Most people know that the Meals on Wheels nonprofit is an important source of hot, nutritious meals for elderly members of our community. But they also collect and distribute pet food to low income seniors who might otherwise share meals meant for them with their four-legged friends, who are often their only constant companions.
For the fifth year in a row, tattoo artists at Freak & Geeks Tattoo Sideshow will be putting permanent paw-prints on people’s hearts, ankles, arms and who knows where else to raise money for the Asheville Humane Society in a nonstop tattoo marathon this Sunday, Aug. 25.
An online petition that opposes the creation of a North Asheville dog park triggered confusion from both developers and community members, while amassing more than 200 signatures within the last 24 hours. Tonight, a community meeting about the proposed North Asheville dog park intends to address overall questions the public may have. (Photo courtesy of Natalie Flores)
A new local fundraiser wants every rescue dog to have more than its day by creating an entire calendar dedicated to Asheville-loving canines. (Photo by Sheryl Mann of Flying Dogs Photography)
Years ago, I was involved in rescuing and relocating dogs from a puppy mill, and images of that day will remain with me forever. Groups of dogs were living together in small, feces-encrusted cages that were stacked one upon another. But while physical conditions were shocking, learning about the long-term psychological effects on these animals […]
Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s annual pet photography contest will accept photos of dogs, cats and anything else with four legs through March 25.
Brother Wolf Animal Rescue announces a new summer camp for kids who love animals.
Though she spends most of her time helping others at Mission and McDowell Hospitals, a local therapy dog may have her day soon. Chessie, a blind four-year-old Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, has been nominated for a 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog Award in the therapy dog category.
I never realized how big of a problem littering was in Asheville until I got a puppy. Taking her for a walk is a near-constant struggle to steer her away from broken glass, cigarette butts, fireworks, piles of dog crap and, most recently, a used diaper. I mean seriously, how lazy does one have to […]
Patton Avenue Pet Company and El Kimchi teamed up for a joint grand opening. (photos by Suzi Camarata)
Each year, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the largest professional association for dog trainers in the world, proclaims January "National Train Your Dog Month." This campaign’s goal is to promote the importance of training and socialization to all dog owners. According to the Humane Society of the United States, between 6 million and 8 […]
Freelance photographer Suzi Camarata visited Brother Wolf Animal Rescue during their third annual open house.
Recently a reader wrote to Xpress, dismayed about a chained dog in her neighborhood looking forlorn and neglected.
The recycled apparel runway show takes place on Saturday, Nov. 19.
Our dog, Daniel, died last fall from a reaction to rabies vaccination. I write this in his memory hoping someone else might not go through this misery. Daniel was a very affectionate, gentle and strikingly beautiful field spaniel. Frequently when walking him we were stopped by admirers who wanted to know about him. He had […]
This is the ultimate missing dog story, with a happy ending! Thursday morning, my girlfriend and I parted ways as she headed to work and I to the gym. I soon realized I left something at her house and went back to get it. When I [arrived], I noticed the gate to the yard was […]
As a professional dog walker, my pet-care motto is: “When in doubt, wear them out.” Exercise makes a difference for your pet. It helps keep Fido or Garfield at a healthy weight, which prevents such debilitating health problems as arthritis and diabetes — just a few problems that plague overweight pets. Exercise and mental stimulation […]
Yes, Rocky’s both thinner and more active. It’s kind of a miracle.
While Rocky wouldn’t win the annual fattest cat in American title (there actually is such a contest), he’s so big that our vet likes to take him in the back to show off his hugeness.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about pets and death. Perhaps because I’ve had a number of friends who’ve recently lost long-time family pets. Perhaps because Biscuit (our dorkie-poo mutt) recently used our canoe as a springboard to jump the fence and follow us down to Asheville Pizza & Brewing.
Despite having worked in the veterinary profession for over 15 years, I was surprised by some of the things I learned while trying to recover my lost dog Junebug recently. Returning from work to find 11-year-old Junie missing, I immediately walked the fenced perimeter calling and searching for her, thinking she might be in a […]