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Animal Legal Defense Fund says...

Abuse an Animal, GO to Jail!

My friend, Stephen Wells, Executive Director of Animal Legal Defense Fund posted the horror story below.

Sadly, this is not an isolated incident. Goes on everyday. Help if you can.

    You Shop Dog and Activist, Bandit

Don’t let Bella’s death be in vain.

Bella, an 11 year-old Shepherd mix, was strangled with a zip-tie, shoved into a garbage bag, and beaten with a shovel. Her skull was fractured, and she died as a result of her injuries. Her abuser received just 4 months in county jail.

It’s jaw dropping…

But I am sad to say this situation is not unique — and the issue stems from the state laws that are in place to “protect” animals. I think we can both agree that Bella was not adequately protected by the law, nor did she receive the justice she deserved.

Your tax-deductible donation today will help animals just like Bella — who are beaten and abused — get the protections they truly deserve.


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New York Times is NOT Funny



  After a period of reflection and grief over the loss of my friend, Cate, I am motivated by Cate's constant concerns for animal welfare and my own commitment to speak out where I can. This post in New York Times (The T Edwards' Fantasy Gift Guide) is way over the line. Humor at the expense of killing animals is completely unexceptable and, to be honest New York Times, juvenile and declass. Witness:


Haute Window Dressing

For the person who has it all, except for a set of plush and ropy

mink drapes (and a PETA membership): a set of $52,500 plush and

ropy mink drapes, designed by Rick Owens. They can flank a

window frame, divide a room into two distinct spaces, hang as a

tapestry/objet d’art — or just replace some hippie doorway beads.



How many minks will be killed for this pathetic "look at me" travesty. Is that what it takes for you, mink drapes guy, to feel like a big deal? To impress your friends? Yourself? better you invest that $52,000 in therapy as soon as possible.


After years of sitting on the sidelines, for which I apologize, I'm back. Bring it.


(note: It's hard for me to look tough. Boyish good looks. But, remember when your mother said "it's the quiet ones you have to watch"? Yeah, it's like that.)

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Happy Birthday Cate

Today would have been Cate's Birthday. She would have been 14.

Her full name was The Flying Catesby. The beautiful daughter of Kiowa Sweet Trey and Flying Madam.

We were planning to make pesto for her birthday. That was her favorite and dance all day!

Cate's legs gave out. But this is how I will always remember her. Chasing "Mardi Gras."

Happy Birthday my friend.

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Lonely Snow Day

This is what it used to look like on a snowed in day. Me and Cate.

We were always together. Always. I think I already told you that.

But today, it's just me. I miss you Cate.

I'm working through it, but it's a slog.

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It's snowing outside. Oh boy. Me and Cate would walk with our coats. Neighbors would call them "blankets." Cate had one with leopard print. WOW. Was she beautiful in that coat!  It's the little things, huh? Looked like a slim leopard with big eyes. I will miss that. The first time I ever saw Cate, she was in the snow. No coat! Unflappable. As always. I needed her.

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My Cate



I am lost already without you, Cate. You picked me out to be your buddy. You made it possible for me to have a home and a family but best of all a friend like you. And we were always together. And always friends. Never a grumble between us. Not sure what I am to do without you. I feel like I will spend everyday looking for you. Maybe you will come home.

I love you Cate and I always will.

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Cate would have been 14 on Sunday.

But this morning, my friend lost her back legs and her spirit.

Cate was a woman of courage, strength and know how.

She was a survivor.

Her strength was my strength.

Cate never growled, snarled, loved everyone she met and always had a smile and a happy greeting. 

It was an honor and a joy to have her in our lives.

Thank you Greyhound Alliance for trusting Cate with us.


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Blood Bank Greyhounds in Rescue



Greyhounds OUT and in rescue!

On the job for you!

    Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit

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Pet Robot

From the "Is there No end to Ridiculous File"

Sony is planning to roll out a dog-shaped pet robot to control appliances, "a robot capable of forming an emotional bond with customers, and able to grow and inspire love and affection." Seriously. We just wanted to register our objection.

Make Friends, real friends, @MetroWines.

Your Shop Dogs

Story HERE. 

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Service Dog Warns Veteran of Seizures

U.S. Army veteran Sgt. Mark Jenkins poses alongside his service dog Scout following a breakfast meeting of the Elizabeth City Morning Rotary Club at the Golden Corral in Elizabeth City, Friday, Sept. 15.

By Chris Day
Multimedia Editor

The Daily Advance

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Most dog owners consider themselves inseparable from their pets. You see one, you see the other.

But for Sgt. Mark Jenkins, his relationship with Scout, a 9-year-old yellow Lab, is more than just a bond of friendship. It’s a lifesaving connection.

Jenkins, who medically retired from the U.S. Army in 2010, depends on Scout — considered a “service animal’ — to alert him to the fact he’s close to suffering a seizure.

Jenkins spoke about his life with a service dog at a recent meeting of the Elizabeth City Morning Rotary Club. Jenkins served as a military police officer in the Army from 2006 to 2010 and saw duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was injured in the line of duty in 2008.

After a brief introduction, Jenkins, with Scout at his side, stepped to the podium.

"Put the dog on the table so we can look at him," a man seated up front shouted, earning a laugh from Jenkins and the audience. 

Jenkins told the audience that when he was injured he temporarily lost mobility and he had to undergo speech therapy. He began suffering seizures and having blackouts. That was while he was in treatment at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

That's where a doctor told Jenkins that dogs can be trained to detect seizures in humans. That really opened his eyes to the need for service dogs, he said.

The nonprofit America's VetDogs assisted Jenkins in finding Scout, who has been at Jenkins' side now for six years.

Jenkins said he encourages people with disabilities, whether they're veterans or not, to contact a service dog organization to see if they quality for a service animal. Many of those organization are nonprofits and depend on donations.

"What I do is make people aware how important it is that people support these organizations," Jenkins said.

An online search using the words 'service dog organizations' leads to links to several of these organizations.

Jenkins said Scout alerts him to an oncoming seizure by smelling a difference in his blood. If he is standing and Scout detects a seizure, the dog will nudge him and then lean against him to prevent him from falling. If he's sitting at the time, Scout will climb on top of him and pin him to where he's seated, Jenkins said. Scout also is trained to retrieve Jenkins' medications and to push a button notifying 911 emergency services.

Jenkins also informs the public about the different laws that cover the use of service animals. For instance, it is a felony to assault a service animal, Jenkins said. He's been to hotels where he was told his service dog wasn't allowed because the hotel has a no pets policy. That, too, is against the law.

"They don't understand that in the United States if you have a service dog they cannot deny you access," he said, referring to some motel and hotel operators.

People also should not ask someone with a service dog what their disability is either, Jenkins said. In some instances, such as in Jenkins' case, a person with a service dog may not have a visible disability.

"Most veterans with service dogs actually don't have noticeable wounds," Jenkins said.

It also cost about $50,000 to train a service dog, he said. 

America's VetDogs is headquartered in Smithtown, New York. For more information about the organization, visit online at


That's What I'm Talkin' About!

          Your Shop Dogs Bandit and Cate


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Greyhound Blood Factory



Contact: Jim Gartland, National Greyhound Association, 785-263-4660

The greyhounds housed at the Pet Blood Bank in Cherokee, TX, will be transferred into adoption programs starting this weekend under a joint effort by the Texas Greyhound Association (TGA), the National Greyhound Association (NGA), the American Greyhound Council (AGC), the blood bank facility, and several regional adoption groups, including the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas (GALT).

Russ Baker, attorney for the Pet Blood Bank, said all greyhounds at the facility will receive medical and dental examinations so that any health issues can be identified and addressed before the dogs enter adoption programs. The greyhounds have received regular veterinary care during their time at the Pet Blood Bank, and most appear to be in good health.

Baker said the blood bank will close its doors after the greyhounds have been removed, a development he blames on the extreme animal rights group PeTA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

PeTA sent various media outlets an "undercover" video purporting to show greyhounds in ill health at the blood bank. The video has not been independently authenticated, and Baker said it grossly misrepresents blood bank operations. Law enforcement authorities and representatives of the TGA inspected the facility and confirmed that the greyhounds there appeared generally healthy. That didn't stop PeTA, Baker said.

"The Pet Blood Bank's decision to close was a business decision. Despite the fact that all inspections have verified that the greyhounds were healthy and receiving proper care, PeTA has continued to harass and threaten our clients. Their actions have caused our longstanding customer relationships to be terminated," Baker said. "It's clear that this animal rights attack was not about the truth but about raising funds through misrepresentation. PeTA created a controversy where none existed; it's how they operate."

PeTA has become famous for controversial campaigns , including ads comparing meat lovers to serial murderer Jeffrey Dahmer and likening the consumption of chicken to the Holocaust. The organization also has been caught up in a controversy regarding its socalled pet shelter and adoption center, which since 1998 has euthanized, on average, nearly 86 percent of the pets housed there, according to media reports and state records.

In contrast, greyhound racing associations report that more than 95 percent of all registered greyhounds are adopted or returned to their owners as pets when they retire.

"We're confident that every greyhound at the blood bank will be on its way to a loving new home within the next few days," said Gartland. "We appreciate the cooperation of the blood bank management in helping us achieve that outcome."



Story from the Washington Post about guys like me, Your Shop Dog, Bandit.

Sometimes, veterinarians will ask if I or guys like me can donate a little blood to save lives.

You see, as the orginal dog, we, greyhounds, are universal blood donors.

Sometimes, when there is an accident or a complicated surgery, the doctors we will call

me to come down and help. This is an honor to be a FIRST RESPONDER.

Some of us where jackets proudly stating that we are blood donors.  

But this is far and apart from a filthy blood factory where greyhounds are kept in cages

and bled for money. This business of blood should be condemed, closed and outlawed.

Save lives. Please comment to this Washington Post article.

                                                                 Thank you. Your Bandit

Horror Story HERE.


PETA to Minnesota Veterinary Products Distributor: Pull Plug on Sale of Blood From Captive Dogs, Fund Rescue of Canines From Shocking Conditions

For Immediate Release:
September 21, 2017

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

St. Paul, Minn. – PETA has obtained photographs and video footage of approximately 150 greyhounds—most if not all of whom were bred for racing—suffering in squalid conditions ripe for disease at a Texas kennel doing business as The Pet Blood Bank, Inc., which sells dogs’ blood to veterinary clinics across the U.S. through Patterson Veterinary Supply, Inc., part of St. Paul‒based Patterson Companies, Inc., a Fortune 500 company. PETA is calling on Patterson to source blood exclusively from dogs who live in private homes and to fund the greyhounds’ urgent rescue.

Dogs were denied veterinary care for severe oral infections, painful and infected wounds, an apparent broken leg, and other health issues. Most dogs at the facility—a converted turkey farm—are solitarily confined to barren dirt kennels. Video footage shows dogs pacing and spinning in circles—severe stress-induced behavior—cowering, and even urinating on themselves in fear when approached. The animals are allegedly bled up to twice a month—with about 20 percent of their blood taken each time—and for up to three hours before and after the procedure, they’re locked inside crates outside, without shade or water, some muzzled. Conditions expose the dogs to ticks, fleas, and other parasites, endangering their welfare as well as that of recipients of their blood via transfusions.

“These dogs were used, abused, and discarded by the ruthless racing industry, and now they’re imprisoned in squalor, denied even basic veterinary care, and bled over and over again,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “It’s time for them to be rescued and given a chance to experience joy, love, and respect; to run and play; and to get to be dogs at long last.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—has asked San Saba County, Texas, authorities to investigate the facility for violations of the state’s cruelty statute and is urging The Pet Blood Bank’s operators to turn the dogs over to reputable rescue agencies for urgent veterinary assessment and care.

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Dogs Love Us!


Turns out dogs love people at least as much as snacks! MRI imgaes taken in consultation wiht an Atlanta based dog trainer, prove what most all of us already knew.  For more details, go HERE!

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Irma and Me

Greyhounds are often forgotten in a hurricane. The HSUS has issued a statement. Read it HERE. 

There are so many of us in Florida at risk. Florida still has a number of racing tracks.

Cate and I work with a shelter kennel, The Sunburse Project, at Ebro Greyhound Park outside of Panama Beach in Florida. The Sunburst Project is overseen by an awesome non-proift called The Greyhound Alliance in Chicago. Check it out here. Around 5,000 of us have been sheltered, received medical treatment and adopted through The Sunburst Project.

Right now, it looks like our kennel will not take a direct hit but there is concern that we may lose power and that our "turn out" pens will be damaged in the wind. We need power for AC in our closed kennels. I know. I was one of the lucky ones to come through The Sunburse Project and get a HOME!

We will kep you posted by FB on the situation. And always, we ask, please help if you can.

This is Cate with her Sunburst Project collar. We raise funding that way.

Also this is a good time to tellyou why we have not been @MetroWines lately. Cate is still beautiful but almost 14 years old. It is diffiuclt for her to travel in the car so she has been staying at home. And I love her and am keeping her company. But we are still here and still your Shop Dogs!

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Bear- dar


Had my "Bear-Dar" cranked up full power this morning. Saw a black bear on Country Club Road. Not this one but it looked just like him. Alerted my family! That's my job on walks and I am good at it. Anyway, gave the bear a good solid bark stream and did my bear sighting dance where I just twirl around on my leash like a whirling dervish. He walked off looking for snacks in the alley. Fun. Real fun.


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Drone Dog Walking?

"There's a drone for everything including one to walk your dog, thanks to a UK company." YIKES. This is a really a bad idea. Ye who employ a drone instead of walking as friends and family will miss all the good stuff about a walk!

Last week, we all saw a bear walking in the alley. Amazing. We both noted our respective appearances and went our seperate ways. Bunnies are everywhere. BTW: we don't chase rabbits anymore! That was work. We are retired.

Neighbors say Hello and sometimes give you a biscuit. The nice man who drives the Grove Park Inn bus stops and says hello almost everyday. Sometimes people stop their cars and say that they have never seen greyhounds before. Fun. Smiles. 

This is the good stuff. No drones. 

                                    Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit

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Keep Canines Calm


Audible, the largest seller of narrated books, says:

"Audible cites a 2015 academic study at Hartpury College in the U.K. that showed that listening to audiobooks rather than music reduced stress in the animals. In follow-up research conducted with 100 dog participants through Millan’s Dog Psychology Center, 76% of dog owners who played audiobooks for their dogs reported an increase in calm, relaxed behavior in their pets over a four-week period."

OK. Nobody asked me but I could do a book. Sure. To be honest, I'm getting tired of the present calming device, "Fixer Upper" on HGTV.  Chip is really starting to irritate me. I need to get calm. Bring on the book! Your Bandit

Entire Article HERE!

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"worst neglect case"

Shop Dogs requesting your help if you can for Anderson County Humane Society in South Carolina. They need financial assistance. We are also asking that, because the laws for animal neglect and abuse are so weak, that you write letters in abuse cases to the prosecutor to charge all possible crimes seperately and to the court asking, upon conviction, to run sentences consectuviely. Let's get these monsters away form us. No case could be a better reason than this one.

Thank you. Your ShopDogs, Cate and Bandit.


Salem the German shepherd could have been dead by now.

She was living near the edge of the woods in Waterloo, a tiny town in rural Laurens County. She had wandered along a desolate road there for weeks, her rescuers believe. A mail carrier makes a trip down that road about once a week to deliver letters to a single house. By the time the carrier spotted her, Salem was miles away from anyone and weighed just 33 pounds.

Now, she is under the care of the Anderson County Humane Society and is rallying to recover from what volunteers are calling one of the worst cases of animal neglect they have seen.

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Goats in the Grove Park Garden

WAY WAY COOL. Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit, Reporting:
From Suzanne Escovitz, Grove Park Sunset Mountain Neighborhood Association President
Hi to All
The hard-working goats are back and this time will be continuing their munching on the deepest part of the Sunset Parkway ravine all the way up to Glendale.
Nothing other than scorched earth will completely eradicate the aggressive invasives in the ravine, but bringing the goats back periodically over several years will allow us to manage the situation. The Sunset Parkway ravine has suffered benign neglect for quite sometime and it will take efforts like to tidy the area while maintaining its woodland appeal.
Attached is a "Before" and an "After" photo from this past week. After the goats leave, we will schedule another clean-up day to remove any remaining stalks, etc. which will help deter future re-growth.  
The money that allow us to do projects like this come directly from membership and fund-raising efforts ( like the annual Tour of Homes) of the GPSMNA.  Your support by joining or renewing your membership and/or supporting the Tour of Homes is very important!
Some reminders about the Goats:
  • This is not a petting zoo. It's a work site; please just let the goats do what goats do.
  • The fence surrounding the work area will move along with the goats
  • The fence is electrified just enough to deter bears and other animals who may want to enter.
  • Due to the current hot weather, the goats have a shaded covering and extra water
  • You're welcome to stop by and visit the goats anytime; just no touching the fence or petting! Talking is fine.
Thanks for your help and support!
Best Regards,
Suzanne Escovitz
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Tail Wagging at Work

63% of employees in pet friendly workplaces are nearly twice as likely as their counterparts to be very satisfied with their work environment according to a purina survey of 1000 adults and reported in USA Today. So there! Your Bandit


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Bandit and the Smokey

The movie "Smokey and the Bandit" celebrates its 40th anniversary. Fans are driving to Georgia. Bandit, Your Shop Dog @MetroWines, says he was anmed after THIS Bandit. That's his story and he's sticking to it. (Me Too). Be part of the great tradition! Shop Bandit's Bargains, as noted in The Wall Street Journal on October 23rd of last year, any day any time. Operators are standing by.


ATLANTA (AP) — They had a long way to go and a short time to get there, but hundreds of fans in Trans Ams have put the hammer down and made it to Atlanta to celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Smokey and the Bandit."

About 350 cars this week retraced actor Burt Reynolds' wild ride from the Texas-Arkansas line to Atlanta in the movie that roared into pop culture in 1977.

"Every town we drive through, people come out to film us, take pictures and wave as our convoy of cars comes through - it's like being in a huge parade," said organizer Dave Hall of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Truckers and others also took part in "Snowman's Run," a road trip that raises money for wounded veterans in the name of the late actor and musician Jerry Reed, who played the trucker Snowman in the movie.

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