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December 2020

Happy Holidays from Carolina Mountain Dog!

FREE HOLIDAY GIFT! Get a free copy of POOCH PATHS, Carolina Mountain Dog's popular eBook of dog-friendly trails in the Asheville area. To get your copy, just click on the link below and then order your eBook in any format you want -- PDF, Kindle, EPUB, etc. Use the code SW100 when you check out and get POOCH PATHS absolutely free! This offer is good until January 1, 2021.
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The dog lovers at Carolina Mountain Dog will be taking a break during the holidays. We'll be back on January 4, 2021. Happy Holidays to all!

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If You Have a Senior Dog, Read This...

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The Dog Aging Project has published an authoritative, comprehensive article just for senior dog owners: "Understanding Behavioral Changes in Senior Dogs." It discusses:

  • Why do we see behavioral changes in senior dogs?
  • What behavioral changes should I look for in my senior dog?
  • What should I do if I see behavioral changes in my older dog?

The article offers a good overview of DISHA, a broad classification of behaviors that may be related to cognitive dysfunction, which is commonly seen in senior dogs.

Check out the complete article here: https://dogagingproject.org/understanding-behavioral-changes-in-senior-dogs/?

Photo by Pavel Anoshin on Unsplash


Kitchen Safety for Your Dog (and Cat)

Screen Shot 2020-11-20 at 4.44.34 PMYou may not realize it, but your kitchen can be a dangerous place for your dog -- and cat.

That's why you'll want to take a look at this handy infographic: https://kitchencabinetkings.com/infographics/kitchen-safety-for-pets. In it you'll find some important information, including:

  • Dangers lurking in the kitchen for your dog, including toxic foods
  • How to safely keep your cat off of your kitchen counters
  • Helpful kitchen safety tips for all animals.

Check it out!


Asheville Humane Hiking Hounds - Dec. 20, 27

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 will be on Sunday, December 20. An additional hike will be held on December 27.

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 serve basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. If you don’t get an email from Hiking Hounds, assume they didn’t get yours! Please be sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

Start time is 10 AM for repeat hikers and 9:30 AM for new hikers. Hikes are typically 3-5 miles at a brisk pace with elevation changes and provide vigorous exercise for our volunteer hikers as well. They do not cancel hikes because of rain, as our pups don’t mind getting wet. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 11:30 AM to 12 PM.

Hiking Hounds now operates under these Covid-19 protocols:

We will ask that no one sign up for our hikes if they are at risk or have compromised immune systems. If you sign up and begin to feel ill, we ask that you cancel immediately.

We are asking all volunteers to stay in the parking lot, and not come into the building. The hike leaders will sign in the volunteers and will bring the dogs out to them. AHS is asking that ONLY hike leaders enter the building, no volunteers; anyone in the building must wear a mask. You will not be allowed to use the restroom inside the building, so plan on using the port-a-john at the Arboretum, or the woods. 

Bring hand sanitizer if you have it.

Please bring a leash of your own (if you have one), the fewer objects changing hands the better. 

We will maintain a 6 ft bubble as usual, for the safety of our volunteers and the dog's safety and comfort.  

We will eliminate bandanas and cards about the dogs; we can promote them through social media.

We will have one hiker go ahead of our caravan with all the Arboretum passes. That hiker will alert the security personal at the gate & will swipe ALL the passes so each hiker does not have to handle them. 

 When we return to the shelter, all volunteers will again stay outdoors and the hike leaders will come get your dog. This is our normal procedure as our dogs always need social distancing.  

All equipment that we use will be sanitized between hikes. 

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.


What to Do with Dog Poo

Screen Shot 2020-11-20 at 10.36.29 AMDid you know your dog could eliminate as much as 275 pounds of poo per year? Asheville pet waste removal company Pet Poo Skiddoo will take care of that special problem for dog owners. The company offers:

  • Year round scooping services where they remove dog waste from your yard once or twice a week or every other week, deodorize problem areas, and compost what they take with them
  • Alternatively, they will compost the waste that you scoop from your yard. They’ll provide the bin and come to collect the waste on a weekly or biweekly basis
  • They also offer affordable solutions to commercial clients, maintaining your waste stations and helping to keep your property waste-free for your clientele.

Pet Poo Skiddoo is doing its part to turn dog waste into fertilizer instead of going into the landfill. To get 20 percent off your first month of service, visit the Pet Poo Skiddoo website and use the code CLEAN20.


Holiday Howl and Meow Open House - Boone, NC, Dec. 12

Screen Shot 2020-12-08 at 4.14.45 PMWatauga Humane Society, 312 Paws Way, Boone, NC 28607 is holding a "Holiday Howl and Meow Open House" on Saturday, December 12, from 1-5 PM, as they celebrate the season and wish their animals love and cheer for the upcoming holidays. The WHS pets have sent a wish list to Santa Paws to make your holiday shopping much easier!

Please go to their wishlist here and bring a gift to place under the tree. Monetary gifts are also welcome. Visit our kitties to enjoy pets and purrs and experience happy barks and wagging tails as our dogs welcome you. For a donation, take a holiday picture with your pet or a shelter animal in our outdoor photo booth. SNIPS crafts will be available for early holiday shopping and we have goody bags everyone!

To ensure the safety of everyone, face coverings are required and temperatures will be checked at the entrance. In order to observe social distancing, only ten visitors are permitted per hour. Please use our online signup to reserve your time at the shelter by clicking here.


AHNA Annual Holilday Pet Food and Supply Drive

Screen Shot 2020-12-01 at 2.53.32 PMThe Animal Hospital of North Asheville (AHNA) is sponsoring its annual "Warm Hearts * Full Bellies" Holiday Pet Food and Supply Drive through Saturday, January 2, 2021.

Join AHNA this Holiday Season to help pets in need in our community. During "Warm Hearts * Full Bellies," AHNA will be collecting donations of wet or dry pet food, much-needed supplies, and monetary donations for the Asheville Humane Society (AHS) and Meals on Wheels of Buncombe County. Through Saturday, January 2nd, AHNA will be offering several different ways to donate to help these amazing organizations. Due to how the threat of COVID-19 has affected our community, they have made some changes to the annual holiday food drive with safety in mind.
 
Donations Accepted:
AHNA will be collecting wet or dry cat or dog food, small animal/rabbit food, cockatiel/parakeet bird food, cleaning supplies, pet supplies (toys, blankets, and more), along with monetary donations at AHNA.
DROP OFF:
There will be a donation bin on the patio at AHNA (1 Beaverdam Road, Asheville 28804) for donated items. Items can be dropped off during regular business hours (M-F 7:30am-6:00pm, and Sat 8am-5pm).
ONLINE:
Starting in December, AHNA will be offering online donation collections through Amazon wishlist and direct donations to the organizations. Supplies can be ordered online and delivered to AHNA. Donations will be distributed after the first of the year to the Asheville Humane Society and Meals on Wheels.
Direct Donations:
Asheville Humane Society: https://www.ashevillehumane.org/donation-drive
 
To show our appreciation, Animal Hospital of North Asheville has partnered with Science Diet Pet Food to donate an extra pound of food for every pound (up to 2,000 pounds) of pet food donated during our Holiday Pet Food Drive.
Please, if you want to donate by check, it must be written to the organization of your choice (not to Animal Hospital of North Asheville).

Your Dog and Santa in a Photo - Hendersonville, Dec. 5

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On Saturday, December 5 from 11 am to 4 pm, get your pet photos with Santa!  For a $20 donation to Blue Ridge Humane Society, you’ll receive 1-3 digital photos for your use, depending on how many good shots are gotten of your pet. Santa and another setup to be determined! Juls Buckman and Jason Liquori will be the photographers for the day.

The event will be hosted by Wag! A Unique Pet Boutique, 231 N. Main Street in downtown Hendersonville.

Appointments are required. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/817699229040142 or call Wag at (828) 697-7799.

Image by Oli R from Pixabay


Asheville Humane Hiking Hounds - Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27

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 will be on Sunday, December 6. Additional hikes in December will be held on December 13, 20 and 27.

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 serve basis" and you must have a confirmed reservation to attend a hike. If you don’t get an email from Hiking Hounds, assume they didn’t get yours! Please be sure you can actually make the hike; if we have late cancellations, a dog gets left behind without a hike.

Start time is 10 AM for repeat hikers and 9:30 AM for new hikers. Hikes are typically 3-5 miles at a brisk pace with elevation changes and provide vigorous exercise for our volunteer hikers as well. They do not cancel hikes because of rain, as our pups don’t mind getting wet. Hikers generally return to the shelter at 16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville around 11:30 AM to 12 PM.

Hiking Hounds now operates under these Covid-19 protocols:

We will ask that no one sign up for our hikes if they are at risk or have compromised immune systems. If you sign up and begin to feel ill, we ask that you cancel immediately.

We are asking all volunteers to stay in the parking lot, and not come into the building. The hike leaders will sign in the volunteers and will bring the dogs out to them. AHS is asking that ONLY hike leaders enter the building, no volunteers; anyone in the building must wear a mask. You will not be allowed to use the restroom inside the building, so plan on using the port-a-john at the Arboretum, or the woods. 

Bring hand sanitizer if you have it.

Please bring a leash of your own (if you have one), the fewer objects changing hands the better. 

We will maintain a 6 ft bubble as usual, for the safety of our volunteers and the dog's safety and comfort.  

We will eliminate bandanas and cards about the dogs; we can promote them through social media.

We will have one hiker go ahead of our caravan with all the Arboretum passes. That hiker will alert the security personal at the gate & will swipe ALL the passes so each hiker does not have to handle them. 

 When we return to the shelter, all volunteers will again stay outdoors and the hike leaders will come get your dog. This is our normal procedure as our dogs always need social distancing.  

All equipment that we use will be sanitized between hikes. 

For more information visit the Hiking Hounds Facebook page.