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Freebies and Deals for Dog Owners

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Over 43 million households in the U.S. include dogs as part of their family. Businesses recognize that dog owners are a large group of people who are passionate about their pets. Increasingly, hotels, restaurants, and retail establishments are instituting dog-friendly policies, welcoming dog owners and their furry friends. In fact, a number of businesses even offer incentives for dog owners.

Wikibuy has put together a handy infographic that lists numerous national restaurant chains that offer a variety of specials for dogs, such as secret menus and special treats. The infographic also has a listing of hotels offering deals and freebies, as well as a section of general pet freebies. It's a useful guide that could tell you which places welcome dogs -- and it could also save you money.

Check it out here:

"Finding Rover" Now Being Used in Asheville

Screen Shot 2019-01-14 at 3.37.29 PM"Finding Rover" is a new technology that uses facial recognition technology to help reunite lost dogs and cats with their families, allowing anyone with computer access to be a superhero.

If you FIND a stray dog or cat, all you need to do is click ‘I Found a Pet’, snap a picture on your phone, and upload to From there the magic of Finding Rover will match that photo with photos of pets that have been reported missing.

If you have LOST a dog or cat, click ‘I Lost a Pet’, upload your pet’s picture, and Finding Rover will search found reports which will include animals in our care. A partnership with Asheville Humane Society, who operate the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, automatically updates all of the pets at the shelter on Asheville Humane's Finding Rover page!

Wondering why you should use this new technology? Here are the top five reasons:
1. It’s easy! Anyone with a smartphone or computer can upload a lost or found dog or cat instantly.
2. It’s FREE! Although millions of dollars have been invested into this technology, it doesn’t cost you a penny.
3. It helps find pets homes! It’s not just about helping lost pets. Dogs and cats that are Available for Adoption are also on Finding Rover!
4. It’s not just for dogs! Dogs aren’t the only pets that get out. Finding Rover is optimized to work for feline friends as well.
5. It saves lives! At your shelter the number one goal is to keep pets safe before they even reach your doors. Using this tool, we can all become superheroes and help keep our shelter empty.

For more information or to upload a photo of your pet, visit:

Tracking Your Dog with GPS

ID-10014990When it comes to getting directions, GPS on your smartphone is a given. What you may not know is that GPS is now becoming common for tracking dogs. There are numerous GPS dog trackers available on the market today; in fact, the choices can be bewildering. Here is some basic information about why tracking your dog with GPS makes sense, courtesy of TeletracNavman (and thanks to blog reader Natalie for pointing us to this resource):

  • 40 percent of dogs are startled by loud or unexpected noise. This "noise anxiety" can cause dogs to become frightened and bolt. A GPS tracker can help you find a frightened pet quickly.
  • When a dog goes missing and you aren't home, it could be hours before you take action. Some GPS trackers can notify you as soon as it happens.
  • A GPS tracker is your best friend when you are traveling with your dog. When you or your dog are unfamiliar with an area, it can lead to trouble.
  • If your dog likes to chase animals, cars or moving objects, a GPS tracker can help you track him down.  

TeletracNavman offers several other reasons for GPS tracking, plus a comprehensive list of helpful articles about losing a pet. You can find this resource here:

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Can You Bring Your Dog to Work?

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If you work at home, your dog can go to work with you -- but can you bring your dog with you if you work at a traditional job? Even though it's estimated that less than 10 percent of pet owners in the U.S. are currently allowed to bring their dogs to work, there is growing evidence that dogs in the workplace actually decrease stress and improve employee morale and productivity. has created a handy infographic, "Wagging in the Workplace," that explores the benefits of pets at work. It includes information about specific benefits of pet-friendly workplaces, provides examples of companies that are pet-friendly, and has suggestions for how a company can create and manage a successful pet-friendly policy.

You can access the infographic here:


April 8 is National Dogfighting Awareness Day

ID-100271616It is difficult for dog lovers in the Carolina mountains to believe, but dogfighting is going on right here in North Carolina. That's why the ASPCA has declared April 8 "National Dogfighting Awareness Day." According to the ASPCA:

"Dogfighting is one of the most monstrous forms of animal cruelty. Forcing animals to maul each other for entertainment or profit has no place in our society.

"We’re constantly working to pass stronger laws to deter and address this abuse—dogfighting is a felony nationwide, but stiff penalties are only one piece of the puzzle. We also need to ensure that dogs rescued from fighting can be rehabilitated and rehomed quickly. Passage of the HEART (Help Extract Animals from Red TapeAct will reduce unnecessary delays in the rehoming of victims rescued in federal cases."

The ASPCA is asking all dog lovers to sign a petition to the U.S. Department of Justice to support passage of HEART. You can sign it here:

For additional information about dogfighting and what you can do to stop it, visit:

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Two Handy Money-Saving Guides for Pet Owners has published two free, handy money-saving guides for pet owners: "The Budget-Friendly Guide to Caring for Your Pet" and "Understanding Pet Insurance."

"The Budget-Friendly Guide to Caring for Your Pet" has a wealth of information, covering the following topics:

  • Can you afford a pet?
  • Thirteen steps for saving on pet expenses
  • Resources: How to save money on pet care
  • How dog expenses vary by breed
  • Should I get pet insurance?
  • An emergency plan for your pet
  • How to protect your pet if something happens to you
  • End-of-life care for your pet

Find this guide here:

"Understanding Pet Insurance" offers the following helpful advice:

  • Who benefits from pet insurance
  • Compare popular pet insurance plans
  • Reasons for pet insurance
  • Understanding pet insurance coverage
  • How pet insurance works
  • Other ways to pay for pet care
  • Special circumstances
  • Expert pet insurance advice

Find this guide here:

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Posana in Asheville Creates Menu for Dogs

ID-10055327Hooray for Posana, a restaurant at 1 Biltmore Avenue in Asheville. Recognizing that plenty of dog lovers dot the Asheville streets, Posana has not only welcomed dogs to their outdoor patio, the restaurant has also created a menu especially for culinary canines, according to a recent report in Mountain Xpress.

The menu was kicked off on March 7 in a nod to "Dine to be Kind," a fundraising event in which Posana, along with over sixty other local restaurants, contributed a portion of sales to Asheville Humane Society. Martha Pollay, co-owner of Posana, "worked really hard to find things that were pretty lean and good for dogs to eat," says Peter Pollay, co-owner and executive chef.

"Homemade biscuits, grilled Carolina Bison burgers, grilled Ashely Farms chicken breast, Brasstown Beef doggie meatloaf and a dessert dish of bacon soy doggie ice cream make up the canine menu," reports Mountain Xpress. "Prices range from $3-$8. All orders are served in dog dishes."

So next time you're in downtown Asheville with your doggie, remember that you'll find both a warm welcome and a special menu at Posana.

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New Study Shows Dogs Help People Improve Their Interactions

ID-100104783Dog lovers rejoice! Recent research conducted at Central Michigan University compared groups of people working together on tasks. Some small groups worked without a dog present, while other groups had the companionship of a dog. The result: The groups with a dog worked more cooperatively and seemed to trust group members more than the groups with no dog in the room.

Researcher Steve Colarelli reports, "When people work in teams, the presence of a dog seems to act as a social lubricant. Dogs seem to be beneficial to the social interactions of teams."

Colarelli adds, “In a situation where people are working together for a long period of time, and how well the team gets along—do they speak together, have rapport, act cooperatively, help one another—could influence the outcome of the team, then I suspect a dog would have a positive impact.”

Read more about this study from the perspective of Jill Suttie, writing for the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley:

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March 23 is National Puppy Day

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In honor of National Puppy Day, March 23, has published a useful infographic that discusses the benefits of pet adoption, considerations for choosing the right puppy, and puppy care tips for new parents. You'll find the infographic here: has all sorts of helpful articles for puppy owners or for anyone thinking of getting a puppy.

To learn more about National Puppy Day and to see puppy photos and videos, visit:


Presentation on The Plott Hound, Weaverville, February 21

PlottHoundDuke12Months1On Tuesday, February 21 at 7 PM, author and historian Bob Plott will present "Touching the Face of History: The Story of the Plott Hound, North Carolina's Official State Dog."

Bob Plott is a North Carolina native who can trace his family roots in the Old North State back to 1750, when his great-great-great grandfather Johannes Plott arrived here with five of the family hunting dogs. These dogs would later become renowned as the premier big game hunting dog breed in America -- the Plott bear hound. His history of the breed Strike and Stay - The Story of the Plott Hound was published in 2007.

This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The event will be held at the Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main Street in Weaverville, NC. It is sponsored by Friends of the Weaverville Library.

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February is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and World Spay Day is February 28

SpayneuterFebruary is Spay/Neuter Awareness Month, and World Spay Day is an international day of action to promote the sterilization of pets, community cats and stray dogs as a way to save animals’ lives. It takes place each year on the last Tuesday of February; this year it is February 28, 2017.

Created as Spay Day USA by the Doris Day Animal League (DDAL) in 1995, World Spay Day is now a program of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Humane Society International (HSI) and Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association (HSVMA). On World Spay Day and throughout the month of February — Spay/Neuter Awareness Month — veterinary and animal welfare professionals, business owners and concerned individuals join forces to shine a spotlight on spay/neuter as the most effective and humane means of decreasing the number of homeless animals put down in shelters or living on the street.

Why World Spay Day

Millions of animals suffer on the streets worldwide. Too often, governments deal with this overpopulation through cruel means, such as poisoning, electrocution or shooting. 

Preventing litters reduces the number of animals for whom resources are not available. Most people support spay/neuter, but affordable services are out of reach for many pet owners, and funding is always needed for street animal surgeries.

You can make a difference by helping to raise awareness of available services or the need for them by organizing a related event or activity on World Spay Day or sometime during the month. At the very least, spay/neuter your own pet, and support spay/neuter initiatives in your own community.

We are very fortunate to have Humane Alliance, a program of the ASPCA, in Asheville. This internationally known spay/neuter clinic and training center makes low cost spay/neuter available to local residents. To book an appointment online or for more information visit:

ASPCA Helps Pet Owners Prepare for a Disaster

The recent flooding in Louisiana is a reminder that it is important to be prepared for a disaster. This includes your pet, and that's why the ASPCA wants pet owners to be prepared in September, which is "Disaster Preparedness Month."

Screen Shot 2016-08-23 at 10.29.22 AMThe ASPCA offers some helpful tips in an article about Disaster Preparedness. You can read it here. The ASPCA has also prepared a helpful "Disaster Preparedness Checklist for Pet Safety." The checklist is a handy tool that covers such items as food and water, medications, and pet first aid. It also includes a section listing the crucial information you need to have available in case of an emergency. Download a copy of the checklist below.

Download PetDisasterChecklist

In addition, the ASPCA provides a free mobile app for lost pets, disaster prep and emergency alerts. This free app shows pet parents exactly what to do in case of a natural disaster. It also allows pet owners to store vital medical records, and provides information on making life-saving decisions during natural disasters.

Learn more about the mobile app here.



New POOCH PATHS eBook Features Dog Walks and Hikes

PoochPathsjpgCarolina Mountain Dog is excited to let you know that we've just published a new eBook called POOCH PATHS. This handy eBook offers descriptions, links, directions, and even insider tips for more than thirty dog walks and hikes in Asheville and beyond. 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.

To ensure every dog owner can gain access to this valuable eBook, we’re making it available for a mere 99 cents!

The eBook is now available at the Amazon Kindle store here:

It is also available in all other eBook formats, including PDF, here:

POOCH PATHS will soon be available through other major online booksellers as well.

We hope you find “POOCH PATHS” of use. If you like it, please post a good review so others know about it, too!

Managing the Expenses of Dog Ownership

AngelinaLitvin-unsplash.comMost readers of Carolina Mountain Dog probably treat their beloved dog as a family member. Just like other family members, though, taking care of a dog means being responsible for things like food, shelter, and medical care.

How much do you really spend on dog ownership? offers "The Budget-Friendly Guide to Caring for Your Pet," a free handy online guide to the real costs of pet ownership. It includes information to help people determine whether they can afford a pet with their current finances, the typical one-time and yearly costs of owning an animal, how to save money on pet care, and a variety of other resources on finding the perfect pet for a household. Such topics as "Thirteen Steps for Saving on Pet Expenses," "How Dog Expenses Vary by Breed," and "An Emergency Plan for Your Pet" will undoubtedly be helpful to every dog owner.

You can find the guide here:

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Dog Bite Prevention Week: May 15 - 21

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This is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and it's a good time to make sure you and your family are practicing safety when it comes to your dog and others. Believe it or not, more than 4,500,000 people in the United States are bitten by dogs in a year.

We are providing an interesting, informative infographic about dog bites and dog bite prevention, courtesy of

You can see it here:


This is What Animal Neglect Looks Like

It is hard for dog lovers to believe that neglect and abuse of dogs exists in our community but it does. The following is the recent story of a neglect case with a thankfully happy ending. It is important for all dog lovers to be aware of animal neglect. If you see something questionable, report it to Animal Services of Asheville or Buncombe County. 


From Asheville Humane Society (AHS):
We have a tragic, but triumphant story to share with you! On March 24th around 6:00 pm, AHS received a call from Asheville Animal Services (“AAS”) telling us the police were serving several criminal warrants for animal cruelty. We expected to be seizing what they then thought were about 19 Shih Tzus from a residence in Asheville. Because AAS had only 2 officers on duty, they were seeking our assistance.
We loaded our van with crates and other supplies and met them at the North Asheville home. Once the warrants were served and AAS was permitted entry, we soon realized that there were far more dogs than expected, with 55 dogs dispersed in groups all over the house.The smell of ammonia from years of urine and feces buildup soaking and encrusting the walls and floors was overwhelming. 
After an initial walk through, a few medically-critical dogs were rushed to nearby veterinary clinics for emergency care. Four AHS employees assisted AAS in removing 55 frightened, under-socialized, urine-burned, and feces-matted Shih Tzu mixes from the home.Unfortunately, one of the seized dogs died at the hospital shortly after it was taken into our custody. 
Photos: The same dog, before (when seized) and after grooming.
Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 10.01.15 AMThe dogs not taken for emergency care were brought to the Buncombe County Animal Shelter, where AHS staff and volunteers were standing by to process and intake the dogs. Each dog was weighed, vaccinated, dewormed, and given flea preventative and a preliminary assessment. For the dogs' health, mobility and comfort, they would all need to be shaved.
Over the course of the next week, staff and volunteer-groomer extraordinaire, Sharon Wood, shaved, bathed and groomed each of the matted Shih Tzu mixes. However, until we received legal authority or custody, we were not allowed to treat some critical medical concerns. We were very persistent about this issue and did everything in our power to hasten the legal battle and gain full custody.
While we were waiting, our behavior staff provided enrichment, assessed each dog behaviorally, and developed a plan to help them cope with their new environment. Many of the dogs had never seen a leash before! But even in the short time we have had them, our enrichment and behavior plans are allowing many of the dogs to make great improvement. 
Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 10.01.24 AMWhile AHS staff worked diligently to care for these dogs, AAS, AHS management staff, and AHS attorney Sam Craig and City of Asheville Assistant Attorney John Maddox began the arduous process to gain additional authority to treat the dogs' medical issues.
Finally, on April 15th we received the long-awaited news that the owner had agreed to relinquish ownership of all but 4 of the dogs to AHS.  The remaining dogs not relinquished will stay under the custody and care of AHS, and their status will be determined through continuing legal efforts. 
This truly has been a team effort. Many of the dogs are still in need of medical treatment for bladder stones and dental disease, but now that they are completely in our care, we can give them what they need to thrive in a safe and healthy environment!
Due to poor medical conditions, Asheville Humane Society will spend between $12-15K on specialized treatment such as dental procedures, bladder stone surgeries, medications, wound care and bloodwork. If you would like to contribute to our lifesaving medical fund, you can do so at the link below:

There's a (Y)app for That!

ID-100104022Dog lovers and smartphones are a natural pairing, especially when it comes to the increasing number of "yapps" available., an excellent site with over 10,000 vet approved articles, offers their list of the best smartphone apps for dog lovers. Among the top apps are:


  • Bring Fido - a pet travel app that helps you locate dog-friendly places to stay
  • Dog Park Finder Plus - find dog parks anywhere you go, and then rate them
  • Spending on My Dog - helps dog owners keep track of pet expenses by category
  • Pet First Aid - an American Red Cross app that assists with pet medical emergencies
  • Doggy Datez - find other dog lovers in your area.

Check out the entire list of dog lover apps (with links to each one) at

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North Carolina Ranks 30th of 50 States in Animal Protection Laws

Screen Shot 2015-12-21 at 1.28.18 PMWhen it comes to animal protection laws, North Carolina has some work to do. The Tenth Annual report from the Animal Legal Defense Fund ranks North Carolina 30th out of 50 states in animal protection laws, which puts the state in the "middle tier." The longest‐running and most authoritative report of its kind, the Rankings Report assesses the strength of each jurisdiction’s animal protection laws by examining over 4,000 pages of statutes.

The best five states for animals, in terms of animal protection laws are (in order): Illinois, Oregon, Maine, California, and Michigan. The worst five states are (in order): North Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, Iowa, and Kentucky. Illinois has been number one for eight years in a row, while Kentucky has been number fifty for nine years in a row.

The good news is a study of the past five years of the Ranking Reports shows more than three quarters of all states and territories have significantly improved their animal protection laws. Still, North Carolina could greatly improve -- and you can help by being proactive in lobbying your state representatives to pass laws that protect all animals. One example of where pressure from citizens is needed is the fact that the North Carolina legislature has yet to pass a bill that effectively regulates puppy mills.

You can download a copy of the Ranking Report, which has useful information about what makes a state "best" and "worst," below. 

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New Year's Resolutions for Your Dog

ID-10032214Traditionally, people make all sorts of New Year's resolutions for themselves... but what about dogs? Writing for Care2, Lisa Spector has created a great list, "5 Simple New Year's Resolutions to Improve Your Dog's Life."

Among the five are such suggestions as "Teach your dog a new trick" (a proven way to provide mental stimulation) and "Give her a massage" (canine massage helps reduce stress and aids in recovery from illness and injury).

One of my favorites from Lisa's article that I never would have thought of: "Take a sonic inventory." Lisa writes, "Taking a sonic inventory of your environment is a good way to check for sounds in your house that may be causing stress to your pets. Sound is like air. We rarely notice these two common elements unless the air suddenly becomes polluted or the sound becomes chaotic. The sonic inventory is one way of becoming aware of the noise in your pet’s environment. Simply sit on your sofa with pen and paper in hand. Jot down all of the sounds you hear and rate them from one to 10. Observe your pet’s response to these sounds. Ask yourself how you can make your home a calmer, more peaceful place, for yourself and for your pets. Often, just by listening, we become more sonically aware, an important first step.  Small changes made in your sound environment can often make a big difference in your pet’s behavior."

Read Lisa's entire article here:

6 Unsettling Facts About Dog Waste

Guest Post by Stephanie Chow
Did you know?
  • 72.8 million dogs currently live in the United States
  • 30,000 tons of waste is collectively produced every day
  • That’s 10 million tons of dog waste produced every year!

6factsdogwasteThat’s a lot of dog poop, but what exactly is it doing to our environment?  Let’s look at these 6 Unsettling Facts about Dog Waste…

  1. Dog waste is NOT fertilizer for your lawn.
    In fact, it is just the opposite and can be very toxic to your soil. Due to their high-protein diet, dog waste is highly acidic and will actually burn your grass creating brown patches.
  2. Just one gram of dog waste can contain as many as 23 million fecal coliform bacteria.
    Waste can seep into groundwater and spread salmonella and giardia. This poses a hazard to your pets, your family, and your landscape.
  3. Your lawn mower doesn’t help, in fact can make it worse.
    Mowers will actually chop up the waste into smaller pieces and spread it further throughout your yard where you, your children, and your pets continue to step in it and then bring it into your home.
  4. Dog fecal matter is a major contributor to stormwater pollution.
    One out of three households have at least one dog, and all that dog poop left out can be blown into storm drains, lakes, and streams. When in water, the liquefied waste consumes the oxygen and releases ammonia, which contaminates our resources as well as harms the fish that reside there.
  5. The EPA classified dog waste as a dangerous pollutant in the same category as toxic chemicals and oil.
    The average dog discards approximately three quarters of a pound of waste per day, which adds up to 275 pounds per year. Your yard might be more polluted than you think.
  6.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirms that hookworms, ringworms, tapeworms and Salmonella can be spread by contact with infected dog waste.
    It can take over one year for dog waste to decay, but even when it has visibly disappeared, the parasite eggs it contained can linger on for years in your soil – leaving your family and your pets vulnerable to serious infection.
What you can do
  • Bag it and trash it, always.
  • Difficult to keep up with the mess? Hire a local pet waste removal company to clean your yard on a routine basis.
  • The most responsible thing pet owners can do for their family, community, and environment is to make sure their pets are picked up after.
  • Share this information with friends, family, and neighbors. Let them know the importance of scooping their dog’s poop, and that it’s more than just a smelly eyesore.

Petpooskiddoo_logoStephanie Chow is the founder of a unique type of business in Asheville called Pet Poo Skiddoo, a local pet waste removal company.  Stephanie, a former web designer, now scoops up doggie droppings for a living.   Her mission is to not only keep the town clean, but to educate others about the true hazardous dangers of pet waste and to provide a service that will protect people and animals alike. 

If you are a pet owner in need of some extra help whether it is removing waste from your yard, cleaning out your cat’s litter box, or taking your dog out on a walk for some relief, contact Stephanie at Pet Poo Skiddoo!

Images provided by Pet Poo Skiddoo