As Asheville's reputation as a pet-friendly town began to grow, "Best of" added a separate Pets category in 2005. And in typical, pet-loyal fashion, most of the 2007 winners are familiar names.
Charlotte Street Animal Hospital, which itself has been growing and just relocated to new digs at 208 Charlotte St., moved into our Hall of Fame by taking first place for vets for the third year in a row. Animal Hospital of North Asheville has held the second spot all three years. Only Haw Creek Animal Hospital is new on the list, in third place.
Black Mountain's Bed & Biscuit is top kennel for the second time in three pet-voting years. Bed & Biscuit, Top Dog and The Dog House have been on the list all three years. You Work, I'll Play and At Play with Sparky are newbies. (A personal aside: You Work, I'll Play chose a name that makes me envious every time I drive by their sign.)
And what about stuff? Pet-supply buyers gave Hall of Fame veteran Asheville Pet Supply second place to PetSmart this year (they keep trading places). Pet Supplies Plus made the list for their second year in a row. Congratulations, all.
1420 N. Fork Road, Black Mountain, 669-6578
677A Brevard Road, Asheville, 665-1010
12 Cavalier Lane, Swannanoa, 686-3175
542 Short McDowell St., Asheville, 254-5772
191 Lyman St., Asheville, 252-2323
Various locations (www.petsmart.com)
1451 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, 252-2054
1856 Hendersonville Road A, Asheville, 277-8020
208 Charlotte St., Asheville, 232-0440
1 Beaverdam Road, Asheville, 253-3393
1007 Tunnel Road, Asheville, 298-1678