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The Call of the Mountains

It wasn’t without trepidation that we decided to move from Illinois to North Carolina. Grandbury is no young pup at seventeen, and Winni– our house has been her world since we rescued her six years ago. We weren’t sure how the move would affect the two of them. Moving with pets, especially those with age and medical issues, can not only be complicated, but can lead to adjustment issues that may reveal themselves in behavior and health problems.

As you’ve read, we’ve traveled to the Asheville and Black Mountain areas of North Carolina many times throughout the year. We absolutely fell in love with the place. There is so much to love here. Western North Carolina is stunning to the senses, and it is one of the most pet friendly areas we’ve ever seen.

Black Mountain, NC-24Paws-

Every minute we have with Grandbury is a blessing, and we make certain to recognize it and appreciate the time we have with him. Moving to the Asheville/Black Mountain area has given us so many fun opportunities and adventures to share with him (and with you). The extended time we had with both Frosty and Tristan, as well as taking care of Grandbury as he reaches a grand old age, has been the greatest example of how short and sweet life truly is. We’ve taken these lessons to heart, and in great part, this is why we are now North Carolinians.

Grandbury of 24Paws, The Wise Dog of the Mountain

Grandbury took the move in stride, and while Winni has had some adjustments issues, is right at home now.

Photo of a cat sleeping on the back of a rocker.

We hope you’ll continue to join us on this great adventure, and remember to stop chasing your tail and get out and chase down what makes you happy.

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Strolling Black Mountain with Grandbury and Winni

Grandbury and Winni met so many new friends as we strolled through Black Mountain today. Grandbury loves his new stroller. Contact us for ordering information, you’ll soon be able to order them through! This is the large stroller cart that accommodates a dog up to 110 lbs.  At 50 lbs, Grandbury fits just fine and has plenty of head room to turn around and sit comfortably.

Grandbury in his new stroller

Our 17 year old boy deserves his seat of style. Winni takes it easy too. 🙂


Winni in her backpack.


We made a stop at the Black Mountain Tailgate Market. Travelin’ with your pets? Don’t be shy, grab a leash (or your carriers or strollers) and stop in. Handmade locals items range from coffee and chocolate to plants and jewelry.

Black Market Tailgate Pet Friendly


There are so many great stores to visit when you trek downtown Black Mountain, North Carolina. Grandbury sampled some tasty treats at Bone-A-Fide Bakery & Pet Boutique. Nothin’ better than a little treat and rub for the pooch. Winni sat by wondering where her little nibble was.

Winni in her cat carrier.

One pooped pooch and kitty. We all certainly had a great time meeting everyone today. Black Mountain, North Carolina is a pet friendly community that awaits your visit.

Tired Winni and Grandbury in North Carolina.