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Anyone who has a dog understands the struggles that come along with taking a vacation. Finding a friend to watch over your dog or resorting to a kennel is never an easy or fun process to go through. Enjoying the outdoors with your dog is an easy and fun way to take a vacation and still enjoy the company of your canine companion.
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings About 20% of all owned dogs were adopted from an animal shelter. It can be rewarding to know that when you adopt a shelter dog, you are saving their life and giving them a loving, caring home. At the same time, you’re supporting adoption centers, helping them to keep caring for homeless animals. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, so let’s take a second to appreciate animal rescue shelters and all the good they do for animals in need. Maybe this is the month to even adopt one?? In the 19th century, the very first dog shelter was created in Britain by 22 philanthropists who all shared a love for animals. In 1824, they started a nonprofit called the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), originally intended to pass laws preventing the abuse of carriage horses. America’s own humane organization, the ASPCA, opened in 1866. Founded by Henry Bergh, it was the first animal rescue organization in the Western Hemisphere and began sheltering dogs and cats in 1894. The American Humane Society formed in 1877 along with...
If you are planning a camping or backpacking trip, there are essentials that you will need to take with you, like your tent, headlamps, food, and of course your hammock. Another essential that should be added to the list is your dog. Why? No Boarding Expenses For many dog owners, the thought of leaving their pet while they take a vacation is disheartening. Not only do kennels tend to be expensive, you can’t know for sure the quality of care being given or how lonely it may be for the dog. If, instead of being put in a kennel, the dog is being cared for by a family member or friend, there is the added burden of a dog and all of the responsibilities that come with it put upon them. And what’s even worse is leaving the dog at the house alone. Loneliness, worry, separation, and reliance on someone else can all be avoided if you bring your dog along with you. Security When you are outdoors, you have the potential of facing countless dangers. Animals that live in the area can easily invade campsites, especially when there is food around, and you can never be sure that you...
The summer is a time for playing outside, eating outside and exploring outside. It’s hot, it’s sunny, and boy, can you get a good tan! But just because it feels awesome for you, it may not feel quite as pleasant for your furry, four-legged friend. In fact, the 90 degree heat that has you purring with delight sprawled out at your local, woodland water hole, might leave your hound dehydrated, burnt and bitten. Don’t fret though, there are many simple ways to minimize pet danger and maximize your fun without having to go easy on your summer plans. Here are a few of our suggestions… Vaccinate early – Before you are even think about which hike to throw yourself into on Memorial Day weekend, it’s worth making sure your pet is protected medically. Take them to the vet for a quick once over and make sure they’re checked for heart worms. Also, make sure you’re up to date on their preventative medication – think ticks, fleas, biting insects and heartworm. Ticks can be a pain -literally! – but a simple tick collar is super effective and remains in action for up to 90 days! Beat the heat – Dogs only...
Alas, it is Blue Monday. The day that psychologist Cliff Arnall dubbed the most depressing day of the year (although we’re pretty sure Ravens’ and Giants’ fans may argue otherwise!). Asked in 2005 to figure out which day made us weep the most, Arnall plugged away at intricate math formulas before deciding upon the third Monday in January as the culprit. Why you ask? Well, there are a number of reasons… The weather is dull, dreary and just rather drab. New Year’s resolutions are not working out. Christmas credit card bills begin to arrive. Low motivational levels. The “hibernation effect,” when people are lethargic and eat more. Surprisingly – (not so much) – some people question the validity surrounding his hypothesis. Arnall was originally asked to make the discovery by a public relations firm marketing the travel company Sky Travel. The plan was for Arnall to work out which day we were in the biggest mood on, Sky Travel would then advertise it, and we would go ahead and book wonderful summer holidays with them as something to look forward to. Today, in 2012, it has now become “officially” the most depressing day. But hey, if you weren’t told it was...
Hola ENOpians! Here at our Asheville base camp, we believe in a happy work environment to make you, our faithful followers, even happier. So, what better way to up the office’s endorphins, reduce stress and improve relationships, by bringing along our furry friends! Here are a few of the office dogs!

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