and fun way. Time will be allotted for Q&A with every presentation and an expert panel discussion is included at the end.
 
The goal of this conference is to allow individuals to come away feeling comforted by the knowledge of what to expect and equipped with the resources to help navigate this challenging and honorable last phase of our companion animals lives.
 
Topics:
  •  Assessing Qualities Of Life in Companion Animals
  •  Medical Advocacy: Talking With Your Veterinarian About End-of-Life Care
  •  Reiki for Pet End-of-Life and Transition
  •  Understanding Companion Animal Hospice Care
  •  Before, During, and After the Euthanasia Process
  •  The Value of Animal Communication
  •  Coping with the Grief of Pet Loss
  •  Life Change, Essential Oils and  Essences
  •  Panel Discussion/Q&A

Speakers include amazing local area expert veterinarians, animal communicator and bereavement specialists: Nancy Kay, DMV; Beth Marchitelli DMV;Mark Neville, MDiv; Rain Hummingbird; Polly Lazaron; L. Leigh Meriweather. 

The conference will highlight new advancements in holistic resources available for pet end-of-life care. It will cover the medical, practical, emotional and spiritual aspects of pet end-of-life time. There is also special attention to grief from pet loss, which is often complex and under-addressed in our society. Understanding more about these areas helps us become better equipped to handle this time. Also, being aware of the resources available can be tremendous in our healing.
 
$65 per person includes buffet lunch is included. Many great door prize raffles for attendees. For more information, go to: www.angelpetsconference.com.
 

Low Cost Vaccinations, Asheville, Apr. 26

Dog_being_vaccinatedThe Buncombe County Department of Health, Buncombe County Sheriff's Animal Services Division, and Asheville Humane Society are collaborating in 2014 to provide animal owners with access to low cost vaccinations, microchips and ID tagging.

Come to a vaccination clinic on Saturday, April 26 from 10 AM to 2 PM at Hall Fletcher Elementary School, 60 Ridgelawn Avenue, Asheville. 

Services provided:

Rabies 1 year - (Dogs or cats over 4 months)  - $11.00

Rabies 3 year - (Dogs or cats over 4 months with rabies certificate to prove current on rabies) - $11.00  

Bordetella - Kennel cough - (Dogs over 2 months)  - $15.00                                                   

DAPP - Distemper, Adenoxirus Type 2, Parainfluenza and Parvo - (Dogs over 2 months)  - $15.00

FVRCP/FELV - Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia and Leukemia - (Cats over 2 months) - $20.00

Microchip - (Dogs or cats over 2 months)  - $10.00 

**Cash is the only accepted form of payment.**


How to Play Soccer with Your Dog

By Lisa M. Gerry for Exceptional Canine

How to Play Soccer With Your Dog

While it may be hard to imagine your beloved Fido out on a field dribbling a soccer ball, shooting on a goal and scoring, in fact there are many dogs that do just that—and love it! Whether you’ve seen them strut their stuff at a half-time show, on a TV talent competition, or in family films like 1999’s Soccer Dog: The Movie, here are three reasons we can’t get enough of dogs playing soccer.

1.) It’s adorable. When Mark Lucas saw a dog dribble a soccer ball at the halftime show of a professional soccer game, he became determined to train dogs the same way. Soon after, he founded Soccer Collies, a troupe of dogs who can run with the ball, bounce it off their noses, and even catch it between their paws and their chin. Lucas brings his dogs to interact with kids and adults at schools, charity functions, and sporting events. BEK and Ms. Z, his two beloved Collies, are even able to shoot (and score!) on a goal.

2.) It’s fun! The first step in teaching a dog to play soccer is finding out whether they’re ‘ball motivated,’ says Lucas. The simplest way to figure that out is to bounce a basketball in front of them. If they seem excited and eager to play, then they will likely enjoy learning tricks with a soccer ball. “All breeds that like a ball will play soccer,” Lucas added. At first your pooch might not know quite what to do with a ball that’s too big for him to pick up in his mouth, but soon enough he’ll figure out how to pounce on it and move it with his paws. “People shouldn’t get discouraged, it does take time,” says Lucas. Start simple by having your dog bring you the ball. If you reward him with praise and treats, he’ll be much more inclined to keep up the good work. Of course, it becomes even more fun when you get in the game and run, pass, and steal.

3.) It’s healthy.  In the wild, dogs spend their days moving, running, and scrounging for food. Domestic dogs, on the other hand, often spend their days relaxing, sleeping, and lounging around. That’s why walks and play are so incredibly important for keeping your dog healthy and happy. Dogs that aren’t getting enough physical activity often display negative behaviors like digging, chewing, barking, jumping, hyperactivity, and sometimes even aggression. Getting your dog to run around with a soccer ball is a great form of exercise, not to mention an opportunity for you and your dog to bond. “The dogs are getting a great physical workout,” says Lucas, “and they’re also getting a mental workout. The more you play, the more they want to play, and that’s how they get to be so good.”

You can find out more about Lucas and his furry friends at SoccerCollies.com, or on Twitter @SoccerCollies.

Lisa M. Gerry is a freelance writer, animal lover and contributor to Exceptional Canine. She is proud aunt to an adorable rough collie named Dundee, who enjoys sitting on the couch, meeting new friends and stealing people’s treats.


Free Puppy Social-Asheville, April 19

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, April 19 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 visit www.petbehavioraid.org

Image: nixxphotography / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Angel Pets Conference-Asheville, April 26

Angel-pets-pet-honoring-dog-cat
The Asheville Angel Pets Conference is a unique one-day conference being held in Asheville on Saturday, April 26 at the Four Points Sheraton, 22 Woodfin Street, Asheville, from 9 AM to 5 PM.
 
This conference covers many topics on pet end-of-life care to help us become more knowledgeable and comfortable with this difficult, but inevitable time in our pets lives. We all want to lovingly care for our pets during their end-of-life but we do not always know how. This conference sets out to explore these issues in an informative, lighthearted and fun way. Time will be allotted for Q&A with every presentation and an expert panel discussion is included at the end.
 
The goal of this conference is to allow individuals to come away feeling comforted by the knowledge of what to expect and equipped with the resources to help navigate this challenging and honorable last phase of our companion animals lives.
 
Topics:
  •  Assessing Qualities Of Life in Companion Animals
  •  Medical Advocacy: Talking With Your Veterinarian About End-of-Life Care
  •  Reiki for Pet End-of-Life and Transition
  •  Understanding Companion Animal Hospice Care
  •  Before, During, and After the Euthanasia Process
  •  The Value of Animal Communication
  •  Coping with the Grief of Pet Loss
  •  Life Change, Essential Oils and  Essences
  •  Panel Discussion/Q&A

Speakers include amazing local area expert veterinarians, animal communicator and bereavement specialists: Nancy Kay, DMV; Beth Marchitelli DMV;Mark Neville, MDiv; Rain Hummingbird; Polly Lazaron; L. Leigh Meriweather. 

The conference will highlight new advancements in holistic resources available for pet end-of-life care. It will cover the medical, practical, emotional and spiritual aspects of pet end-of-life time. There is also special attention to grief from pet loss, which is often complex and under-addressed in our society. Understanding more about these areas helps us become better equipped to handle this time. Also, being aware of the resources available can be tremendous in our healing.
 
$65 per person includes buffet lunch is included. Many great door prize raffles for attendees. For more information, go to: www.angelpetsconference.com.
 
Note: The Angel Pets Vendor Expo is open from 9 AM to 5 PM and is free to the public during conference! Come check out pet and caregiver support resources, including Holistic Veterinarians, Animal Reiki, Energy Essences, Pet Artists, Jewelry, Pet Memorial Kits, Keepsakes, Book signings, Dogabeds, Door Prizes and more. 
 

Dog Trainer School with Turid Rugaas Coming to Asheville

Turid-Rugaas-Calming-BookTurid Rugaas is world-renowned for her work with dogs on calming signals, nose work, and a natural method of dog training. She will be coming from Norway to establish a first of its kind certified dog training course in the U.S. in Asheville.

This unique program is 28 days of full immersion training divided into 7 sessions of 4 day intervals. It is spread over 1-1/2 years to allow for maximum absorption of learning. The entire program is taught by Turid herself, with the assistance of Anne Kill Kvan for nose work. The program is designed to promote ethical options in dog care, a better understanding of dog behavior, and why problems arise and what to do to resolve them. The program covers many topics, including:

  • stress, fear, and aggression
  • communication
  • problem solving
  • puppy, adolescent and mature dogs
  • learning behavior
  • nutrition
  • instruction and consultations, and much more.

Only 20 participants will be accepted into the program and attendance at all 7 sessions is required. An exam and practical session at the end of the training will allow for certification.

Anyone who is involved with canines as a career or a hobby is invited to apply for this program, the first time it is being offered in the U.S. The first session begins on August 14 - 17 in Asheville and all subsequent sessions will take place in Asheville over the next 1-1/2 years. Tuition for the program is $2,995.

For more information and an application, email gracefulhearts2012@gmail.com, or call 828-545-2948.


Pawmetto Derby Party-Greenville, SC, May 1

ScreenHunter_02 Mar. 23 14.35Come to the Pawmetto Derby Party on Thursday, May 1 from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at the Old Cigar Warehouse, 912 S. Main Street, Greenville, SC, with proceeds to benefit the Greenville Humane Society.

  • Event Features: Live music by Tim White & The Saboteurs, derby-themed delicacies provided by Saffron’s, bottomless cocktails and bourbon tastings
  • “Run for the Noses”: In addition, we invite guests to join in a spectacle unique to the Upstate as GHS puppies go nose-to-nose in our “Run for the Noses” derby dash!
  • Bidding Details: “Bid” online (or at the venue) for your puppy of choice. Bidding website coming soon!
  • Venue: The Old Cigar Warehouse– 912 S. Main Street, Greenville, SC
  • Attire: Derby attire & hats encouraged!
  • Tickets: $65 in advance; $75 day of event— guest check-in at door

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.greenvillehumane.com/derby/


Paws on Parade-Asheville, May 3

ScreenHunter_01 Apr. 08 15.55On Saturday, May 3 from 9 to 11 AM, the Paws on a Mission Pet Therapy Program at Mission Health will hold its annual Paws on Parade fundraising event at Carrier Park in West Asheville. The event will take place rain or shine.

Hosted by Mission Foundation, dozens of dogs and their people will be raising funds for the Paws on a Mission Pet Therapy Program at Mission Health. After light refreshments, participants will walk at their own pace and prizes will be awarded to the top three fundraisers. This year’s goal is to raise $15,000.

A program of Mission Hospital's Integrative Healthcare Department, Paws On A Mission consists of more than 98 dedicated volunteers and their pets that touch lives throughout the Western North Carolina community with the healing power of pet therapy. Paws On A Mission therapy dogs spread smiles, comfort, hope and healing to hospital patients of all ages, children and youth in local schools and at community agencies. Mission is one of only a small number of hospitals to have pet therapy coordinators on staff who recruit, train and schedule pet therapy volunteers. As a result of having coordinators on staff, Mission has one of the largest programs in the southeast, and its services are in high demand.

Paws On Parade not only raises funds to support the growing program, it is a celebration of the bond we have with our animals. All well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. There is a minimum donation of $10 per family to participate in Paws On Parade; however, all are encouraged to get sponsors for a pet therapy or family dog's participation. 

To get a fundraising packet, contact Pam Hardin at 213-9272 or pam.hardin@msj.org. To learn more, visit www.missionfoundation.org.


Free Leash Training Session-North Asheville, April 15

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 Tuesday, April 15 from 7 to 9 PM. It will be held at Animal Hospital of North Asheville, 1 Beaverdam Road, North 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 (no pets please) 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


Tour for Life-Boone, NC, April 13

ScreenHunter_04 Apr. 10 16.15On Sunday, April 13, from 1 to 4 pm, Watauga Humane Society is hosting North Shore Animal League’s Tour for Life event, the “World’s Largest Mobile Adoption Event,” at Walmart Supercenter in Boone, North Carolina.

Shelters and rescues from across the region will be there to adopt out animals and raise money for animal welfare. This is a great chance to find your new best buddy and support an important cause. In partnership with Purina, Tour for Life is the largest national adoption initiative aimed at reinforcing the advantages and importance of shelter pet adoptions. Shelters and rescues participating include: 

  • Ashe Humane Society
  • Avery County Humane Society
  • Caldwell Animal Rescue
  • Happy Tails Rescue of West Jefferson
  • Humane Society of Wilkes
  • Merit Pit Bull Foundation of Lenior
  • Partners! Canines
  • Second Chance Dogs of Ashe
  • St Francis of Assisi Bully Breed Rescue
  • Unicoi County Animal Shelter
  • Watauga Humane Society
  • Ziggy’s Second Chance Network

There will also be low cost rabies vaccines and microchipping for pets, pet merchandise and information from various retailers and pet service providers, entertainment, food, and lots of fun.

Visit www.wataugahumanesociety.org for more details.


Full Moon Farm "Howl In"-Black Mountain, April 12

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, April 12. Tours of the Farm begin at 3:15 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! Visit the Gift Den for unique gift ideas.

For information and directions, call (828) 664-9818 or email info@fullmoonfarm.org (Please note: On the day of the event, it is best to call, as the email account will be unmonitored).

Image: Full Moon Farm


$8 Adoption Fee on Pits & Hounds-Apr. 11, 12

ScreenHunter_01 Apr. 10 10.07Asheville Humane Society is offering the opportunity to adopt a “Pretty Pitty” or a “Handsome Hound” for just $8 on Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, from 10 am-6 pm. All pitbull and hound mix dogs will be available for an adoption fee of just $8 for priceless love! 
 
To see the dogs available for adoption, visit www.ashevillehumane.orgThe $8 adoption fee represents an exceptional savings for people looking to adopt a forever friend. This fee includes spaying/neutering, all up-to-date vaccines, microchipping, a free starter bag of food, one month of complimentary pet health insurance, and a free post-adoption office visit with a participating Buncombe County veterinarian.
 
The Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, behind Harmony Motors, near the WNC Farmers Market).

Puppies W.I.N. - April 12, April 26

PuppiesPuppies W.I.N. (What Is Normal) is a FREE special help session for people with puppies under 5 months of age. It is presented by Pet Behavior Aid, an organization dedicated to increasing the retention of companion animals in their homes by providing accessible education and training programs.

This session helps puppy owners understand what is age-appropriate puppy behavior, learn how to establish good habits to prevent problems from developing, and discover how to take advantage of your puppy’s socialization window.

Puppies W.I.N. is open to anyone who is interested in understanding more about their puppy – or who might be preparing to bring a puppy into their home. This session is for humans only -- no pets, please. 

Puppies W.I.N. will be held as follows:

Saturday April 12, 9-11 am
Asheville Humane Society, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville

Saturday April 26, 1-3 pm
Patton Avenue Pet Company, 1388 Patton Ave., Asheville

For more information contact Pet Behavior Aid at info@petbehavioraid.org or call 828-707-0644.


Canine Cancer - Live Webinar - April 10, 8 PM

Old-dog-health-3According to a study in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2011, canine cancer is now the number one cause of death in dogs. In this live online presentation, or webinar, Lola Ball, founding member of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care and author of the book, "when Your Dog Has Cancer," will cover the process of cancer diagnosis, types of cancer and treatment plans. She will also present a holistic approach to care that includes hospice, diet, nutrition, high quality of life, prevention and the natural dying process. She will address how we can embrace our grief and honor the memory of our dogs should that time come. Throughout, she will provide examples from real-life canine cancer experiences.

Students will learn:

  • The techniques used to diagnose cancer in dogs and why a cancer diagnosis might not be definitive
  • Symptoms that could indicate cancer in your dog
  • Treatment options available for cancer in dogs
  • What is animal hospice care and why/when you might consider it
  • The stages of the natural dying process and how to identify each

To be presented live online and then available as a recording:

Canine Cancer Insights: A Holistic and Balanced Approach
Thursday, April 10 - 8 to 9:30 PM
Cost: $25

For more information or to register, visit: http://e-trainingfordogs.com/2014/02/canine-cancer/

Image: e-trainingfordogs.com


Yappy Hour-Greenville, SC, April 10

ScreenHunter_01 Feb. 27 16.25Greenville Humane Society will hold a Yappy Hour on Thursday, April 10 from 6 to 8 PM. The dog-friendly event takes place at Greenville Humane Society, 305 Airport Road in Greenville.

The $8 admission price includes beer, bark and band. Enjoy listening to local artists with a cold beer (or water) in hand while your doggie can run off-leash in the Humane Society's courtyard. Yappy Hour is open to the public. Dogs should arrive leashed, be dog-friendly, spayed/neutered, and up to date on vaccinations. Proceeds benefit the Greenville Humane Society, which operates Greenville's largest no-kill facility.