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Contest winner: Cayce


JULY 2012

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The Staff:

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Betty Ramsey Samantha Hurst Leah Justice Gwen Ring Barbara Tilly Ashley Brewington Channing Marshall


Pat Thorne


Gwen Ring



Matt Corn Nicholas Holmberg Betty Ramsey Lenette Sprouse Jessy Taylor Jeff Allison Jonathan Burrell Nick Elder Tony Elder

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

From the Editor: The Tryon Daily Bulletin had more fun than you know sorting through your “ahh”-inspiring, laughter-inducing and just toocute-to-be-true pet photos. There’s no question the residents of our wonderful foothills love their furry friends. It’s evident in the long list of programs volunteers make possible at the Foothills Humane Society. It’s obvious by the numerous other organizations and individuals who regularly work to help our furry friends as well. It definitely could not go unnoticed by our staff when we received almost 150 photos from readers of everything from bunnies to goats to felines! Thank you for sharing these precious members of your family. While there were dozens of potential winning photos in the mix, only one could grab the cover of this section and a $50 gift card from Purrrfect Bark in Columbus. That prize went to ???? who you can learn more about on the next page. We hope this section proves to be informative and enjoyable for you and the furrier members of your family! - Samantha Hurst, editor

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Table of Contents


Pampered Pets


Pet Nutrition


A Local Pet Store: Purrrfect Bark


Q & A: Let’s Talk Dog


Keeping Pets Cool


Organizations to the Rescue

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Above: If you want your canine or feline friend to be decked out with vibrant colors and patterns this summer, the Summer House in Saluda carries Up Country collars. Ranging in price from $14.95-$20, the collars are made in Rhode Island. Left top: The Farm House in Landrum carries not only the necessities for equine owners but fun items for their horses, too. This Jolly Ball makes for a great toy when a horse is on stall rest or even out in the field. ($25.95) Left bottom: Want your equine friend to have nothing but the best? Step up from your average salt block to these Himalayan Salt blocks. The all-natural product is an actual block of salt, not salt granules compressed into blocks. ($8.95)

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Above: Cinda Austin makes a variety of homemade snacks for your furry canine. BowWowzers are sold at the Mill Spring Ag Center Farm Store in flavors such as Addie’s Nutty Buddies (peanut butter, $4) or Beef and Cheddar bones ($5). Right: The Summer House also carries multiple books for the animal lover, including one titled, “Best Hikes with Dogs in North Carolina,” written by Karen Chavez.

WAYS LOCAL PEOPLE SPOIL THEIR PETS: Edward and Bernice Culbreth said they simply love their 130-pound pooch and shower her with as much affection as possible. “We give her a lot of attention … Papa takes her for a long walk twice a day. She’s papa’s girl - she stays right with him and follows every step he takes,” Bernice Culbreth said. Lisa Stokes’ Great Dane Blue doesn’t get people food, although he gets a treat now and then, but what he wants more than anything is a good rub down. “We call it that he ‘comes up for a spark’ – an old expression my husband learned from his parents. Blue just walks up to you while you’re watching television, lifts his head up and lets you know he wants you to rub his neck … then he walks the length of the sofa so you can rub him from nose to tail. He’s such a big old baby.” Betty Ross found her dog Buddy in Charlotte near the freeway – no

collar and in very bad shape. She brought him home and took him in as her own. Part Weimaraner and part chocolate lab, he’s been a marvelous dog, she said. “I throw his tennis ball religiously – he lives for that tennis ball. Whether I throw it out in the water or across the yard, he wants to chase it,” she said. Dianne Joyce said she makes a point of grooming her four dogs, two cats and two horses regularly because they love it. “I always wanted a big family — I just didn’t know it would be mostly animals,” Joyce said. Joyce’s pets love particular treats as well. Her oldest horse loves bananas while her youngest horse loves papaya chips and another craves tomatoes. Every weekend the dogs get a marrow bone, which helps keep their teeth clean, she said.

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Tryon Daily Bulletin  /  All About Pets Jackson. Owner: Jackie Brouse.

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Greenlee. Owner: Marsha White.

Fred Astare. Owner: Jennifer Sutton.

Millie. Owner: Adrian Gschwend Hammond.

Foxy. Owner: Jana Hinely.

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Tryon Daily Bulletin  /  All About Pets Honey. Owner: Aine McGarity-Love.

Gizmo. Owner: Karen Andersson.

Hershey. Owner: Don Wilson.


Harper. Owner: Casey Shehan.

Lily. Owner: Kelly Noegel.

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Whatever the animals, whether dogs, cats or horses, they are no longer considered just a pet, but a full-fledged member of the family. That being the case, pet owners naturally want to give their animals the proper nutrition to ensure their family members live long, healthy lives. Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald from “Animal Planet” said a survey was conducted in 1957 posing the question: Do you consider your pet(s) a part of your family? In 1957, 43 percent of participants answered yes, they did consider their pet a part of their family. When the same survey was done in 2004, 97 percent of participants answered yes. Most pet owners may be unaware that they should read ingredient labels on their pet food, but there are some basic terms that should be avoided to ensure your pet is getting the proper nutrition it deserves.

Commercial brand dog and cat foods can portant to look on dog food for the statement be full of chemicals, but local veterinarians from AAFCO (The Association of American say most of today’s quality brand dog and cat Feed Control Officials) which is the non-govfoods have everything a pet needs to thrive. Keri ernmental organization that regulates the food. Jenkins of Cloverfield Veterinary Hospital in Brands like Science Diet and Iams also Green Creek said that with recent research, new provide proper nutrients for domestic pets, dog and cat foods are quite good at supplying other local veterinary offices said, but there are everything a pet some products needs. Ingredients such as meat by-products on the market D r. S a r a h that have byshould be avoided as well as Silver of Twin products and Oaks Veterinary fillers such as corn, which are difficult fillers that can Clinic near Gowbe unhealthy for animals to digest. ensville, S.C. said for animals. she feeds her pets Ingredients Purina and also recommends RoyalK9 and such as meat byproducts should be avoided, as Hills. Silver said she recommends good qual- well as fillers such as corn, which are difficult ity, well-known food from larger companies for animals to digest. Pet foods should supply because smaller companies may not have the a good base of meat, vegetables, vitamins and resources for research. Silver also said it is im(Continued on page 9)

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FOODS PETS SHOULD NOT EAT: All pet owners have given in to their animals’ pleas for table food, but some foods edible for humans can pose hazards to pets because of their different metabolism. Some foods can cause digestive problems and others can cause severe illness and even death. The following are some of the items pets should not eat, either intentionally or unintentionally: • ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES - can cause intoxication, coma and death. • AVOCADO - the leaves, seeds, fruit and bark contain persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea. • BONES from fish, poultry or other meat sources can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system. • CHOCOLATE, COFFEE, TEA (or other caffeine) can cause diarrhea and be toxic to the heart and nervous system. • FAT TRIMMINGS - can cause pancreatitis. • FISH (raw, canned or cooked- if fed exclusively or in high amounts can result in a thiamine deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizure and in severe cases, death. • GRAPES, RAISINS AND CURRANTS - contain an unknown toxin that can damage the kidneys. There have been no problems associated with grape seed extract. • MILK/DAIRY PRODUCTS - some adult dogs and cats may develop diarrhea if given large amounts. • ONIONS AND GARLIC - contain sulfoxides and disulfides which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs. Garlic is less toxic than onions. • RAW EGGS AND MEAT - may contain salmonella and e. coli. bacteria. • SALT - if eaten in large quantities may lead to electrolyte imbalances. • TABLE SCRAPS (in large amounts) - are not nutritionally balanced. They should never be more than 10 percent of the diet. - source

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minerals. Pets also have allergies that can be seasonal or non seasonal, such as food allergies. There are plenty of foods on the market today for your pet’s individual needs, whether your pet is overweight, older or needs a specialized prescription diet. Many of these specialty foods and supplements can be found at Nature’s Storehouse in Tryon. Common allergies can come seasonally, such as from fleas, but many pets also suffer from food allergies or allergies of the environment. Dave Conley with Pet Source in Hendersonville said simply taking out cheap grain, wheat, corn and soy from a pet’s diet can help with food allergies. Some symptoms of food allergies can range from skin irritation to drainage in the eyes, Conley said. Another thing to look for in older pets is too much salt in their diet, Jenkins said. Vitamins and supplements are readily available for other pet ailments. For example, Glucosamine is important for pets’ joints and can help with arthritis symptoms in older pets, especially in older dogs. When looking for good cat food, owners should be aware of choosing foods that are healthy for a cat’s urinary tract health. The main ingredient should obviously be meat or fish, but owners should also look for ingredients such as broth, vegetables, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Seeing the word “byproduct” or a long chemical name that you can’t pronounce are the first signs that brand should be avoided, say veterinarians and pet food providers.

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Buddy. Owner: Betty Rose.

Foxy. Owner: Jana Hinely.

Charlotte. Owner: Michele Wells.

Looker. Owner: Marcy Wright.

Jackson. Owner: Jackie Brouse.

Foxy. Owner: Daniel Molnar.

George. Owner: Wylie Rauschenbach.

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Looker. Owner: Marcy Wright.

Duchess. Owner: Jack and Janice Farrell.

Kylee. Owner: Edward and Bernice Culbreth.

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Buford. Owner: Marsha White.

Schu-Schu. Owner: Barbara Ketchum.

Blu. Owner: Lisa Stokes.

Piper and Zorro. Owner: Marcy Wright.

Piper and friend. Owner: Marcy Wright.

Gizmo. Owner: Karen Anderson. Rascal. Owner: Ellen Bryant.

Smith and Wesson. Owner: Alex Petricka.

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Echo. Owner: Lee Lindsay.

Max. Owner: Julia Griffin.

Schu-Schu. Owner: Barbara Ketchum.

Hassie. Owner: Frances McCain.

Winston. Owner: Connie Brown. Lilly. Owner: Kelly Noegel.

Buffy Ann. Owner: Paul & Judy Stacy.

Millie. Owner: Adrian Gschwend Hammond.

Dixie. Owner: Randy Long.

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Buford. Owner: Marsha White. Brahma Bull. Submitted by: Caleb Rice.

Callie. Owner: Jeanette Corner.

Harvey. Owner: Marcy Wright.

Copper. Owner: Betsy Johnston.

Brew. Owner: John Cash.

Cayce. Owner: Robert and Diana Berg.

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Caring for your pets’ needs doesn’t require a highway or a 30-minute ride. Purrrfect Bark opened its doors in Columbus in December 2011 and has been booming ever since. Eric Mack and Laura Backus, owner of Little Mountain Farm Supply in Tryon, said many of their customers came into Little Mountain stating, “I didn’t know you carried dog and cat food.” Then Mack saw the need for a store serving better quality pet foods and in a location that was more convenient. “People were driving to Hendersonville and Spartanburg that were unaware of the selection we carried at Little Mountain. Lots of people don’t go out toward Green Creek and we thought Columbus would be a good location,” said Mack. Purrrfect Bark took to the town of Columbus due to a higher traffic flow along Hwy. 108. The space is small but filled from floor to ceiling with everything you could need for your pet, including quality foods, treats, leashes, grooming supplies and toys. Anything he doesn’t have, Mack said he makes sure to check and see if he can get it for you. “Coming to a smaller independent you obtain more advice than going to a larger store. We attend several trade shows and product seminars a year, keeping us up-to-date on the latest products. Our philosophy is better quality foods results in lower (Continued on page 17)

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Eric Mack, Purrrfect Bark owner, with his dog, Bailey. Photo by Gwen Ring.

cost in vet bills. People are more aware now of their own food, plus the ingredients in their pets’ food, resulting in better coat quality, overall health and less consumption of food. And less poop!” said Mack. It’s not a theory that what you feed your pet is just as important as the type of foods you feed yourself. “Lower quality foods actually cost you more because of the added fillers, which your pet’s body can’t utilize fillers, thus they become waste” said Mack. “With better quality foods a pet’s body utilizes more and becomes fuller faster, requiring fewer portions per day, thus saving you money.” Purrrfect Bark carries a wide variety of product: frozen foods, canned foods, brands such as Sojos, Honest Kitchen, Orijens, Wellness and many more. They also offer frequent buyer programs. “We have several premium quality products that are only available to independent retailers who show excellent knowledge of the product line and can be helpful in determining specific dietary needs,” said Mack. Many similar products that we sell are less

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expensive or sometimes a couple dollars more but 20 miles closer. As an example, an extra large dog crate at our location is $99 and at a national pet retailer it is $149. Saving yourself gas money as well.” Not only is it important to Mack to take care of pets who have owners but also those who don’t. “We offer free bags of cat food to those who adopt cats from us through Foothills Humane Society (FHS). We’ve negotiated a deeply discounted price for FHS that we now provide them. We also donate to local athletic and youth groups,” he said. Mack said what keeps him going in business is helping people understand and notice the difference in feeding higher and better quality foods to their pets. And he’s doing just that every day. “Business is doing very well and we’re currently looking to expand to a bigger location. In the plan also is to eventually bring wild bird food. Columbus has been welcoming and supportive to our entrepreneurial spirit. Many customers come in and ask how everything is going and are genuinely interested,” Mack said.. Purrrfect Bark is located at 40 E. Mills St. in Columbus, right next to Paul’s Barber Shop. For further information about the store or your pet needs, call Mack at 828-894-2444.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 Queenie. Owner: Linda and Stu Davidson.


Lil Sister. Owner: Molly McGarity.

China. Owner: Wilbert and Kay Norris Sr.

Piper. Owner: Marcy Wright.

Pierre. Owner: Larsons.

Loretta. Owner: Unknown.

Kyle. Owner: Carl Pierce.

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MISCHIEVOUS PETS Jackson. Owner: Jackie Brouse.

Indy. Owner: Karen Andersson.

Piper and Looker. Owner: Marcy Wright.

Endora. Owner: Marian Unger.


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Q Pat Thorne and her dog. Photo submitted.


: My dog lives with three

cats and is very nonchalant about their comings and goings. So, why is it that if my dog sees a strange cat across the yard or while outside he goes crazy and wants to chase it? A: Dogs are pack animals. Cats and other dogs in your household are considered safe and part of their pack. The aggressive attitude displayed toward a strange cat (or dog) is only a reaction to a potential threat that your dog sees as a danger to its own pack. If you are out and your dog sees a strange cat it may bark as a warning. The barking then triggers the chase behavior in your dog because the cat runs away from the barking dog. Staying calm and turning your dog away from this potential threat is the best thing you can do for him.

: My dog will not eat his

dinner unless I am in the room. Even then he only eats one piece at a time making sure I am watching him. He never finishes a bowl of food. Even when I return home he will run over to his bowl and start eating again piece by piece. He seems thin to me and I just want him to eat a full meal every day. A: This is not unusual behavior. When we unintentionally give our dogs the leadership position of our pack they will use food to demonstrate to us that they are indeed the leader. They do this by “gesturing eating” in front of us. Your dog is saying to you, “I am in control of the food, not you.” This role needs to be reversed. You should take your dog’s bowl at mealtime and do the following: Place his bowl on the counter next to a small plate for you on which you will put a small piece of food for yourself. A cracker or maybe a piece of cheese would do. Next fill your dog’s bowl and then eat your small bite of food in front of your dog. You are now “gesture eating” in front of him! You are communicating that you are the resource for his food, not him. You can then place his bowl down and walk away. If at any time he walks away from his bowl, pick it up and do not feed him again until next mealtime. In time this will put an end to your “picky eater.”

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: Why does my dog not come to me when I call him?

A: Most owners’ dogs will not come to them when called, and sometimes even run in the opposite direction, for one simple reason. Think for a moment — realistically, at what point do most owners call their dog to them? We call them when we want to trim their nails, leave the park to go home, come in from outside or to put them in a crate when we will be leaving them. When a dog follows a “come” command it should never end in a negative outcome. You should go to your dog to do such things. However, in a situation where you have to call your dog to you, such as leaving a park, call them to you and give them a treat followed by a few minutes of fun play before going home.

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Tryon Daily Bulletin  /  All About Pets Cleo. Owner: Pat Salomon.


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Badger. Owner: EC Butler.

Bella. Owner: Steve Wong. Delilah. Owner: Kelly Vinesett.

Blu. Owner: Lisa Stokes.

BaBa. Owner: Steve Wong.

Stumpy. Owner: Ann Kuykendall.

Diva. Owner: Beverly Ozmon.

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Tryon Daily Bulletin  /  All About Pets Puff Pants. Owner: Dianna Joyce.

Shep. Owner: Jim and Kathy Wright. Bella. Owner: Samantha Long.

Miley. Owner: Dee Owen.

Queenie. Owner: Linda and Stu Davidson.

Zorro. Owner: Marcy Wright.

Sweet Tea. Owner: Suzanne Russell.

Broozer. Owner: Daniel Molnar.

Gabe. Owner: Kelly Vinesett.

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Tryon Daily Bulletin  /  All About Pets Jackson and Dixie. Owner: Jackie Brouse.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Edisto, Teddy and Tuxedo. Owner: Susie Welsh.

Eric and Sophie. Owner: Karen Blackwood.

Bella and Brody. Owner: Holmbergs.

Hilton and Sport. Owner: Gary Corn and James Blanton.

Bay and Simon. Owner: Mark and Bobbie Levin.

Butler and friend. Owner: Belynda Veser.

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Tryon Daily Bulletin  /  All About Pets Jackson and Dixon. Owner: Jackie Brouse.

Miley and Weenie. Owner: Dee Owen.

Mistti, Angie and Rockii. Owner: Larsons.

Monty and Maggie. Owner: Doug Lemons.

George and Oscar. Owner: Jo Hasenzahl.

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Zorro, Marcy Wright’s pup, relaxing in his personal kiddie pool. Photo submitted.

It’s getting hotter outside and your pets are feeling the heat. Keeping your pets cool this summer is as necessary a task as keeping yourself cool in the rising heat. Dogs, cats and horses alike get hot and can over heat. Dr. Ian Fitch of Bonnie Brae Veterinarian Hospital said in order to check whether or not your pet is overheating, “monitor for excessive panting and red

gums.” Maintaining fresh clean water daily is a big help to animals that are kept not only indoors but also especially outdoors, he said. Cats with long hair will appreciate a cool towel wrapped around them or a frozen bottle of water to lie on or near. Horses can expunge their heat with a cold sponge or may need their larger blood vessels near the neck, leg and belly to be

hosed down. Dogs can develop hot spots in their coat during excessively hot conditions. With a cold, damp towel, pet owners can relieve their canine of these spots. Giving them a “cool down bath” with no soap, just cool water, can also help alleviate these issues. Breeds such as bulldogs, Saint Bernards and boxers are especially sensitive to heat. (Continued on page 27)

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Zorro and Kodi, Marcy Wright’s pups, cooling off in a stream. Photo submitted.

Fitch suggests one of the best ways to protect animals from the summer’s temperatures is to keep pets in a cool place between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. with a 15 to 20-minute walk if your pet is fit and healthy. Showering your pets with constant water flow with a sprinkler system or a small kiddie pool will help the animal keep comfortable and will escape the heat in addition to the “cool down bath.” Some pet owners have discovered giving a dog sugar-free popsicles can cool the dog from the inside out just as it would its owner. Avoid keeping your pets in a car, or a room where sun can get in; keep them in a cool, air conditioned place. Grooming your pets is another great way to keep them cool and comfortable. Professional pet groomer Terri Henderson, owner of Doggie Barber Shop and Daycare in Landum, said when cutting a dog’s fur she “tries not to show the skin because it can sunburn.” Henderson went on to discuss the increase of fleas and ticks in the summer months. She suggested using preventive maintenance outside and not only on the dog. She said an at-home trick to killing fleas immediately is washing your pet in Dawn dish detergent. Following the bath call your local veterinary clinic to see what they recommend to further the treatment. Pets can get hot just like you. A good rule of thumb to remember is if it’s too hot outside for you, it is too hot for your pet as well.

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Millie. Owner: Alexis Phillips.

Melody. Owner: Donna Daniel.

Luke. Owner: John Hirsh. Ollie. Owner: Barbara Breedlove.

QuBee. Owner: RJ Reeves.

May. Owner: Diane Cash.

Lucy Lou. Owner: Jana Hinely.

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Owl. Owner: Jo Jasenzahl.

Murphey Ramses Wilson. Owner: Ryan, Mike and Barbara Wilson. Peanut the Pirate. Owner: Christina C. Drawdy.

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Snoopy. Owner: Tracy Holmes.

Simba. Owner: Kathie Heimburger. Skittle. Owner: Christina Hipp.

Smartee Pants. Owner: Pat Salomon.

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Queenie. Owner: Linda and Stu Davidson. Peggy Sue. Owner: Jana Hinely.

Piper. Owner: Marcy Wright.

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Rascal. Owner: Susan Tagg Bowman. Shep. Owner: Jim and Kathy Wright.

Patches. Owner: Frances Smith.

Raleigh. Owner: Marsha White.

Roxie. Owner: Teresa Witt.

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ORGANIZATIONS to the RESCUE Pet owners not alone in effort to care for animals.


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Although pet ownership can be an exciting and loving companionship, it requires much responsibility, and this responsibility can sometimes be overwhelming. Unfortunately, some pet owners believe that they have to give away their pet in order to give it the life it deserves, without realizing that there are many different programs throughout the community that strive to help you care for your pets. Ranging anywhere from food to obedience training, or even if a pet needs rescue, there are multiple organizations that will assist you in the care and keeping of your pets when you are in need. The organization, along with several others, also provides a variety of services to pet owners who feel they may not be able to afford continuing to feed or provide healthcare for their pets. The overall goal of all these organizations is to see to it that no pet goes without a loving home or ends up furthering the increase of stray pet colonies. (Continued on page 35)

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• Keep ‘Em Home Through their program called “Keep ‘Em Home,” the Foothills Humane Society provides pet food to those in need of assistance. By accepting donations from Wal-Mart and other stores of pet food with broken bags, volunteer groups such as Meals on Wheels & Christian Ministry then bring the food to members of the community who may be unable to feed their animals otherwise. For more information on this program, please contact the Foothills Humane Society at 828-863-4444. • Voucher Program Another program through the Foothills Humane Society is the Discount Voucher Program, where FHS will provide vouchers to discount veterinary costs, which is made possible through discounts received by the Foothills Humane Society. This is to help members of the community to access affordable veterinary care. The food donation program is another great opportunity to help. Community members can drop off food at area vets to benefit the Foothills Humane Society. Drop off boxes are located at different veterinary offices in the area, such as Bonnie Brae, Cloverfield and Landrum Veterinary Clinic. Drop off boxes are located at Little Mountain Farm Supply and Hospice Thrift Barn. • Basic Obedience Training Basic Obedience Training classes, held by Deborah O’Donald at the Foothills Humane Society, are a great opportunity for pet owners in the community to come and learn basic training skills for their pets. This is a wonderful opportunity for those in the community who have trouble disciplining their animals and would like to learn more about obedience. These classes are open to the public and are offered Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings. For more information, please contact the Foothills Humane Society at 828-863-4444. • Low Cost Vetting The Foothills Humane Society offers a variety of programs to provide inexpensive, full vetting treatments for your pets. FHS is currently offering free adoption, meaning that they are currently waiving regular adoption fees, which usually cover everything from vaccinations to medications. Although this is not always offered, Foothills Humane Society always cuts the costs of these necessary vetting treatments, which they are able to do thanks to the generous donations and grants they receive. “Po’ Kitties” is a program that provides inexpensive spaying and neutering to the kittens of the area. Another low rate program called “Mothers with Litters” allows members of the community to bring in new mothers and their litters to be fixed. “Fix Your Pits For Free” is a voucher program that will cover the costs to have your pit bull spayed or neutered. If one of these programs doesn’t cover your pets, the Foothills Humane Society is able to cut costs in half for pet owners who want to have their pets spayed and neutered. “Our primary goal is to do our part to help with the over population problem” says Selena Coffey, executive director of the Foothills Humane Society.

• Pet Tender Angels is a non-rofit organization founded in the upstate South Carolina area to become a place for stray, feral, special needs or abandoned dogs. The shelter believes in the rescue and rehabilitation of dogs so that they can be adopted into loving homes. Through their efforts, hundreds of once homeless dogs have been rehabilitated and socialized and adopted into loving homes. To get in touch with Pet Tender Angels, call 864-787-2498. SALUDA DOG SOCIETY • The Saluda Dog Society is a fairly new, community based, networking organization founded to help provide care and assistance to the area’s four-legged friends. The group provides a wide variety of volunteer services, such as stray dog rescue, foster homes for pets in need and rehabilitation. It even helps find lost dogs through the large network of community members and local volunteer organizations. The Saluda Dog Society holds meetings about once a month. To learn more about the services provided or to get involved, call Pat Waring at 828-749-1332. (continued from page 36)

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FERA • The Foothills Equestrian Recue Association is a division of the Foothills Humane Society that investigates and takes action against the neglect and abuse of horses in the area. FERA has five cruelty investigators who assist the animal control officers through the sheriff ’s department when horses have been mistreated, neglected, or abused. FERA also assists horse owners in the community when they are unable to afford food or medical expenses. To get in touch with the Foothills Equine Rescue Association, call 828-863-4444. PILOTS N PAWS • Pilots N Paws was founded by Debi Boies and pilot Jon Wehrenberg in 2008. Their efforts were first executed when Jon agreed to help Debi by flying a rescued Doberman from Florida to South Carolina to save the dog’s life. The trip was a success and the two brainstormed on how to rescue other animals. Because of the extensive pet overpopulation problem in the south, Debi and Jon said they knew that by transporting these animals to locations where loving homes could be found they would be saving the lives of many pets who could otherwise be euthanized. When the website was launched, they created a location where private pilots who were willing to provide free transport, and people and organizations who were willing to rescue, shelter or foster animals, could connect to save lives. Today the organization has 2,466 pilot volunteers and 8281 volunteers. Dogs, cats, pigs, reptiles

Marcy Wright’s fostered kittens. Photo submitted.

and rabbits are just a few of the thousands of animals that have taken one of their flights. To contact Pilots N Paws, visit their website at

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Left to right: Baby, Honey, Sweetie, Bear and Polly. Owner: Skip Love.

Jackson. Owner: Jackie Brouse.

Jasmine. Owner: Carl Pierce.

Liza Minelli and Harry Houdini. Owner: Eric Freeman.

John. Submitted by: Lucy Morris.

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Stella. Owner: Barbara Childs.

Winston. Owner: Connie Brown. Star. Owner: Y Basarab.

Ty. Owner: Dee Owen.

Wesson. Owner: Alex Petricka.

Woody. Owner: Marcy Wright.

Sumter. Owner: Marsha White.

A23 Tuesday, July 31, 2012 Gabbie. Owner: Chris and Samantha Hurst.

Tryon Daily Bulletin  /  All About Pets Goosey. Owner: Lenette Sprouse.

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Stella, Stell, Beanie, Bean. Owner: Gwen Ring.

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