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How to Help Your Aging Pet

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An organization called provides "Walkin' Pets," products, a broad range of dog wheelchairs, dog harnesses/slings and other items specially designed for dogs with mobility issues. Very often, older dogs suffer from arthritis or other chronic conditions that make it painful to walk or even move.

The organization has also published "How to Help Your Aging Pet," a very informative eBook that includes:

  • Six signs of aging in senior dogs
  • How to spot early signs of mobility loss
  • What can I do if my dog has DM (Degenerative Myelopathy)
  • How can I help my dog with IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease)
  • How can I help my dog with Hip Dysplasia
  • Improving indoor mobility
  • Life with a disabled pet

Download a free copy (PDF) of this booklet below.

Download How to Help Your Aging Pet eBook

ReTail Scene: The Nose Knows

Screen Shot 2021-04-23 at 11.26.37 AMDid you know each dog's nose is as unique as a human fingerprint? That got the folks at dog food company IAMS thinking about the ten million pets in the U.S. that go missing each year. The result is NOSEiD, a new app available for iPhones and Android phones.

According to the company, NOSEiD makes "it quicker and easier for owners to report them as missing, and for other dog lovers to help find them." The company worked with dog owners and shelters to create the app.

The good news is the app is free. The bad news is NOSEiD is in beta trials in Nashville (not Asheville). If all works out, however, IAMS will roll out NOSEiD to other areas of the country. Stay tuned.

Learn more about NOSEiD here:


ReTail Scene: Next Generation Dog Training

Screen Shot 2021-03-15 at 1.47.42 PMNow you can train your dog using advanced machine learning through a company called Companion. Check this out from their website, :

Companion develops technology that automatically trains dogs to high levels using machine learning, robotics, computer vision, and state of the art reward-based training. Our products create high-quality solutions to the most pressing dog training and welfare issues for professional working dog businesses, boarding facilities, trainers and consumers. The Companion team includes world-class technologists, animal welfare experts, researchers, and entrepreneurs. We’ve partnered with the SF SPCA, Google, and top tier venture investors to bring a new category of products to the world.

Companion uses state of the art AI to provide thousands of hours of fun and engaging training. We help your dog understand cues and directions while you get on with the rest of your day. So when it's time for you to take them for a walk, you can focus on the good times.

Companion's proprietary technology adapts to your dog in real time and delivers transformative insights into your dog's behavior. Audio and 3D sensing systems precisely detect and analyze your dog's movement and behaviors. Machine learning rapidly calculates the best way to engage with your dog with positive reinforcement, recognizing and rewarding their achievements with their favorite treats.

Check out more about it 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: January Sale for Handicapped Pets

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Walkin' Pets specializes in equipment for handicapped dogs. During their January sale, you'll find special prices on the Walkin' Scooter, Walkin' Ski Attachment, Walkin' Dog Boots, Walkin' Splint, Walkin' Wheels Rear Wheelchair and more.

If your pet is handicapped, elderly or has any trouble walking, you'll find the right stuff for him or her at Walkin' Pets -- on sale in January. Check out the sale here:

ReTail Scene: Botanical Bones in Asheville

Screen Shot 2020-11-16 at 10.24.18 AMA new dog business just launched in Asheville: Botanical Bones. Here's the story, according to the website:

"Botanical Bones is a family business thoughtfully making superfood + adaptogenic dog treats in Asheville, NC.

When we rescued our pup, Carnaby, at 4 months old from an animal shelter in Asheville, NC it was the early days of the pandemic. He had a rough start before we brought him home and was an extremely anxious puppy.

As new dog owners, we decided  to start by addressing our dog's struggles the same we would our own: in the kitchen.

We’re strong believers in the healing power of plants. It was clear that Carnaby was struggling so I started experimenting with superfoods and adaptogens our family uses every day for wellness. 

When we saw how much our pup loved the treats we were making we decided to share them with neighbors. Pretty soon we realized we needed to share these SUPER TREATS with the world!"

Check out the products, available for purchase online, at:


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

ReTail Scene: Veggie Treats for Your Dog

Tamara-bellis-E8LxrpUjW7Q-unsplashWhile more dog owners may be turning vegetarian, most vets don't endorse a completely vegetarian diet for dogs. Still, vegetables and some fruits are good for dogs, and one way to include them in your dog's diet is to feed her an occasional vegetarian treat.

Vegetarian Times has compiled a list of the publication's six favorite veggie dog treats. Here they are:

  1. Lord Jameson (multiple flavors)
  2. Rejuv-A-Wafers
  3. Zest Paws Superfood Bites
  4. Wholesome Pride Sweet Potato Chews
  5. Wild Earth Dog Snacks
  6. Zuke's Crunchy Naturals

For information about each of these treats, including available flavors, visit:

Photo by Tamara Bellis on Unsplash

ReTail Scene: 50% Off at Asheville Humane Thrift Store - June 27

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Enjoy 50% OFF EVERYTHING at the Asheville Humane Society Thrift Store on Saturday, June 27!

The Thrift Store is located at 1425 Patton Avenue! Stop by between 10 AM and 6 PM to shop for a good cause - all proceeds benefit the animals!

To keep everyone safe, all staff and customers are required to wear face masks, and only 10 people will be allowed inside the store at a time.

If you haven't visited the Thrift Store yet, NOW is the time!  A variety of items are available for the whole family, including furniture, housewares, clothing, books, children's items, jewelry, pet supplies and more! You can also donate your unwanted items to help animals in need! 

Shop on June 27 and everything is 50% Off!

Store Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-6 pm (Also open on Mondays, beginning July 1!)

Donation Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm 

Visit for more information on items we do/don't accept. Thank you for supporting Asheville Humane Society!

ReTail Scene: Handicapped Pets Devices on Sale Through June 30

Screen Shot 2020-06-02 at 11.20.06 AM"Walkin' Pets" by Handicapped Pets is dedicated to creating specialized devices for dogs who have trouble walking. Through June 30, the company is offering many of its one-of-a-kind devices at special savings. "Walkin' Wheels" wheelchairs are $40 off. Items including adjustable splints, support slings, hip support systems, training socks and more are 25 percent off. Free shipping is offered on all sale items.

If you have a dog who is handicapped, elderly or just needs extra support, check out these great items here:

Image: Walkin' Pets

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:

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!


ReTail Scene: NC Company Offers Dog Nutrition and Health App

Screen Shot 2018-02-20 at 3.51.06 PMPetrics, a Wilmington, NC pet technology company, is now offering a health and nutrition application for pets that "gives you the tools necessary to ensure proper diet and safety for your pet." The application features:

  • A database of over 15,000 pet foods and treats that can be scientifically matched and personalized to your dog's individual needs
  • A comprehensive ingredients analyzer
  • At home delivery and auto-ordering of pet foods
  • Pet food recommendations based on genetic risks and pre-existing medical conditions
  • Schedule reminders for vet visits and medications
  • Recall alerts

The app can be downloaded free. More information is available at:

This company has also just introduced the world's first connected pet bed, which maintains a comfortable temperature for your dog and also reports on body temperature, heart rate, and other data.

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: ThunderEase, New Line of Natural Anxiety Relievers

Screen Shot 2017-06-27 at 11.32.52 AMEver heard of ThunderShirt? It is a product made by a Durham, North Carolina company, ThunderWorks, that is proven to reduce anxiety in many dogs. Now ThunderWorks has introduced a product line that naturally relieves anxiety in dogs and cats called ThunderEase.

According to the company, ThunderEase replicates feline and canine pheromones — naturally providing a sense of comfort and security during a wide variety of stressful occasions and situations.

“Both dogs and cats emit natural pheromones to help them feel safe and communicate in their environments," said Phil Blizzard, CEO of ThunderWorks.  "For dogs and cats, mothers emit them during nursing. ThunderEase mimics those comforting pheromones and, in turn, provides a very natural solution to treating anxiety and many other behavioral problems in cats and dogs.”

Like ThunderWorks’ other products, ThunderEase is a drug-free and veterinary recommended solution. The pheromones are effective in treating uneasiness in a new home or environment, fear of loud noises like thunder or fireworks, urine spraying and scratching, stressed caused by change, multiple cat tension, anxiety when visiting a veterinarian office or while boarding, and much more.

The ThunderEase diffuser kits, refills and sprays are now available for dogs, online at and will soon be available at pet retailers across the country. ThunderEase Collars for dogs will be available this fall.

“ThunderEase has been proven to be over 90% effective for many anxiety cases ,” said Blizzard. “Pheromones are highly recommended by veterinarians as an alternative solution to treat fear, anxiety and stress in pets without the need for a costly prescription.”

ReTail Scene: Aromatherapy for Dogs Now Available in Wipes

Screen Shot 2017-03-08 at 12.28.01 PMA new product, "Canine Calm Aromatherapy Wipes," is designed to calm pets during storms, fireworks, boarding, grooming, clinic visits, and other unsettling times. While aromatherapy is commonly used in sprays and diffusers, the development of therapeutic aromatherapy in convenient, travel-friendly wipes creates a new product category for the industry. The Canine Calm wipes are made with pure essential oils to create a serene experience and come in a re-sealable package.
“Aromatherapy has been used for centuries, and scientific studies on the effects of essential oils with dogs and horses were well-established by the mid-1880s in areas of Europe,” Vicki Rae Thorne, founder of Earth Heart Inc., said. “We formulate our products with 100 percent pure essential oils that are developed by an aromatherapist with 25-years of experience to ensure a safe and easy-to-use product for all canine owners.” 
A dog’s sense of smell is far more advanced than humans’, and their olfactory memory is remarkable since their world revolves around scents. Dogs can associate scents with calming persons and environments, which is why the use of essential oils and aromatherapy is effective when calming canines in stressful situations.

Canine Calm Aromatherapy Wipes contain the same high-quality, pure essential oils as other Earth Heart Inc. products. The company’s reputation has been built with safety in mind and all of its products, including Canine Calm Aromatherapy Wipes, have been formulated for use as often as needed.

Learn more about this new product from Earth Heart Inc., the creator:

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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.

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ReTail Scene: January Sale on Pet Wheelchairs

Carolina Mountain Dog usually does not promote products, but "Walkin' Pets" is such a cool organization it deserves some recognition. Created by, Walkin' Pets offers dog wheelchairs, products, services and support for disabled, injured, and aging pets. Through the month of January, Walkin' Pets is having a major sale. See the details below, and then visit:

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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