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Brigadier General Carl L. Trippi Animal Law Scholarship


The recipient of the 2015 Brigadier General Carl L. Trippi Animal Law Scholarship

at Loyola New Orleans College of Law has been announced.  

JG of Florida has been awared the shcolarship,

one of only two privately funded animal law scholarships in this country,

for her work after Katrina and continued efforts to save and foster small animals in need. 


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Talking Dirty with Jasper?

Word is that Rose's Garden Shop and us, MetroWines, are partnering up to to share a glass of wine, talk about plants, gardening, wine and soil, that is to say, talking dirty over at Rose's Garden Shop at 211 Charlotte Street. Jasper will greet you at the door. You can park at Rose's or in our lot @MetroWines. Come on out on Wednesday, January 28th at 5pm and talk dirty with us!

This is Jasper:


This is the announcement in MountainX by Kat McReynolds HERE!

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Aloft Hotel Lobby Dogs Available for Adoption

Aloft Hotel's "Lobby Dogs" Available for Adoption
At this hotel, guests get welcomed with a wagging tail or a warm lick to the face.

A dog will bound out from behind the registration desk, clad in an "Adopt Me" vest, as visitors arrive at the Aloft hotel in downtown Asheville, believed to be the only hotel in the U.S. where guests can adopt the dog that greets them when they check in.

But the hotel doesn't overwhelm road-weary travelers to this mountain tourist mecca, where people come to tour the nation's largest home, the Biltmore estate; cast a fly-fishing rod; or hoist a beer in what has been dubbed "Beer City USA." There's only one adoptable dog at a time, and it's always on a leash.

The pooches at the Aloft Asheville Downtown hotel are part of an adoption program run by the hotel and Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue. The rescue saves the pets from possible euthanasia at area shelters.

"We feel like we are saving lives," said Christine Kavanagh, Aloft's director of sales.

Hotel and rescue workers hope the program not only becomes permanent but spreads to some of the chain's other locations, too. The Asheville hotel, which also allows guests' pets to stay for free, opened in 2012 and has not received one complaint about allergies, messes or dueling dogs, Kavanagh said.

The adoptable dogs have space set aside at the registration desk, on the roof, third floor and in certain employee areas. They can't stay in guest rooms at night but can go with visitors to the restaurant, bar and other spots if they're on a leash.

"The guests love it. It shows up on guest reviews and consumer surveys," Kavanagh said.

Caren Ferris of Amherst, Massachusetts, and her husband certainly did. The couple were staying nearby when they met a 4-year-old terrier mix named Ginger in the hotel bar and cozied up to the pooch sporting an "Adopt Me" vest.

After a visit, "I got up to leave and told her goodbye. She sat up, looked me in the eye and kissed me on the lips. So I called the shelter, thinking maybe we should adopt the dog," Ferris said.

She and her husband filled out the adoption papers, paid $175 in fees and waited to be approved before they were able to take Ginger home to meet their other dogs.

Charlie's Angels has tough adoption standards, including a home visit. If a potential owner is from another state, the rescue will ask a shelter there to do the check.

The restrictions haven't stopped 14 dogs from finding homes since the program started in July, said Kim Smith, president of Charlie's Angels. The rescue's placements have doubled since the hotel started stationing the dogs.

Jan Trantham and her husband, from Atlanta, adopted a 2-year-old Shih Tzu named Jackson. They fell in love with him when they checked in, she said.

"Every time we went somewhere, one of us would say, 'Let's go back to the hotel and see Jackson.' l couldn't stop thinking about this dog," Trantham said.

It's also a wonderful way for the dogs — and the guests — to socialize, Kavanagh said.

"We have a little playpen by the front desk. At times, there's a crowd around the pen because the dog is a conversation starter," Kavanagh said. "Our hotel draws people together so they can mix and mingle and maybe adopt a dog."

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Full Circle Farm Sanctuary Event


Benefit to support Full Circle Farm Sanctuary. Details TBA. About the organization here: Facebook here:

Press Release from Full Circle:
December 2, 2014
WHERE: Metro Wines, 169 Charlotte St., Asheville, NC 28801
DATE: January 16, 2015 (Friday)
TIME: 6 – 8 PM
TICKETS: $15 at the door, RSVP Requested

Join us for a magickal evening that will delight the senses and lift the spirit....a midwinter night of fun, delectable vegan hors d'oeuvres, flowing wine, delightful company and enjoyable music featuring Atlanta's jazz/classic country musician, Craig Womack, a virtuoso on the guitar, violin and mandolin, and Asheville's own popular acoustical stylist, Daniel Barber. Some of the delish hors d'oeuvres will feature Treeline Cheese, a most scrumptious vegan artisinal product generously donated by TreeLine as well as mouth-watering appetizers kindly donated by local vegan food company, No Evil Foods!

We're planning a drawing for some coveted prizes (kindly donated byEden-Out Meals, Plant, Earth Fare West Asheville, Natural Foods Market, Black Mountain Natural Foods, Black Mountain Iron Works and many more!), artwork on display and for sale (with a portion of the proceeds from artwork sales going to Full Circle), and a screening of a short video celebrating the incredible life-saving work being done at Full Circle.

By attending this FUNdraiser, you will be helping Full Circle Farm Sanctuary (FCFS) in its continuing work to save abused, neglected and abandoned farmed animals in need. Currently, 47 rescued animals call Full Circle home. FCFS is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which provides a loving lifetime home to abused and neglected farmed animals, including pigs, chickens, goats, ducks, geese, an emu, a llama, guinea fowl, cats, dogs and more.

$15 admission at the door ushers you in for the fun-filled evening, so be sure to mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Please RSVP online under the event listing at or or by phoning 828.367.1620.
FCFS is also gratefully accepting donations of items for a prize drawing to take place during the event. Please contact us at or 828.367.1620 if you have item(s) to contribute. Thank you!

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George Rodrigue Last Blue Dog

Oh boy, more Blue Dog. Love this guy. There is some sadness here though. This is the last work by George Rodrigue. But, WOW, is it cool. Sail on George Rodrigue! Your Shop Dogs



NEW ORLEANS—On February 12, 2014 the Estate of George Rodrigue announced the release of “Mardi Gras 2014,” the first print to be released by the artist’s studio since his passing on December 14, 2013.

The silkscreen was designed by George Rodrigue before his death and has been printed posthumously in a limited numbered edition of 450.

The print features two of Rodrigue’s iconic Blue Dogs in Mardi Gras regalia against a striped background of purple, green, and gold. “Mardi Gras 2014” is the continuation of a series of annual Mardi Gras works started in 1991.

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“Before Dad got sick, he designed several silkscreen prints that he intended to be created,” says Jacques Rodrigue (pictured). “’Mardi Gras 2014’ will be the first in a series of prints released by his estate over the coming years. My family and I are excited that we have the ability to release new editions of prints in the future that can be enjoyed by his fans and collectors.”

“Mardi Gras 2014” is available for pre-order online at and in Rodrigue Studio locations in New Orleans’ French Quarter, Lafayette, and Carmel, California. The print is offered at an introductory price of $500 and subject to change without notice. Prints will be ready to ship to clients on March 10, 2014.

The Estate of George Rodrigue created a proprietary ink to stamp on editions of prints released by the Rodrigue Estate. The one-of-a-kind ink formula includes several security measures that guarantee the authenticity of Rodrigue Estate editions. The stamp measures approximately 1.5 x 3 inches and is screened directly onto prints issued by the Rodrigue Estate. This signature ink reacts uniquely to differing wavelengths of l

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I Am Not Aquilops

Cate here. Let's get this straight. I am not an Aquilops nor am I a descendent of an Aquilops. While I admit there is some minor, I say minor, resemblance in the long body, long legs, pointed nose and coloring, there is no genetic link! None. This Aquilops is the size of a rabbit. I am a greyhound. 'nough said there. Anyway, here is the story by Traci Watson in USA Today about Aquilops called "Small Dinosaur that inspires AWW" meaning AWW, ain't she cute:

But it also has some serious natural-history chops. At roughly 105 million years old, Aquilops is the continent's oldest definitive member of the group known as horned dinosaurs. Scientists think that either Aquilops or one of its close ancestors migrated from Asia to the New World, wandering North America eons before iconic horned dinosaurs such as Triceratops arrived on the scene.

Whole Story HERE!

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Wall Street Journal reports  clothing designers are working for us now! Oh yeah, dog and cat fashion is all the rage. "We have gone from the kind of cute reindeer gear or ugly sweater to more functional clothing," said Lauren Darr, founder of the International Association of Pet Fashion Professionals in New York City. "Before it was for a cute picture, now it's more practical.It takes it to a different level, going from being a novelty to understanding how things can be used in everyday life."

OK, I love this new fasion trend. I wonder what's IN for Shop Dogs?

                                                                 Your Shop Dog and Fashionista, Cate


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Happy Birthday Cate!

Happy Birthday Shop Dog Cate!

You bring joy to everyone who meets you and we LOVE you dearly.

PESTO tonight!


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Flying Catesby
(Kiowa Sweet Trey  x  Flying Madam)
show pedigree
sex  female
colour  Dark Brindle
born  10 DEC 2003, USA
land of standing  USA
owner  Flying Eagles Kennel  
 This dog is rehomed 




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Helping Brother Wolf


We are trying to help Brother Wolf raise funds for homeless animals. MetroWines is joining with artist Jason Rafferty to offer an art and wine presentation. COOL. What's it all about. Hey, we can keep a secret. Buy a ticket to the event and join in the fun at Mill Room on Thursday Night. Go Here!

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Dogs in Airports: Ambassadors of Calm

We have reported on this story in the past but, the program is so innovative and beneficial, we thought we would remind you.  Airports around the country are bringing in dogs of all shapes and sizes to bring the calm to passengers. Raw nerves and impatience can break out  at anytime but especially during the holiday travel season. Dogs help. USA Today has photos of some of these ambassadors of calm working their magic. Go here, smile and feel the calm!

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ShopDog Update

First, it's coooooooooooold.




*  In Washington DC, a woman has spent more than $35,000 trying to find her missing dog. She lost her dog when she took him off leash to jog.  The dog ran after a deer. We hazard to be preach-y but please don't let your dog off leash. We will always run after a deer.

*  David Sedaris is coming to Asheville. We know David from playing his CDs over and over again in the car on roadtrips. He will be here at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in April. That gives us a solid 4 months to set a strategy to be in the audience. Lips sealed!

*  Michele D'Aprix is coming tomorrow! Word is that she is looking to adopt a dog she met in Spain. Keep you posted.

Oh yeah, and did I say that it's cooooooooooood!

Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit


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Happy Halloween from Your Shop Dogs!


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Saying Good Bye to Eric Dunham

We are so sad, so sad to have to tell you that Winemaker Eric Dunham is gone. Eric made Three Legged Red! And last year, he talked to us here @MetroWines by skype from his cellar at the winery. This is so sad. This is the story of Three Legged Red:


Vineyards in Washington State see a great diurnal temperature swing.  The average temperature at 3 am can be as much as 40 degrees cooler than the average temperature at 3 pm.  This affects the character of the wines, intensifying the fruit flavor of Cabernet, brightening the depth of Syrah, and making Merlot more powerful and rich.

But thinking about diurnal temperature change wasn’t the reason Eric Dunham, of Dunham Cellars, was up at 3 am.  A cacophony of two dogs ululating, snarling and raising Kane outside his window woke him, bringing him to an abrupt and angry consciousness.

Throwing on his robe and boots Eric stomped outside as fast as he could.  But it wasn’t fast enough.  By the time he arrived the fight was over.  The victor may have one the fight for his territory, but lost a leg, a lot of blood, and was clearly dying because of it. 

In a well run small family farm there isn’t the time or money to heal gravely wounded animals.  Nature and commerce dictate a certain utilitarianism and often the best that can be done is to put the animal down.  And so at 3 am, Eric found himself with the task of dispatching a mauled and bloody stray dog. 

Those of you who love one of man’s best friends know the soulful power of a dog looking right into your eyes – droopy eyes begging for a bone; shiny bright eyes of satisfaction at having fetched your socks; the clouded yet dignified, heart-searching eyes of a dog whose time has come.

The dog gazed into Eric’s eyes and seemed to say “I may look defeated now but I have so much more to give.  I am a good dog; loyal, hard working and true.  With your help I can show you how good a dog I can be.” 

And Eric thought “it is either too late in the evening or too early in the morning if this dog is becoming a ventriloquist.”  He looked into the dog’s eyes one more time, swore, and made the decision.  He scooped the dog onto an old blanket and drove off to find a veterinarian.      

True to his words, the dog lived to see another day.  Or, at least, part of him did.  Loosing a lot of blood, some of his tail, one entire leg and a massive amount of Eric’s money he did pull through.  Looking at this newly minted tri-ped of an animal Eric made a couple of decisions.  First, Eric named him Port, because that was the side with his two good legs.  Second, Eric was going to need to make more wine if he was going to pay off the vet bills.

And so it was that Port gained a family and Dunham Cellars makes a wine inspired by him, the Three Legged Red.  Finding inspiration not only in Port (or his medical bills), the Three Legged Red is also based on the classic idea of blending grapes together, here Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot, to make a better wine. 

The Cabernet of Three Legged Red is one of a brambly character that mixes with a sweet cherry pie fruit taste across the palate.  The Syrah adds in a blackberry character, as well as the spice notes of nutmeg, clove and a touch of star anise.  The Merlot draws out the blueberry fruit in the wine while also adding a touch of richness.  Washington State’s diurnal temperature swing means that all of these fruit flavors are bright and supple, making the wine burst with a bright juiciness. 

Dog lover or not, Dunham Cellars expert blending of three grapes from Washington State – Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah – makes Port’s Three Legged Red a delicious table wine.

And most sadly, this is the story of Eric Dunham. We have lost a friend. Get a tissue and read it here.


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Saving Simon: the book, the story, the love.

Jon Katz, his wife Maria, and the four legged family member, Frieda, gave Simon a home. When police in upstate New York found Simon, he was neglected and malnurished. His legs were twisted, his ribs emaciated and his coat black with infestation. The family gave Simon a home, help and love, but, in the end, as always, Simon gave so much more. We don't, as you know, "partake," but if we did, this is a moment for CAVA! Perhaps the Juve Y Camps? We love you Simon! Sail on, Your MetroWines Shop Dogs, Bandit and Cate




From Amazon: In this heartfelt, thoughtful, and inspiring memoir, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz tells the story of his beloved rescue donkey, Simon, and the wondrous ways that animals make us wiser and kinder people.
In the spring of 2011, Jon Katz received a phone call that would challenge every idea he ever had about mercy and compassion. An animal control officer had found a neglected donkey on a farm in upstate New York, and she hoped that Jon and his wife, Maria, would be willing to adopt him. Jon wasn’t planning to add another animal to his home on Bedlam Farm, certainly not a very sick donkey. But the moment he saw the wrenching sight of Simon, he felt a powerful connection. Simon touched something very deep inside of him. Jon and Maria decided to take him in.
Simon’s recovery was far from easy. Weak and malnourished, he needed near constant care, but Jon was determined to help him heal. As Simon’s health improved, Jon would feed him by hand, read to him, take him on walks, even confide in him like an old and trusted friend. Then, miraculously, as if in reciprocation, Simon began to reveal to Jon the true meaning of compassion, the ways in which it can transform our lives and inspire us to take great risks.
This radically different perspective on kindness and empathy led Jon to a troubled border collie from Ireland in need of a home, a blind pony who had lived outside in a pasture for fifteen years, and a new farm for him and Maria. In the great tradition of heroes—from Don Quixote to Shrek—who faced the world in the company of their donkeys, Jon came to understand compassion and mercy in a new light, learning to open up “not just to Simon, not just to animals, but to the human experience. To love, to risk, to friendship.”
With grace, warmth, and keen emotional insight, Saving Simon plumbs the depths of the bonds we form with our animals, and the rewards of “living a more compassionate, considered, and meaningful life.”
Praise for Jon Katz
“With wisdom and grace, Katz unlocks the canine soul and the complicated wonders that lie within and offers powerful insights to anyone who has ever struggled with, and loved, a troubled animal.”—John Grogan, author of Marley & Me
“Katz’s world—of animals and humans and their combined generosity of spirit—is a place you’re glad you’ve been.”The Boston Globe
“From Toto to Marley, our canine friends are a sure bet in the literary biz. But no one seems to speak their language like Jon Katz.”San Antonio Express-News
“Katz proves himself a Thoreau for modern times as he ponders the relationships between man and animals, humanity and nature.”Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“I toss a lifetime award of three liver snaps to Jon Katz.”—Maureen Corrigan, National Public Radio’sFresh Air

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Get Political for Animals

Big News. The biggest!  From a Press Release:

Julie Lewin, author of "Get Political for Animals," Founder and President of The National Institute for Animal Advocacy, will speak @MetroWines on Tuesday, October 14th at 6pm. The event is free and open to all.

In "Get Political for Animals," Julie, sharing her skills as a lobbyist, leads a step by step strategy to successfully work through the political process to promote animal welfare. Julie Lewin describes the purpose of the book on Amazon as follows:
  "A lawmaker's primary concern is to be re-elected. Base your lobbying strategy on this simple reality, and you can win animal protection laws that are now only fantasies." Julie Lewin, NIFAA President & Trainer If you want laws and public policies to prevent companion animal overpopulation and laws against hunting and trapping, dogfighting, puppy mills, dog chaining, pet stores, circuses, rodeo, dog and horse racing, factory farming and animal research...and want them enforced...and want to elect humane lawmakers...and want to lobby for animals and have it count... The key to your success is political action. Despite the tremendous strides in public awareness over the last decade, laws and ordinances for the protection of animals remain tragically weak. The reason is shockingly simple: Animal advocates do not function politically. NIFAA was founded in 2002 to fill a critical void in the animal rescue and rights movements. To win the strong state and local laws we so much want and that the animals so desperately need, we must become "political animals." Being political means launching voting blocs in our town, city, county or state; that is, organizing politically and endorsing candidates. As all other grassroots issue groups know, when it comes to the lawmaking arena, there is no substitute for the leverage of endorsements. (Lobbying for a charitable organization and sending legislative alerts only nibble at the fringes of political power.) It's not at all hard. A few advocates can make it happen. It simply requires a refocusing, rejecting our old way of thinking and assumptions, and embracing these truths. NIFAA will show you how!
Visit Julie on facebook here:
The meeting is organized by Asheville Voice for Animals and hosted by 
Lafayette Prescott.
Contact: Gina Trippi, MetroWines
shop: 828-575-9525 and cell: 828-273-5348
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Wild Boar Pheromones and Me



We, Bandit and Cate collaborating, report this finding to you in the spirit of science but we do not advocate it! Swine pheromones to encourage dogs to stop barking? Really? Wouldn't a cookie work? A cookie always works! Anyway, we did consult with this guy, Emerson, known as a no nonsense canine scientist. He is on the verge of deciphering the door knob principle so Emerson knows his stuff. Emerson says this may be a scientific probability. He will grant that. But just because it is possible does NOT mean that we should do it! Eating those pink packing peanuts that look strangely like marshmallows is possible too but NOT,  Emerson repeats, NOT a good idea. Emerson recommends positive reinforcement first. Try the cookie. Try the "good things happen when you stop barking approach" before you bring out the smelly stuff.  Anyway, here's the article. See what you think:

In a sense, John McGlone was just like any other pet owner a few years ago. He simply wanted to keep his Cairn Terrier from barking incessantly.

Then again, McGlone is not like most dog owners in that he is a professor at Texas Tech University who just happens to specialize in animal welfare and behavior. And, in that capacity, he just happened to have a product on hand at his house from a previous research study called Boar Mate, an odorous concoction which helps farmers with swine breeding.

So, he gave one little spritz to his dog, Toto, and immediately the dog stopped barking. Right on the spot.

'It was completely serendipitous," said McGlone, who works in the Animal and Food Sciences department of the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences. "One of the most difficult problems is that dogs bark a lot, and it's one of the top reasons they are given back to shelters or pounds."

Suddenly, an idea was born. After extensive testing and publishing of the results, and with funding help from Sergeant's pet care products, Stop That was developed and hit store shelves under the Sentry pet products name about a year ago. It has been met with tremendous success by pet owners who were on their last legs in trying to curtail bad behavior in dogs.

"My dogs were instantly focused and silenced with one spritz," said one product reviewer on "It's changed my life."

Assist to pigs

Not only did the discovery of this product by McGlone come by accident, it came from a completely different species.

McGlone said Boar Mate contains a pig pheromone, defined as "substances secreted to the outside by an individual and received by a second individual of the same species in which they release a specific reaction."

In this case, the pheromone produced is androstenone, which, when secreted by male pigs, is picked up by female pigs in heat and ready to breed. It is a foul-smelling odor for humans and also affects dogs through their olfactory system.

Androstenone is produced by pigs in their saliva or fat, but Boar Mate androstenone is synthesized in a laboratory. One spray of Boar Mate on Toto was all it took to set the wheels of experimentation in motion.

McGlone contacted a canine research site he had worked with on previous experiments, knowing this site had a wide array of adult dogs, both mixed and pure breeds. He also knew that about half of the 100 dogs there barked constantly and would be perfect for testing.

"It doesn't mean it's going to work on a lot of dogs just because it worked on one dog," McGlone said. "It might have been the noise of the spray that stopped them and not the chemical."

McGlone asked Sergeant's to make several spray cans that had the androstenone in different concentrations and also made noise when sprayed. Testing then began.

McGlone had four different groups of barking dogs in separate kennels. The first group of dogs simply had a person with another dog stand in front of the kennels. The second group of dogs was sprayed with a placebo that made the startling, spritz noise. The third group of dogs was sprayed with the noise and a lower concentration (.01µg/mL) of androstenone in isopropyl alcohol. The fourth group was sprayed with a higher concentration (1.0 µg/mL) of androstenone in isopropyl alcohol that also made the spritz sound.

In the first group, 25 percent (3 out of 12 dogs) stopped barking. In the second group, 44 percent (4 of 9 dogs) stopped barking. In the third group, sprayed with the lower concentration of the pheromone, 78 percent (7 of 9 dogs) stopped barking. In the fourth group, sprayed with the higher concentration of androstenone, 100 percent (6 of 6 dogs) stopped barking.

"We sprayed it in their nose or toward their head while they were barking … barking and jumping, running back and forth," McGlone said. "This whole behavior stopped. You could almost see them thinking, 'What was that?'"

McGlone and his group also tested the dogs to see if there were any physiological effects from the spray on the dogs, observing them for 10 minutes before and after being sprayed after outfitting the dogs with telemetry jackets and transmitters to monitor heart rate. The androstenone had no effect on the dogs' heart rates either before or after being sprayed.

Having shown its effectiveness, McGlone was able to classify androstenone not only as a pheromone but also as an intermone, a term developed by him and his team that refers to a product that is a "pheromone in one species and has a behavioral effect in another species, but we do not know if it is a pheromone (naturally produced) in the other species."

McGlone said other tests on the product have also been conducted outside of Texas Tech and that the success rate is more than 90 percent. He also added in his paper on the subject that "additional research to determine the length of the effects of pheromones and the effects of repeated applications remains to be investigated."

Practical uses

Having shown its effectiveness in curtailing bad behavior, the product was developed and hit the stores as Stop That for both dogs and cats, available at PetSmart or through But, McGlone warns, it's not an end-all, beat-all to stopping dogs from barking, as the effects last just about a minute.

"If you continue to spray the dog again it will stop," McGlone said. "If you (show the can) they will stop. It's best used as a training tool rather than a circus act to stop animals from doing what they're doing."

McGlone said he continues to experiment with other pheromones as well to see if any of those might have the same effect. It's not limited to pig pheromones, either, as he is testing those from dogs, cats, pigs and horses.

For now, though, there are quite a few pet owners relieved to be able to stop their pets' bad behavior and not have to resort to giving them up, thanks to Stop That.

"It's kind of an amazing product, actually," McGlone said.

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Loyola New Orleans: Congratulations!


Princeton Review ranks Loyola top in the nation

Loyola University New Orleans was named one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review’s 2015 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 379 Colleges.” Among The Princeton Review’s accolades, Loyola is ranked in the top 10 in the nation for its race-class interaction and diversity, No. 2, best college newspaper, No. 5, and is ranked No. 6 for town-gown relations, which gauges how well students get along with members of the local community. 


We mention this recognition for Loyola New Orelans because that is where you will find a scholarship for law students who want to use their education and law degree to help animals. The Brigadier General Carl L. Trippi Animal Law Scholarship at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law is one of only two privately funded law school scholarships devoted to this purpose. And we might also mention that Loyola College of Law graduated some of the first women lawyers. To avoid a lot of flack, the administration listed the women law students as being in nursing school!  

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Four Legged Hero Fallen in OKC

This is a sad story. But kudos to the OKC Police Department for recognizing the value, not only of Kye's service to the community, but friendship. Sail on and be happy Kye. You earned a special place in heaven. Your friends in spirit, Shop Dogs




The church was packed with police officers, law enforcement and emergency personnel from all over Oklahoma and other parts of the country.

Members of the community also paid respect.

“A precious life was lost saving that of another,” Oklahoma City Police Chaplain Greg Giltner said during the service.

Outside, Kye was given a 21-gun salute by members of his Oklahoma City police family.

Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty presented Kye's partner, Sgt. Ryan Stark, and his family with the ceremonial flag from the tribute.

8/26/2014 Related Story: Police Honor K-9 Officer Killed In The Line Of Duty

“Because Kye didn't just come to work and just do his job,” said Captain Wade Gourley with the OCPD Tactical Team that overseas the K-9 division. “He lived at home with Sgt. Stark and his family, and so they've all lost a member of their family, and it's been very hard on them.”

Even famed coach Barry Switzer came to show his support.

“You know it's tragic that we would have to be here today,” said Switzer. “But that's the line of business they are in, and that's what they have to do for us and our community.”

As everyone looked on, they witnessed a special processional of service animals and their handlers from around the country.

“Not many people really understand the bond between a canine and their handler,” said Michael Clark, who came all the way from Denver with his service dog. “And I believe they could be shown the respect from the community that they deserve.”

Police say more than 1,000 people came to show their support for this fallen canine comrade and his service to the department.

Kye was buried at the Precious Pets Cemetery in Spencer.


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Wild Dog is Gaining Speed


Bandit here. The Wild Dog is very popular in my house. We have books and pictures from Brookfield Zoo in Chicago.  But The Wild Dog has fallen on hard times, even facing extinction, over the last decades but research shows the lot in life might be improving for this beed known to be "exceptionally social and civic minded."  One of the noted researchers, Dr. Creel, said comparing Wild Dogs to a more familiar species, bees: " The dogs are true altruists, essentially willing to shorten their lives for the sake of the hive..." Awesome story in New York Times Science Science today. Excerpt here:

Scientists who study the splotchy, autumnally tricolor dogs celebrate their subject as an outlier among canids, a species that split off from wolves, jackals and other members of the dog clan about three million years ago and has trotted along in Darwinian independence since.

“They’re on a distinct branch of the evolutionary tree, the only species in their genus,” said Scott Creel, a professor of ecology at Montana State University and a field researcher with the Zambian Carnivore Programme. “That’s one reason I feel they’re so important to conserve.”

Researchers have known for some time that wild dogs are exceptionally social and civic-minded. Among most group-living carnivores, big adults feed first, gulping down the choicest organs and leaving junior diners to scrounge through gristly leftovers. Among wild dogs, said Patrick R. Thomas, the curator of mammals at the Bronx Zoo, “it’s the exact opposite.”

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Writer's Block and the Super Moon

Whoa. We had a bout with writer's block. But the Super Moon on Sunday cleared the runway for take off! Look at this beast over Kansas City!


What we are noticing in the store is boxes set for shipping! Just yesterday, a nice lady called from out of state and said that she had a wine in a restaurant that she could not find at a shop in her town. She found a posting about this wine on our Wine Blog and called. We are packing her box right now!  And then we ride over to UPS and start the shipping rolling. Bandit and I love UPS! I don't know if the drivers are all the same eveywhere but our guy in Washington DC carried cookies. Oh yes he did. And he knew us. If we would see him on another street, he would say "hey Davenport." That was our street, Davenport! How cool is that? 


Anyway, if you cannot find a wine, call us at 828-575-9525 and if we have it, we will ship it. If you want to send a gift to a friend, call us at 8282-575-9525, and Andy can help you pick a gift and we will ship it! Or if you live out of town and don't have time to shop, call us at 828-575-9525 and we can put together a box for you of wines that meet your interest, taste or event and we will, all together now,  SHIP IT. And if you live up east and you like Eric Solomon Imports, we here in north Carolina can probably beat the price because Eric Solomon is a North Carolina Importer. Call us at 88-575-9525.

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