Saturday, February 28, 2009

Write your Representatives to Support Humane Euthanasia

This article is from the North Carolina Coalition for Humane Euthanasia website (

Davie's Law/ Humane Euthanasia in Shelters (House Bill #6) was filed Wednesday, January 28 in the North Carolina General Assembly by Representative Cary Allred. The bill is named for a puppy who survived a North Carolina gas chamber, later to be found in alive a plastic bag in a dumpster by a citizen taking out her trash. Many shelters still use the CO gas chamber and other cruel and inhumane methods to end the lives of lost and abandoned animals. If Davie's Law passes, it would ensure that no animal would ever again be subjected to this treatment in a North Carolina shelter.

The bill is endorsed by the American Humane Association, Animal Law Coalition, In Defense of Animals, Born Free USA, and many veterinarians and animal welfare organizations. It would require humane euthanasia by injection of sodium pentobarbital, or an alternate oral version of the drug, for all animals euthanized in the custody of shelters. Sixty-five animal shelters in North Carolina euthanize primarily by injection, and fifty-nine of those report using this method exclusively. Employees in those shelters have been trained to safely deal with wildlife and aggressive animals. Still, thirty-two county and city shelters kill animals in gas chambers made of cinderblock, metal, and even wood.

House Bill #6 can be found at this link Other primary sponsors include Representatives Rick Glazier, Ty Harrell, and Pat McElraft.

Please call and email your state legislators and ask them to support "Davie's Law," House Bill number 6. Find out who represents you in the North Carolina General Assembly at this link Personal visits, calls, written letters, and emails are best, but a form letter is also available at the NCCHE website. Please take time to let your legislators know how you feel in your own words.

Contact to join our mailing list, or to attend a hometown meeting with your legislators.

Our tax dollars are paying for this cruel form of euthanasia. Tell the government that we want this to change!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

6th Annual Dine to Be Kind, Asheville

Dine out on February 24, 2009 and you will be saving homeless pets.

The Animal Compassion Network is hosting their 6th Annual Dine to Be Kind day in honor of National Spay Day. Over fifty local restaurants have agreed to donate a portion of the day's proceeds to help support the Animal Compassion Network's Spay/Neuter Assistance Program.

Restaurants include some of our more popular...Corner Kitchen, 12 Bones Smokehouse, Doc Chey's Noodle House, Green Sage, Dripolator Coffee House, Black Mountain, Stir Fry Cafe and many more. For a full listing of participating restaurants go to

Get out there and help homeless pets. Make this your good deed for the week

Slick Rock Country Emporium

On the way back from visiting Lake Lure, while passing through Bat Cave we noticed a sign for the Slick Rock Country Emporium. We followed US 64 and found an enchanting spot nestled next to the Slick Rock. The cottage was colorfully painted with items for sale on the porch.

Owner Becky Coleman was tending the shop that day and welcomed us inside. She explained Slick Rock Country Emporium is reviving handmade and traditional cottage industry. The shop and studio is located next to a spring fed waterfall on the site of a 19th century homestead formerly known as Slick Rock Orchard established in 1888.

Along with basic groceries, cold drinks and coffee, they have over 35 local artists and craftmakers work available for sale featuring handmade rustic furniture, pottery, folk art, jewelry, blown glass, wood bowls & carvings, soap, gourds and fabric arts.

The tiny grocery features milk, bread, ice cream, cold drinks, snacks, cooking supplies, local food products and Slick Rock Roast Coffee.

The owners believe in conserving our natural resources and donate a portion of the profits to Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, (

What a great place to stop for a break, do some shopping and sit a spell next to the relaxing waterfall over Slick Rock. Hours are 10 Am to 6 PM Tuesday thru Sunday. Closed Monday. For more information and directions call 828.685.8798 or check out

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Bella's Neighborhood Italian Restaurant, Banner Elk

Bella's sits in a strip mall that would be very ordinary except for the fantastic view of Sugar Mountain from the parking lot. At about 4000 feet, just a little below the top of Sugar, you can see the ski slopes perfectly from here.

This is our favorite place to eat in Banner Elk - no question. A couple of Italian guys from the Northeast (NJ, I think) started this place in a spot where no one seemed to be able to make a go of it. They offer a wide range of Italian dishes from pasta to pizza by the slice or Chicken Parmigiana and Fried Calamari. All of it good.

If I don't get the hommade Lasagna, then I order Joe's Mussels in spicy red sauce ($7.99) with a Caprese Salad ($7.29). The mussels are fresh and medium sized served in a bowl of spicy tomato sauce with crusty bread to dip in the sauce. The salad come with Roma tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, red onions and basil and dressed with olive oil and Balsamic reduction. The mozzarella is very fresh and makes this salad!

My husband usually gets the Big D's Sausage Cacciatore Calzone ($8.99) with sausage, onions, peppers, ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella, and Island seasoning wrapped in a pizza dough calzone and a cup of marinara sauce for dipping.

The menu is extensive and we have had just about everything on it at least once. All of it was great. I love their sauce - spicey and tomatoey but in just the right amount. They offer a kids menu with spaghetti, hot dogs, grilled cheese, chicken fingers and ravioli priced from $3.99 to 4.99.

Lunches consist of panninis, club sandwiches, burgers and chicken wings. Pizza and calzones are offered all day. Desserts are wonderful especially the cannolis and tiramisu.

So if you are in the area skiing or up for the weekend, check out this place for inexpensive great Italian food. You won't be sorry.

They are open daily for lunch and dinner. The bar is directly as you come in with seating for dining and a TV screen for the bar partons. If it is crowded, take a seat here and beat the wait. Extra dining rooms for parties are to your right and the main dining are is to your left. For more info call 828.898.9022.


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