Dog Gifts

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.

ReTail Scene: Natural Balance Gift Pack is Perfect for Holiday Giving!

NaturalbalanceThe holidays are here and it's time to celebrate! We found a great low-cost, high-value gift that's sure to please any doggie on your gift list.

It's the Natural Balance Holiday Pack for Dogs and it lets your four-legged friend test all the best Natural Balance has to offer at a very reasonable price. The sample pack includes a bag of limited ingredient treats, a can of ultra premium chicken formula food, and a delicious turkey food roll - a great mix for the holiday season, all packaged in a nifty carry box. (Chester, the Carolina Mountain Dog mascot, is very fond of the food roll!) Natural Balance is a brand known for the highest quality ingredients.

You can get the Natural Balance Gift Pack from, on sale now for $5.99. is an online store for pet lovers with over 200 brands of dog food, treats and other great stuff. Everything you purchase from is conveniently delivered to your door, with 1 or 2 day delivery, and free shipping on orders of $49 or more. offers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, and's customer service is open 24/7 and aims to please. 

Holiday Pet Food Drive in North Asheville

ScreenHunter_01 Nov. 25 16.26Animal Hospital of North Asheville is accepting donations of canned or dry pet food, blankets, pet toys, and cash donations for the holiday season on behalf of three local animal welfare organizations -- Asheville Humane Society, Animal Compassion Network, and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Donations will be evenly distributed among the three organizations.

Donations can be dropped off by the public at the veterinary hospital's location at 1 Beaverdam Road, Asheville during normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 8 AM - 8:30 PM and Saturday, 8 AM - Noon). Donations will be accepted until December 24.

For further information, call Animal Hospital of North Asheville at (828) 253-3393.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for Dogs!

ChristmasdogLooking for that perfect gift for your dog -- or a dog lover? Then check out Carolina Mountain Dog's great line-up of advertisers. From Patton Avenue Pet Company, a wonderful local business with its own dog park, to numerous leading online companies, you'll find what you're looking for right here!

Just click on any of the square ads on the right hand side of this page to find great deals this holiday season. Happy holidays from Carolina Mountain Dog!

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ReTail Scene: "Bone Appetit" Food and Water Mats

Food matHere's a cool idea from Better Buddies, an online pet supplies company with a heart.

The company has taken discarded donated yoga mats, run them through a sanitation process, and cut each one into a handy doggie food and water mat. The new "upcycled" pet food mat cuts down on landfills, wipes off clean with a sponge, is dishwasher safe and is totally one-of-a-kind! No two mats are alike as each one is cut out from different pre-existing yoga mats.

10 percent of profits from each product are donated directly to the Guardian Angel Program at the Best Friends Animal Society, helping the most severe-needs pets find a wonderful home.

Better Buddies is also giving a special 15 percent discount off all of its products to Carolina Mountain Dog readers. Just use the coupon code ADPT15 when you place your order. For more information about the mats, visit the Better Buddies website.

Dog Day Afternoon! Asheville, Aug. 18

ScreenHunter_01 Aug. 09 12.06On Saturday, August 18th, the 1st Dog Day Afternoon festival will take place at the East Green of Carrier Park in West Asheville to celebrate all things canine and support local dog rescue organizations.

Animal Compassion Network, Asheville Humane Society, and Brother Wolf will be in attendance and will benefit from different parts of the festival. Each rescue group will have large adoption areas showcasing dogs ready for adoption in hopes of matching these would-be pets with a loving foster or forever home.

The event will kick off at 10:30 am with a dog-friendly fun run sponsored by Dr. Kani Nicolls around Carrier Park and will continue until 4 pm with two bands, dog contests including a Weiner Dog race, “Best Heinz 57”, “Most Ear- resistible” and the Fastest Dog in Asheville Competition. The Companion Dog Training School will also host an agility course and offer training tips for dog owners.

Two dog-loving bands, Xanderfly and headliner Big Daddy Love will perform on the Musician's Workshop  stage.

The festival would not be complete without a doggie photo booth from Flying Dogs Photography and a pretty pooch station with free nail trimming services, courtesy of the Gold Spot. Haw Creek Animal Hospital will have doctors and technicians on site at the pet first aid booth.

Local businesses will vend dog-friendly wares and products. Food will be available from Our Taco Truck, El Kimchi, Roly Poly, JW BBQ, and the Hop Ice Cream, with local craft beer flowing from Highland Brewing. Cool water for dogs AND humans will be available courtesy of Earth Fare and McKinney Insurance Services.

Attendees will also get to enjoy the beautiful walking trails and picnic areas surrounding the park. The festival will feature a large cooling tent as well as doggie pools to keep both dogs and humans beat the heat.

Dog Day Afternoon is a free event and produced by Mix 96.5, 98.1 the River, Prestige Subaru, and other local business sponsors. For further details, visit

Nature Photographer Now Doing Pets

ScreenHunter_01 Feb. 26 15.58Deborah Scannell is a local nature photographer whose work captures the beauty of landscapes, flowers, trees, waterfalls, mountains, birds, wildlife, and more. She also has the ability to set a mood with her photography, which is on display at Mosaic Cafe near Biltmore Lake and Brixx Pizza in Biltmore Park.

Deborah has just started applying her talent to pet photography. She will come to any location or choose an appropriate one and capture creative and memorable photos. Her Standard Package includes 1-1/2 hours of shooting time within 50 miles of Asheville, a pre-session planning consultation, a private online proofing gallery posted within 14 days of the photo session, one 8x10 or two 5x7s of your choice, and 25+ professionally processed and retouched images to choose from for $250. Deborah also offers museum quality canvas, metal, and floating thin wrap prints.

For more information and to see samples, visit or call (828) 808-7824.

$10 for $20 Worth of Goods at Patton Avenue Pet Company

Pattonavepet-front (2)One of our advertisers, Patton Avenue Pet Company, is currently making a great offer through Pay $10 and you'll get $20 worth of merchandise at this hip, new independently -owned pet store with its very own fenced-in dog park out back!

Patton Avenue Pet Company is located at 1388 Patton Avenue in Asheville.

Check out the deal here:  But hurry, it is only good until Saturday, February 25 at 12:00 AM.

"Dog Show" at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery, Asheville

ScreenHunter_01 Feb. 06 20.14A most unusual exhibit is being held at one of Asheville's finest art galleries, Blue Spiral 1, located at 38 Biltmore Avenue. Called "Dog Show," the exhibit features paintings, prints, fiber and whimsical objects in glass, metal, clay and mixed media, all of which celebrate dogs.

Fifteen artists were invited to create playful works and the results are striking, to say the least. Blue Spiral 1 is open Monday through Saturday, 10 AM - 6 PM and Noon to 5 PM Sunday. The exhibit runs through February 25. For additional information and to see samples of the work, visit the gallery's website: .

Shown: Puppies by Melanie Eberhardt, Gouache on paper

ReTail Scene: Patton Avenue Pet Company, Asheville

Pattonavepet-frontHow many pet stores have a friendly, inviting front porch with a rocking chair, a huge pet mural in the parking lot, and a bark mulched dog park in the back, complete with red hydrant?

That's what you'll find at the new Patton Avenue Pet Company, 1388 Patton Avenue (near Haywood Road) in Asheville. This new breed of locally-owned pet supply store aims to be a resource center for Asheville's pet loving community, says owner/animal lover Jenna Yarosh (shown in photo with Penelope, one of her three dogs). Of course, pets are welcome inside, but dogs will find their own little piece of heaven in the fenced-in dog park at the rear of the store, which is located in a brightly painted house. The dog park has a little "pee garden" with a fire hydrant, dog toys, a bench for humans, and plenty of space for some off-leash play.

Pattonavepet-jennaInside the store, you'll find a complete assortment of top-notch nutritionally appropriate pet food, free of meat byproducts, artificial coloring, additives and perservatives, and with a minimum of fillers. Also on hand is a wide range of supplies, accessories, treats and other pet products. Some of these products, such as the line of pet potions from GoodJudy, are available exclusively at the store. Patton Avenue Pet Company even imports humanely sourced moose antlers -- known to be the best chew sticks for dogs -- directly from Alaska, so you can get them at a great price.

The store offers a companion animal lending library which sits over a cozy fireplace, actively seeks products from local community sources, and will periodically hold training classes and adoption events. Artwork from local artists graces the exterior and interior. The store's hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM, and Sunday, 11 AM - 5 PM (closed Monday). Visit or call (828) 505-8299 for more information.

Grand Opening on January 14
Stop by with your pets for the store's Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, January 14 from 12 to 4 PM. There'll be free samples, free nail trims, free behavioral and nutritional consulting, and a contest.

New Year, New Advertisers

2012dogWe're pleased to welcome several new local advertisers as we begin 2012. You'll see their ads to the right of blog posts under the heading, "SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS." And we hope you will do just that -- show them your support! Just click on each ad and you'll be taken to the advertiser's website. Here is a little about them:
Patton Avenue Pet Company
A "new breed of pet supply store" in Asheville that features high quality products, many of which are locally sourced.
Bed and Biscuit Pet Spa
WNC's premier dog and cat boarding facility, in an idyllic setting in Black Mountain.
Best Bites for Pets
A free delivery service for the Asheville/Hendersonville/Brevard area focused on only natural food, treats and more.

Image: Grant Cochrane /

ReTail Scene: Better Buddies

Better buddies A new start-up that features pet beds has a mission: to promote adoption. Better Buddies, Inc. will not only sell products, the company has also launched "Project Paw," an umbrella for  social programs directed at educating the public on the merits of adoption. Through its first initiative, the Guardian Angel Project, Better Buddies pledges to donate 10 percent of profits to Best Friends Animal Society, one of the nation's leading animal shelters and advocates for "no more homeless pets."

Better Buddies was launched by Julie Marie Berman, an actress who plays 'Lulu' on the television show, General Hopsital, and her husband Mike Grady. The company's focus will be on making products that are well-designed, stylish and of high quality while adhering to "green" ecologically conscious standards. "Our goal," according to the founders,"is to make our products attractive vehicles that help push positive social and environmental change."

Better Buddies currently offers donut beds, pillow beds and bedrolls and will be expanding its product line over time. For more information, visit their website:

ReTail Scene: Lucky Dog Delivers Opens Woodfin Store

Luckydogstore Lucky Dog Delivers, an Asheville area pet store on wheels, has settled down and opened up a shop in Woodfin. Still delivering holistic and natural pet foods to pet lovers in and around Asheville, their healthy foods and eco-friendly products are now also available at the new shop at 175 Weaverville Highway, Woodfin.

Deane Giordano, owner of Lucky Dog Delivers Holistic Pet Supplies, says she hopes to use the new venue for puppy socialization hours, free nutritional consultations, a library of pet health information, pet adioption events, in-store fostering of homeless pets through local shelters, and a worm composting center.

Hours at the store are 10 AM to 6 PM, Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about the shop or the free delivery service, call (828) 484-9032, or visit .

Asheville Pet Expo, Apr. 2-3

Ashevillepetexpo The first annual Asheville Pet Expo will be held at the WNC Agricultural Center (across from the Asheville Airport) on Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3. Pet owners are invited to shop for products and services all in one place.

The Asheville Pet Expo will include educational sessions, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and more. Pet products vendors, groomers, veterinarians, rescue organizations, trainers, boarding/day care facilities, dog bakeries, and other vendors will be available.

The Expo runs from 9 AM - 5 PM on Saturday and 11 AM - 5 PM on Sunday. Adult admission is $7, children 6 - 15, $5 each, and children 5 and under are free. (Cash only.)

For more information, visit: