Dog Gifts

New Location for Asheville Humane Thrift Store

Screen Shot 2021-08-11 at 2.23.10 PMThe Asheville Humane Thrift Store has moved!
Asheville Humane Society recently moved its Thrift Store into a larger retail space in the River Ridge Marketplace shopping center that will allow them to help even MORE pets in need! The new address is:
800 Fairview Road, Suite EE
(store entrance to the right, donation drop-off door to the left).
Thrift Store Hours:
SHOPPING - Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM
DONATION DROP OFF - Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Please drop donations at the door to the left of the main store entrance. Ring the bell inside of the donation drop-off area for assistance.
Detailed Information on Donations from Asheville Humane Society

General Store Supplies:

We love to have these items donated regularly for general store use: paper or cloth shopping bags, department store-type plastic bags (please no grocery store plastic bags), zippered plastic linen bags (the kind that new linens come in), cleaning supplies like Windex, Pledge, or Lysol,  price tags (stickers or hang tags), jewelry boxes/cloth bags, and snack-size zip-top baggies.  Please see our Amazon wish list HERE!

Baby/Children’s Items:

We love to receive in-season children’s clothing, toys in very good condition, and games with all pieces. 
We cannot accept cribs or car seats. 

Clothing, Accessories, Jewelry, and Linens:

We love to receive in-season clothing, accessories, costume jewelry, and linens in great condition. We love to receive fine jewelry in any condition!

Electronics and Appliances:

We love to receive most electronics and appliances that are in good working condition. 
We cannot accept gas appliances, built-in microwaves, VHS players, tube TVs, computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, air purifiers or humidifiers.

Exercise Equipment:

We love to receive newer exercise equipment, and sporting goods in working condition. 

Furniture, Housewares, Home Decor, and Kitchen:

We love to receive almost anything that is not broken or does not have rips, tears or stains. 
We cannot accept large/deep entertainment centers, particle board furniture, very large desks, mattresses, box springs or anything that is too large for us to handle due to limited space. 

Lawn and Garden:

We love to receive outdoor furniture, lawn equipment, and garden items in good non-rusty condition.  


We love to receive books, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, and video games that are in good condition. 
We cannot accept magazines, VHS tapes, cassettes, encyclopedias, textbooks, books that have a musty smell, homemade or copied CDs or DVDs.

Pet Supplies:

We love to receive pet supplies that are in good condition. 
We cannot accept rusted metal pet items, tie-out stakes or shock collars.


We love to receive seasonally-appropriate décor in good condition. 
We cannot accept items that are out of season due to our limited storage space.

Vintage/Antique Items:

We love to receive antique, vintage and collectible items in good condition. 


We are able to sell a limited number of vehicles through the shop each year and we love to receive vehicles in great working condition!  If you are interested in donating your vehicle to be sold at the shop, please email and include a photo of the vehicle (if possible), the year, make, model, and mileage. If you're unable to email, please call the shop at (828)761-2002 or stop by at 1425 Patton Ave.

If we are unable to sell your vehicle at our shop, you can still donate the proceeds to Asheville Humane!  Please see the "Car Donations" section of our website HERE for more information!

Does Your Dog Need a Sweater?

Screen Shot 2021-02-19 at 11.16.56 AMCold temperatures mean bundling up for humans... but what about your dog? Short-haired dogs and small dogs in particular may not produce enough body heat during colder weather, so a sweater for these pups is probably a good idea. One caution, though: Some dogs willingly accept sweaters while others simply won't tolerate them. has put together an informative and comprehensive guide to dog sweaters. It includes information on sizes as well as the best dog sweaters. Six dog sweaters are reviewed in detail. Check it out here:


ReTail Scene: The Best Gear for Doggies

Screen Shot 2021-02-09 at 4.38.20 PMIf you're looking for some of the best gear for doggies that came out last year, you'll want to check out the extensive product review by Whole Dog Journal. Experts evaluated and reviewed a whole bunch of products in different categories, some of which are sure to be of interest to you and your four-legged friend. Some of the products reviewed include:

  • Toppl Treat Toy, an innovative toy that just might replace the long-standing "Kong"
  • Keepsafe Breakway Collar, a proven system that protects against collar strangulation
  • Wash 'N Zip Bed, an ingenious, easy-to-care-for doggie bed.

You'll find reviews of these products and much more here:


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

ReTail Scene: Best Tech for Dog Owners

Dog-2983021_1920Technology has taken over the pet market -- and that's good news for dog owners. There are lots of high tech gadgets that can make your life, and your dog's, easier. Here are just a few of the top picks:

Dogness Automatic Smart Feeder
Pawbo+ Pet Camera and Treat Dispenser

Dog Walks
Dogness Smart Retractable Leash
PupFlask Dog Water Bottle

Clever Pet V2
iDig Digging Toy

You'll find more information about these and more tech devices at the 2020 Pet Tech Guide here:

Image by No-longer-here from Pixabay

AHS Opens Thrift Store - Asheville, Feb. 1

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Asheville Humane Society announces the opening of their new Thrift Store on Saturday, February 1.

The Thrift Store is located at Asheville Humane's Community Center (1425 Patton Avenue). Make a left at the light onto Dearview Road and then left into the parking lot. Stop by between 9  AM and 5PM to shop for a good cause - all proceeds benefit the animals of Buncombe County!

They have a variety of items for the whole family, including furniture, housewares, clothing, books, jewelry, pet supplies and more! You can also donate your unwanted items to help animals in need! 

Store Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 am-5 pm

Donation Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-4 pm 

Visit for more information on items they do/don't accept. 

Follow on Instagram: @avlhumanethrift

Follow on Facebook: Asheville Humane Thrift Store

ReTail Scene: Whole Dog Journal's Best New Products

Screen Shot 2020-01-03 at 8.26.19 PMLast year was another banner year for doggie products, according to Whole Dog Journal. Among the most unique products reviewed in 2019 by the publication were:

  • Clawguard Scratch Shield
  • Pooch Paper (non-plastic poop pick-ups)
  • BreezeGuards
  • PetAml waterproof dog blanket
  • Treat Hugger

Check out these and other products and books that made the Whole Dog Journal "best of" list here:

Best Gifts for Pets

Screen Shot 2019-12-03 at 12.24.01 has published a cool guide to the best holiday pet gifts. Included in the guide are photos, information and links for unique pet gifts, including:

  • Furbo Treat Tossing Dog Camera
  • Embark Dog DNA Test
  • Petcube Play 2
  • Custom Pet Face Stickers
  • Whistle GO Explore Health & Location Tracker
  • Wopet Automatic Pet Feeder
  • and more.

Check out the free guide here:


Free Pet Photos with Santa - Asheville, Dec. 8, 15

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On Sunday, Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 15 from 6 to 8 PM, your pet can be photographed with Santa at Asheville Outlets, 800 Brevard Road in Asheville.

Bring your furry friend to meet Santa and capture the moment with a FREE photo package, courtesy of Asheville Outlets. Santa will be waiting inside the Food Court at his holiday home and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue will be on-hand to share information on how you can volunteer, foster, or adopt a pet this holiday season.

This event is free to attend. All pets must be on a leash or carrier.

Image: Asheville Outlets

ReTail Scene: "Pet Tech" Products

Dog-2983021_1920Technology is influencing every aspect of our lives, so it's only natural that there should be an emerging segment of the pet products industry called "pet tech." Yes, it's really a thing! Some of the pet tech products available today may strike you as absurd, but you may think others are pretty ingenious and useful.

Here is a link to 17 of the hottest pet tech ideas for 2019, courtesy of the firm Design 1st:

You'll find some pretty amazing stuff here, including:

  • A dog carrier for your bicycle
  • A "smart" dog house
  • A "dog activity social network"
  • A harness for dogs with hip dysplasia

Check out the list -- it's mind-boggling!


Holiday Gift Ideas from Carolina Mountain Dog

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That very sharp looking masthead on Carolina Mountain Dog... the one with the fabulous photo of the Carolina mountains at sunset and our very own late and great mascot, Chester the Carolina mountain dog... can be yours on exclusive merchandise from the Carolina Mountain Dog online store! Now that's something different for the holidays!

Check out all the great gift ideas at the Carolina Mountain Dog online store. Click on the "Merchandise" link above this blog's masthead, or visit:

Christmas Pawty Photoshoot - Asheville, Dec. 8

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Calling All Pet Lovers! Miss Marlee, the Min-Pin wants to invite you and your two-legged friends to a fun Christmas Costume Pawty, Photoshoot Event with Santa Claus, and Fundraiser for The Asheville Humane Society.

It will take place at Catawba Brewing Company on the South Slope in Asheville, 32 Banks Avenue, #105, Asheville, 28801, on Saturday, December 8 from 12 to 4 PM.

The Pet Costume Pawty will be juried and winners in categories with receive treats and prizes. In addition, Catawba will be donating $1 for each pint of Zombie White Ale to the Asheville Humane Society.

Forever Friends Photography Services will be offering Photoshoot Sessions from 12 pm-4 pm on a first-come-first-serve basis. Each high-quality digital image will be processed and emailed to you for you to download and easily print. The cost of each image is $10.00 (minimum of 3) and credit cards are accepted. They also donate 10% of the proceeds to the Asheville Humane Society.

So bring your Furry Friends in costume, pack up the kids and be prepared for a Howling Good Time!
For more information, call Jim Neugass, at 828-707-8757 or

Last Minute Holiday Gifts? That's a Wrap in Waynesville, NC!

ID-100116673If you're still sniffing out that perfect holiday gift, get on over to Mast General Store on Main Street in Waynesville. Why? Not just because you'll find some great merchandise, but you can get your gift wrapped by volunteers from Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation. Just go to the gift wrap station in the store lobby and Sarge's will do up your purchase just right -- and your gift wrap donation will go directly to Sarge's to help save the lives of Haywood County animals.

Sarge's gift wrapping is available at Mast General Store, 63 North Main Street in Waynesville only during regular store hours until December 24, so hurry on over!

Image: Theeradech Sanin,

ReTail Scene: "The Goody Pet" Website Reviews Doggie Products

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Looking for the best chew toys for puppies? Or how about the best dog shampoos and conditioners for dogs? You might even want to find the best boots for your doggie to wear this winter.

Now a website reviews all sorts of doggie products so you don't have to. "The Goody Pet" is a pet product review site that buys products at full retail prices and does not accept sponsored items. Pet lovers research the products, often by speaking with veterinarians and pet owners. Then they summarize their findings for other pet lovers and post reviews on the site.

Whether it's the best hands-free dog leash, the best vacuums for pet hair, or the best pet odor eliminators, The Goody Pet covers a wide variety of pet products, compares and contrasts product features and prices, and makes objective recommendations.

Check it out:

ReTail Scene: Sign Up for Cherrybrook Newsletter and Get $10 Off Order

Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 10.15.14 AMOn the right hand side of our blog page, you'll notice a section called "Support Our Advertisers." Carolina Mountain Dog carefully selects only advertisers who meet the highest standards for dog-related products and services.

One of our advertisers is Cherrybrook. Founded in 1969, Cherrybrook has a long, outstanding history of serving professional breeders, show dog handlers and pet parents. Cherrybrook’s vision is to provide customers with the supplies they need to raise vigorous puppies…to turn show dogs into champions…and to keep family pets healthy and happy. Built upon high standards of excellence, Cherrybrook offers a wide selection of health and wellness products, grooming supplies, educational materials and unique gifts for pet lovers. Cherrybrook is the leading supplier of high-quality show dog grooming products that are used by top show dog professionals around the globe. Their products and expertise can help all pets become champions!

Cherrybrook is currently making a special offer to Carolina Mountain Dog readers: Simply sign up for their free e-newsletter and you'll receive $10 off your first order of $50 or more. Take advantage of this great offer by clicking the link below.

Sign up for our Newsletter and receive $10 OFF your order of $50 or more!

ReTail Scene: Clever Gifts to Make Your Dog's Life Easier

Screen Shot 2016-12-08 at 11.05.58 AMTechnology has come to the pet world just in time for the holiday season. Whether you're looking for an easier way to feed, care for, or entertain your dog, there are a whole host of technology-enabled items available now that you could consider as gifts for your favorite four-legged friend.

Here's an informative article, courtesy of Petco, that describes many such items, including:
- automatic feeders
- water fountains
- video cameras and remote treat dispensers
- health trackers, and
- interactive dog toys.

Read the article here: 

Image: Petco

Gift Ideas for Local Dog Lovers

Still stymied about what to buy that dog lover? Carolina Mountain Dog just might have a solution!

Check out these gift ideas:

Screen Shot 2016-12-05 at 11.41.21 AMPooch Paths: Dog Walks and Hikes in Asheville and Beyond

This handy eBook offers descriptions, links, directions, and even insider tips for more than thirty dog walks and hikes. You’ll find useful information about Asheville greenways, Bent Creek Forest trails, Blue Ridge Parkway trails, DuPont State Forest, Pisgah National Forest, and much more. Just 99 cents!

Screen Shot 2016-12-05 at 11.40.41 AMThe Carolina Mountain Dog Coffee Mug

This handsome mug with the beautiful Carolina Mountain Dog masthead is perfect for hot coffee, tea, and cocoa. You can get the regular size or extra large mug, plus other official merchandise, at the Carolina Mountain Dog store.

ID-100134009Every Dog Book Under the Sun!

For a great selection of dog books that you can order directly from Amazon, simply visit the Carolina Mountain Dog bookstore. Image: Master Isolated Images,


ReTail Scene: How to "Shop Green" for Your Dog

ID-100229372Not surprisingly, the same people who own dogs often care about the environment. Loving and caring for an animal demonstrates a certain respect for living things and a sensitivity to our earth and its precious resources. Dog owners who share nature with their pets are especially aware of their environment.

So how can you, as a dog owner, "shop green" and do your part to protect the environment? The website RetailMeNot has a helpful, detailed article called "The Ultimate Guide to Shopping Green for Your Pet" that shows you how to do just that. The article discusses the things that make a pet product green, how to find "green" pet food (with some great advice about food ingredients and additives), shopping for green playthings, choosing the right kind of pet beds, and more. It even has a handy green checklist for buying pet products.

Read this great article here.

Image: Aopsan,

Creative Ideas for Interior Living with Your Dog

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UK company Terry's Fabrics has come up with a very creative, unique infographic that features doggie beds, sofas, feeding stations and more that look great, fit into your home, and still make your dog feel comfortable.

According to Terry's Fabrics, "many dog beds and baskets are boring and won't fit with your super-stylish homes. As animal lovers and fans of creative interior design we thought we'd give you some great examples of the more creative ways people have incorporated their dog's furniture into their home."

You can enjoy the "Design for Dogs" infographic here:

ReTail Scene: "Shine for Dogs" Donates to Rescues for Every Collar and Leash Sold

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 11.40.25 AMIt is estimated that 1.2 million dogs are hit and killed by cars every year. Long work hours, strict off-leash laws and short days often mean people are walking dogs at night.

"Shine for Dogs" has the answer -- and it's a win-win for the dog lover. The company's products use rechargeable fiber optics to cast a bright light from collars and leashes. Plus, the company promises to donate $10 for every item sold to shelters and rescue organizations that care for dogs.

Shine for Dogs products are:

•  Rechargeable - never pay for batteries again!

•   Use LED - Ultra bright.

•    Made of fiber optic strips allowing better flexibility, comfort for your dog and the current does not break when bent, twisted, or pulled. 

•    Durable, weather resistant, and come in a variety of colors and sizes.

The rechargeable LED light-up collars and leashes can be purchased on the Shine for Dogs website and at supporting pet stores and pet service establishments who believe in their cause.