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Hiking Hounds - Asheville, June 4

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, June 4. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 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.


How to Keep Your Older Dog Healthy

Dominik QN-unsplash.comJust like people, dogs are living longer. Older dogs can continue to be wonderful companion pets, but they will benefit with some extra care. As the owner of an older dog, you can take certain steps to help ensure your pet's later years can be productive and your dog can remain healthy.

Deb Hipp, writing for NextAvenue.org, offers ten great ways to keep your older dog healthy and happy. Here are three of the tips:

  1. Watch your dog's weight. Dogs can quickly put on weight as they age and become more sedentary. It can make it harder for dogs to get up and lead to arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses.
  2. Use joint supplements. For older dogs, glucosamine supplements can ease inflamed joints, which can be painful for dogs.
  3. Consider a good harness. Special harnesses are available that help stabilize older dogs. Some of them even have handles you can use to help your dog get up.

Read more about the above ideas, as well as seven more helpful suggestions in the complete article here:

http://www.nextavenue.org/make-old-dog-healthy-happy/

Image: Dominik QN, unsplash.com


$10 Adoptions - Dogs Over 25 lbs. - Asheville, May 26, 27

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On Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27, dogs over 25 pounds are just $10 at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center.

Although the love of a pet is priceless, all of the following are still included when you adopt! Each adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, microchip and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian. 

To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 7 PM. The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1-2pm, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!


AKC Dog Agility Trials - Fletcher, May 26 - 29

ID-100182977The Blue Ridge Agility Club (BRAC) will hosts AKC dog agility trials at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher, NC on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, May 26 - 29.

Spectators are welcome at all of the trials and admission is always free.  Competition begins each day at 8:00 a.m. and continues throughout the day until approximately 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.  For your pets comfort, please leave him/her at home.


All trials have a food vendor present as well as various vendors selling dog related items such as treats, leashes, beds, T-shirts and agility equipment.  There is plenty of seating available to watch the action in both rings, and all are held in covered arenas.  There is no set time table and individual dog breeds do not run at a particular time, they run by dog height, so if you are looking to see an individual breed, we cannot provide a specific time to come.

For more information, visit: http://www.blueridgeagility.com/upcoming-events.html

Image: Tina Phillips, freedigitalphotos.net


Beer City Behavior for Dogs, Hendersonville, May 27

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Asheville Humane Society will present a free "Beer City Behavior" talk on Saturday, May 27 from 
1:00 to 2:30 PM at Sanctuary Brewing, 147 1st Ave. E., Hendersonville, NC.

The topic is "Training Multiple Dogs." One of the biggest challenges that many dog owners face is how to train multiple dogs in their home at the same time. It can be hard to juggle reinforcing one dog, while not reinforcing another and making sure everyone’s understanding what’s going on. This talk will cover how to implement training programs when you have multiple dogs, and discuss some common roadblocks to success. Bring your dogs and your questions and we’ll work through some of these challenges!

**Please note, if your dog does not like to be around large groups of people and dogs, please leave them at home where they will be more comfortable. The trainer will be happy to give you some tips and tricks of things you can do in your home to help with any behavior problems.**


Tour the Animal Care Campus - May 27

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Did 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 behind-the-scenes tour of the society's Adoption Center (14 Forever Friend Lane) and the Buncombe County Animal Shelter (16 Forever Friend Lane) on Saturday, May 27, 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.


New Book Focuses on Disaster Preparedness for Pet Owners

Screen Shot 2017-04-25 at 3.25.24 PMWhether the wind blows, the ground shakes, the flames rise or snow and water fall from the skies, you must be prepared for your pet’s sake!” says Denise Fleck aka The Pet Safety Crusader™. “Disasters aren’t always on a regional scale. Power could go out on just your street or in only your building.  A tree could fall on your roof or a water pipe could break in your home alone.  Even without your neighbors being affected, your household of two-legged, four-legged, feathered, finned or scaled family members could be in distress.”

In her just released 9th book, “The Pet Safety Crusader’s My Pet & Me Guide to Disaster PAWparedness,” Fleck, who has personally instructed more than 12,000 humans in animal life-saving skills and millions more on national TV segments, lays out the steps your pets need you to know to be READY, REACT and then RECOVER.  “Training, supplies, a positive mental attitude and a plan can make all the difference,” she says.  In addition to preparedness tips for humans and their animal companions, the author provides templates for your family's emergency plan, what to have on hand and skills to possess, suggestions for specific disasters ranging from earthquakes, hurricanes and chemical disasters to tsunamis, power outages and civil unrest. The book concludes with a comprehensive manual covering basic first-aid – should the worst happen – for those who walk on two-legs, four paws or hooves, fly, swim or crawl.

Order the book below:


Barq in the Parq - Flat Rock, May 20

Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 1.39.18 PMThe annual "Barq in the Parq" will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Mountain Lodge and Conference Center on Upward Road in Flat Rock.

Barq in the Parq is a community event for dog lovers and dog adopters to benefit Charlie’s Angels, Brother Wolf and Blue Ridge Humane Society. Entry fee is only $5 and over 40 vendors from Asheville to Greenville will participate with you and your dog’s health in mind. The day will be filled with dogs, music, food and more.

Organizers at WTZQ Radio and Mountain Lodge and Conference Center are proud to have as presenting sponsors: BMW of Asheville and Animals R Us. For additional information call WTZQ at 828-692-1600.


Low Cost Vaccines - Mars Hill, May 20

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 1.36.41 PMA low cost vaccination and microchip clinic will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 2 to 4 PM at the Mars Hill Fire Department, Auxiliary Building, 65 Ivy Street, in Mars Hill, NC. Rabies and other vaccinations will be available, along with microchips.

If you want a 3-year rabies vaccination, please bring proof of current rabies shot. Dogs should be leashed and cats should be crated. The clinic is sponsored by Friends of Madison County Animals. For more information visit their website, www.fomca.org, or call (828) 649-9798.


Triad Dog Games, Winston-Salem, May 20-21

Screen Shot 2017-05-03 at 9.35.41 AMTriad Dog Games is North Carolina's one-of-a-kind dog event!

The Sergei Foundation's fourth annual event will be held on May 20-21, 2017 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds and will showcase a variety of competitions including dock jumping, disc (frisbee), flyball, agility and small dog races, called “Doggy Daches.”

Enter your dog to compete or just come to spectate and have some family fun (and don't forget to bring your canine family... leashed, friendly, and rabies vaccinated dogs welcome!). Admission is to raise funds to assist The Sergei Foundation in its mission to "save companion pets' lives by providing veterinary financial assistance to families unable to afford emergency, life-saving care." Visit www.TriadDogGames.com for more information.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, May 21

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, May 7. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 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.


Special Adoption Promotion - No Fees! Asheville, May 13

StuartmilesfdpA special no-fee adoption promotion will be held on Saturday, May 13Adoption fees for all animals this Saturday will be waived and generously covered by the Henderlight-Grimes family and friends. The Henderlight-Grimes family adopted their late dog, Fairway, from Asheville Humane Society on May 13, 2005, but she sadly lost her battle with osteosarcoma a year ago. The family wishes to honor Fairway by encouraging others to adopt a forever friend.

Although the love of a pet is priceless, all of the following are still included when you adopt! Each adoption fee includes spay/neuter, all up-to-date vaccines, microchip and free 1-year registration, a free starter bag of food, and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian. 

To see available animals, visit www.ashevillehumane.org. The Adoption Center is located at 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 AM to 7 PM. The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1-2pm, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!

Image: Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.net


Two Handy Money-Saving Guides for Pet Owners

ID-100449248MoneyGeek.com has published two free, handy money-saving guides for pet owners: "The Budget-Friendly Guide to Caring for Your Pet" and "Understanding Pet Insurance."

"The Budget-Friendly Guide to Caring for Your Pet" has a wealth of information, covering the following topics:

  • Can you afford a pet?
  • Thirteen steps for saving on pet expenses
  • Resources: How to save money on pet care
  • How dog expenses vary by breed
  • Should I get pet insurance?
  • An emergency plan for your pet
  • How to protect your pet if something happens to you
  • End-of-life care for your pet

Find this guide here: https://www.moneygeek.com/living/resources/pet-expenses/

"Understanding Pet Insurance" offers the following helpful advice:

  • Who benefits from pet insurance
  • Compare popular pet insurance plans
  • Reasons for pet insurance
  • Understanding pet insurance coverage
  • How pet insurance works
  • Other ways to pay for pet care
  • Special circumstances
  • Expert pet insurance advice

Find this guide here: https://www.moneygeek.com/insurance/pet/

Image: Jk1991, Freedigitalphotos.net


Food Truck for Dogs! - Azalea Park, Asheville, May 11

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Food trucks are part of Asheville's culture -- and now Asheville is getting a visit from a food truck for dogs! On Thursday, May 11 from 4 to 7 PM, "The Good Stuff Pet Truck" will be stopping at Azalea Dog Park, 395 Azalea Road in East Asheville. If you haven't been to this dog park, it is not far from the WNC Nature Center, in the recreational area behind the soccer fields.

The Good Stuff Pet Truck will be bringing along coupons and free swag. They'll be introducing new products and discussing the benefits of grain-free pet food. Also on hand will be a local dog trainer doing free demos.

For more information about The Good Stuff Pet Truck, visit: http://www.goodstuffpettruck.com/


Yappy Hour - Sylva, NC, May 9

StuartMiles-fdpA Yappy Hour for dogs will take place on Tuesday, May 9 from 6 to 8 PM at City Lights Cafe, 3 E. Jackson Street, Sylva, NC. (Entrance to the cafe is on Spring in downtown Sylva.)

Bring your well-behaved pup and enjoy mingling with your fellow pet friends. There will be drink specials, doggie treats provided by Smoky Mountain Dog Bakery, and more.  All proceeds from coffee drinks benefit ARF (the Humane Society of Jackson County) all day.

Yappy Hours will be held the second Tuesday of each month during spring and summer at City Lights Cafe.

Image: Stuart Miles, freedigitalphotos.net


Training an Older Dog

Dominik QN-unsplash.comMost people think dog training is only for puppies, but the fact is an older dog can be trained, too. However, training an older dog does take different techniques and probably more patience.

PetPlace.com shares some useful tips about training an older dog. First you need to understand your dog's background, personality, and ability to learn. Then you can begin training for specific behaviors. According to PetPlace, one of the best ways to train an older dog is to use treats. If you choose a high value treat that you know your dog really loves, it will motivate her to learn a behavior. Another technique that works for many older dogs is clicker training since the dog will associate the sound with what you want her to do.

PetPlace suggests using single word commands because they are easier for a dog to understand and remember. Use hand signals if your dog is hard of hearing or far away from you, but be sure the hand signals are obvious rather than subtle.

For more ideas for training an older dog, read the PetPlace article, "Tips and Techniques for Training an Older Dog."

For additional helpful general tips about training your dog, visit https://www.littledoggiesrule.com/dog-blog/10-benefits-of-training-your-dog/

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Hiking Hounds - Asheville, May 7

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, May 7. Start time is 9 AM for repeat hikers and 8:30 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.


"Beer City Behavior" Talk, Brevard, May 3

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Asheville Humane Society presents a series of dog behavior talks, free to the public, that take place at local breweries.

On Wednesday, May 3 from 6 to 8 PM, a dog behavior talk will be held at Oskar Blues Brewery, 342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard, NC.

To understand what your dog is feeling, you need to learn how to recognize, read, interpret, and respond appropriately to your dog’s behaviors and communications. This talk with focus on some common behaviors that are either misunderstood, or often missed completely. You will gain a whole new appreciation for how much your dog is trying to tell you and you will be able to grow your relationship and enhance your training exercises!

**Please note, if your dog does not like to be around large groups of people and dogs, please leave them at home where they will be more comfortable. The trainer will be happy to give you some tips and tricks of things you can do in your home to help with any behavior problems.**