If you’ve reached that long dreamt about milestone known as retirement, and you’ve settled blissfully into unscheduled days of relaxation, socialization, maybe spending precious time with grandchildren and diving into those long put off hobbies, then you’re already aware of how sweet this time of life can be.
Folks who have chosen to live in the mountain towns in North Carolina get to enjoy many of the region’s amazing perks at this stage of life. These quaint and charming towns are the perfect accompaniment to the beauty of the landscape. Community pulls together in these small towns, creating an atmosphere of support as well as a fun place to socialize.
People aren’t the only ones who benefit from the warmth of the mountain community—anyone who lives here knows how pet friendly the environment is from the downtown to the expansive outdoors– like the hiking trails near Asheville. And it’s fortunate for us that pets are cherished and welcome.
It’s no secret how essential socializing is as we age, both for our emotional and physical health. Pets can be a tremendous part of socializing. Not only our personal relationship with our pet, but also the ways that dog ownership fosters more interaction outside our homes. Owning a dog, for example, encourages exercise—up to 34% more according to Michigan State University’s study- than our non-dog owning neighbors. That’s quite impressive.
The beauty of being retired is our ample free time which translates to more hours we can commit to our dogs and cats. More time to stroll downtown and chat up your neighbors who can’t resist your adorable pup. Dogs most certainly help create a sense of community outside the home
Pet Partners understands just how important pets are to all who live in the mountain towns of North Carolina. Pet Partners is a non-profit, ten-year-old Caldwell County organization whose mission “is to find forever, loving homes for unwanted, abandoned and homeless animals in our area.” Pet Partners has been working tirelessly to make a better community and all this effort and determination is paying off. Pet Partners knows the solution is fairly basic—spay/neuter, adopt and educate.
Thank goodness Caldwell County is a pet friendly community that eagerly supports Pet Partners’ mission.
Located at 220 Joyceton Church Road in Lenoir, many get involved by donating time and helping to fund this worthy organization. The folks in the mountain towns of North Carolina are reliable and committed to helping out their four-legged friends–whether by adopting a dog or a cat, fostering an animal, donating food, wipes, disinfectant spray, paper towels, crates, bowls and other pet necessities, tick and flea meds, or volunteering. All donations are tax deductible.
Feel free to visit the Waggin’ Tail Resale and Marketplace in Lenoir for home décor, furniture, glassware, garden and patio, consignment, local artisans, select clothing, unique finds and collectibles—and of course all purchases and donations benefit Pet Partners. Store hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm.
Pet Partners is currently campaigning to raise $150,000.00 by June 1, 2019. They will surely reach their goal with the support of the pet friendly community. Don’t forget their weekly adoption events at Tractor Supply in Lenoir most Saturdays 10am-4pm.
Fall 2018 Adoption Schedule: September 1, 8, 15, 22, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17. All adoption fees and information are available on the Pet Partners’ website PetPartnersRescue(dot)org.
Some volunteer opportunities: fostering animals, working at adoption events, hosting fundraisers, helping at Waggin’ Tail Resale & Marketplace, maintaining their building and grounds, as well as education and promotions. Just fill out the form on the “Contact Us” page.
Those folks upon retiring who chose an idyllic parcel of land and dream home at The Coves, understand the immeasurable essential value of our pets. Just take a stroll outside on any lovely fall day, and you will find your neighbors at The Coves out hiking trials near Asheville with their dogs trotting contentedly alongside them. Thirteen miles of glorious trails stretch out over our gated community’s 3,600 acres…an undeniably lush playground for folks and their dogs to explore throughout the year.
The Johns River is the centerpiece of the trails, meandering through The Coves’ expanse, carrying recreation and relaxation in its clean current. Dogs adore the trails that wind through the woods, as well as lead to four waterfalls, with forty-and-fifty-foot cascades. Put The Coves Mountain River Club first on your list when you’re beginning to search for your retirement home. Take a stroll with your dog on the many hiking trails near Asheville, and see for yourself why The Coves should be your next home.
Call us at 828.754.0700 to schedule a tour!