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November-December 2014
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Holiday Giving
Gift Guide
Kid’s Books
Pet: Yes or No?
Project Santa
Fun Events
Ag Center Agility
YMCA Adoption Fair
Holiday Hazards
Raw food diets
Holiday Hosting
Feathered Friends
Pet Happenings
Resource Guide
Pro and con on pets as holiday gifts - Page 5
Volume 1 - Issue 4
Pet Happenings
November-December 2014
Through December 31 - Low-cost spay/neuter
for cats – just $9. Dogs are $25. Call
Community Partnership for Pets. 828 693-5172
Through December 31 – Project Santa
collection of food, treats, toys, stuff to benefit
Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue. See story below.
Every Sat. - 4-7pm. Woof ‘n Wine to benefit
Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue at Woof in
the Woods, 1451 Charlotte Highway, Fairview.
Wine, food, friends. Call to confirm.
828- 222-2222.
Fri. - 11/14 thru Sun. 11/16. United Kingdom
International - US Open Dog Agility International
to qualify for membership on US team to
compete in international championships in
Amsterdam, Netherlands in spring, 2015.
McGough Arena, WNC Ag Center, Fanning
Bridge Road, Fletcher. 864-634-2149
Sat. -. 11/15 – 11am-3pm. Adoption Day at
Hendersonville Family YMCA, 810 West 6th
Avenue, Hendersonville. In conjunction with
BRHS. Info at, or call
828 697-9622
Thu. – 11/27 – Thanksgiving Day. Give thanks
for our furryfeatheredfinny friends
Tu. 12/16 thru Wed. 12/24 Hanukkah
Fri. - 12/12 thru Sun. - 12/14. United States
Dog Agility Association/Blue Ridge Agility Club
agility competition. McGough Arena, WNC Ag
Center, Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher.
828 243-3821
Wed. - 12/24. Christmas Eve. Complete
Thu. – 12/25. Christmas Day. Merry
Christmas from the PetGazette pack.
Fri. – 12/26. Kwanzaa begins.
Thu. - 1/1 – 10am. First Resolution Run 5K to
benefit Brother Wolf. Details at Brother Wolf
Facebook page or
BRAC = Blue Ridge Agility Club
BRHS = Blue Ridge Humane Society
HHS = Hendersonville Humane Society
HKC = Hendersonville Kennel Club
CAAR = Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue
CPP = Community Partnership for Pets
Fundraising events for pet rescue groups are in red.
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hroughout November and December
2014, Project-Santa volunteers will
again be collecting donations of food,
toys, leashes, collars and money to benefit
area no-kill animal shelters and rescue
organizations. It is the fourth consecutive
year for the drive, and organizer Kyle
Kissman is hoping to top 2013’s record.
“We took in 1240 pounds of food
and treats last year,” Kissman said, “so
we expect to easily
reach this year’s goal
of 1300 pound.”
added that dry pet food
tops the list of items
needed by Charlie’s
Angels Animal Rescue
(CAAR) and the Blue
Ridge Humane Society
(BRHS) because of the
harsh winter predicted
for this year. Then
he quickly pointed out that gifts of
new and used pet supplies, office
materials and cleaning supplies will also
be welcomed.
Kissman made one stipulation: “We do
not accept food or treats made in China.”
He added that he was especially pleased
with the public reaction to the 2013 “no
Chinese products” request. “Of all the
donations we received last year, we only
received one bag of treats that were
made in China. So other than that single
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bag, nothing was wasted.” Information
about drop-off points is available
In addition to food, Project-Santa
would happily accept large items in good
condition. Crates, dog houses, fencing and
other large items are some of the things the
organization could put to good use in a new
home. Volunteers will be available to pick
up large items that current owners can’t
transport. Arrangements
for a pick-up can
contacting [email protected].
Donors to Project
Santa can get free
raffle tickets to win
prizes donated by area
businesses such as Dog
Tag Art and Ho Sin
Sool Dojang. Free raffle
tickets can also be obtained by scheduling
a spay/neuter service at a participating
vet clinic or shelter, or by adopting a pet
at CAAR or BHRS during the collection
The public can also participate at one
of the eleven locations in Buncombe and
Henderson Counties listed below. The
three locations identified with an asterisk
collect donations for Project Santa
throughout the year, not just during the
holiday season.
Two Agility Events
Coming to Ag Center
og agility fans, old and new, will be treated to
major agility competitions at the McGough
Arena at the WNC Ag Center in November and
December. The events will be run by two different
sanctioning bodies, but be run under similar rules
using similar standards.
The first event, the United Kingdom
International (UKI) US Open will run from Friday,
November 14th thru Sunday the 16th. More than
350 dogs – four times the number in 2013 – will
compete in these National Championships, so
there will be four rings in action simultaneously.
Dogs earning the top spots in their divisions will
qualify for the US team that will compete at the
agility international championships to be held in
Amsterdam, Holland in the spring of 2015.
From Friday, December 12th through Sunday,
December 14th, the Blue Ridge Agility Club
(BRAC) will be hosting a United States Dog
Agility Association sanctioned event.
Both events will have dogs and obstacles
classified by height, and have competitors race as
quickly as possible over a course containing jumps,
tunnels, teeter-totters, fences and more. Winners will
be those who complete the courses in the shortest
time with the fewest errors, or no errors at all. Since
to know exactly when dogs of a particular breed will
be competing. In general, the competitions will start
at 8am and run until 5pm-ish.
At both events, there will be food vendors as
well as vendors of many dog related products such
as collars, leashes, food, treats, beds, T-shirts, and,
of course, agility equipment for those who want
to practice with their pets at home. Both events
are free for spectators, and the WNC Ag Center
will not be charging for parking at either event.
Spectators at both events are asked to leave their
own dogs home.
For details about November’s UKI-US Open
event, call Jan Padgett at 864-634-2149. To
learn more about December’s USDAA/BRAC
competition, go to
Golden Retriever
Set Obedience Records
he old record number of Obedience
competitors was shattered at the recent
Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA)
National Specialty event at the WNC Ag Center.
This year, 520 dogs competed, almost doubling
the old record of 270 entrants. There were also
a record number of entrants - 248 – for the Rally
Trials, an offshoot of Obedience.
GRCA National Obedience Chair Susan
Young said, “I ran the numbers, and figured we
might get as many as 360 entries. I was blown
away when the tally came up to 520!” Young
also gave a shout out to Asheville’s Companion
Dog Training School. “I contacted Jane Johnson
and asked if her crew would steward for us.
They were awesome.”
The Highest Scoring Dog in Trial (HIT) title
went to handler David Maurer and his Golden
Retriever Buster UDX5 with a score of 199 out
of a possible 200. Just three days earlier they
had also won the HIT title at the Asheville
Kennel Club Trial by posting a rare perfect
score of 200.
Table of Contents
Fun Events
Agility Trials - 2
YMCA Adoption Fair - 3
Avian Dangers - 6
Holiday Pet Hazards – 6
Holiday Dog Hosting - 4
Raw Diets - 8
Kids’ books - 8
Gift Guide - 8
Giving pets wise? - 5
Pet Resource Guide
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Fast Cat Studio pg. 3
Susan Strazella Artist pg. 6
A Dog’s Day Out pg. 4
A Dog’s Day Out pg. 4
Chrissy’s VIP Pets pg. 4
Rainbow Bridge
Best Friends Cemetery &
Crematorium pg. 7
Lap of Love Home
Euthanasia pg. 7
Pet Crematorium –
Western Carolina pg. 7
Family YMCA
to host Adoption Fair
n Saturday, November 15, the Y will
be serving pets as well as people by
hosting a Pet Adoption Fair at their facility
at 810 West 6th Avenue in Hendersonville.
The event will be held inside to insure it
will happen rain or shine.
The Adoption Fair will be a joint effort
of the YMCA and the Blue Ridge Humane
Society (BRHS). Depending on several
factors, including the number of available
adoptable pets that day and the number of
volunteers to work with them, the BRHS
will be bringing between four and six dogs
to the Y.
Christine Vanard, Member Engagement
Manager at the Y, said the organization
hopes to have many more Adoption Fairs in
the future. The Y is for youth development,
healthy living and social responsibility, and
helping place homeless animals is certainly
a socially responsible effort. “The more
forever homes we can find, the better,”
Vanard said.
In addition to hosting the Adoption Fair,
the Y will become a pet food donation site.
The BRHS will provide a bin into which
food and treats can be dropped.
Even families who do not adopt a dog
from the Fair can benefit from a visit. They
will get to enjoy warm, friendly, furry
creatures. And they will also have a great
opportunity to see the Y facility and learn
about all its programs for everyone from
young children to “highly experienced”
For further information, email the Y at or call 828 697-9622.
Rescue Needs
Pet People - 7
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The Grateful Dog pg. 2
Woof in the Woods pg. 4
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Apple Valley Equine pg. 5
R.E.A.C.H. pg. 6
Riversong pg. 4
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Pet Gazette • November/December 2014 • 3
How to Happily Host A Visiting Canine
by Jim Marks with Steve Canady
og trainer Steve Canady, aka The
Dogfather, gave PetGazette some
helpful hints for hosting a canine guest.
The first thing Canady recommended
was to have the dogs meet on neutral ground.
Dogs can be very territorial, so you don’t
want the new dog to look like an invader,
not a visitor. “Meet at a pre-arranged spot
and take them for a proper walk,” Canady
said. “If possible, let them be off leash. A
leash can increase a dog’s tension when it’s
meeting another dog”, he added. “And more
tension is the last thing you want.” Ideally,
the dogs should be allowed enough off-leash
time together to get comfortable before going
to the hosting home.
Once home, let the visiting dog go in first.
That lets the resident dog know the visitor is
a welcome guest.
“Be sure you haven’t left any dog toys, or
chews, or food around,” Canady emphasized.
“That could create a problem!” If conflict
starts, step in and stop any bad behavior
immediately. “You have to be the lead dog,”
Canady said. “Establish the rules firmly, and
the dogs will stay within them.”
After the visitor has had a chance to
explore a bit, toys can be introduced. Give
each one a familiar favorite and let them
play separately or together, as they choose.
Eventually, one will decide to leave his own
toy and check out the other’s favorite. That’s
fine if it doesn’t arouse aggression. But if it
does, step in right away. “Show them again
that you’re the lead dog and you won’t
tolerate aggression,” Canady said.
At feeding time, keep the bowls separate
and supervise the meal. “Stay between
the dogs until both are finished,” Canady
said. “Then you can let them do their bowl
checking. It’s standard procedure.”
Canady said free feeding is an especially
bad thing to do when there’s a visiting dog in
the home. “If there’s one thing dogs will fight
over, it’s food,” he said. “So don’t leave any
out to argue about.”
Children should be taught to welcome
the visitor, but not too enthusiastically. Loud
greetings and sudden movements could scare
the visitor and make him defensive. Behavior
should be quiet, calm and gentle. The dogs
will appreciate it, and so will the adults.
At bedtime, the visitor should stay with
his owner and be crated. Once the dog is
comfortably inside with his familiar bedding
and a toy or two, the crate should be covered.
“Crates give dogs a real sense of security,”
Canady said. “They’re like a portable cave
that provides protection all around.”
Both dogs should be kept to their regular
routines. Feeding schedules, especially,
should be followed as closely as possible.
And if the dogs seem to be getting along,
their walks, outdoor play and “business
trips” can be done together. If their schedules
aren’t exactly the same, the time difference
can be split. Dogs are creatures of habit, but
they don’t wear watches.
Be aware of noises – especially common
noises the resident dog might be used to, but
the visitor might find upsetting. Ambulance
or police sirens, train whistles and car horns
are good examples. Canady says a dog can
be trained to ignore those noises by putting
peanut butter on his nose and then playing
recordings of the noises at HIGH VOLUME.
The dog will be so focused on the peanut
butter that he will soon be comfortable
ignoring the noise.
The basic rule is to use large doses of
common sense and preparation. Ask in
advance about the visiting dog’s habits and
try to accommodate them. Have a training
air can or similar noise-making device handy
to use as negative reinforcement if a dog
behaves badly. Watch for signs of stress – tail
down, ears back, head lowered, panting – and
try to reassure the dog with normal language
in normal tones, or distracting games. Overly
solicitous language could send a message
that something really is wrong. Don’t leave
the dogs alone and loose in the home, at least
until you’re positive they get along well.
Crate one or both while you’re away. They’ll
be comfortable, and you won’t come home to
a holiday disaster.
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Two Views On Giving Pets At The Holidays
The Gift of a New Life
by Trish Loehr
e’ll see that bumper sticker any day now.
“A puppy is for life, not just for Christmas”.
When I Googled “pets for Christmas - bad idea,” I
found 1.5 million results. Some shelters even shut
down adoptions over the holidays, trying to reduce
impulse adoptions and pet returns.
But how many of us have happy memories of
getting pets under the tree or as birthday presents
when we were younger? Most of us realize that
surprising frail Great Aunt Gertrude with a rowdy
Saint Bernard pup may not be the best idea. But
what does research tell us about pets given as
Studies seem to agree that pets acquired as gifts
are actually less likely to be given up to shelters
than pets acquired from other sources. Scarlett et
al. (1999) found that “Unwanted gift” was listed as
a reason for only 0.3% of dogs and 0.4% of cats
entering the shelters surveyed, while “No time for
pet” was a reason 10% of dogs were relinquished
and “allergies in family” was a reason 18% of cats
were relinquished.
Last year, a survey by Weiss et al. noted “no
significant relationship between receiving a dog
or cat as a gift, whether a surprise or not, and
the receivers’ self-perceived love or attachment
toward the pet.” They also found “no significant
relationship between receiving a dog or cat as a gift
and whether the pet was still living in the home at
the time of the survey.”
Do we need to rethink our bumper stickers?
Setting some gift guidelines may also help pets
succeed in new homes.
• Make sure the recipient really wants this type
of pet, and is prepared to give it proper time
and care.
• Get the pet or gift certificate from a reputable
• Avoid internet dealers and stores that sell
animals, as you may be buying from a puppy
mill or other large-volume breeder.
• If your family will be away or overrun with
holiday visitors, put some pet supplies under
the tree instead of an actual animal. A book,
crate, litter box, or food bowl, plus a gift
certificate for a pet at the shelter after the
holidays, will do nicely.
• If you are giving a pet to a child, whether
yours or someone else’s, recognize that the
ultimate responsibility for feeding, vetting,
training and cleaning up will be the parent’s.
So be sure they want the animal. Consider
adding a gift certificate for a dog training class
– a well behaved dog is more likely to stay in
their new home.
Rethinking the idea that most gift pets will be
returned when the novelty wears off may just help
save some lives this holiday season. Many shelters
even offer “Home for the Holidays” types of
promotions, which mean many animals will benefit
with the best gift of all, a home of their own.
Trish Loehr owns Loehr Animal Behavior,
and can help your new pet settle in. Reach her at .
Christmas Pets Problematic
he tree is aglow with lights and decorations.
Carols play. Pretty presents sparkle with
colorful paper and bows. And inside one is a
special gift: The children are getting their very
own puppy or kitten.
The perfect holiday scene we all dream of,
right? Little Bobby or Suzy pulling the top off
a wriggling box to reveal, amid their delighted
gasps, a furry little bundle of fluff wrapped in
a satiny bow. Awww. What could possibly go
wrong with this postcard scene?
Well… plenty. The following is a brief
checklist to consider before surprising the kids--grown or small—with an unexpected pet this
holiday season.
Number one—
Surprises are not always a
good thing or welcomed. Adults might not be
ready or willing for the commitment a sudden
pet will require. They might still be mourning a
previous pet, be enjoying their pet-free freedom,
or simply be needing a breather for now. There
are many reasons people choose not to have a pet
and sometimes we are not clued in to them, thus
making a sudden surprise for them or kiddies a
bad idea.
Number two—
children often can’t handle the responsibility
of a pet. Getting a youngster a dog or cat with
the notion of teaching them responsibility will
very often backfire. It’s much better to start with
something smaller. Fish and pocket pets are
good starter pets for very young children. Later,
once they learn to appreciate small animals
and still want another pet, they can graduate to
something bigger.
Number three—
Travel. This is a big,
often overlooked issue. Holidays are busy.
We’re running off somewhere or having people
coming to see us. The house schedule is often
upended, turning into a chaotic blur of activity.
Does this really sound like the best time to
introduce a pet? Puppies have to be walked and
potty-trained. Kittens need attention too. The
furry baby’s whole life has just been uprooted
from mom and siblings to be plunked into a new
household. That is seriously stressful. And if the
family is going away, will the new pet face even
more upheaval and change? Is that really fair?
It would be far better to wait until life calms
back down to normal. If Bobby or Suzy are
really old enough for a pet and Mom and Dad
are committed to the idea, create an I.O. U.
Wrap a box with a photo of the promised pet
and a few of its necessary supplies. Perhaps add
a list of suggested names and include a fact or
care sheet or book. Write a big I.O.U. card, sealed
with a kiss and an ink paw print or sticker.
Ryan Jo Summers has done about everything
in the pet world except become a veterinarian.
She is an owner of many pets, a rescue volunteer,
a former veterinary technician and a former
boarding kennel owner. She is also an author
whose latest book, Shimmers of Stardust, was
published by Soul Mate Publishing in September.
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• November/December 2014 • 5
Keep Your Dog Safe from Seasonal Hazards
by Lin Sharp
he fast approaching end-of-the-year
holidays fill us with good cheer and
sense of generosity. We may feel the urge
to share a portion from all our favorite
food creations with our beloved pets,
especially when those wonderful smells
from the kitchen while we are preparing
dishes send their little noses into twitch
overdrive. For example, my Westie puppy
goes into darter fish mode when I’m in
the kitchen. With a blinding flash of white
fur he comes out of nowhere and snatches
up any little tidbit that might accidentally
make its way to the floor. Then he quickly
snaps back to avoid any interference. In
his defense, I will admit that I’m a messy
cook so his temptation level remains
high. My first response would be to think,
“Isn’t that cute. How about a little more?”
I know better and I stop myself.
Our friends and relatives also get
into sharing before, during, or after
meals and this can put your pet at risk.
Our guests may not be aware that certain
food treats for us are toxic to dogs. For
instance, chocolate can trigger abnormal
heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, or death.
Grapes and raisins can induce kidney
Macadamia nut poisoning
causes muscle tremors, paralysis of the
hindquarters, vomiting, and rapid heart
rate. As few as six nuts can make a dog
ill. Other potential troublemakers are:
alcohol, almonds, walnuts, apple seeds,
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apricot pits, baby food, bones (meat, fish
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cherry pits, coffee beans and grounds,
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Most vegetables are safe and a little taste
of meat will not hurt. But skip the gravies
and richly prepared food and desserts that
can upset an animal’s stomach.
The best way to handle unacceptable
feeding is to simply ask your guests not
to feed your pet. Better yet, keep your
dog confined to another room during
dinner. Place bowls of food up and out
of their reach. Maintain a tight lid on the
garbage inside and outside of your home.
Especially pay attention to how children or
unfamiliar people act around your pets.
Other potential holiday hazards come
in the form of decorations. Plants like
holly, mistletoe, or poinsettia, Pyracantha
berries, and needles from Christmas
trees can cause convulsions, coma,
and death. Glass bulbs and ornaments,
electrical cords, and tree water that
could contain preservatives, pesticides,
or fertilizer create danger for chewing
pets. A tinsel eater might wind up with
blocked intestines.
A little preplanning and mindfulness of
our pets’ needs and safety will go a long
way to creating an enjoyable atmosphere
for everyone over the holidays.
Saleem, Quinn, Jeff, and I (the Sharp
family) wish you and the staff at Pet
Gazette a safe and happy holiday season
and a terrific beginning to 2015.
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uring the holidays there are many new
and exciting things we use to decorate
around the house that can be as dangerous to
your avian friend as they are pretty. We want
your holidays to be fun and safe, so we are
addressing the common holiday household
dangers for 2014.
Among the most common decorations
for the winter season is mistletoe. This often
seen holiday plant that harbors such a fairy
tale legend also has a dark side. Mistletoe
is part of the Viscaceae family and the form
commonly seen in North America is a hybrid
plant of both English and European varieties.
Mistletoe is famous for bearing its fruit in the
winter months, making it a popular decoration
during the Christmas season. The red
berries that are such a trademark of mistletoe
are toxic to our avian friends, as are holly
berries. Another favorite holiday plant,
the Poinsettia, can cause GI tract irritation
if ingested.
as tinsel, angel hair, and other common
Christmas tree adornments are made of
plastic. They should be kept out of reach of
your bird(s) at all times, as they are made of
plastic and could become impacted in the crop
if accidentally ingested. Your favorite holiday
scents can be dangerous to your birds,
too. Burning candles should be used with
diligence, and birds should always be kept in
the cage if a candle is lit. Candles, which have
a bad reputation for lead in the wick, are safer
now due to new regulations. More bird owners
are beginning to use them again with caution. If
you do use a candle, use one that is made out of
a natural material such as soy or beeswax and is
not heavily scented. Remember, our feathered
friends have a respiratory system different than
ours. Because of the way the air they breathe
travels into their system any scent can be
especially irritating.
Remember as you invite guests into
your home this holiday season to keep
tempting foodstuffs away from your avian
companion. Alcoholic beverages, chocolate,
and avocado should not be given to your bird
under any circumstances.
Of course, with all these cautions, it doesn’t
mean that your feathered friends can’t participate
in the festivities of the holiday! Buying a
festive bird safe toy to adorn the cage is a safe and
fun way to celebrate and keep your companion
entertained. Holiday-themed
toys are especially fun! Many pet owners also
have gotten into the spirit of gift giving with
their companions. For added fun, wrap the
‘gift’ in a piece of newspaper and place in the
bird’s cage. Watch the bird unravel the present
with delight!
Emily Trimnal is a Certified Avian Specialist, a
Level 2 Aviculturist with the American Federation
of Aviculture, and a regular contributor to
PetGazette. Her blog is Emily’s Birds.
In Memory
Steve – September 10, 2014
Steve was four
years old when he
met his mom, Dee
Sorrento. He was
loving, sweet and
Dee looked forward to waking up and finding
Steve lying beside each morning anxiously
waiting for her eyes to open so he could kiss
her face and they could plan their day. Dee was
a dedicated mom to Steve. Though he passed
from this life on September 10th, his paws are
forever planted in her heart.
Louie Haynes October 27th, 2014
of Fletcher, died
peacefully at homef.
He is survived
by mother Ann,
father Tom, sister
Laci, and brother
Marley. Louie was
a very strong willed, determined, and vocal
cat. He was an excellent communicator able to
let everyone know what he wanted or how he
was feeling. He had the heart of a lion. Louie
took his job as his mom’s lap and bed warmer
very seriously. He and his kitty siblings loved
playing on the back porch as they monitored
the yard from their home. He leaves behind his
shrimp toy, cat scratcher, toy mice and string
toys to Laci and Marley as reminders of the fun
they enjoyed together.
The Haynes family is deeply saddened by the
death of their sweet Louie.
Alice - October 1, 2014
Life at the Tessnair house is filled with joy. There’s
Sarah and Terry who are the parents of Lucy and
Emma – September 8, 2014
Liam – and that’s just the people who live there! The
love extends to a cat, a dog, several happy chickens,
said goodbye to
a few ducks and a little tribe of friendly goats. Alice
her sweet Abby
was one of the four goats that bring joy and laughter
in April, and on
to the Tessnair family. Sadly Alice became ill and
September 8th she
passed away on October 1st. The family is saddened
was heartbroken
and will forever miss the sweet kid who would
again when Emma went to be with her Beagle follow Sarah anywhere. Sarah is one of the funeral
sister. Emma was a loving girl who lived a directors at Shuler and Forest Lawn Funeral Homes
joyful life with Kathy and her doggie siblings. and Pet Cremations of Western Carolina. Our hearts
Kathy has a special place in her heart for go out to her and her family.
beagles, but she is a true animal lover who
goes the extra mile to find loving families for Little Bit – September 10, 2014
dogs in need of forever homes. Emma was a Little Bit was a big bite of love for fourteen years.
fortunate recipient of Kathy’s boundless love. He was an adorable Yorkshire Terrier. Richard and
Emma and Abby are playing joyfully over the Susan Scheuerman said goodbye to their little man
Rainbow Bridge, and both are greatly missed on September 10th. A Green Bay Packers fan,
by Kathy, Hope and Lacey.
Richard will miss having Little Bit by his side as
they watched the games together. He leaves behind
Rocky – September 26, 2014
years of loving memories for Richard and Susan to
Miniature poodle
always cherish.
Rocky was a huge
presence to all who
Cookie - October 14, 2014
knew him. Glenn
Doug and Joan Jones adopted Cookie into their
and Theresa Daily
family when she was two years old, and that
miss so much about
is where she lived a happy life until October
their beautiful little
14th when she died at the age of 14. Cookie
guy who enjoyed
was a lovable and well behaved dog who is
playtime, hugs and
missed by Doug and Joan as well as doggie
snacks – especially
brother Dave.
snacks! Rocky was an important member of From Schuler-Forest Lawn Funeral Homes
the Daily family for 15 wonderful years.
and Pet Cremations of Western Carolina
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pet’s paw made by Nancie herself.
he grief for our pets is as deep as it is for
humans”, Nancie said. “Here at Schuler/ The Grateful Dog
Forest Lawn we are all pet lovers, so we understand
ipanay Flagg, owner of the newly-opened
the importance of bringing comfort to the family
The Grateful Dog holistic pet supply store on
North Broad Street, Brevard, has had a lifetime love
of animals. But Tip had one pet that’s just slightly
unusual. In addition to dogs, cats, bats, mice,
snakes and the occasionally rescued turtle or bird,
Tip somehow kept a vulture in her family’s carport!
There’s no vulture food at The Grateful Dog, but
you’ll find everything you need for a dog or cat,
including food, toys, treats, homeopathic remedies,
etc. all with a natural focus. “I never thought I’d
find a career I’d be so passionate about”, Tip said
recently. “but now I live and breathe this. I wake
Nancie Liles, C.F.C., Community Outreach
up thinking nutrition and how I can learn more to
Liaison, Funeral Celebrant, Treasured Memories
help my customers. They are like family to me.”
while providing ways to honor the departed pet.” When not at the store, Tip’s interests include painting,
After an early career as a fashion model, Nancie drawing, making paper and books, and cooking.
went on to be a registered nurse. In order to
combine that compassion with her lifetime love
of animals she began volunteering at Buncombe
County Animal Control and the Buncombe
County Humane Society. Wanting to fill their
need for better shelter, education and adoption
procedures, Nancie formed Friends of theAnimals,
which became the Asheville Humane Society.
Now, as the Funeral Celebrant for companion
animals, Nancie helps pet guardians memorialize
and honor their pet. Statues, urns and other items Tipanay Flagg - Owner, The Grateful Dog
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Holiday Gift Guide
ocally owned independent pet stores and services have wonderful holiday gifts for the companies which support Pet Gazette. For more information, please see their ad in
pets and petlovers, so why go bigbox? Here are just some things available from this issue.
Wag! A Unique Pet Boutique
Louise St. Romain, FastCat Studio
Lawn Pet Crematorium
“Memory Glass “ keepsake jewelry,
touchstones, and other items are made
from cremains suspended in hand blown
solid glass. Many colors are available and
each is individually made. Prices vary
by item.
Yellow Dog rope leashes are great for
any size pet and come in a beautiful array
of colors. 4ft long and comfy in your
hand. $15 each.
A Dog’s Day Out
Susan Strazzella, Artist
A Gift Certificate is always a welcome
gift, and doggie daycare might be
especially welcome for you and/or
a friend for early giving, when long
shopping trips or visits to relatives are
A whimsical portrait of dogs, cats,
horses (even chickens and other pets)
captures their personality from favorite
photographs. Each portrait is a composite
of various materials and takes a while to
make, so for this holiday season consider
wrapping up one of Sue’s postcards as a
gift certificate.
Pet Source
As colorful and playful as they are tough,
these good-sized toys will stand up to
even tuff chewers due to their special
construction and hi-tech materials.
Available in many creatures.
Louise St. Romain, FastCat Studio
The Grateful Dog
Kids love getting special treats in their
Holiday stockings or wrapped as gifts,
and so do our furry kids. These treats
from Stella & Chewy’s are all natural
What about Raw Diets?
by Larry Jandrew
aw diets are not for everyone. Deciding
whether or not a raw diet is best for your
pet and you requires a lot of research before
committing. Following are some insights
that can help you determine if this type of
feeding is best for your pet’s health and
your budget.
Handling raw diets properly is vital to
protecting your pet’s health and your safety.
You must handle the raw food as you would
your own raw meats. Salmonella bacteria can
arise when the meat is not handled properly.
Your pet’s dishes must always be thoroughly
cleaned after every meal. Also, a raw diet
cannot be left out for the pet to finish at a
later time. Raw diets are a little more labor
intensive than dry diets.
Dogs have been eating raw meats for
thousands of years. Prior to the introduction
of dry kibble, dogs and cats diets were
basically made up of raw meats. Dogs and cats
are carnivores (although we have changed
their diets and made them omnivores). For
example a dogs DNA is about 99% similar
to a wolf. Raw diets balance the ratios of
protein and fruits and vegetables that would
naturally be found in the prey hunted in the
wild. The nutrients in raw diets are in their
natural state (not cooked) and bio-available
(available for the body to metabolize
naturally and completely). Raw diets are
also free from certain allergies (grains,
food colorings, chemicals, dust). Raw diets
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are free from fillers and provide enhanced
weight management; can improve skin and
coats on pets because of higher absorption
of fatty acids; and are also known to
improve teeth and gums plus strengthened
immune systems.
A raw diet is generally made up of 70%
water (which is the perfect balance of water
for dogs and cats). Water will help digest
and absorb nutrients. It also helps to burn
fuel which is turned to energy, and helps
maintain normal body temperatures. Water
carries nutrients to the cells and removes
toxins from the cells, taking them to the
proper organs for elimination. Raw diets
also are beneficial because raw fat is very
easy for our pets to metabolize. Fat is the
most important source of energy and glucose
for our pets, and offers about twice as much
energy as protein or carbohydrates.
In the wild, a wolf/dog’s need for
vitamins, minerals, and trace nutrients are
generally found in raw muscle meat, raw
organ meat, and raw bones. So it is important
to rotate proteins in raw diets because each
of the muscle meats and organ meats has a
unique set of amino acids and nutritional
benefits. Nutrients begin to break down
around 120 degrees and their nutritional
value decreases. Since raw meat is never
cooked, these breakdowns do not occur.
If you decide to try raw diets, the
transition process is very important. All
dogs and cats are unique. The transition
process can differ from pet to pet. It is best to
do a slow transition over a two week period.
Begin at 25% raw to 75% current diet. After
a few days increase to 50%-50%. Then 75%
to 25%, then 100%. Be aware that with any
transition there can be minor digestive issues
with your pet. Generally they will go away
after a few days.
I urge you to research the raw diets
available and also the manufacturers. Not all
raw pet foods are equal. Make sure that you
understand whether or not a particular food is
a complete diet or a topper (raw meant to be
fed only as a supplement, not as a complete
diet). Also remember that raw diets should
never be cooked or heated. And do not let the
raw food sit at room temperature.
Thawed raw diets can generally be kept
in the refrigerator for about 3-5 days. I
recommend that you only thaw enough for 23 days. By following a strict protocol on raw
diets you can insure that your pet’s health
and your safety will not be compromised.
Get a knowledgeable person to help you in
selecting a raw diet that fits your and your
pet’s needs.
Larry Jandrew has owned Pet Source
since 1999. He’s been in the industry for
35 years, and worked closely with most of
the pet food companies. His opinions are
based on history and performances by the
manufacturers. He says: “My goal is to give
you the knowledge needed to make your own
choice in deciding what to feed your pet.
Help for Kids
e adults have it rough when our
beloved pet passes, and it can
be hard to help our kids cope with their
own grief at this time. Here are three
books that might help. If none of these
seems appropriate, just search for more
on Amazon, which is where PetGazette
found these. There are more books on this
subject than you might imagine. Many are
even free on Kindle.
The following descriptions are taken
directly from Amazon’s website.
Forever Friend: Activities for Kids Who
Have Lost a Pet
by Susan B. Weaver
Forever Friend is a beautifully
designed and produced activity book
offering a loving, creative and healthy
way for kids age 4 through 14 to copy
with the loss of a pet. Through carefully
structured activities like gathering photos,
drawing pictures, planning a memorial
service and even writing a special song for
their pet, the author gently walks children
and “tweens” through what is often their
first experience and loss. Page by page, as
children work through their grief, they also
create a keepsake scrapbook that forever
captures the happy times they shared with
their special pet. Forever Friend makes
a loving gift that enables children to find
their own unique way to say goodbye.”