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November 2020

ReTail Scene: Botanical Bones in Asheville

Screen Shot 2020-11-16 at 10.24.18 AMA new dog business just launched in Asheville: Botanical Bones. Here's the story, according to the website:

"Botanical Bones is a family business thoughtfully making superfood + adaptogenic dog treats in Asheville, NC.

When we rescued our pup, Carnaby, at 4 months old from an animal shelter in Asheville, NC it was the early days of the pandemic. He had a rough start before we brought him home and was an extremely anxious puppy.

As new dog owners, we decided  to start by addressing our dog's struggles the same we would our own: in the kitchen.

We’re strong believers in the healing power of plants. It was clear that Carnaby was struggling so I started experimenting with superfoods and adaptogens our family uses every day for wellness. 

When we saw how much our pup loved the treats we were making we decided to share them with neighbors. Pretty soon we realized we needed to share these SUPER TREATS with the world!"

Check out the products, available for purchase online, at:


Doggie Daycare in Asheville

Playing-puppies-790638_1920AVL Today has a good list of doggie daycare facilities in the Asheville area with costs and services, including:

  • At Play with Sparky
  • Barkmore Park
  • Camp Bow Wow
  • Dog House Doggies Daycare
  • Happy Tails Country Club
  • Mills River Dog Camp
  • Pampered Pets
  • Pet Vet on Patton
  • The Woof Lodge
  • VIP Pet Resorts
  • You Work I'll Play

For complete information, visit:

Image by Katrin B. from Pixabay

"The Genius Dog Challenge"

Screen Shot 2020-11-23 at 9.19.39 AMThe Genius Dog Challenge is an international competition originating in Hungary that aims to test six of the world's smartest dogs. The combination contest/scientific experiment will be streamed live every Wednesday at 1 PM Eastern time until December 16 on Facebook and YouTube.

In the first stage of the contest, dogs will have one week to learn the names of six toys. In the second stage, dogs will have one week to learn the names of twelve toys. Six dogs have already been chosen to take the challenge.

Check out all the details here:

Blue Ridge Humane Society Silent Auction Through Nov. 21

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Join Blue Ridge Humane Society online through November 21 for their 70th Birthday Silent Auction! Chock-full of all kinds of great things, this is the purr-fect opportunity to get a leg up on holiday gifts for loved ones, your pet, or yourself! 

You'll find great items to bid on -- trips, gift cards, jewelry, amazing pet packages, and more to tickle your fancy and raise funds to support the work of Blue Ridge Humane Society into the next year.

Bidding ends November 21 at 9 pm, so check out the Silent Auction here:


Check Out Weaverville's Wagbar

Screen Shot 2020-11-09 at 1.51.52 PMWagbar combines the best of both worlds for dogs and humans with a goal to enrich the lives of dogs and people everywhere and bring the dog community together by reinventing the dog park. The unique concept integrates an outdoor interactive 25,000 square foot off-leash dog park with a bar (age 21+). Wagbar offers a thoughtful selection of food and beverages that will satisfy any taste.  The outdoor design of Wagbar is ideal for social distancing to keep everyone safe. Wagbar hosts a variety of events year round from dog adoptions to group dog trainings, live music, holiday themed party’s and more. 

Wagbar is open daily from 8 AM to 11 PM at 320 Merrimon Avenue, Weaverville, NC 28787. Please observe the following rules:

  • Ages 21 and up only. Credit/debit cards only (no cash)
  • Please check in at the bar after entering
  • Dogs must be a minimum of 8 months old and spayed/neutered
  • Dogs must be up-to-date on rabies, distemper and bordetella vaccinations. Electronic or paper documentation must be provided after initial check-in.
  • Maximum of 2 dogs per human.
  • Day passes, monthly and annual memberships are available.

For more information visit

Image: Wagbar

Your Dog's Sleeping Position Actually Means Something

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Ever watch your dog sleep? Ever notice that your dog's sleeping position changes now and then? Well according to dog behavior experts, each sleeping position means something a little bit different. For example, dogs who sleep on their side with their legs extended feel safe, relaxed and are at a comfortable temperature. On the other hand, dogs who sleep all curled up with their limbs tucked in want to protect themselves and preserve body heat.

Ready to learn more about your dog's sleeping positions? Check out this cute infographic of ten sleeping positions and what they mean, courtesy of Casper.

$19.50 Adoption Fees - Hendersonville Through Nov. 19

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is celebrating its 70th year this month and they only have one birthday wish -- to get more animals adopted. Adoption fees have been discounted to $19.50 (in honor of their founding year) through November 19 so you can help them get their birthday wish!! 
To see available animals and fill out the adoption application visit
An Adoption Counselor will be in touch with more information about the animal and the next steps!
Plus... 70% Off at the Blue Ridge Society Thrift Store on Nov. 19!
Shop the Thrift Store on Thursday, November 19 and save 70% off items above $1.00 in celebration of 70 years of Blue Ridge Humane Society! If you've never visited the Thrift Store, it's got everything from housewares to clothing, boutique items to antiques, furniture to pet supplies! Each purchase directly funds the society's lifesaving work so by shopping, you are saving lives. Visit the Thrift Store at 1214 Greenville Highway in Hendersonville.

Mills River Valley Runs - Mills River, NC, Nov. 15

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The Mills River Valley races feature a 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile Doggy Dash on Sunday, November 15th at the Mills River Community Park and surrounding area with a flat, scenic course. The races are hosted by the Mills River SDA School and benefit the school and Blue Ridge Humane Society! Registration is open and precautions will be taken in the race format to ensure social distancing.

Details and registration here:

Buncombe County COVID-19 Pet Information

Screen Shot 2020-10-21 at 11.45.30 AMThe following information is provided as a public service from Asheville Humane Society:

Pet Resources for Buncombe County Residents Affected by COVID-19
In order to help pet owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic keep their beloved pets, Asheville Humane Society is providing pet supplies for Buncombe County families experiencing financial hardship due to job loss or other effects of the current crisis. Pet owners in need of assistance can leave a message on Asheville Humane Society’s Safety Net Helpline at (828) 761-2008 to request resources and get more information about the services that are currently available.

Asheville Humane Society Adoption Center Now Open for Adoptions

In an effort to better serve the animals in our care, while keeping the safety of our staff and visitors a priority, we are discontinuing adoption appointments and reopening our Adoption Center to a limited number of walk-ins at a time to meet animals for adoption.

A set number of customers will be welcomed inside to adopt on a first come, first served basis. Safety protocols such as masks required, contactless temperature readings and social distancing within the building will remain the same. If the building reaches our set capacity, potential adopters will have socially distant options available to wait until the next spot opens.

Our hours of operation are Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm, with animal naptime each day from 1-2pm.

Please Note:

  • Masks are required for the safety of our adopters and staff.
  • When you arrive at the Adoption Center, a temperature reading will be taken with a contactless thermometer for you and anyone in your party. If reading is 100.4 or above, we ask that you please return home. 

Adoptions will still happen on a first come, first served basis. We will also continue to follow our practice of Open Adoptions, meaning each potential adopter will meet one-on-one with a trained Adoption Counselor to ensure the match is a good fit for both the animal and their new family.

Thank you for your patience and ongoing support during this unprecedented time, and we look forward to helping you find your new best friend!

To view available animals, visit

Asheville Humane Society Thrift Store Open for Regular Hours

Thrift Store operations have resumed at full capacity, ensuring adherence to the number of people allowed to enter at one time as determined by the State/County for Phase 2. Please wear a mask if visiting the Thrift Store.

The Thrift Store is located in our Community Center at 1425 Patton Avenue. Please consider shopping for a good cause or donating your unwanted items to help animals in need! Thrift Store Hours - To Shop: Mon. - Sat., 10am - 6pm, To Donate Items: Tues. - Sat., 10am - 5pm.

Community Solutions - Pet Resources and Assistance:

Drive-through clinics are being held to serve our community. Other resources and services may be available for Buncombe County residents experiencing financial hardship or other crisis. For more information or to request resources or assistance for your pet, please call the Safety Net Helpline at (828)-761-2008.



Free Pet Food - Hendersonville, Nov. 9

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Blue Ridge Humane Society is holding a free pet food giveaway on Monday, November 9 from 9 am - 1 pm at the BRHS Adoption Center at 88 Centipede Lane, Hendersonville, NC. Supplies will be given out while they last, first come, first serve. Social distancing and protective measures will be taken by all staff and we ask the public to do the same (contact free, wear a mask, and keep a 6 foot distance).

Food will be distributed car-side, so all you need to do is pull up and we’ll direct you from there! Staff will get your info (zip code, number and type of pets), and place the food in your car trunk.

November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month

Old-dog-3303296_1920November is "Adopt a Senior Pet" Month... and senior dogs are the best! Here's why, according to the ASPCA:

"While small kittens and puppies may be adorable, older pets are just as loving and loyal as their younger counterparts. Not to mention, adopting a senior animal companion comes with some cool advantages:

  • Grown-up pets don’t require the constant monitoring and training that puppies and kittens do.
  • Many are already housetrained.
  • Since senior pets are fully grown, you’ll be immediately aware of important information like personality type and grooming requirements, making it easier to choose the perfect pet for your family."

Now's the time to adopt a senior dog. Check out your local shelter or rescue organization.

Image by Schwoaze from Pixabay

Canine Obesity is a Serious Problem

Thick-4392363_1920Did you know that 53 percent of dogs in America are obese? Canine obesity is a serious problem but it is generally caused by two simple factors: Your dog gets too many calories and/or your dog doesn't get enough exercise. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? It's the same problem some people have!

According to PetPlace
, if your dog is overweight, it's time to create an "obesity management program." That isn't as hard to do as the name implies: It means collaborating with your vet to properly feed your dog and ensure adequate exercise. It's important that everyone in your household understand and agree to the program so you can maintain consistency.

Dogs follow the lead of their people -- and they know how to push your buttons! While you may think it is a nice treat to give your dog "people food," particularly around the holidays, it really isn't a good idea. Just like with people, that's when pups can pack on the pounds. In addition, even if your dog seems hungry (and some dogs always seem hungry) it's best to keep portion sizes appropriate. For most dogs, daily exercise is an important part of obesity management -- so you or someone in your household needs to make that commitment. You should also know that some dog breeds, such as labs and golden retrievers, are more likely to gain weight as they age than others.

Here's a helpful article about dog obesity causes and cures from PetMD.

Image by Светлана Бердник from Pixabay