Winter Weather Pet Safety – How to keep your pets safe this winter.


It’s getting cold out there.  Here are some tips on how to keep your pets safe from winter dangers.

Brrr! It’s getting chilly out there! Are your pets ready for winter?

We love our furry kids, and want to keep them safe from harm.  Dogs, cats and other furry family members require a little extra care and attention during the winter months.

How to Keep pets Safe in winter months

We love our pets and want to keep them safe when the weather turns harsh.

While snuggling up and providing extra warm bedding for our pets are comforts that make them feel loved, Winter can be harsh for our fur-kids. Especially so for small animals and smooth-coated dog and cat breeds. A few special considerations can go a long way to preventing our pets from experiencing most winter-time pet injuries.

At Around Town Hound Pet Care we urge pet parents to consider the following preventative care to maximize the health and safety of their pets this winter:

Keep your pets indoors and/or limit their exposure on really cold days. Younger and older pets and short-hair breeds are more vulnerable to cold weather and should not be left outside for long periods of time.

Utilize appropriately designed and fitted sweaters and/or coats for pets that need them. Short-hair breeds and fine-hair breeds like Dachshund, Doberman, whippet, greyhound, Italian greyhound, Jack Russell Terrier, Yorkies, Chihuahua, and toy breed dogs are especially vulnerable to the cold.

Dogs like Rees with short, fine fur need a little help to keep warm.

Check out our favorite pet sweaters and jackets. Gold Paw stretch fleece sweaters and Gooby Trekking Jackets are well-made quality pet outdoor gear. Layer them up for extra warmth on really cold days!

Provide weather-proof shelter for any pets that are left outside. All pets, including small caged pets, need a warm place to sleep and shelter from wind and drafts. Add a thick layer of straw to pet shelters for additional insulation from the cold and provide a snug, warm bed that does not sit directly on the ground. Reinforce dog shelters and dog houses and make them wind-proof. Assemble a few shelters for your outdoor cats. They are cheap and easy to make.

Here’s a helpful video on how to make a cat shelter: DIY Cat Shelter

Pets who spend time outdoors will require more calories to keep warm.  Leave out extra food and water for them.  Plastic food and water bowls are best for outdoor feeding in the wintertime.

Look out for the signs and symptoms of frostbite and hypothermia: Uncontrollable shivering, Decreased heart & breathing rate, Lethargy or uncoordinated movements, Tongue & gums bluish, localized cold burns on paws, ears, and other exposed skin. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet is suffering from any of these conditions.

Trim the long hair on the bottom of your dog’s feet. This will prevent the build up of ice balls, which can be painful and difficult to remove.

Winter dog walk safety

Trim your pet’s nails regularly. Pets may have a difficult time trying to maintain traction in icy conditions with long nails. Slips and falls on ice can result in injury to knee, hip and shoulder joints.

Rinse your pet’s paws in warm water when they come indoors. Ice-melt chemicals -even pet-friendly varieties – and salt can irritate and burn paw pads. These chemicals are also toxic if ingested when a pet licks their paws. Use a mug or cup full of warm water to dunk and rinse each paw as your pets come indoors. Thoroughly wipe off and dry your pet’s paws after dunking.

Antifreeze and household chemicals containing ethylene glycol are extremely toxic to pets. Antifreeze poisoning can kill a dog or cat within 24 hours.   Use products that contain propylene glycol instead of ethylene glycol, and utilize proper storage and handling of these products.

Cat Safety in WinterBefore starting up the car on cold mornings, bang on your car hood. Outdoor and feral cats seek shelter and warmth on car engines in cold months. Banging on the car hood will alert them and can prevent injuries or death.

Seek training in Pet First Aid & CPR skills. Be prepared for emergencies when your pets need you most. We recommend PetTech Pet First Aid & CPR Trainings. Visit to find a class or instructor near you.

We hope you enjoy a safe, warm and cozy winter with your pets.

For more information about Around Town Hound Pet Care services and our Pet Tech Pet First Aid & CPR Training Classes visit or call us anytime at (828) 216-0161.

Pet Friendly Hotels in South Asheville

We’re thrilled you are bringing your family pets along for your trip to Asheville.

Asheville is one pet-friendly town!dog friendly hotels asheville 28803

With so many great adventures, restaurants, breweries, and places to bring your dog along in Asheville, it’s easy to travel here with your family pets.

We’ve put together a quick-list of all the best Pet-Friendly lodging spots in the South Asheville area. 

Please be aware that most of these hotels do not allow pets to be left alone in the rooms. (We also provide in-hotel pet services to these locations, if you need help with your pets while you’re visiting.)

Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park

43 Town Square Boulevard

Asheville, NC 28803

(828) 209-2700


Doubletree by Hilton, Biltmore Village

115 Hendersonville Rd

Asheville, NC 28803

(828) 274-1800


Residence Inn Asheville Biltmore

701 Biltmore Avenue

Asheville, NC 28803

(828) 281-3361


Grand Bohemian Hotel

11 Boston Way

Asheville, NC 28803

(828) 505-2949




Dog-centric Luxury Vacation cabins.  You and your dogs will never want to leave. 

Doggie Doors in all the cabins, Fenced in yards, Dog Beds, dog bowls and a total dog-friendly vacation spot for you and your pets.



Thank you for choosing Around Town Hound Pet Care Service!


I’m Maripage Grubic, owner and primary pet sitter at Around Town Hound Pet Care Service.

Thank you for choosing us to care for your furry kids. Asheville Pet Sitter Maripage Grubic with her dogs.

To me, pet sitting for your furry family members is so much more than just taking your dog for a walk or cleaning the cat’s litter box. It’s about caring for your pet’s well-being and building a relationship with them and you. It means making a connection with your pets and developing a relationship, so they feel comfortable, like they’re spending time with a member of their family. It means helping you and your pets have a great life together and providing you with the comfort of knowing your beloved pets and home are safe and well cared for.

In my years of pet sitting, I have learned that no two pets or households are the same.  The things your pet needs most, and what keeps them happiest when you’re away, doesn’t always fit into a standard visit. Around Town Hound Pet Care Service customizes each pet visit to best suit your pet’s unique requirements.

I welcome you to call me with any questions you have about our pet sitting, dog walking & exercise sessions, dog hikes or cat sitting services. We will discuss your pet’s needs and come up with the best plan for their care.

I look forward to caring for your furry family members soon!

~ Maripage

Great Walks in South Asheville to Keep Your Dogs Happy

Maybe you’ve just moved to South Asheville or simply relocated here from another part of town. Let me tell you about some great places to walk that will keep you and your dogs happy.

Jackie and Hunter on a Morning Walk on the Mountain To Sea Trail

The Mountain To Sea Trail – Asheville, NC
You can access the mountain to sea trail in South Asheville, right off the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance at Hendersonville Road. Just look for gravel pull-offs and the trailheads.

At this section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Mountain to Sea Trail zig-zags across the parkway every few miles or so. It is a heavily traveled trail, with lots of use by runners and dog owners. The trails can be tight quarters in some spots, so if your dogs are leash reactive, it may be best to walk dogs here in the mornings, or in the winter.

Wildlife frequent the trails and surrounding forest, so be on the alert for bears, rattlesnakes, turkeys, etc. The Mountain to Sea Trail is State Park land, so your dogs must be on a leash at all times.

The Trail ranges from easy to challenging and can be very muddy in the spring and fall. Bring along plenty of towels for doggie clean off. [Read more…]

How to Sign In and Request Services using our Online Scheduler

How to Request Services using our Online Scheduler – Time To Pet

Do you prefer to use our online scheduler to request services at your convenience? Here’s how…

Click on the Schedule Services page on our website and scroll down to the “Schedule Services” button.  Click and you will find sign in menu for our Client Portal.

You can use your Client Portal to send us service requests. To start click on the “Schedule” link at the top of the page.

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Asheville Best Pet Sitting Service, Best of WNC 2016

Thank You Asheville!

Around Town Hound Pet Care Service won 1st place Best Pet Sitting Service in the Best of WNC 2016. 

We are truly honored to have your trust in our care for your beloved pets. 

Thank you for being the best clients ever!

Asheville Best Pet Sitting Service

What to Expect from Our Dog Walking Services

When it comes to dog walking around Asheville and Arden, we take the job seriously.  Your dog’s walking time is sometimes the highlight of their day, so we do our best to make it a great experience.

"More than just a dog walker...Maripage is invested in my dogs care and well being." - Julie F

“More than just a dog walker…Maripage is invested in my dogs care and well being.” – Julie F

When we first arrive we say our hello’s and take a moment for tail wags and belly rubs. It’s a little ritual that reminds your dogs we are there to bring them good stuff and fun.

Before we go anywhere your dogs are securely outfitted with their leashes and harnesses. During the first few minutes of their walk your dogs can mosey at the pace that pleases them. This ensures plenty of time to read the “P-Mail” and take care of important doggie business.

Your dog’s walk is tailored to their individual needs, depending on your dog’s age, health and overall well being. The walk may vary from a gentle stroll to a vigorous paced walk. It all depends on what is best for your dog, and what they need on that day. [Read more…]

How Do I Select Right Pet Sitter?

Selecting the right pet sitter is somewhat like choosing the right babysitter for your child. There are so many factors to consider, and you wouldn’t hire just anyone to care for your kids.IMG_1252

One of the most important factors to consider is whether the pet sitter is in your area, and provides the type of service you and your pets need. Do you know whether you need vacation pet care, daily dog walks, overnight pet sitting, or someone to visit with your pets for a few hours?

Trust will be the next most important consideration in choosing the right pet sitter. You need to hire someone that you trust. After all, the pet sitter/dog walker will not only be caring for your pets, but they will have access to your home. [Read more…]