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March 2018

7 Tips for Taking Your Best Friend on Hiking Trails

Guest Post by Jenn Jackson

Dog-1643025_640If hiking is your favorite pastime, and your dog is your favorite companion, it’s only natural to combine the two. Bringing your dog on the trails is a wonderful bonding experience to strengthen your relationship and make priceless memories. It might be a little intimidating to introduce your pet to the wild trails, but following some of these tips should help the transition.

  1. Consider if your dog is a good hiking companion

The first thing to consider before taking your dog out on the trails is whether or not they’ll be a good companion. Vigorous exercise and long walks are part of a healthy lifestyle for most dogs, but with increasing age and varying ability some of the more challenging pathways are no longer an option.

Dogs can suffer from chronic and seasonal allergies like humans, so avoid heavily pollinated areas. There is a trail for every dog out there, it’s just a matter of doing your research and finding the best option for you.

  1. Make sure your pup is prepared for the trail

Proper preparation is essential to a successful trip with your best friend. There are several vaccines that are recommended before exploring the great outdoors. You may also consider investing in flea and tick repellant to avoid unwelcome infestation. Your hiking partner should respond to all basic commands. Consider signing up for obedience training and make sure you and your dog have a strong understanding of each other.

  1. Burning doggie calories

Whether or not you’re staying overnight, remember to pack plenty of essentials. To keep up with the extra calories your dog will be burning, pack additional food and a collapsible bowl from which they are comfortable eating. Make sure to bring enough potable water for the both of you. Do not depend on natural sources as they can be polluted and contain parasites such as giardia. Filter drinking water for your pet as thoroughly as you would filter any water for yourself. 

  1. Watch out for trail hazards

Hiking can pose many hazards if you’re not careful. Areas with aggressive wildlife such as bears, coyotes, and moose should be avoided. There can also be unexpected dangers like porcupines, venomous snakes, or, tragically, illegal traps. Keep your pets close on the trail and consider using bear bells and leashes. Do your research online before you go and make sure to keep a cautious eye out while on the trail.

  1. Follow backcountry etiquette

The trails belong to everyone and anyone who want to use them, and the responsibility to keep them clean falls on the whole community. The standard etiquette for any outdoors adventuring calls for you to “leave no trace” of your presence. This means you should be diligent about covering or picking up your dog’s waste and deliberate about not disrupting any wildlife or vulnerable fauna.

Make sure the trail you intend to use is safe and approved for dogs. Be respectful of other hikers and their pets by training your dog to be well behaved in social situations. The Animal Humane Society provides suggestions for canine etiquette on their website that should be followed while hiking.

  1. Bring a first aid kit, know how to use it

Just like you should be familiar with basic human first aid tactics before venturing into an area where emergency medical teams are unable to respond effectively, you should also familiarize yourself with the essentials of pet first aid such as tending to wounds and doggie CPR. There are numerous online videos that teach proper pet emergency care. You can either buy premade first aid kits or make your own, but they should be packed with bandages, disinfectant, paw salve, and dog booties.

If you are hiking out of town, make sure to look up a local veterinarian before beginning your adventure so you know who to call in case of an emergency. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation provides a great list of basic medical techniques all pet owners should know.

  1. Bring the right accessories

Even if you let your well-trained dog walk unleashed, it is essential to bring a leash along for emergencies or situations with other unfriendly dogs. Some trails require dogs to be on tethers and these regulations should always be respected. Other accessories you might consider bringing include dog booties to protect their feet, and dog packs if your pup is capable of carrying some supplies. If they will not wear a pack, consider investing in a harness with reflective gear for optimal safety.

Jenn & Scott run My Open Country - a campaign to try and get more people excited about the outdoors. Improve your wilderness adventures with their in-depth articles on hiking and backpacking skills, inspirational trip guides and awesome gear reviews.


Flying with Your Dog? Read This Guide First

ID-100287668No doubt you love your doggie enough to take him or her on a trip with you. If that trip includes airline travel, you need to know about airline regulations regarding pets. You may have heard about recent airline crackdowns on emotional support pets as well as some unfortunate behavior by airline crew regarding pets, but there could actually be some benefits associated with taking your pets along for the plane ride, as long as you observe rules and advocate for your dog.

CreditCards.com has just published a handy free online guide, "Guide to Flying with Pets (and getting rewarded for it)," that lists the top U.S. airlines' pet shipping requirements, service animal requirements, and emotional support animal requirements, all in one place. You'll also find the top fifteen U.S. airports' pet relief area locations.

In addition, the guide features information about a few airlines that actually offer rewards for taking your pet with you, plus lots of good advice about flying with your pet.

Check it out here: https://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/pets-reward-frequent-flier-miles-1263.php

Image: Khunaspix, freedigitalphotos.net


Doggie Ice Cream Social - West Asheville, March 29

Screen Shot 2017-06-26 at 9.33.58 AMGreg, who owns The Hop, doesn't just make fabulous ice cream, he's also a confirmed dog lover who does a lot for local humane efforts. Come on out and say thanks to Greg -- and enjoy some human and doggie ice cream at a special Doggie Ice Cream Social at The Hop Ice Creamery, 167 Haywood Road, West Asheville.

The Doggie Ice Cream Social will be held on Thursday, March 29 from 6 to 9 PM. Greg will be opening up the outdoor space at The Ice Creamery to any and all leashed dogs (and their owners) who would like to join in. Happy Tails Doggie Ice Cream as well as ice cream of the human variety will be on the menu. (Note: This location is different from The Hop West ice cream cafe.)


Be Aware of Household Poisons

ID-100395000According to the ASPCA, "Toxic chemicals, dangerous plants, as well as products and substances found in our everyday surroundings can be poisonous or even fatal to animals. Unfortunately, a pet can ingest a household chemical, lap up a liquid, or chew on a seemingly harmless plant -- and become sick and even die."

The ASPCA's Poison Control Center has put together a helpful brochure that lists in detail common household hazards, has poison prevention tips, and discusses how to put together a poison safety kit for your dog or cat. The Poison Control Center also provides a hotline staffed by veterinarians who can advise you in case of emergency. You can reach them 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at 888-426-4435.

Download a free copy of the ASPCA Poison Control Center brochure at the link below (PDF).

Download Aspca household hazards

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Low Cost Vaccinations - Asheville, March 24

AHS Low Cost VaccinationsAsheville Humane Society offers pet owners access to low cost vaccinations, microchips and ID tagging.

Come to a low cost vaccination clinic on Saturday, March 24 from 2 to 5 PM at Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805. 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.


Tour the Asheville Animal Care Campus - March 24

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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, March 24, from 1:30 to 3:00 PM. The tour is free and open to the public. No reservation required.

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.


Dine to be Kind - Asheville Area, March 20

Screen Shot 2018-02-19 at 12.28.14 PM Screen Shot 2018-02-19 at 12.28.26 PMShake off the cold and warm up your heart by helping save pets in our community! All you have to do is dine out at one of the dozens of restaurants participating in the 15th Annual Dine To Be Kind presented by Prestige Subaru.

On Tuesday, March 20th, dine out for Breakfast, Lunch and/or Dinner (Take Out included!) and at least 15% of your bill will be donated to the lifesaving programs of Asheville Humane Society!

The following Asheville area restaurants will be donating 25% of their proceeds for the day to this worthy cause: 

Ambrozia Bar & Bistro

Avenue M

Baked Pie Company

Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar

Blue Sky Cafe

Creperie & Cafe

Cucina 24

Glass Onion

Juicy Lucy's Burger Bar & Grill

Native Kitchen & Social Pub

Posana

Roux at Hilton Asheville

Smoky Park Supper Club

Sunny Point Cafe

Other area restaurants will be donating 15% of their proceeds. Check out the list of all participating restaurants here:
https://ashevillehumane.org/dine-to-be-kind


"Irish I Was Yours" $7 Adoption Special - Asheville, March 15 through 17

ID-100140483Get in the St. Patty's Day spirit by adopting your own four-legged lucky charm! Asheville Humane Society is currently FULL of dogs and cats who are hoping to get lucky and go home with you! Thursday, March 15 through Saturday, March 17, adoption fees for all animals (age 6 months and up) are just $7

It doesn't take a pot of gold to find happiness! Stop by Asheville Humane Society's Adoption Center to meet all of the furry leprechauns who are looking for love!

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, behavioral training when appropriate, 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 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesdays until 7 PM). The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1 to 2 PM, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, March 25

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, March 25. 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.


Pilates with Puppies - Asheville, April 10

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 3.04.01 PMOn Tuesday, April 10, Cisco Pilates will hold two "Pilates with Puppies" classes, from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM and from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market).

Pilates with Puppies will be a basic Pilates class, with puppies provided by Asheville Humane Society. Please bring your own yoga or Pilates mat and a small towel. Please do not bring your own puppy! The cost is $15, which is a donation to Asheville Humane Society on behalf of Buncombe County animals.

Pre-registration is required and these classes are very popular. Early registration is suggested as space is limited and this event is expected to sell out! Visit https://www.ciscopilates.com/pricing/ to sign up. Questions? Email alexis@ciscopilates.com

Image: Cisco Pilates


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, March 18

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, March 18. 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.


"Bark Madness" Adoption Special: $5 Big Dogs March 9-10

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Get ready for "March Madness" by adopting a five dollar baller! Asheville Humane Society is currently FULL of big dogs who need forever homes, so adoption fees for canines over 40 pounds are just $5! These playful pups are ready to dribble down the court and straight into your heart!

Don't let the shot clock run out on this special offer! Come visit this Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, to adopt your very own "Air Bud"!

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, behavioral training when appropriate, 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 10 AM to 6 PM (Tuesdays until 7 PM). The dog and cat rooms are closed daily for naptime from 1 to 2 PM, giving animals a much-needed break. The lobby remains open where you can speak with staff, enjoy refreshments, read or watch videos!


ReTail Scene: NC Company Offers Dog Nutrition and Health App

Screen Shot 2018-02-20 at 3.51.06 PMPetrics, a Wilmington, NC pet technology company, is now offering a health and nutrition application for pets that "gives you the tools necessary to ensure proper diet and safety for your pet." The application features:

  • A database of over 15,000 pet foods and treats that can be scientifically matched and personalized to your dog's individual needs
  • A comprehensive ingredients analyzer
  • At home delivery and auto-ordering of pet foods
  • Pet food recommendations based on genetic risks and pre-existing medical conditions
  • Schedule reminders for vet visits and medications
  • Recall alerts

The app can be downloaded free. More information is available at: https://www.petrics.com/

This company has also just introduced the world's first connected pet bed, which maintains a comfortable temperature for your dog and also reports on body temperature, heart rate, and other data.


Hiking Hounds - Asheville, March 11

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, March 11. 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.


Pilates with Puppies - Asheville, March 24

Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 3.04.01 PMOn Saturday, March 24, Cisco Pilates will hold three "Pilates with Puppies" classes:

9:00  to 10:00 AM
4:00 to 5:00 PM
5:30 to 6:30 PM

Classes will be held at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads near the WNC Farmers Market).

Pilates with Puppies will be a basic Pilates class, with puppies provided by Asheville Humane Society. Please bring your own yoga or Pilates mat and a small towel. Please do not bring your own puppy! The cost is $15, which is a donation to Asheville Humane Society on behalf of Buncombe County animals.

Pre-registration is required and these classes are very popular. Early registration is suggested as space is limited and this event is expected to sell out! Visit https://www.ciscopilates.com/pricing/ to sign up. Questions? Email alexis@ciscopilates.com

Image: Cisco Pilates