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May 2016

Managing the Expenses of Dog Ownership

AngelinaLitvin-unsplash.comMost readers of Carolina Mountain Dog probably treat their beloved dog as a family member. Just like other family members, though, taking care of a dog means being responsible for things like food, shelter, and medical care.

How much do you really spend on dog ownership? MoneyGeek.com offers "The Budget-Friendly Guide to Caring for Your Pet," a free handy online guide to the real costs of pet ownership. It includes information to help people determine whether they can afford a pet with their current finances, the typical one-time and yearly costs of owning an animal, how to save money on pet care, and a variety of other resources on finding the perfect pet for a household. Such topics as "Thirteen Steps for Saving on Pet Expenses," "How Dog Expenses Vary by Breed," and "An Emergency Plan for Your Pet" will undoubtedly be helpful to every dog owner.

You can find the guide here: https://www.moneygeek.com/living/resources/pet-expenses/

Image: Angelina Litvin, unsplash.com


Low Cost Vaccinations and Microchips - Asheville, May 29

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Asheville Humane Society and Buncombe County offer pet owners access to low cost vaccinations, microchips and ID tagging.

Come to a low cost vaccination clinic on Sunday, May 29 from 2 to 5 PM at Asheville Humane Society, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville. 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.


Dog Show, Agility Trials - May 27-30, Fletcher, NC

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 9.37.59 AMMemorial Day weekend is for dog lovers at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher, NC (across from the Asheville Regional Airport).

On May 27 and 28, the Hendersonville Kennel Club will hold a dog show, and on May 29 and 30, the Spartanburg Kennel Club will hold a Dog Show at the Davis Center and Expo Building. Also at the Expo Building will be Obedience and Rally on May 27 and 28 (Hendersonville KC) and May 29 (Spartanburg KC). Dog Show information is available at http://blueridgeclassicdogshows.org/index.html

The Blue Ridge Agility Club will hold Agility Trials at the McGough Arena from May 27 through May 30. Agility trial information is available at http://blueridgeagility.com/trial-information.html

 

Image: Blue Ridge Agility Club


Got a Puppy? Get Free Weekly "Pupdates" from PetPlace

ID-100226591Puppies require special love and attention. If you own a puppy, especially for the first time, where can you turn for authoritative help and advice?

PetPlace.com, a website for pet owners, features a helpful Puppy Center where you can learn all sorts of things about your puppy's health, well-being, and behavior. Articles include "How to Teach Your Dog His Name," "How to Choose Safe Puppy Treats," and "Canine Parvovirus: What You Need to Know."

PetPlace also offers a free email Weekly "Pupate" program that follows your puppy through year one with weekly training tips, health insights and more. You can sign up for the Weekly Pupdate here.

Image: Vudhikrai, freedigitalphotos.net


New Ads for "The Shelter Pet Project"

The Shelter Pet Project is a public service initiative -- a collaborative effort between two leading animal welfare groups, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund, and the leading producer of public service advertising (PSA) campaigns, The Ad Council.

The Project recently launched a new series of ads focusing on shelter pets and their people. Check one of the ads out below.

 


Hiking Hounds - May 22

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. 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, May 22. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Note: 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.


Dog Bite Prevention Week: May 15 - 21

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This is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and it's a good time to make sure you and your family are practicing safety when it comes to your dog and others. Believe it or not, more than 4,500,000 people in the United States are bitten by dogs in a year.

We are providing an interesting, informative infographic about dog bites and dog bite prevention, courtesy of UltimateHomeLife.com

You can see it here: http://ultimatehomelife.com/dog-bite-prevention-week-2016-may-15-may-21/

 


Yappy Hour - Asheville Food Park, May 12

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Leash up your four-legged friends and join Mix 96.5 for a Yappy Hour on Thursday, May 12 from 6 to 8 PM at Asheville Food Park, located at the corner of Amboy Road and State Street, near Carrier Park.

Bring your pup and enjoy mingling with fellow dog lovers. Each fun-filled event benefits Asheville Humane Society and features adoptable dogs in case you may want to take another one home! Your $5 donation will get you access to the fun and complimentary appetizers.

Yappy Hour is presented by REACH, the area's 24 hour emergency and specialty animal hospital.


NC Humane Lobby Day - June 7

Save the Date: Humane Lobby Day - Tuesday, June 7, 2016
                                                          
Screen Shot 2016-04-22 at 2.43.24 PMOne of 2016's biggest days for animals in North Carolina is coming up... it's Humane Lobby Day on Tuesday, June 7. A new year means a new opportunity to tell our state legislators what issues are important, like cracking down on exotic animal ownership and shutting down puppy mills.

On June 7, you can join the Humane Society of the United States all day at the capitol in Raleigh, NC. Animal advocates from across the state will convene at the North Carolina legislature for an action packed day speaking up for the animals. You will have the opportunity to meet with your legislators, learn effective citizen lobbying tactics, hear from top notch speakers across the animal welfare movement in our state, and much more.
 
If you care about animals and how they are treated in North Carolina, you can make a difference by attending Humane Lobby Day.

Learn more and RSVP here.

When Does Your Dog Become a "Senior"?

Kate-unsplash.comA dog's lifespan is obviously much shorter than a human's. According to PetPlace.com, about 13 percent of large breed dogs live past 10 years of age, while 38 percent of small breed dogs live past 10 years of age.

Technically, your dog becomes a senior when it has lived about three-quarters of its expected life. PetPlace provides a handy chart that shows you the anticipated lifespan and senior years for numerous breeds. For example, a beagle is expected to live 14 to 15 years, so its senior years would begin at around 10-1/2 to 11 years. A Labrador Retriever has a life expectancy of 10 to 13 years, so its senior years would begin in the 7-1/2 to 10 year range.

If your dog is a mixed breed, you can use the chart as a rough guideline based on the breed you think is most dominant in your dog.

PetPlace also notes that dogs generally move from being puppies to adulthood at the one year mark, although toy and small breeds mature faster than large breeds.

Image: Kate, www.unsplash.com


Hiking Hounds - May 8

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. 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, May 8. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 AM for new hikers. Note: 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.


May Vaccination Clinics - Henderson and Madison Counties

VaccineLow cost vaccination clinics will be held in Henderson and Madison Counties in May as follows:

Henderson County - Rabies Clinic - May 2 through 7
From May 2 through 7, participating Henderson County veterinarians will provide reduced fee rabies vaccinations at a cost of $8 per dog. Vaccinations are by appointment only. Contact your Henderson County veterinarian for more information about this program.

Madison County - Vaccinations and Microchips - May 21 in Mars Hill
On Saturday, May 21, from 2 to 4 PM, Friends of Madison County Animals will hold a vaccination clinic at the Mars Hill Fire Department, 65 Ivy Street, in Mars Hill. It is not necessary to preregister. Bring your dog on a leash and your cat in a carrier to the location.
Pricing - Subject to change:
Rabies Vaccine: 1 year  $10.00,  3 year $15.00  (bring current rabies certificate to get 3-year booster) 
DHPP $15.00 1 year Dogs only
DHPP $20.00 3 year Dogs only
Bordetella, $20.00 Dogs only.
Lepto, $10.00 Dogs only.
FVRCP-Felv, $25.00 Cats only. This is a feline leukemia combo.
Microchipping, $20.00 Both dogs and cats.
For additional information and other dates, visit: http://www.fomca.org/index.php/programs/vaccination-clinics-micro-chip