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October 2020

Strut Your Mutt 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Scurry - Hendersonville, Oct. 31

Screen Shot 2020-10-21 at 11.32.28 AMThe 3rd Annual Strut Your Mutt: A Casual 5K hosted by Blue Ridge Humane Society, and WTZQ Radio  is a human and pet friendly 5K and 1 Mile walk benefiting Blue Ridge Humane Society.

Presented by: Hunter Subaru

Strut Your Mutt goes virtual! 

The entire course for the 5K and 1 Mile will be marked for you to run or walk starting on Saturday, October 31 and will remain marked until November 8, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful scenery and routes. You’ll also have the option of completing your 5K or 1 mile on any route you choose and submitting your time. At the end of the submission period our overall winners will be announced and receive their prizes, as well as some extra fun things that will be announced closer to the event! Parking will be available at the courthouse overflow lots located at the corner of North Pine Street and 4th Avenue.Complete information is at the link below. All participants receive a pet-friendly swag bag.

Online registration will close Friday, October 30. Sign up here:


A Guide to Road Trips with Your Dog

Our friends at Subaru have published a useful, informative guide to dog-focused road trips. It includes:

  • Listings of helpful websites, dog-friendly hotel chains and rules of doggie etiquette
  • Recommendations for all the best gear for your dog's road trip
  • A helpful article about backcountry hiking and camping with your dog
  • A vet's advice for driving with your dog.

Whether or not you're driving a Subaru, you'll find this guide to be a goldmine of tips! Check it out here:

Photo by Michael Bartlett on Unsplash

Asheville Humane Society Adoptions - Fee Waived Oct. 24 Through Oct. 30

Screen Shot 2020-10-23 at 4.02.09 PMJoin Asheville Humane Society for a special Subaru Loves Pets fee-waived adoption event starting Saturday, October 24 through Friday, October 30! Our friends at Prestige Subaru love pets so much that they are also donating $100 each day this month toward shelter pet adoptions!

All dogs and cats age 6 months and up are available with no adoption fee through October 30! 

Stop by Asheville Humane Society's Adoption Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane to find priceless love! Please note that the Adoption Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM; however, there is limited admittance. Please review restrictions before arriving, detailed here:

This event is made possible by the ASPCA and Subaru of America Grant Program.

Sarge's Furry Friends Online FunRaiser Through Oct. 25

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In this upside-down year, Sarge’s reimagined the annual Furry Friends Benefit Bash, a fall tradition. Since a large gathering for a sit-down dinner with auctions is not safe right now, the event will be held as an online auction through October 25 on Facebook.

“When we realized we couldn’t have Sarge’s Furry Friends Benefit Bash, we still wanted to have some fun,” said Paula Gatens, Sarge’s board member and auction committee leader. “Many small businesses in Haywood County stepped up to help us with this effort. We are thankful for their continuing support. We have more than 150 items for the auction.”

Returning to the auction will be the ever-popular rights to have your pet pictured on the 2021 Sarge’s Dog Walk T-shirt. New this year will be the rights to have your pet featured as Pet of the Month on Sarge’s website.

Auction items include dog and cat items, collectibles, golf certificates, plus area store, restaurant, and brewery gift cards. New items include a stay in a Waynesville Main Street apartment, five days of dog camp, pet laser therapy sessions, a salt room experience, personal training sessions, and handmade beaded ornaments.

“As the holidays approach, the gift cards in Sarge’s auction will make great gifts, and are easy to mail for those who are gifting this holiday season,” said Fred Strohm, Sarge’s administrator.

Sarge’s will use the services of Helping PAWS, Inc. to administer the auction. Helping PAWS is a group of dedicated animal lovers who run online auctions, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to rescue groups and animals in need.

Visit the Sarge’s FunRaiser event at:; the auction will be active Oct. 21 – 25.

Sarge’s is grateful to Haywood County businesses, local artists and Sarge’s volunteers for donating items for the auction.

It's Pumpkin Season... and That's a Good Thing for Your Dog

Dog-5626323_1920Pumpkin may or may not be a favorite of yours -- but it's a food that is good for your dog, particularly if he or she is having any stomach issues. Veterinarian Yvonne Stemwedel tells Eating Well, “It’s most useful for cases of what we call ‘dietary indiscretion’—meaning the dog has eaten something it shouldn’t have.” Veterinarian Ana Grum says its helps improve gastrointestinal issues and can be effective in relieving diarrhea.

In addition, pumpkin is nutritious and filling. It contains Vitamin A and potassium, good for a dog's coat, muscles and kidney function. Pumpkin's fiber content makes it a good option for weight management as well because it gives dogs a feeling of fullness, causing them to eat less.

The correct preparation for fresh pumpkin -- for dogs at least -- is to cook it and mash it with no seasoning, sweeteners or additives. Canned, 100 percent pumpkin is suitable, but pumpkin pie filling is not a good idea. Read this article for more tips.

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Virtual Mutt Strut for Greenville Humane Society

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The 2020 Mutt Strut presented by Papa John’s has gone virtual! Register online to support the homeless pets of the Greenville Humane Society! All registrations include a free large one-topping pizza from our presenting sponsor Papa John’s, this year’s awesome t-shirt, a race bib, finisher medal and more! Packets will be mailed in mid-October. Be sure to check out the virtual Mutt Market and visit the awesome sponsors whose support makes the Mutt Strut possible year after year! 

Competitors can complete the 2-mile walk/run any time between Sunday, November 1st and Sunday, November 8th. If you aren’t competing you can strut when you want with (or without) your pup, in the place of your choosing, for as long as you want or not at all! The proceeds of your registration will still help Greenville’s most vulnerable pets! 

Looking to compete? Race Director, Scott Bagwell, will send instructions on how to be timed and submit your results to all participants the week before the event. There are prize categories for race winners and for fundraising! Winners for each of the categories will be mailed trophies and be announced on social media on November 9th! Be sure to share photos of your strut with the #2020MuttStrut to be featured on our Facebook and Instagram!

For complete details including registration for the Greenville, SC Mutt Strut, visit 

Senior Dogs are the Best -- Here's Proof!

Nothing can match the love, dedication and laid back nature of a senior dog. See for yourself in the wonderful "dogumentary" called SENIORS. Here is what the creators have to say about it:

SENIORS is a feature-length documentary full of love, hope, and second chances.  It focuses on three interwoven stories about senior dogs.  There’s Chaser, the smartest dog in the world.  Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, a retirement home for dogs in Tennessee.  And famed photographer, Jane Sobel Klonsky, who has devoted much of her talents towards capturing the bond between elderly dogs and their owners.

Unlike most animal documentaries, our goal is to highlight the positive.  No abuse will be shown in SENIORS.  This film will celebrate senior dogs and many of the seniors who love them.  It will show how vibrant they are, and how much they can offer to the world.  This will be the animal welfare film everyone can watch, leaving viewers grinning from ear-to-ear, and showing how old dogs really can teach us new tricks.

SENIORS, a dogumentary, is now available on Amazon Prime video and other streaming platforms. Watch the trailer below.

And by the way, senior dogs make great pets for older adults, too! Check out this informative article, "How Pets Can Benefit Older People's Mental and Physical Health."



Watauga Humane Society Virtual Adoption Event, Oct. 16-18

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If you’ve been thinking about a four-legged hiking partner or a furry running buddy, then don’t miss the “Outward Hounds” virtual adoption event October 16-18

The Watauga Humane Society (WHS, Boone, NC), Modern Subaru, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) are joining forces to help you find the perfect  “Outward Hounds” to join you on all your outdoor adventures.

“Many of the dogs that come to us are larger and very energetic,” said Ashlee Yepez, WHS Director of Operations “They make great hiking, camping, boating buddies and we call them our “Outward Hounds.” This partnership with Subaru is just a natural fit for helping them find the best people for them.”

October is “Adopt-a-Dog” month and WHS has a target of helping 15 dogs find their forever home during this three day virtual adoption event.

The first 15 dogs that get adopted during the event will receive a reduced adoption fee, a harness and car restraint strap, and an ID chip and name tag. All dogs adopted during the event will be eligible to win several prizes including no adoption fee, a year’s membership to the WHS Dog Park, and goodie bags full of gifts for the dog and their people.

To see animals available for adoption and learn more about the event, visit

Image: Watauga Humane Society

How Dogs Improve the Lives of Humans

Cassiano-psomas-EVjghVvLJTc-unsplashThere has been quite a bit of research done on the mental and physical health benefits of dogs to humans. With the increase in loneliness and depression associated with the pandemic, Greater Good Magazine thought it would be a good idea to remind us of why our dogs help us cope with life.

Here are four specific science-backed benefits of being a dog owner:

  1. Dogs stave off loneliness
  2. Dogs reduce stress and anxiety
  3. Dogs help us get along with others
  4. Dogs keep us healthier.

Each of these benefits is discussed in further detail, along with references to scientific studies to back them up. Read the article here:

Photo by Cassiano Psomas on Unsplash

Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, Oct. 12

Jornada-produtora-6_gJm1FjaFg-unsplashFor Henderson County residents who cannot afford food for their pets, Blue Ridge Humane Society will be holding a free pet food giveaway on Monday, October 12, from 9 AM to 1 PM. It will take place at:

Blue Ridge Humane Society
88 Centipede Lane
Hendersonville, NC

Also... October is a great month to adopt from Blue Ridge Humane Society! This month, Hunter Subaru will make a $100 donation to BRHS for every animal adoption (up to 31 adoptions). To see available animals, visit:

Photo by Jornada Produtora on Unsplash

ReTail Scene: Especially for Handicapped Dogs

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Does your dog have trouble walking? Has your dog had leg or hip surgery that makes it difficult or impossible to walk? Then you need to check out all of the specially-made devices from Walkin' Pets by Walkin' Pets was created in 2001 for pets with mobility issues. Founder Mark C. Robinson's goal is to help extend the lives of beloved pets who are aging, injured or have special needs.

Check out the website for Fall deals on some of their wheelchairs, scooters, harnesses, splints, boots and more:

Image: Walkin' Pets

Smart Ways to Save Money on Pet Costs

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A 2019 survey indicated a surprising fact... Nearly 25 percent of American pet owners found themselves in pet-related debt. That means it's more important than ever to manage costs related to owning a dog -- or any pet. has some smart advice for pet owners in a feature called "23 Ways to Save Money on Pet Costs." It has some great tips, many of them easy, to save you money, including:

  • Buy in bulk and store properly
  • Strategically plan your pet's vaccination schedule
  • Don't neglect dental care
  • Join pet store loyalty clubs.

These and lots more tips are included in the free article.

Fall Hiking and Ticks

Tick-1465065_1920Fall is a great time for hiking with your dog in the Carolina mountains, but one of the nuisances, and sometimes health risks for dogs is ticks. It is very easy for a tick to embed itself in your dog's coat and attach to its skin. Dogs and humans barely notice the tiny tick, but it can be far more than an inconvenience and do more damage than you may think.

This comprehensive article on discusses one of the more serious diseases that ticks carry, anaplasmosis. According to PetPlace, anaplasmosis is similar to Lyme disease, also transmitted by ticks, and is most often reported from June through November, when people are outside hiking with their dogs. Most cases of anaplasmosis are transmitted by the black-legged dear tick, often found in the midwest and northeastern states, so it is probably little cause for worry in our area. Still, the article has some solid information about how ticks transmit the disease.

Cases of Lyme disease have been reported to the Center for Disease Control in the Western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina areas, so Lyme disease may be more of a concern. You can learn more about lyme disease and its signs and symptoms from the Lyme Disease Association.

It is always a good idea to check your dog for ticks when returning from outside activities. What appears to be a very small bump may in fact be a tick, so spread your dog's coat and examine it carefully. This article from American Humane explains how to prevent ticks and safely remove them.

Image by Elionas from Pixabay