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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:

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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:

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.

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

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: 

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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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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.

ReTail Scene: Free App Shares Your Dog's Medical Records

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 2.53.50 PMVisits to veterinary emergency clinics tend to increase during the holidays. Many pet parents are well aware of the numerous hazards to their pets during this time of year. Some even prepare emergency kits to make sure they will be covered, should an incident occur. But the makers of VitusVet – the mobile app that allows users to view their pets’ complete medical records at any time – warns pet owners could be missing one of the most vital elements needed during a health crisis. How will you access your pets’ updated medical records and how difficult will they be to obtain during a holiday-related emergency, when most offices are closed for extended periods of time?

The free VitusVet app is currently the only method that allows veterinary offices to share their patients’ entire medical record history with their valuable clients when they need it the most – during an emergency. It is also the only app of its kind that includes a pet owner-facing solution, which also allows the user to invite friends and family to view their pet’s history and offers a search option to find the closest veterinary emergency clinic – both crucial during the holidays when college students may be home from school or people will be traveling with their pets.

“Fifteen million pets went to the ER last year, where there is essentially no after-hours record access. We know that spikes over the holidays, due to pets ingesting people food and other holiday objects, like ornaments, tinsel, and poinsettias,” said Mark Olcott, DVM and co-founder of VitusVet. “We created VitusVet to help pet owners in their greatest time of need and to put an end to preventable tragedies. One key bit of information in a pet’s medical records could mean the difference between life and death and pet owners should be able to access that information whenever they need it.”

You can get this free app here:

How to Remove Pet Hair from Just About Anything

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The smart folks at Neato Robot Vacuums have created a very useful infographic that tells you how to remove pet hair from just about anything. You'll learn how to remove pet hair from clothing, upholstered furniture, non-upholstered furniture, car interiors, hardwood, and carpets. There are also tips on how to remove pet hair from your dog!

Check out the infographic here:

ReTail Scene: Lost Dog? There's an App for That

ID-10080879Microchips and ID tags are the best way to prevent your dog from getting lost. If you do lose your dog, follow these helpful tips provided by the ASPCA. Be sure to report your missing pet to your local animal shelter as well.

Not surprisingly, another way to track down your dog is by using your smartphone and a specialized app. Here are some of the apps available to help you:

The ASPCA's mobile app offers you the ability to receive a personalized missing pet recovery kit, including step-by-step instructions on how to search for a lost animal in a variety of circumstances. You can also build a lost pet digital flyer that can be shared instantly on your social media channels. The app covers additional emergency situations.

Finding Rover
Finding Rover uses facial recognition technology to scan your dog's face and keep the information on file. If your dog is lost, Finding Rover notifies a large network of organizations and members who snap a photo using the app to see if there's a match.

iPet Alert
Think of iPet Alert as an Amber Alert for dogs. With iPet Alert, you can instantly alert others when your dog goes missing. A message is sent to local area vets and iPet Alert members to be on the lookout for your missing pet. 

With the PetRescuers app by HomeAgain, you can help keep a lookout for lost pets in your area and recently found ones who have been reunited with their families. You can further expand your search beyond posting signs in your neighborhood by sharing lost pet alerts via Facebook, Twitter and email with ease. As a PetRescuer you will have access to articles and resources as well.

Pedigree Found
Pedigree Found is a real-time app currently available in New Zealand, but its availability may be expanded. You take a picture of your dog and then, if your dog goes missing, you use Pedigree Found to send out a free alert to Found members and people in your area using Google's ad network.

Tagg is not just an app, it integrates with a GPS pet tracker that attaches to your dog's collar so you can keep track of your dog. Tagg allows you to define your dog's home base and tells you if your dog wanders off, and it can pinpoint a dog's location anywhere in the U.S.

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Brand New Bookstore

We're pleased to announce that Carolina Mountain Dog has a brand new bookstore. Now you can search for any book about dogs, dog care, and dog training right from this blog. The bookstore features a collection of books for dog lovers available through our relationship with You'll find all the dog books you want -- plus you'll have the convenience of shopping with Amazon!

Just click on the Bookstore link at the top of the page to go to the bookstore.

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ReTail Scene: "Wuf" Smart Dog Collar

Wuf_collar_phoneapp_1800by900You have probably heard that 2015 promises to be the year of tech "wearables." Now a Boulder, Colorado company, WUF (pronounced "Woof," of course), is introducing a "doggie wearable." It is a versatile device that can be used for training, activity tracking, games, GPS, and more. Perhaps the most unique thing about the WUF collar, though, is the built-in two-way audio, so you can actually talk to your dog remotely and hear him or her as well!

A mike and speaker are embedded in the collar and controlled using a smartphone app. The collar is waterproof and can withstand the wear and tear associated with your doggie's rugged off-leash adventures.

The company is in the launch stage and collars can be pre-ordered for $129 (the regular price will be $149). You can learn more about WUF at the company's website: .

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: