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2014 Mutt Strut, Greenville, SC, Aug. 24 - Registration Open Now

ScreenHunter_01 Jun. 12 17.01Join the Greenville Humane Society and Papa John's for the largest dog-friendly race in South Carolina, as they present the 3rd Annual Mutt Strut Run/Walk With (Or Without) Your Dog! 

This event will take place Saturday, August 23rd at 9:00 a.m. A 2-mile race will lead competitors along the beautiful Swamp Rabbit Trail and through Greenville Tech's campus, ending in the expanded "Mutt Strut Market" — featuring live entertainment, vendors, and exciting new attractions!

It's a new location this year, with more parking, more vendors, live music, and doggie entertainment!

Registration is open now. For more details and to register online, visit

Low Cost Vaccinations, Black Mountain, June 29

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 Sunday, June 29 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Lakeview Clubhouse, 401 S. Laurel Circle Drive, Black Mountain. 

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.**

Free Leash Reactive Session - Asheville, June 28

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 28 from 9 AM to 10:30 AM. 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, email, or call (828) 707-0644.

Image: Quinn Dombrowski, Flickr

Five Days of $10 Adoption Promotions!

ScreenHunter_01 Jun. 24 09.48Asheville Humane Society is chock full of adoptable dogs and cats, so this week, they're running five days of special adoption promotions:

Summer Tan Tuesday: All "tan" adult dogs (not including puppies), cats and kittens are $10 each.
Wild and Wacky Wednesday: All "youngsters" (cats and dogs) 6 months to 3 years old are $10 each.
Throwback Thursday: All animals 4 years old and up are $10 each.
Formal Friday: All black and/or white adult dogs (not including puppies), cats and kittens are $10 each.
Sun-sational Super Saturday: All adult dogs (not including puppies), cats and kittens are $10 each.

Every animal is local and has been behaviorally and medically screened. Adoption fees include spay/neuter, microchip, vaccinations, starter food, 30 days of free health insurance, and a complimentary vet visit in Buncombe County.

Visit to see animals available for adoption. The Adoption Center is at 14 Forever Friend Lane (off Pond Road, near the WNC Farmers Market) and open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM, so stop by and and take advantage of this special summer promotion!

Purina Pitches Asheville Along with Dog Food

In January, Purina selected Asheville as the country's dog-friendliest city and used Asheville as the showplace for its "28 day challenge." Here's a video that celebrates Asheville as a dog-friendly city (and also pitches Purina's dog food, of course). Purina also made a financial contribution to make improvements to the French Broad Dog Park.


Wag-A-Paw-Looza-Spartanburg, SC, June 21

ScreenHunter_01 Jun. 20 13.03The Spartanburg Humane Society is holding "Wag-A-Paw-Looza" on Saturday, June 21 from 10 AM to 8 PM at the Mary Black Rail Trail in Spartanburg, SC.

The rail trail will be taken over with vendors, local veterinarians, dog groomers, animal behavior specialists, tons of local businesses, and dogs of all shapes, breeds, and sizes! Bring the entire family including your four-legged family members for a fun filled day downtown!

Free general admission. $20 gets you a good bag and lunch!

For more information, visit:

What to Do If You See a Pet in a Hot Car

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It may take only minutes to save a life.

Leaving pets locked in cars is never safe. But when the weather gets warmer, it can be deadly. Pets can't withstand high temperatures—they can cause irreparable organ damage and even death.

How to help a pet left in a hot car

  • Take down the car's make, model and license-plate number.
  • If there are businesses nearby, notify their managers or security guards and ask them to make an announcement to find the car's owner.
  • If the owner can't be found, call the non-emergency number of the local police or animal control and wait by the car for them to arrive.

Other ways to help

  • Get informed: Learn your town's laws about leaving pets in hot cars now.
  • Get ready to call for help: Gather the essential telephone numbers and have them on hand. You’ll want to have your local animal-control agency's number and the police department's non-emergency number so you can quickly report the situation. Keep these numbers in your purse, your car's glove compartment or programmed into your phone.
  • Spread the word: Distribute The Humane Society of the United States hot car flyer, which spells out the dangers of leaving pets in parked cars. 
  • Get involved: Ask local store managers, shopping malls, restaurants and other businesses to post signs asking customers not to leave their pets in their cars while shopping, dining or engaging in other activities.
  • Speak up: If your town doesn't have a law prohibiting leaving pets in parked cars, contact your local representatives or attend a town hall meeting to start lobbying for one. 

The greenhouse effect

Download and share the hot car flyer [PDF]

It doesn't have to be that warm outside for a car to become dangerously hot. Here are some facts:

  • When it's 72 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit within an hour.
  • When it's 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 99 degrees Fahrenheit within 10 minutes.
  • Rolling the down windows has been shown to have little effect on the temperature inside a car.

From the Humane Society of the United States (

Yappy Hour at Moe's BBQ, Asheville-June 19

ScreenHunter_01 Jun. 17 14.03Join Asheville Humane Society for a Yappy Hour presented by Mix 96.5 and Prestige Subaru on Thursday, June 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. The event will take place at Moe's BBQ, 4 Sweeten Creek Road, Biltmore Village, Asheville

Come out with your two and four-legged friends and enjoy a fun evening to benefit Asheville Humane Society! $5 gets you a wristband and onto the patio to enjoy the complimentary appetizers. Our partner restaurant will match all Yappy Hour wristband sales!

It's a fun way for your doggy and you to mix and mingle while you help save the lives of local animals. See you at Moe's!

Should You Bring Your Dog to Work?

By Stacey Brecher for Exceptional Canine

Dogs and the Workplace

The sad eyes. The droopy face. The moping. Let’s face it -- you probably hate leaving your dog in the morning to go to work just as much as he hates being left.

What if you could avoid all that, and instead bring your dog along with you when you head to the office?

Bringing your dog with you to work isn’t just about the fun of having him with you throughout the day - the benefits to having a dog in the workplace have been scientifically proven. For example, a study by Central Michigan University found that when dogs are present in a group, employees are more likely to trust each other and collaborate more effectively in the office. Dogs can also help break the ice when it comes to communication between co-workers.

Greg Kleva, a celebrity dog behavioral therapist/master trainer for Bark Busters Home Dog Training in New Jersey, explains how mood-boosting chemicals increase when dogs are around.  “Interactions with dogs have been proven to increase levels of oxytocin, often referred to as the ‘feel good’ hormone,” Kleva said. “Studies have shown that the presence of dogs in the workplace may also reduce stress hormone (cortisol) levels for their owners. These same studies indicate that cortisol levels for workers who didn't bring their dogs to work were drastically higher by the end of the working day.”

For employers, the fact that having canine companions around increases productivity makes it a plus for them as well. “Dogs have the ability to break down the barriers that keep humans from interacting with one another,” explains Kleva. “We find it much easier to chat with someone we don’t know quite as well if we approach them to meet their dog.”

Of course there will be some prep involved if you’re thinking of bringing your dog with you to work. “Start by training your dog to greet people appropriately by teaching him to sit while greeting, rather than jumping up,” suggests Kleva. Other basic commands like ‘come’, ‘stay’, ‘leave it’, and ‘go to bed’ should be mastered as well, and you’ll need to make sure he can ignore distractions. You can practice by bringing him to the park, where there are a lot of distractions, and making him pay attention to your commands.

It’s also important to make sure your dog is both physically and mentally stimulated to keep him calm and to reduce boredom prior to entering your workspace. This will make the experience better for your dog and everyone in the office.

Be sure to have the right supplies on hand if you’re bringing your dog along with you to the office, as well. A leash is the most important thing to have, as it can be used for walks, as well as keeping him under your control. “Since bringing your dog to the office can be a stressful experience for your dog and cause him apprehension, bring your dog’s pillow or blanket from home so he has something familiar to comfort him,” says Kleva. 

There may be some drawbacks that come with bringing your dog to the office, too. The most obvious is that a co-worker may be allergic. Be sure to check with everyone in the office before you bring your dog in and put someone’s health in danger.

You should also be on the lookout for accidents, and it will be your responsibility to ensure your dog does not ruin any equipment in the office. Trying your dog out at the office for a half day may a good way to determine if it’s a good fit for your dog’s personality, as well as for everyone else in the office.

Stacey Brecher is an editor at Woman’s World magazine, and a contributor to Animal Fair magazine. Stacey's blogs have previously appeared on Exceptional Canine.  

Low Cost Rabies Vaccinations - Microchips - Marshall, NC, June 21


A low-cost rabies vaccination and microchip clinic will be helpd by Friends of Madison County Animals on Saturday, June 21 from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Center Community Center, 1300 Grapevine Road, Marshall, NC.

Pricing - Subject to change.

Rabies Vaccine: 1 year  $10.00,  3 year $13.00  (bring current rabies certificate to get 3-year booster) 

DHPP $15.00 Dogs only

DHLPP, $20.00 Dogs only, this is 5-way vaccine.

Bordetella, $16.00 Dogs only.

FVRCP-Felv, $25.00 Cats only. This is a feline leukemia combo.

Microchipping, $20.00 Both dogs and cats.

There is no need to pre-register. Dogs should be brought on leash and cats should be brought in a carrier.

How to Participate in and Support "Take Your Dog to Work Day" on June 20

ScreenHunter_01 May. 18 14.38Pet Sitters International sponsors Take Your Dog To Work Day® (TYDTWDay®) each year, and this year it is Friday, June 20. 

There are many ways you can help celebrate dogs and promote pet adoption on this special day!

Plan a TYDTWDay event at your workplace.

If you want to plan a TYDTWDay event at your workplace, download and share the TYDTWDay Action Pack with your boss or the head of human resources. Ask him or her to consider hosting a TYDTWDay event on Friday, June 20, 2014. If the office is closed on Friday or employees are interested in bringing other pets, consider celebrating on another day during Take Your Pet to Work Week™, June 16-20.

The TYDTWDay Action Pack provides the information you need to address any concerns your company may have and to successfully plan and promote your TYDTWDay event.

Partner with a local shelter and promote pet adoption.

Ask your local shelter or favorite rescue group to join your TYDTWDay event. Invite them to bring adoptable pets or information about local adoption opportunities to your place of business. Consider holding a fundraiser to benefit the guest shelter.

Or, if you work or volunteer with a local shelter or rescue group, consider reaching out to local businesses and ask them to participate inTYDTWDay and considering using their event to support your local shelter or group.

Reach out to professional pet sitters and other pet professionals.

Work with fellow pet lovers and pet professionals, including pet sitters and dog trainers. TYDTWDay is the perfect opportunity to educate employees about pet adoptions, responsible pet ownership and the benefits of hiring a professional pet sitter. 

If you are a pet-care professional, TYDTWDay offers a great opportunity to educate local pet owners and make them aware of your services. Contact a local participating business and offer to assist with pet-care needs or present a session on pet care on TYDTWDay.

Spread the word about TYDTWDay and the need for pet adoptions.

Be sure to tell others in your community about this uniquely positive awareness campaign for dogs. Pet owners, share the TYDTWDay Action Pack and ask your employer to participate. You can also spread the word to fellow pet lovers. Follow TYDTWDay on Facebook and Twitter and share event information on your social media pages as well.

Go to to learn more!

How About a Nice Cat to Go with that Dog of Yours?

ScreenHunter_01 Jun. 13 13.52Carolina Mountain Dog is all about dogs, of course. But just so those kitties don't feel neglected, we wanted to make you aware of a great opportunity to add a cat to your household. Asheville Humane Society is bursting at the seams with lots of lovely cats and kittens who would just love a home -- even one with a dog in it!

Come on over to the Adoption Center from June 14 through June 21 and you can adopt any cat or kitten for just $9 during the "9 Lives for $9" adoption event in association with Best Friends Animal Society. Every adoption includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, a first vet visit with participating Buncombe County vets, and even a free bag of food. What a deal!

The Adoption Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM and is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). To see available kitties, visit:

ADOPT LOCAL at Asheville Humane Society!

The DRIVE Stoor Opens at The Dog Door-Asheville, June 14

ScreenHunter_01 Jun. 10 13.26DRIVE is an innovative new education initiative developed by nationally known dog trainer Kim Brophey. Brophey has applied this behavioral approach to ready dogs for adoption through Asheville Humane Society. She is now launching DRIVE to the public via the new DRIVE Store at her retail and training facility, The Dog Door, 15 B Broadway Street, Asheville.

The Grand Opening of the DRIVE Store will take place on Saturday, June 14 from 10 AM to 6 PM, with hors d'oeuvres, a raffle, vendor booths and giveaways. Bring a photo of your dog for the store's wall and get 20 percent off your purchase. A portion of proceeds from the event benefits the DRIVE program at Asheville Humane Society.

For more information, visit 

Free Puppy Social-Asheville, June 14

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 14 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 /

Does Your Dog Love to Herd?

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Got a sheep herding dog? Here's an opportunity for you to give your doggie a unique real live herding experience... at the annual 3-day herding event at Possum Hollow Farms in Rutherfordton, NC.

The event this year is on June 20, 21, and 22. There is no pre-registration so just plan to bring a chair, a dog (or more) and a smile! The fee is $30 per dog per day for all dogs participating. All that's required is that your dog be well turned on to stock because the learning curve will be high. You can come one, two or all three days.

For more information, call (828) 429-6388, or visit the website at Herding Clinics

Free Puppies W.I.N. Sessions in June

Two puppiesPuppies W.I.N. ("What Is Normal?") is a free special help session for people with puppies under 5 months of age. It will help you 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.

Puppies W.I.N., sponsored by Pet Behavior Aid, will be held in June as follows:

Saturday, June 7 from 1 to 3 PM at Patton Avenue Pet Company on Patton Avenue in Asheville.

Saturday, June 21 from 9 to 11 AM at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville.

Note: Humans only please!

Visit for additional details.

Image courtesy of Gualberto 107/

Fascinating Facts from Banfield's State of Pet Health 2014 Report

BanfieldBanfield Pet Hospital is the largest veterinary practice in the world. The organization publishes an annual report, "State of Pet Health," that analyzes data from the over 2 million dogs and almost half a million cats under their care.

Here are some fascinating facts from the 2014 Report:

  • The top 10 dog breeds cared for in Banfield Pet Hospitals in 2013 were:
  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. Chihuahua
  3. Yorkshire Terrier
  4. Shih Tzu
  5. Pit Bull
  6. German Shepherd
  7. Maltese
  8. Mixed Breed
  9. Dachshund
  10. Boxer
  • The breed that increased the most in popularity over the past ten years was the Yorkshire Terrier, rising over 140 percent.
  • 51 percent of the dogs seen at Banfield were toy or small breed dogs (under 20 pounds). Medium dogs (20 - 50 pounds) accounted for 27 percent, large dogs (50 - 90 pounds) were 21 percent, and giant dogs (over 90 pounds) were 2 percent.
  • The most common diagnosis of a health issue across all age groups of dogs was dental tartar.
  • Almost 2 percent of dogs seen at Banfield had kennel cough. It was most common in dogs under one year of age.
  • Over the past five years, the prevalence of lyme disease in dogs has increased over 20 percent. Dogs over 10 years of age were about 10 times as likely to contract lyme disease as dogs under 1 year of age.

Check out the complete report here.