A miniature poodle that fell into a freezing North Carolina river on January 9th was saved by a kind stranger who didn’t hesitate to help. Inside Edition reports that the tiny dog had somehow slipped into the French Broad River in Asheville and was struggling to stay afloat in the “turbulent currents.”
Two women saw the dog in danger and immediately called Asheville Animal Services. Fearing the pooch wouldn’t survive if they waited for authorities, one of the women dove in to rescue the dog herself. In doing so, she saved the miniature poodle’s life.
“It had stormed the previous day, so the river level was high with powerful currents. The water was freezing,” explained Asheville Animal Control Officer Becky Doty, who had responded to the scene. “He was very lucky.” Doty and animal shelter volunteers said the pup was doing well, all thanks to the anonymous woman they’re calling a hero.
After a full medical evaluation, the animal shelter staff gave the lucky dog a clean bill of health, named him Riu, and placed him with a foster home. But the story doesn’t end there. According to Facebook posts from the Asheville Humane Society, Riu’s real name is Benzo. That was discovered when the little guy was finally reunited with his family.
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Best Places To Vacation With Pets In North Carolina And South Carolina
My dog, Daisy, is such a big part of our family that it’s hard to board her when we travel. Don’t get me wrong, that place is great, but we’d prefer to have Daisy with us. But that’s not always possible, since not all vacation destinations are pet friendly.
Motel 6, the hotel chain where pets always stay free, has come out with their list of the Top Pet Friendly Road Trip Destinations. They judged locations on things like access to dog parks, green spaces and hiking trails, plus proximity to pet stores and veterinarians, dog-friendly restaurants, patios in the area, and more.
Topping the list is Santa Monica, California, thanks to its hundreds of nearby hiking and walking trails, plus plenty of dining with open air patios that let folks bring their pets. However, you don’t have to travel that far to find other pet friendly spots. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and Asheville, North Carolina also rank in the top ten.
Top 10 Most Pet Friendly Road Trip Destinations
North Carolina City Is Ranked As One Of The Most Pet Friendly
It’s no secret we love our pets! They are family! In fact, did you know that there are over 90 million households with pets in the US? That’s a lot of pets and families who want them to live long, happy, and healthy lives. Can where you reside impact that? It just might! A recent study conducted by Wallet Hub ranked one North Carolina city as one of the most pet friendly. Think you know which one it is? I’ll give you a hint it has a vet school which probably contributed to such a high ranking on this list.
In 2021, pet ownership cost Americans $123.6 billion, according to the American Pet Products Association. Expenses add up fast between food, vet care, grooming, toys, boarding etc. Though if you love your pets the way I do there is no amount of money you wouldn’t spend on them.
With animal parents in mind, WalletHub compared the pet-friendliness of the 100 largest U.S. cities across 23 key metrics. Their data set ranges from minimum pet-care provider rate per visit to pet businesses per capita to walkability. Keep reading to see which North Carolina city ranked as one of the most pet friendly. You’ll see the top 20 and then below that where there the other three NC cities included are ranked. You can read WalletHub’s full study here.