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September 14, 2011 - 2:53pm

By: Dr. Golden

Bert is a really cute, 2 year-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who began having intermittent diarrhea and problems with itching and recurrent skin infections when he was about 5 months old. Bert’s human “mom” was advised that his symptoms could be due to a food allergy, and she embarked on an effort to find a better food for him. Early on it appeared that Bert could be allergic to wheat, and she would purchase foods that were wheat-free. These included diets that were specifically formulated for dogs with “intestinal disease” and others that were “...

September 14, 2011 - 1:42pm

By: Kelly Brown

Insomuch (In-so-much) came into my life after many tragic events. Com’ere (short for Come-here), my fourteen and a half year-old Shepherd/Collie mix passed away and my dog Soever (short for Who-so-ever) and I missed her very much. Soever had never been alone before. She and Com’ere had been friends her whole life; they were inseparable. 

After some time had passed, I felt we were both ready for someone special to come into our hearts, and I was worried about Soever because she seemed lonely and depressed. She desperately needed a companion. Dorothy (who...

August 9, 2011 - 12:58pm

Although totally blind, Animal Hospital of North Asheville client James Hedrik resisted getting a guide dog for a long time. “I thought it would be too much responsibility,” said James. He was urged to get a guide dog by Services for the Blind and fortunately his case worker persisted in her efforts to get James to consider a guide dog.

“Finally I went to her office. We called all around the country and spoke to nine different groups, but it didn’t work out. None of these organizations felt right. The last phone call we made was to the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind in Long...

August 8, 2011 - 12:06pm

We did not know what we were getting into when we agreed to foster 3 little kittens. They were just over a month old and suffering from lice, (fortunately only cats can get cat lice), respiratory and eye infections. A good Samaritan brought the three brothers into AHNA. We had originally planned to find homes for all three kittens once they were feeling better.

July 15, 2011 - 11:53am

Susan Gilison was in her backyard playing with her dog, Patches, when she began barking and jumping up to put her paws on the fence. Susan tried to calm Patches, but she was too excited.

Sheila, Susan’s sister, was in the front yard at the time and began looking around for the cause of Patches’ excitement. She saw what she thought was a cat curled up on the front porch, but the cat but turned out to be a tiny Chihuahua. Sheila sat down with the dog and a few moments later Susan found them there; Sheila had the Chihuahua on her lap.

The little dog didn’t have identification...

June 1, 2011 - 9:28pm

Last October, Mary Anne Witfield was asleep in her bed with her cat Samantha, also known as Sam, when she was startled awake. There was an intruder in her home and he was pulling her out of her bed.

“He was yelling and he began to shake me,” said Mary Anne, “and then out of my peripheral vision I saw a black shadow flying through the air. It was Sam! She attached herself to the man’s face and dug in her claws. She would not let go!”

The shock of the pain caused the intruder to release Mary Anne, but little Sam stayed firmly attached.

“I lead him out of my house...

June 1, 2011 - 3:26pm

By: Gretchen Harwell, RVT

The veterinary technician program I attended assigns either a cat or a dog to each student for an entire school year. Each student is responsible for monitoring the pet’s weight to make sure they’re on the right diet, to socialize the pet, to give it a physical once a week, and then to either adopt the pet or find it a home at the end of the year. By about two weeks in, most students are in love with their pets and there’s no doubt who will be adopting them.

When we...

May 12, 2011 - 2:48pm

By Andrea Wright

My girlfriend, Jillian, adopted Milo and his sister, Eloise from Mary Paws in January of 2010. Both Milo and Eloise were born with problems that make them a little wobbly on their feet. We were told that neither of them would be able to climb, run, or get around very well at all.

We took them home and began trying to make our home safe for them. We made a barrier out of boxes to block the stairs - which Milo promptly jumped over. So much for the limited mobility!

Ever since that first day, Milo has been full of surprises. He loves to climb,...

May 12, 2011 - 1:18pm

By: Jill Merrill, Client Care Team

The first time I saw Waylon his name was Riley (which is the name of our other dog, who is a Westie), and I fell in love with his scruffy face! Even though I hadn’t adopted him yet, in my mind I had already named him Waylon. I discovered he was adoptable through Animal Haven of Asheville, and he was one of the dogs involved in the ‘A New Leash on Life’ program.

‘A New Leash on Life’ is a program that allows minimum and medium custody state prisons to partner with local animal shelters, animal welfare agencies, and/or private non-profit...

April 15, 2011 - 3:24pm

Living With Addison's Disease

Years ago, Kim, and her partner, Liz, found a friendly black-and-white dog roaming the parking lot of a local restaurant.

“It was obvious to me that she had been abandoned,” said Kim. “She was incredibly friendly, approaching people and wagging her tail, but she was also very confused and hungry. We had scarves in our trunk that we tied together to make a leash, which we put around her neck, and brought her home.”

Kim and Liz advertised that they had found the dog and hoped the owner would contact them. In the meantime, they...


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