Woof Pack Pet Services - May Newsletter
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April was a great month for the pack. Puppy Kindergarten and Basic classes are now in full swing at Blowing Rock Parks and Rec.


Jed, Daisy and Yogi during freeplay

Bear working on a Stand Stay

Tallulah during Sit

Arley demonstrates the Down Stay

Wilson and Jill work on Sit Stay

We are starting the next round of classes in June, here is the information!


Summer Schedule for Group Classes

  • Blowing Rock Parks and Rec. This class is indoors.
  • Cost $150.00
  • Puppy Kindergarten Class  

           ( 4 months to 1 year)

          6 pm June 07th - July 12 th
  • Basic Obedience ( Over 1 year) Tuesdays   7 pm June 07th - July 12th
  • Proof of Rabies and Distemper Vaccinations Required



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Paws for a Cause


This months featured shelter is Mitchell County Animal Rescue in Spruce Pine, NC submitted by Claudia Kelley in honor of her dog Abby. Abby is a sweetheart who has won the Pawsitive Progress Leash Walking Award two years in a row!

Mitchell County Animal Rescue, Inc. is a non-profit volunteer organization devoted to the rescue and care of abandoned and otherwise unwanted animals. The primary goals are the promotion of spaying and neutering pets, reducing the population of stray animals, and the education of future generations in humane treatment of animals. MCAR has several fundraisers coming up including a big yard sale and

Wine and Whiskers Benefit for MCAR Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 4:00pm Mountainside Wine

271 Oak Avenue Spruce Pine, NC

Here is a link to MCAR Facebook

Abby was rescued on May 19th, 2005 Happy 6 years together Abby and Claudia! and Teddy of course:)

May 15-21rst is International Dog Bite Prevention Week.One of the the biggest concerns I have as a trainer is teaching children and dogs how to behave appropriately around each other. Here is some information on what you can do to prevent a child from being bitten being and keep your entire family safe, including Fido!

Why Do Dogs Bite?

There are several possible reasons why a dog may bite a child:

  • The dog is protecting a possession, food or water dish or puppies.
  • The dog is protecting a resting place.The dog is protecting its owner or the owner's property.
  • The the child has done something to provoke or frighten the dog (e.g., hugging the dog, moving into the dog's space, leaning or stepping over the dog, trying to take something from the dog).
  • The dog is old and grumpy and having a bad day and has no patience for the actions of a child.
  • The dog is injured or sick.
  • The child has hurt or startled it by stepping on it, poking it or pulling its fur, tail or ears.
  • The dog has not learned bite inhibition and bites hard by accident when the child offers food or a toy to the dog.
  • The child and dog are engaging in rough play and the dog gets overly excited.
  • The dog views the child as a prey item because the child is running and/or screaming near the dog or riding a bicycle or otherwise moving past the dog.

How do they warn us?

There are always warning signs before a bite occurs, but these can be very subtle and may be missed by many people. A dog may appear to tolerate being repeatedly mauled by a child and one day bites, surprising everyone. Sometimes the warning have gone on for months or even years before the dog finally loses its tolerance and bites. Signs that you should take very seriously that indicate that the dog is saying "I have been very patient with this child, but I am nearing the end of my patience", include:

  • The dog gets up and moves away from the child.
  • The dog turns his head away from the child.
  • The dog looks at you with a pleading expression.
  • You can see the "whites" of the dogs eyes, in a half moon shape (see photo at right).
  • The dog yawns while the child approaches or is interacting with him.
  • The dog licks his chops while the child approaches or is interacting with him.
  • The dog suddenly starts scratching, biting or licking himself.
  • The dog does a big "wet dog shake" after the child stops touching him.

You may think that your dog loves to have the children climbing all over him and hugging him, but if you see any of these signs, then you are being warned that a bite could occur if the dog feels he has no other way of defending himself. Do your dog and your child a favour and intervene if you notice any of these signs.

















Many of you have asked for more information on our Ruff Housin

Here's the SCOOP!


  • Medium or Large Indoor runs
  • 5 outdoors excursions daily  with Hikes and Dog Park visits also available
  • Solid Walls Separate Runs for Safety and Security
  • See-through plexiglass doors
  • Daily Sanitizing of Pet Area
  • Playtime and Socialization
  • Special Individual Playtime
  • Yappy Hour with homemade treats
  • TV with Animal Planet during the day
  • Daily Movie Matinee 
  • Daily River Walk
  • Calming Stereo Music at night
  • Fresh Air Circulation
  • Trained, Experienced, and Attentive Staff experienced in calming Separation Anxiety
  • Flexible Pick Up times available
  • Lots of Love!!!!!!!!


Bless You! It's Allergy Season for Fido too!
Just like people, dogs can show allergic symptoms when their immune systems begin to recognize certain everyday substances—or allergens— as dangerous. Even though these allergens are common in most environments and harmless to most animals, a dog with allergies will have an extreme reaction to them. Allergens can be problematic when inhaled, ingested or contact a dog’s skin. As his body tries to rid itself of these substances, a variety of skin, digestive and respiratory symptoms may appear.

What Are the General Symptoms of Allergies in Dogs?
  • Itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin
  • Increased scratching
  • Itchy, runny eyes
  • Itchy back or base of tail (most commonly flea allergy)
  • Itchy ears and ear infections
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Snoring caused by an inflamed throat
  • Paw chewing/swollen paws
  • Constant licking

Allergic dogs may also suffer from secondary bacterial or yeast skin infections, which may cause hair loss, scabs or crusts on the skin.

What Substances Can Dogs Be Allergic To?

A few common allergens include:

  • Tree, grass and weed pollens
  • Mold spores
  • Dust and house dust mites
  • Dander
  • Feathers
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Food ingredients (e.g. beef, chicken, pork, corn, wheat or soy)
  • Prescription drugs
  • Fleas and flea-control products (The bite of a single flea can trigger intense itchiness for two to three weeks!)
  • Perfumes
  • Cleaning products
  • Fabrics
  • Insecticidal shampoo
  • Rubber and plastic materials

Can Dogs Be Allergic to Food?

Yes, but it often takes some detective work to find out what substance is causing the allergic reaction. Dogs with a food allergy will commonly have itchy skin, breathing difficulties or gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea and vomiting, and an elimination diet will most probably be used to determine what food he is allergic to. If your dog is specifically allergic to chicken, for example, you should avoid feeding him any products containing chicken protein or fat.

Please note that food allergies may show up in dogs at any age.

What Should I Do If I Think My Dog Has Allergies?

Visit your veterinarian. After taking a complete history and conducting a physical examination, he or she may be able to determine the source of your dog’s allergic reaction. If not, your vet will most probably recommend skin or blood tests, or a special elimination diet, to find out what's causing the allergic reaction.

How Are Dog Allergies Diagnosed?

If your dog’s itchy, red or irritated skin persists beyond initial treatment by a veterinarian, allergy testing, most often performed by a veterinary dermatologist, is likely warranted. The diagnostic test of choice is an intradermal skin test similar to the one performed on humans.

The only way to diagnose a food allergy is to feed your dog a prescription or hydrolyzed protein diet exclusively for 12 weeks. The importance of not feeding your dog anything but the diet cannot be emphasized enough—that means no treats, table food or flavored medication. This diet will be free of potential allergy-causing ingredients and will ideally have ingredients your dog has never been exposed to. He’ll remain on the diet until his symptoms go away, at which time you’ll begin to reintroduce old foods to see which ones might be causing the allergic reaction.

Please note, many dogs diagnosed with a food allergy will require home-cooked meals—but this must be done in conjunction with your veterinarian, as it requires careful food balancing.

Considering adding a new pet to your family this Spring?

Please be sure to visit our local rescue groups. Click on the Links below to check out the wonderful animals in our area available now. 


Watauga Humane Society

High Country Friends for Life

Avery County Humane Society

Ashe County Humane Society





Mel and the Team at Woof Pack



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