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July 2015

Keeping Dogs Cool in Summer and Warm in Winter

Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 2.42.04 PMSince our dogs live with us and are often fully integrated into the family, we don't always think about the fact that their bodies require different things to keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Here's a very informative, handy infographic that contains complete information on maintaining the appropriate temperatures year round for your dog. It includes helpful tips, dos and don'ts for treating heatstroke, dos and don't for treating hypothermia, and more.

Download the infographic by clicking the link below.

www.castironradiators4u.co.uk/uk/infographic-cool-cats-and-hot-dogs.php


Downtown Dog Walk - Waynesville, Aug. 1

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Sarge's 10th Annual Downtown Dog Walk is planned for Saturday, August 1, 2015. In 2014, hundreds of dogs and their owners enjoyed the beautiful day in downtown Waynesville. Sponsorships, both business and individual, are crucial to the success of the Dog Walk. The donations raised through the Annual Downtown Dog Walk help supply food, medical care, spay and neuter costs, and shelter for animals at Sarge's Adoption Center, foster homes, and off-site boarding. This funding also supports local and long distance transport. 

The walk begins and ends at the Courthouse lawn. Participants can register individually or as team dog walkers. Groups raising $20 or more will receive free t-shirts and prizes will be awarded for teams raising the most money. There will be Doggie Dress-up contests, and this year, you can participate as a "Virtual Dog Walker, sponsoring a Sarge's volunteer to walk a foster dog.

Visit the website for further details: http://www.sargeandfriends.org/dogwalk.html

 


Mayfel's Dog Days of Summer, Asheville, July 30

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 9.36.07 AMKudos to Mayfel's restaurant, 22 College Street in Asheville, for supporting local animal welfare groups. On Thursday, July 30, Mayfel's continues their 5th annual "Dog Days of Summer" event. Eat and drink at Mayfels (New Orleans style cuisine) and the restaurant will donate 10% of its sales all day to Friends of Madison County Animals.

That's not all -- Mayfel's hosts a different animal welfare organization every Thursday from May through August, again donating 10% of its sales that day. Dog-friendly Mayfel's, across the street from Pritchard Park, has a front patio and back courtyard patio. More about Mayfel's and their Dog Days of Summer schedule at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mayfels


Save These Dates: "Talks for the Serious Dog Lover"

Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 1.06.17 PMJoin internationally renowned dog trainer Turid Rugaas and Associates hailing from Norway and the UK for an amazing journey into the Canine Kingdom in a series of evening talks for the Serious Dog Lover. Learn important new information and research that has been done to assist humans in understanding dogs and their needs better. Give hope to the phrase "Man's Best Friend" as we make the transition to truly advocate for dogs as they so willingly share their lives and love with us as their human companions.

Save these dates...You won't want to miss the following evening talks:

Thursday, August 6
"From the Dog's Perspective" with Turid Rugass

Thursday, September 10
"Muscle Problems in Dogs" with Julia Robertson

Friday, September 11
"The Collarless Dog" with Turid Rugass

Friday, October 23
"The Pulse Study and Stress" with Agnes Vadidalo

For more information about this series of talks, visit: http://dogtraininworkshops.blogspot.com/

All of these enlightening talks begin at 7 PM on the date noted above and will be held at the Lenoir Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies, 36 Montford Avenue, Asheville. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Seating is limited, so advance purchase is recommended. For tickets, call Grace at 828-545-2948.

Image: Turid Rugass


$10 Adoption Fees on Dogs-Asheville, July 24, 25

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Asheville Humane Society is making a special plea:

"Friends, we have over 40 dogs in Asheville Humane Society's Adoption Center and many more waiting in the wings for a spot to open up. Summer is always our busiest time, with hundreds of homeless pets brought to us for care. The animals in our community are never turned away, so we need your help making space for those in need.
 
We are lowering adoption fees for all dogs over 25 pounds to $10, this Friday and Saturday, July 24 - 25, in hopes of inspiring our community to come out and adopt!"
 
See the dogs available at www.ashevillehumane.org. Then come on over to the Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market) between 10 AM and 6 PM.

Low Cost Vaccinations and Microchips, Fairview, July 25

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

Come to a low cost vaccination clinic on Saturday, July 25 from 10 AM to 2 PM at Spring Mountain Community Center, Fairview, NC. No appointment is necessary.

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 

Please note: Cash is the only accepted form of payment.

Image: Praisaeng, freedigitalphotos.net


Mayfel's Dog Days of Summer, Asheville, July 23

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 9.36.07 AMKudos to Mayfel's restaurant, 22 College Street in Asheville, for supporting local animal welfare groups. On Thursday, July 23, Mayfel's continues their 5th annual "Dog Days of Summer" event. Eat and drink at Mayfel's (New Orleans style cuisine) and the restaurant will donate 10% of its sales all day to Asheville Humane Society.

That's not all -- Mayfel's hosts a different animal welfare organization every Thursday from May through August, again donating 10% of its sales that day. Dog-friendly Mayfel's, across the street from Pritchard Park, has a front patio and back courtyard patio. More about Mayfel's and their Dog Days of Summer schedule at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mayfels


Hiking Hounds-Asheville, July 26

Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 9.53.40 AMOne of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities is the "Hiking Hounds" program. Two Sunday mornings each month, volunteers take shelter dogs on hikes as part of the enrichment programming. You'll spend a few hours in Bent Creek hiking the trails with dogs who will love you for it.

The next hike with the Hiking Hounds group is Sunday, July 26. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. New and repeat hikers alike are required to sign up in advance. If you'd like to sign up for this hike, email ahshikinghounds@outlook.com.

Hikers are signed up on a "first come-first served basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. And please make sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


Pet Health, Wellness Fest-Asheville, July 19

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Asheville Outlets and PetGazette will host the first annual Pet Health, Wellness, Fitness, Fun and Adoption Fest on Sunday, July 19 from Noon – 4 PM. The event will be held at Asheville Outlets on Brevard Road, right off of I-26.

Included in the Pet Fest are activities for pets and their families. Dog owners can participate in the PetGazette Cover Dog competition. The winner will be featured on the fall cover of PetGazette. 

There will be all kinds of information and vendors, as well as a doggie kissing booth, training seminars and dog skills demonstrations by Loehr Animal Behavior, Lucky Dog Training and Woof in the Woods/K9 Services, plus animals available for adoption. There will also be a dog and cat food drive (American made pet food only) and a dog and cat new toy drive to benefit the participating non-profits. Area pet retailers, groomers, veterinarians, and daycare and boarding facilities will have booths and displays. 

Proceeds from this event will benefit Asheville Humane Society, Blue Ridge Humane Society, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue, Boxer Butts and Other Mutts and Pinups for Pitbulls.

 


Alert: Update on Canine Influenza Virus

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In late June, Carolina Mountain Dog reported on the relatively new "dog flu" known as Canine Influenza Virus (CIV). You can read the post here.

We have just received an alert from R.E.A.C.H., the emergency animal hospital in Asheville, that they have recently seen an increase in cases of CIV.

According to R.E.A.C.H., "Two patients have been tested and confirmed to have canine influenza. The flu vaccine may not be effective against this new and different strain. Signs of respiratory disease include coughing, sneezing, runny nose and eyes, fever and sluggishness. If your dog exhibits these signs, contact your regular vet or our hospital immediately. To protect your pet, don't let him or her interact with other dogs who are not his housemates.  For the time being, keep your dogs at home."

R.E.A.C.H. is open 24 hours a day. For more information, call R.E.A.C.H. at (828) 665-4399.


Yappy Hour-Asheville, July 16

Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 9.40.48 AMBring your doggy to Asheville Humane Society's Yappy Hour on Thursday, July 16 from 6 to 8 PM. It will be held at Moe's BBQ, 72 Weaverville Road in Woodfin. (Note new location.)

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 $5 per person includes light bites, and dogs are free. The Yappy Hour is sponsored by Mix 96.5 and Prestige Subaru. All proceeds go to help the homeless animals of Buncombe County. More information is available at www.mix965asheville.com.


Mayfel's Dog Days of Summer, Asheville, July 16

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 9.36.07 AMKudos to Mayfel's restaurant, 22 College Street in Asheville, for supporting local animal welfare groups. On Thursday, July 16, Mayfel's continues their 5th annual "Dog Days of Summer" event. Eat and drink at Mayfel's (New Orleans style cuisine) and the restaurant will donate 10% of its sales all day to Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary in Black Mountain.

That's not all -- Mayfel's hosts a different animal welfare organization every Thursday from May through August, again donating 10% of its sales that day. Dog-friendly Mayfel's, across the street from Pritchard Park, has a front patio and back courtyard patio. More about Mayfel's and their Dog Days of Summer schedule at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mayfels


Talk: Journey of a Brave Dog through PTSD-Asheville, July 15

Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 11.05.20 AMNishi, just a puppy, was traumatized by an accident that left her damaged and highly dog-reactive. Four years later, she has more zest for life than most other dogs. You will not believe the transformation this dog has been through.

Learn what helped Nishi through PTSD and how these techniques can help other dogs get over the horror of trauma and embrace life. Come to a talk, "Nishi Diaries: The Journey of a Brave Dog through PTSD," on Wednesday, July 15 at 7 PM at the Lenoir Rhyne Center for Graduate Studies, 36 Montford Avenue, Asheville, NC.

The speaker, Sindhoor, is a Canine Behaviorist from India. She studied dog training in Norway with Turid Rugaas and Anne Lill Kvam and is a member of PDTE (Pet Dog Trainers of Europe). Her studies on free ranging dogs have given her a deep understanding of canine behavior and she writes extensively on the topic.

Tickets are $20. Call (828) 545-2948 for more information.


Pet Honoring Ceremony-July 12

ID-10044688The second Sunday of every month, a United Pet Honoring Ceremony is held for pet owners to come together and unite in expressing their love and appreciation for their pets. It is a way to have sacred time to honor our pets and loved ones, our relationship with them, and all they give us.  
 
People from all over send in names of Pets to be Honored: Cats, Dogs, Horses, Ponies, Rabbits, Birds, Frogs and more. This is a simple ceremony (much like a memorial service). It includes an Opening, Blessing of each pet, Prayer, Silent reflection and Closing. Each pet name is said out loud and sent love and blessings for the highest good.
 
On Sunday, July 12 at 10 AM, call in and listen: 1-857-232-0159  x329054.
(Please note this is not a toll free number, although there are no charges to call in and listen!)
 
It is free to add a pet, and free to call in and listen. You can send in a pet's name (picture optional) to be included in the honoring. Send to: info@pethonoring.com.
 
Visit www.pethonoring.com/ for more information.
 
Image: Happykanppy, freedigitalphotos.net

Mayfel's Dog Days of Summer, Asheville, July 9

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 9.36.07 AMKudos to Mayfel's restaurant, 22 College Street in Asheville, for supporting local animal welfare groups. On Thursday, July 9, Mayfel's continues their 5th annual "Dog Days of Summer" event. Eat and drink at Mayfel's (New Orleans style cuisine) and the restaurant will donate 10% of its sales all day to Haywood County Spay/Neuter.

That's not all -- Mayfel's hosts a different animal welfare organization every Thursday from May through August, again donating 10% of its sales that day. Dog-friendly Mayfel's, across the street from Pritchard Park, has a front patio and back courtyard patio. More about Mayfel's and their Dog Days of Summer schedule at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Mayfels


Furry Fun in the Sun, July 7-11: $7 Adoptions!

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Dive right in and adopt!
 
The Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center is full of wonderful dogs, cats and kittens who can't wait to go home with you! Asheville Humane Society is lowering adoption fees for all adult dogs (6 months and up), cats and kittens to $7.00 from Tuesday through Saturday, July 7-11
(Regular adoption policies still apply, even during reduced-fee promotions.)
 
Come on over to the Adoption Center between 10 AM and 6 PM and find the sunshine of your life! If you haven't been there, it's a bright, cheery, sunny fun place to visit -- located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market).

Dog Safety Guide for Parents


ID-100173947Dogs and children are natural companions and they could be lifelong friends. Sometimes, however, kids can do things that dogs may not like -- and that's when a dangerous situation can occur.

The "Dog Safety Guide for Parents" is a useful free online resource for parents who want to know more about dog bites, dog breeds, and how to keep children safe when interacting with dogs. There are some excellent dog safety rules for kids as well as safety advice for dog owners.

Check out the Dog Safety Guide for Parents here.

Image: Khunaspix, www.freedigitalphotos.net


July 4 Dangers for Dogs

ID-100138401According to the ASPCA, the organization's Poison Control Center gets calls every July 4 about four common things: fireworks, food, lawn products, and pool chemicals.

The ASPCA has produced a handout, "Top 4 Pet Toxicities of July 4," that includes tips to help you keep your dog safe around this national holiday. You can download it below.

Download Top4July4Handout

 

Image: Mister GC, www.freedigitalphotos.net


Yappy Hour-Greenville, SC, July 9

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 4.03.53 PMEvery second Thursday of the month, from April through October, Greenville Humane Society holds a Yappy Hour from 6 to 8 PM at the Society's headquarters, 305 Airport Road in Greenville. The next Yappy Hour will be on Thursday, July 9 from 6 to 8 PM.

For $10, you and your friends can unwind with cold brews and music from local artists. Meanwhile, your dog can run off-leash in the canine courtyard and take a dip in the "doggie pools."

Dogs must come on a leash and be friendly, spayed/neutered, healthy, and up-to-date on all vaccinations.

For additional information, visit http://www.greenvillehumane.com/events