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September 2016

Pet Loss Support Groups in October

PupinframeAsheville, Wednesday, October 5: 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, Wednesday, October 19: A pet loss support group meets from 6 to 7 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.

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4 Tips for Involving Your Kids in Training Your New Dog

Guest Post by Paige Johnson

UntitledBringing home a new canine companion — whether it’s a puppy or an adult — requires some clear, consistent training from the entire family. This can be more easily said than done when it comes to children; though they mean well, they’re often too distracted with the excitement over a new pet to focus on teaching positive behaviors. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can get your kids involved in the process to make the transition to a new home smoother and quicker for your dog.

1. Start with the basics

Even if your new dog is grown, he still needs to learn the rules for his new home. Your family can start showing him the ropes by identifying good behavior he exhibits naturally, like sitting or lying down. Point out these behaviors to your kids, and show each the right way to praise and reward good behavior, including offering treats in the palm of the hand to avoid accidental finger bites. If everyone is consistently implementing the same rules every day, your dog will catch on quicker, and your kids will establish their authority early on.

2. Talk about health hazards

Your entire family needs to be well-versed in what’s good for your dog and what could hurt him. Walk your kids through your home and go over exactly which items can be toxic or otherwise dangerous to a dog. Show them where potent cleaners are kept and how to store them safely out of reach, and talk to older kids about which cleaners should be used in the event of pet accidents. Talk about productive ways to deter the dog from those areas — for example, maybe he shouldn’t be allowed in the laundry room if that’s where most cleaning items are kept. If he does start nosing around cabinets that could have dangerous chemicals, discuss the proper way to scold him so he learns to steer clear.

3. Keep training materials visible around the house

It’s not as easy for kids to let training slip their minds if there are constant reminders around. They can have a clicker to keep in their backpack or tucked in the house key dish by the door. It’ll also be easier to remember to reward good behavior as it occurs, even if it’s simply the absence of a bad behavior. For example, if your daughter does her homework at the kitchen table after school and your dog quietly naps at her feet, show her how to reward him for calm behavior.

4. Give your kids some independent training time

Though it’s important to make sure your kids are training the dog properly, it isn’t always productive to constantly stand over their shoulder watching. Give your kids mini dog-sitting opportunities — it can be as simple as watching the puppy for 10 minutes while you take a shower — and follow-up on how it goes. Were there problems? Was your child able to handle it? If not, what’s a better resolution for next time? Don’t hesitate to share your own training struggles and see what your kids think about solving the problem. Working together will reinforce the idea that training is a family effort, and it’ll help identify persistent problems much more quickly.

Make your pup’s training progress a daily routine with your family. Troubleshoot issues, vent about tough training sessions, and find ways to laugh together over the process. Before you know it, your new dog will be well-acclimated to his new home and trained to your family’s content!

Paige Johnson is a self-described fitness “nerd.” She possesses a love for strength training. In addition to weight-lifting, she is a yoga enthusiast, avid cyclist, and loves exploring hiking trails with her dogs. She enjoys writing about health and fitness for LearnFit.org.

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Tails n Trails 5K - Swannanoa, Oct. 8

Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 2.30.15 PMThe 9th Annual Tails & Trails 5K will be held at Charles D. Owen Park, 875 Warren Wilson Road in Swannanoa on Saturday, October 8 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM. The timed 5K Run will start at 9 AM and is open to adults, children, and dogs. Dogs need to remains on leash. Water will be provided.

The registration fee is $20 per adult and $10 per child. A donation of 2 cans of dog food is requested for each dog participating in the race. This dog food will be donated to Asheville Humane Society, who will distribute it through the Pet Food Assistance Program to needy dog owners in Buncombe County. Online registration for the race is available through Thursday, October 6. Registration is also available on-site beginning at 8 AM. 

To register online, go to: http://tinyurl.com/hxttsbp

This event is presented by Buncombe County Recreation Services in partnership with Asheville Humane Society.

 


Low Cost Vaccinations and Microchips - Woodfin, Sept. 24

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, September 24 from 11 AM to 2 PM at Woodfin Community Center, 11 Community Street, Woodfin, 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.


Tips for the Dog Park

ID-100280356Dog parks have good intentions -- but they aren't the ideal environment for every dog. The concept of letting dogs run free and unleashed together generally works well; however, dog owners who ignore warning signs from their own dogs or others can be asking for trouble.

PetPlace offers some wise "rules for dog park etiquette," including the following:

  • Recognize the signs of aggressive behavior and be ready to remove your dog from a dangerous situation.
  • Dog owners who use a dog park to exercise their dogs after they have been inside for long periods of time could be asking for trouble. Take your dog for a walk to release some energy before visiting a dog park. 
  • Don't leave harnesses, prong collars, or choke collars on a dog at the dog park. These can cause injuries during play.

You can find other helpful tips here.

As for local dog parks, here are a few in the area:

Azalea Dog Park, Asheville, NC

Cleveland Park, Greenville, SC

Dogwood Park, Knoxville, TN

Fletcher Community Park Dog Park, Fletcher, NC

French Broad River Dog Park, Asheville, NC

Jackson Park Dog Park, Hendersonville, NC

River Walk Park Dog Park, Black Mountain, NC

Six Wags of Greer, Greer, SC

Waynesville Dog Park, Waynesville, NC

 Image: Holohololand, freedigitalphotos.net


Furry Friends Benefit Bash - Waynesville, Oct. 6

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 1.35.56 PMMark your calendar and plan to attend Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s 8th Annual Furry Friends Benefit Bash, to be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6. It promises to be an evening of fun, food, music and lively live and silent auctions. 

The event is returning to the elegant main dining room of the Laurel Ridge Country Club, which was a big hit with guests and supporters last year.

Before the dinner, guests may visit the silent auction area containing many dining, golf and spa packages, as well as unique items for people and their pets. The live auction will include vacation packages, special dinners and other special items.

The event will be a sit-down dinner with two entrées from which to choose—Sirloin & Chicken Marsala combo or a Vegetarian option. There will be a cash bar.

For more information and tickets, visit http://www.sargeanimals.org/furry-friends/


Low Cost Vaccinations - Leicester, NC, Sept. 17

VaccineA low-cost rabies vaccination and microchip clinic will be held by Friends of Madison County Animals on Saturday, September 17 from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Leicester Fire Department, 2825 Leicester Highway (Highway 63), Leicester, 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.


New Dog Books

Dominik QN-unsplash.comThe popularity of dogs themselves tracks closely with the popularity of books about them. Just check out Carolina Mountain Dog's bookstore and you'll see how many dog books are available. 

Thankfully, Judith Newman, writing for The New York Times, selected a few recent strong additions that are definitely worthy of your consideration. Simply click on the link for each to learn more or purchase the book directly from Amazon.

Modern Dog Parenting

by Sarah Hodgson, St. Martin's Griffin

Hodgson typecasts dogs in a positive way, such as "Party Animal" or "Overthinker." Newman says "Hodgson argues persuasively that in all kinds of training situations, rewards work far better than punishment."

Pets on the Couch

by Nicholas H. Dodman, Atria

Newman writes that Dodman "presents fascinating case studies that suggest animals suffer from some of the same mental disorders we do — and can and should be treated with similar medications."

Lucky Dog Lessons

by Brandon McMillan, HarperOne

 "Concentrating on rescues and 'problem' animals, McMillan’s methods are muscular (as befits the hunky heartthrob of dog training) and labor-intensive, and come with the caveat that constant reinforcement is key," says Newman.

Dog Medicine

by Julie Barton, Penguin

Not so much a dog book as a book about how dogs help us, this is the story of a woman with depression who was saved by a golden retriever. Newman writes, "It’s a harrowing story told with gentleness and wit."

Image: Dominik QN, Unsplash.com

 


Summer Adoptions Through Sept. 21 - Asheville, $5!

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Let the countdown begin! To celebrate the last sun-soaked days of summer (the busiest season for saving animals' lives), Asheville Humane Society is lowering adoption fees to just $5 for all dogs (45 pounds and up), all cats and all kittens, now through Wednesday, September 21... the final day of summer! Please help Asheville Humane Society find homes for the many wonderful animals in their care. And if you can't adopt right now, please tell friends and family about this summer adoption special.

All adoptions include spay/neuter, microchipping, all up-to-date vaccines, initial flea and heartworm preventive, free starter bag of food, a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian... and priceless love!

Find the love of your life at the Adoption Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, at the intersection of Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market. Visit Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 AM to 6 PM. Take a sneak peek at all of the adoptable pets here: www.ashevillehumane.org


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Sept. 18

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, September 18. 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.


ASPCA Helps Pet Owners Prepare for a Disaster

The recent flooding in Louisiana is a reminder that it is important to be prepared for a disaster. This includes your pet, and that's why the ASPCA wants pet owners to be prepared in September, which is "Disaster Preparedness Month."

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 10.29.22 AMThe ASPCA offers some helpful tips in an article about Disaster Preparedness. You can read it here. The ASPCA has also prepared a helpful "Disaster Preparedness Checklist for Pet Safety." The checklist is a handy tool that covers such items as food and water, medications, and pet first aid. It also includes a section listing the crucial information you need to have available in case of an emergency. Download a copy of the checklist below.

Download PetDisasterChecklist

In addition, the ASPCA provides a free mobile app for lost pets, disaster prep and emergency alerts. This free app shows pet parents exactly what to do in case of a natural disaster. It also allows pet owners to store vital medical records, and provides information on making life-saving decisions during natural disasters.

Learn more about the mobile app here.

Image: ASPCA.org

 


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Sept. 11

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, September 11. 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 - Asheville, Sept. 8

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Leash up your four-legged friends and join Mix 96.5 for a Yappy Hour  on Thursday, September 8 from 6 to 8 PM.

Bring your pup and enjoy mingling with fellow dog lovers at the new Asheville Food Park, 219 Amboy Road (across from Carrier Park), Asheville.

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.


Yappy Hour - Greenville, SC, Sept. 8

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, September 8 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


Love for Labor Day: $25 Adoptions - Asheville, Sept. 2, 3

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The beginning of fall is still a few weeks away, but it's never too early to start falling in love!

This Labor Day weekend, stop by the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center on Friday or Saturday, Sept. 2 and 3 from 10 am-6 pm for special $25 adoption fees on all dogs (25 pounds and up), all cats and all kittens!

If you can't adopt, tell a friend to drop in!

All adoptions include spay/neuter, microchipping, all up-to-date vaccines, initial flea and heartworm preventive, free starter bag of food, a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian... and priceless love! Come to the Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market. Take a sneak peek at the lovely adoptable pets here: www.ashevillehumane.org


3rd Annual Doggie Dip - Asheville, Sept. 10

Screen Shot 2016-08-29 at 10.11.46 AMBring your dog for a swim at Asheville's Recreation Park Pool, 65 Gashes Creek (near the WNC Nature Center).

Dogs 35 pounds and under swim from Noon to 2 pm.  Dogs 36 pounds or more swim from 2:30-5pm.

The event is rain or shine, but will be canceled in the event of lightning.  You’ll need your vet records to show that your pooch is current on vaccinations and has been spayed or neutered.  Cost is $5 per dog including one handler through September 9 and $10 per dog & handler the day of the event. Admission for spectators is only $1. 

For more information visit www.ashevillenc.gov/parks or contact Candy Hensley Shaw at 828-259-5826, or by email at chensleyshaw@ashevillenc.gov.