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February 2017

Dine to be Kind - Asheville, March 7

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"Dine to be Kind" is one of the more creative win-win fundraisers. You get to eat out while local animals get a little something extra to help them out! The 14th annual "Dine to be Kind," presented by Dr. David Crouch and Western Carolina Veterinary Surgery, will be held on Tuesday, March 7.

All you need to do on March 7 is eat and drink at one of the dozens of participating area restaurants for breakfast, lunch or dinner (even take-out), and 15% of your bill will be donated to the life saving programs of Asheville Humane Society. In fact, a few restaurants are even generously donating 25%!

So come on, you really wanted to try that restaurant you haven't been to before, or return to one of your favorites... Just be sure to do it on March 7 and you'll be helping a great cause as well.

A list of participating restaurants can be found at: http://ashevillehumane.org/dine-to-be-kind


How to Find the Best Rescue Dog for You

StuartmilesfdpRegular readers of Carolina Mountain Dog know we are big advocates of adopting dogs from local rescues, shelters, and humane societies. We've posted information about adopting, along with a list of adoption organizations in the Carolina mountains at the "Adopting" link on the blog, or you can find it here: http://www.carolinamountaindog.com/adopting-a-dog.html 

PetPlace.com, a portal of thousands of great pet-related articles, has some solid advice in an article by Renae Hamrick about what to look for in a rescue dog. If you are planning to adopt a dog, this article is a must-read. Hamrick suggests researching rescue groups before visiting and making a list of what you are looking for in a dog. She also advises to "think with your head. ... BEFORE, you go looking for the perfect dog, seriously think about the canine characteristics that will be best for your family and home, and stick to those guidelines while at the shelter." Other valuable tips in the article concern finances, lifestyle, and how to interact with the dog at a shelter.

Another excellent article about adopting a dog on PetPlace.com is "The Big Guide to Adopting or Rescuing the Right Dog for Your Family." This comprehensive guide covers such issues as responsibilities of adopters, selecting the right dog breed, age and size, dog supplies you need, how to pet-proof your home, and more. Even if you already own a dog, this guide has useful information.


Tour the Asheville Animal Care Campus - February 25

Screen Shot 2017-02-01 at 3.57.30 PMDid you know the Animal Care Campus in Asheville is one of the country's leading examples of a private-public partnership in animal welfare? Asheville Humane Society and Buncombe County work in close collaboration to take in, care for, re-home, and adopt out thousands of domestic animals each year. Their collective goal is to save every adoptable animal's life and make each animal's life worth living.

Now you have the opportunity to see first-hand why the Animal Care Campus is a national model. Asheville Humane Society is hosting a guided tour of the society's Adoption Center (14 Forever Friend Lane) and the Buncombe County Animal Shelter (16 Forever Friend Lane) on Saturday, February 25, from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. The tour is free and open to the public.

The Animal Care Campus is located on Forever Friend Lane, off Pond Road and Brevard Road, near the WNC Farmers Market. For more information, call (828) 761-2001.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, Feb. 26

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. 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, February 26. Start time is 10 AM for repeat hikers and 9:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. 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.


Free Talk: "Puppy 101," Hendersonville, Feb. 25

ID-100226591On Saturday, February 25 from 1 to 2:30 PM, Sanctuary Brewing in Hendersonville will host "Puppy 101" from This free talk with an Asheville Humane Society dog behaviorist is going to focus on the stages that puppies go through, how their brains and behavior are developing, and what we can do to help them become a well-socialized adult dog!

The talk will also cover some common socialization misconceptions and helpful training techniques to make the adolescent months more bearable. Puppies are welcome, but if you decide to bring your puppy, please be sure they are up to date on vaccines and de-wormings. If several puppies of similar ages are present, a puppy social will be held! 

Sanctuary Brewing is located at 147 First Avenue East in Hendersonville, NC. For additional details, call 828-595-9956 or email info@sanctuarybrewco.com. 

Image: Vudhikrai, freedigitalphotos.net


Presentation on The Plott Hound, Weaverville, February 21

PlottHoundDuke12Months1On Tuesday, February 21 at 7 PM, author and historian Bob Plott will present "Touching the Face of History: The Story of the Plott Hound, North Carolina's Official State Dog."

Bob Plott is a North Carolina native who can trace his family roots in the Old North State back to 1750, when his great-great-great grandfather Johannes Plott arrived here with five of the family hunting dogs. These dogs would later become renowned as the premier big game hunting dog breed in America -- the Plott bear hound. His history of the breed Strike and Stay - The Story of the Plott Hound was published in 2007.

This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The event will be held at the Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main Street in Weaverville, NC. It is sponsored by Friends of the Weaverville Library.

Image: Duke the Plott Hound at 12 months,
 http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/plotthound.htm


Low Cost Vaccinations - Candler, Feb. 18

Praisaeng-freedigAsheville Humane Society offers pet owners access to low cost vaccinations, microchips and ID tagging.

Come to a low cost vaccination clinic on Saturday, February 18 from 11 AM to 2 PM at Francis Asbury United Methodist Church, 725 Asbury Road, Candler, NC. No appointment is necessary.

Services provided:

Rabies 1 year  |  (Dogs or cats over 3 months)  |  $10.00
Rabies 3 year  |  (Dogs or cats with rabies paper certificate)  |  $10.00  
-Rabies tags are not accepted as proof of rabies vaccination-
Bordetella - Kennel cough  |  (Dogs over 2 months)  |  $15.00
DA2PPV - |  (Dogs 6 to 12 weeks or under 25 lbs)  |  $15.00
DA2PPV + Lepto - |  (Dogs 12 weeks or older and over 25 lbs)  |  $15.00
FVRCP/FELV - Rhinotracheitis, Calici, Panleukopenia and Leukemia  |  (Cats over 2 months)  | $20.00
FVRCP  (Cats over 2 months)  |   $15.00
FELV |  (Cats over 2 months)  |   $15.00
Microchip  |  (Dogs or cats over 2 months)  |  $15.00

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

Image: Praisaeng, Freedigitalphotos.net


Last Chance: $14 Pet Adoptions Through Feb. 14

Screen Shot 2017-02-10 at 11.09.58 AMAsheville Humane Society is teaming up with national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society along with many other animal rescue groups and shelters nationwide, in the “Give Love” annual adoption campaign.

The campaign, which runs through February 14, Valentine's Day, offers adoption fees of just $14 for all dogs over 25 pounds and all cats over 6 months old. That includes everything: spay/neuter, vaccinations, health check, starter food, and more. Give Love to a pet in need!

To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. Then visit the Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). Adoption Center hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM. Please note that the public is not permitted to see animals during "nap time," which is 1 to 2 PM.


5 Benefits of Taking Your Dog on Mountain Hikes

ID-1002200Walking is one of the best exercises known to man, and it’s only natural to want to share the benefits of a mountain hike with your best friend. Taking your dog along on a mountain adventure is a great way to bond, and your favorite canine has a lot to add to your enjoyment of the fresh air and sunshine. As you prep for your mountain hike, get ready to enjoy these benefits of bringing your canine companion.

1. Burn Off That Puppy Energy

Higher energy breeds and puppies often need far more exercise than many people can handle. While a walk around the neighborhood is always a welcome activity, going for a hike engages your dog’s body in more ways than a flat, urban sidewalk. At first, you will want to stick to simple trails until you know your dog’s capability of handling rougher terrain. Once they know the ropes, you can add in challenges such as steeper hills that give them a thorough workout. 

2. Encourage Exploration

Dogs are naturally curious animals, and every animal lover knows all too well what kind of behavior can emerge when a dog gets bored. Head up into the mountains for a change of scenery when your community route gets boring. Remember that it is important to always keep your dog on a leash in the wilderness, but you can still let them wander with you off trail a bit to sniff out that new scent that keeps them engaged.

3. Socialize With Others

Other dog lovers commonly travel many mountain trails. Once your dog has had all of their vaccinations, they are ready to touch noses with other friendly pets that you meet along the way. Keep in mind that you should always follow hiking etiquette by asking the other person if it is okay for the dogs to greet, but most mountain hikers and their pets are excited to make new nature-loving friends. You might even meet a new walking buddy for your dog to have fun with on your next mountain hike.

4. Deepen Your Awareness of Nature

It is easy to zone out when you go hiking alone, but your dog will be highly attuned to every new scent, sound and visual sighting of an animal that crosses your path. Get ready to see birds flying overhead that you never noticed before, and you might even sight some mountain wildlife that you would have walked right by in the past. While seeing a deer in the distance is always exciting, do remember to double up on your dog’s identification tags just in case they get a little overexcited.

5. Reinforce Positive Behaviors

Since you first got your dog, you and your dog have worked hard on training. Mountain hikes give them a chance to show it off. Whether your dog heels at your command rather than running off to chase a squirrel or they sit quietly while a fellow hiker passes by, make sure to reward your dog with praise every time they go the extra mile to behave. 

Spending time in the wilderness gives you a chance to enjoy a new aspect of your dog’s personality. Afterward, reward your dog’s hard work with a good bath and grooming session to make sure they didn’t pick up any fleas or ticks. Then, you can start planning your new adventures, because once a dog goes on a mountain hike, they will always be ready to go again.

Image: Nikolay, freedigitalphotos.net


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, February 12

Hiking houndsHiking Hounds is one of the most popular Asheville Humane Society volunteer activities. 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, February 12. Start time is 10 AM for repeat hikers and 9:30 AM for new hikers. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 12:30 to 1 PM. 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.


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Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 10.15.14 AMOn the right hand side of our blog page, you'll notice a section called "Support Our Advertisers." Carolina Mountain Dog carefully selects only advertisers who meet the highest standards for dog-related products and services.

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February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and World Spay Day is February 28

SpayneuterFebruary is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, and World Spay Day is an international day of action to promote the sterilization of pets, community cats and stray dogs as a way to save animals’ lives. It takes place each year on the last Tuesday of February; this year it is February 28, 2017.

Created as Spay Day USA by the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL) in 1995, World Spay Day is now a program of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Humane Society International (HSI) and Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA). On World Spay Day and throughout the month of February — Spay/Neuter Awareness Month — veterinary and animal welfare professionals, business owners and concerned individuals join forces to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter as the most effective and humane means of decreasing the number of homeless animals put down in shelters or living on the street.

Why World Spay Day

Millions of animals suffer on the streets worldwide. Too often, governments deal with this overpopulation through cruel means, such as poisoning, electrocution or shooting. 

Preventing litters reduces the number of animals for whom resources are not available. Most people support spay/neuter, but affordable services are out of reach for many pet owners, and funding is always needed for street animal surgeries.

You can make a difference by helping to raise awareness of available services or the need for them by organizing a related event or activity on World Spay Day or sometime during the month. At the very least, spay/neuter your own pet, and support spay/neuter initiatives in your own community.

We are very fortunate to have Humane Alliance, a program of the ASPCA, in Asheville. This internationally known spay/neuter clinic and training center makes low cost spay/neuter available to local residents. To book an appointment online or for more information visit: http://www.humanealliance.org/


Puppy Bowl XIII on TV - Feb. 5

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Yes, the Super Bowl (#51) is on television on Sunday, February 5. But so is the Puppy Bowl (#13). The Puppy Bowl will air on the Animal Planet channel from 3 to 5 PM on Sunday, February 5, so you'll still have plenty of time to get to your Super Bowl party!

The Puppy Bowl is designed to call attention to pet adoption, but it also features some of the cutest puppies you'll ever see competing on "Team Ruff" and "Team Fluff." Puppies are chosen for the Puppy Bowl from shelters and rescue organizations around the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. You can see 40 of the cutest competitors here:
http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/puppy-bowl/photos/puppy-bowl-xiii-starting-lineup/

During the game, dog food brand Pedigree will sponsor a “Puppy Bowl Virtual Reality” experience offering viewers a chance to check out the action on the field through the eyes of Buttons, one of this year's star puppy players.

Also new this year, Pedigree is enlisting Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice and NFL quarterback Aaron Murray to help spread the word about the Puppy Bowl and show how their own dogs are in training mode. Rice and Murray share their dogs' experiences via their own social media channels.


Pet Adoptions Just $14 - Asheville, Feb. 1 - 14

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Asheville Humane Society is teaming up with national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society along with many other animal rescue groups and shelters nationwide, in the “Give Love” annual adoption campaign.

The campaign, which runs from February 1 through February 14, Valentine's Day, offers adoption fees of just $14 for all dogs over 25 pounds and all cats over 6 months old. Give Love to a pet in need!

To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. Or visit the Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). Adoption Center hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM. Please note that the public is not permitted to see animals during "nap time," which is 1 to 2 PM.


Test Your Dog Knowledge with this Fun Dog Quiz

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The Pet Community
is a social network for pet owners. You can create a profile for your dog and upload photos and videos to share with other pet lovers.

The Pet Community also created a dog quiz comprised of 10 questions to test your dog knowledge. It's fun, it won't take long, and you'll find out right away whether you answered the multiple choice questions correctly.

You can find the dog quiz here:

https://www.thepetcommunity.com/dog-quiz/

 

Image: www.thepetcommunity.com