Four-Legged Fête

Take this dog for a walk and meet some like-minded friends.

Take this dog for a walk and meet some like-minded friends.

Dog knows that Western North Carolinians set a tremendous store by their four-legged canine companions. Heck, three-legged dogs get plenty of love, too: we’re a community committed to saving sick, abandoned, and abused animals: Consider Bold Life’s cover story this month, about Friends for Life Forever Farm in Lake Toxaway (www.boldlife.com/pet-sounds). Founded by Kathleen Bub, the property shelters older rescue animals, including dogs, cats, pigs, goats, and horses, who might otherwise be euthanized.

A dog-centric event this week hosted by the recently formed Friends of Jackson Dog Park is co-sponsored by a litany of other local nonprofits, including Blue Ridge Humane Society, Brother Wolf, Charlie’s Angels, Foothills Humane Society, Sarge’s Animal Rescue, and Yancey Humane Society. It’s the biggest adoption-and-education happening of the year. Forever homing is the main objective, but expert lectures will include advice on first aid for dogs, how dogs learn, and alternative pet health. Independent and chain pet stories will hawk toys and hand out treats.

“The event is a great example of how our community works together,” Lutrelle O’Cain, executive director at Blue Ridge Humane Society, tells Bold Life. “This effort by dog lovers in our community shows we all want to enhance the park for dogs and their owners. The dog park is a wonderful social and exercise venue for our canine family members and their owners, and improving the facility will ensure a safer place to play.”

Saturday, November 12, at Jackson Park, 10am-2pm, free. Call 828-545-7221 for more information. friendsofjacksondogpark.com

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