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June 2016

What 3 Commands can Save Your Dog's Life?

ChristalYuen-unsplash.comDog training is often thought of as either something to correct unwanted behaviors or to enable your dog to have fun. It turns out, however, that training your dog three specific commands could also potentially save his or her life.

These three commands, writes Mikkel Becker on Vetstreet, are "down stay," "drop it," and "come." Here is why they are so essential:

Down stay

This command tells your dog to drop his body down and stay, regardless of where you are. Imagine that your dog gets loose from his leash and is about to run across a street where cars are going by. A quick "down stay" from you could quite possibly save your dog from getting hit by a car. This is a very useful command to get your dog to stay in one position until you can reach him.

Drop it

There are many instances in which a dog may unsuspectingly take something harmful in its mouth; medications, household cleaners, and chicken bones are just a few examples. Choking and poisoning are common causes of accidental illness or even death, so teaching your dog to immediately drop an object can be a lifesaver.

Come

One of the most important commands, "Come" can help you avoid all sorts of dangerous situations with your dog. Whether it is preventing a fight with another animal, keeping away from traffic, or staying out of harm's way in a yard or parking lot, this command is essential to keep your dog safe.

Image: Christal Yuen, unsplash.com


Creative Ideas for Interior Living with Your Dog

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UK company Terry's Fabrics has come up with a very creative, unique infographic that features doggie beds, sofas, feeding stations and more that look great, fit into your home, and still make your dog feel comfortable.

According to Terry's Fabrics, "many dog beds and baskets are boring and won't fit with your super-stylish homes. As animal lovers and fans of creative interior design we thought we'd give you some great examples of the more creative ways people have incorporated their dog's furniture into their home."

You can enjoy the "Design for Dogs" infographic here: https://www.terrysfabrics.co.uk/infographic/design-for-dogs/


Low Cost Vaccinations and Microchips - Fairview, June 25

Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 10.58.02 AMAsheville Humane Society offers pet owners access to low cost vaccinations, microchips and ID tagging.

Come to a low cost vaccination clinic on Saturday, June 25 from 11 AM to 2 PM at Spring Mountain Community Center, 807 Old Fort Road, Fairview. 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.


"Paw It Forward" Festival and Open House - Asheville, June 26

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Join Asheville Humane Society on Sunday, June 26 from 1-4 PM for the "Paw it Forward" Festival and Open House at the Buncombe County Animal Care Campus!

Mix 96.5 will be pumping out the music, Amazing Pizza Co. and Ron's Taco Shop will be selling their delicious food truck fare, and The Hop will be scooping up ice cream for people and their pups!

There will be crafts and activities for kids, pets, and adults alike! Take a tour of the Animal Care Campus and meet all of the adoptable pets! Paw it Forward campaign prizes will be given out and the overall winners will be announced. This event is free and open to the public. Bring your kids, of the human AND furry variety, and get ready to “pawty”!

The Animal Care Campus is located on Forever Friend Lane, right off Pond Road, at the intersection of Pond Road and Brevard Road, behind Harmony Motors. It is near the WNC Farmers Market and easily accessible via Route 40 or Route I-26. For more information visit www.ashevillehumane.org


Take Your Dog to Work Day - Friday, June 24

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 11.22.50 AMFirst celebrated in 1999, Pet Sitters International's Take Your Dog To Work Day® (TYDTW Day®) was created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs. This annual event asks pet lovers to celebrate the humane-canine bond and promote pet adoption by encouraging their employers to support TYDTW Day. Employers are encouraged to open their workplace to employees' four-legged friends on this one special day.

The 2016 event will take place on Friday, June 24. On this day, thousands of pet owners will work with their dogs to celebrate the 15th annual TYDTW Day.

In addition, the entire week, June 20-24, has been designated Take Your Pet To Work Week™. So, if your company is closed on Fridays or if you want to invite all types of pets, select any day during the week to host a special event at your workplace.

For more information visit: https://www.petsit.com/takeyourdog

Looking for ways to make your office dog friendly? Check out this cool infographic, courtesy of Euroffice: http://www.euroffice.co.uk/blog/making-your-office-dog-friendly/


Donations for Animals at Hard 2 Recycle, Weaverville, June 18

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Asheville Humane Society will be collecting animal sanctuary items on Saturday, June 18 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the North Buncombe Hard 2 Recycle collection event. Collection will take place at Arvato Digital, 108 Monticello Road in Weaverville.

Plastic totes, shoe boxes, crates (wire/plastic), towels, blankets, pet toys, non-pellet stuffed animals, leashes (non-retractable), dry pet food (unopened), clay kitty litter, and cleaning supplies including laundry detergent will be accepted and be used by Asheville Humane Society to assist in the care of local animals at the Buncombe County Animal Shelter and the Society's Adoption Center. Donated pet food will be distributed to families in need with pets.

Other "hard to recycle" items will also be collected.

For more information, visit http://www.ashevillegreenworks.org/hard-2-recycle.html


Hiking Hounds - June 19

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, June 19. 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.


$10 Dog Adoption Fees - Asheville, June 10, 11

Screen Shot 2016-06-09 at 11.57.57 AMFriday and Saturday, June 10 and 11, the adoption fee for dogs 25 pounds and up is just $10 at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, behind Harmony Motors).

In addition, the adoption fee for cats 6 months of age and up is $10 for the month of June.

Although the love of a pet is priceless, the reduced adoption fee of $10 represents an exceptional value. All adoptions include spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, medical and behavioral screening, initial flea preventive, microchipping and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, one month of complimentary pet health insurance, and a free post-adoption veterinary office visit with a participating veterinarian.

To see available animals, visit: www.ashevillehumane.org .

Image: Asheville Humane Society


Handy Guide for Traveling to and Around Europe with Your Dog

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Going to Europe can be tough for dog owners. You spend the whole trip worrying about your beloved pet, stuck in a kennel, when you should be having a good time. So why not bring your dog with you? It’s not as much of a hassle as you might think.

Craig Manor, a resort overlooking Lake Windermere in England's lakes region that welcomes dogs, has prepared a very useful infographic guide that takes you step by step through the whole process of entering Europe with your dog. It covers things such as what the legal requirements are, booking a flight, choosing an airline, what to check when picking a destination and how to make sure your dog is ready to fly.

The guide is intended to simplify a process that once seemed daunting, into something a lot more straightforward. That way both you and your dog will be able to enjoy a relaxing holiday.

You can find the infographic here: http://www.craigmanor.co.uk/travelling-in-europe-with-your-dog/


Yappy Hour - Greenville, SC, June 9

Yappy-hour-greenvilleEvery 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, June 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


Hiking Hounds - June 12

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, June 12. 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.


Yappy Hour - Creekside Taphouse, Asheville, June 9

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Leash up your four-legged friends and join Mix 96.5 for a Yappy Hour on Thursday, June 9 from 6 to 8 PM at Creekside Taphouse, 8 Beverly Drive, Asheville.

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.


Pet Loss Support Groups in June

ID-100168542Asheville, June 1: A pet loss support group meets at 6 PM on the first Wednesday of each month. Location: Jefferson House, 21 Edwin Place (next to the Unitarian Universalist church), Asheville. Donations accepted. Call (828) 254-6001 for additional information.

Waynesville, June 15: A pet loss support group meets at 6 PM on the third Wednesday of each month. Location: Kimball Counseling, 258 N. Main Street, Suite A, Waynesville. Donations accepted. Registration required. For additional information and to register, call Susan Kimball, LCSW, at (828) 226-7366.

Image: Whittaya Phonsawat, freedigitalphotos.net