Dog Gifts

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. 

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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!

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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.

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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.

Last Minute Doggie and Dog Lover Gifts!

Christmas is almost upon us -- so if you haven't quite finished shopping for the dogs and dog lovers in your life, consider these last minute gift ideas.

The Total Dog Manual: Meet, Train, and Care for Your New Best Friend
The definitive resource for dog owners! The Total Dog Manual has everything from how to choose and understand your pet as well as appropriate training methods and environments, to selecting the right food, toys, and care for your new family member.  From understanding a dog's anatomy and those deep-down doggie instincts to training methods and grooming tips - the experts have provided you with everything you need understand your furry friend. Purchase directly from Amazon below.

Good Owners, Great Dogs
The only American to study and work with the renowned Barbara Woodhouse, this book's author Brian Kilcommons solves all those "bad dog" problems that drive owners crazy-and shows you how to raise a puppy into a happy, perfectly behaved dog. The trick is to understand how dogs think, read their body language, and, with the secrets Kilcommons shares in this book, be "fun, fair, and firm." A dog-training guide that gives you immediate results even with an adult dog, this manual trains you, as it gives owners everything they need and everything dogs need to become... Good Owners, Great Dogs. Purchase directly from Amazon below.

Also, check out the extensive selection of dog books at the Carolina Mountain Dog Bookstore.

Carolina Mountain Dog Coffee Mug
This quality mug is unique because it carries the full-color masthead of Carolina Mountain Dog, complete with mountain sunset and a picture of Chester, our mascot! Order your mug -- or your choice of other cool merchandise from the Carolina Mountain Dog store. Carolina_mountain_dog_mug


Select Doggie Items
A wide variety of quality gifts especially for the furry love of your life are available from Amazon, Entirely Pets, and Only Natural Pet. Check out all of the products from these three outstanding retailers by simply clicking on their ads to the right. Your purchase from each of these retailers supports Carolina Mountain Dog.

ReTail Scene: "Darlings" in Asheville

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 3.03.32 PMPinups for Pitbulls is a not-for-profit organization located right here in Asheville whose mission is to educate people about the history, temperament, and plight of the pit bull-type dog; raising awareness to rally against Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and Breed Discriminatory Laws (BDL). PFPB’s goal is to restore the image of the pit bull-type dog to its former reputation of America’s companion animal, war hero, and family member.

Pinups for Pitbulls recently opened a store in downtown Asheville, "Darlings," where anyone can shop for Pinups for Pitbulls goodies and gear for both doggies and humans. Located at 69-A Biltmore Avenue, Darlings is open daily from 11 AM to 7 PM. The store also sells merchandise online. Check out their Facebook page and online store. You'll love the new 10th anniversary edition of the 2015 calendar, with professionally photographed dogs and their pinup companions for each of the twelve months!

All sales benefit Pinups for Pitbulls. Learn more about this organization at their website:

ReTail Scene: New "Pet Gift Box" Delights Your Dog Each Month

ChesterPetGiftBox2Chester, the mascot of Carolina Mountain Dog, got a big surprise the other day: his very own personalized "Pet Gift Box" arrived! You can see here just how happy he was to get it.

Pet Gift Box is a neat new concept. Each month, a box jam-packed with goodies for your doggie (or kittie) comes right to your door. The box is customized to the size of your pet and consists primarily of toys, so your pet should like to chew and play with toys. Also included is at least one bag of heathy treats.

Chester's box had a wide variety of toys. He particularly liked the "knotty tug toy," a colorful rope with a knot and a ball. Great for tossing or tugging! He enjoyed chomping on the special "pup-rrr-mint" dental chews as well. This is a great way to get many products delivered to your door without going to the store.

Pet-gift-box_lgdog_sideview_EDITEDAt just $17.99 per month, Pet Gift Box is a real bargain. Chester's box had a retail value of over $57. You can cancel the monthly subscription at any time, and you can also order a one-time Pet Gift Box or subscription as a gift.

Special Offer for Carolina Mountain Dog Readers!

Pet Gift Box is offering readers of this blog a special 25% discount on your first order. Simply use the code CarolinaMountainDog (no spaces) when you check out at Also, if you "Like" the Pet Gift Box Facebook page, you will be entered for a chance to win a free gift box.

Take advantage of this special offer today for that special doggie in your life!

Watauga Humane Society Open House and Santa Paws in Boone, Dec. 6

IMG_1618Join Santa and Mrs. Claus as they celebrate the annual Open House and the "Santa Paws" photo session at Watauga Humane Society, 312 Paws Way, Boone, on Saturday, December 6 from 1 to 4 PM.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will return to the Watauga Humane Society Adoption Center for the annual OPEN HOUSE and a SANTA PAWS photo opportunity. The price will be $15 per sitting with Santa.

SNIPS will be offering their Holiday Handcrafted treasures for sale. They have been crafting all summer and fall to support public spay / neuter programs offered by Watauga Humane Society.    

BARE BONES BOUTIQUE Thrift Store will be having their annual Holiday Sale.

Watauga Humane Society hopes you will bring holiday gifts and treats for the dogs and cats waiting for their special homes. All proceeds will benefit the animals we care for at the Adoption Center. Visit for more information.