River, the Ambassadog for Full Moon Farm Sanctuary (Visit HERE!), dedicated to sheltering and saving wolfdogs, was at our shop last night! He is might big and mighty majestic. He has our respect and admiration. Your Friends, Cate and Bandit
Dogs cats, birds, cows, horses, etc are in harms way along with those reponsible for them. People who lost everything need their 4 legged friends and family.
Help if you can. Your Shop dogs, Cate and Bandit
As flood waters rose across Baton Rouge and the surrounding area, it wasn't just people who needed rescuing. Thousands of pets, from dogs and cats to horses, were rescued from Louisiana flood waters. What's happening to pets stranded in the Louisiana Flood? Some are still in shelters with their families and others have been evacuated to other areas to be adopted to new families.
The way pets are treated during a disaster is mandated by a law passed by Congress after Hurricane Katrina called the "Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards," according to the Times-Picayune. The law mandates that rescuers make the same effort to save pets in an emergency as they would to save a person.
For the full story and links, Go HERE.
MIKE BAIRD IS UP FOR ADOPTION!
PETA NAMES GREYHOUND IN PREMIER'S HONOUR
Group Thanks Premier Baird for Racing Ban With Namesake Pup
Sydney – In the wake of the Parliament of New South Wales' historic decision to end greyhound racing in the state, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia has sponsored and named a dog after Premier Mike Baird. Last night’s vote to pass the legislation through the lower house means anyone who conducts greyhound races in the state after July 2017 could face a year in jail.
Three-year-old Mike the dog (photo available here) recently arrived at Friends of the Hound in Newcastle after being surrendered by a local racing owner.
"Not unlike Mike Baird the politician, Mike Baird the dog loves a bit of exercise as well as spending time on the couch watching The Bachelor", says Friends of the Hound volunteer Kay Mills. "After spending the past three years running for his life, he deserves a loving home and family."
New South Wales joins a list of governments around the world that have banned greyhound racing. In the industry, greyhounds are "discarded" once they're deemed too old, slow, or injured to race profitably.
"Thanks to the Baird government, tens of thousands of dogs' lives will be saved", says PETA Australia Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno. "But the responsibility does not rest solely with policymakers, as everyone can do their part to ensure dogs like Mike finally get the life they deserve."
PETA encourages all prospective dog guardians to adopt from an animal shelter instead of buying from pet stores or breeders.
VICTORY: WIMBLEDON GREYHOUND STADIUM TO CLOSE FOLLOWING CAMPAIGN BY PETA AND OTHERS
London Mayor Hands Decision to Merton Council, Which Plan To Transform One of Nation's Oldest Dog-Racing Tracks Into Modern Football Stadium
London – Following a massive campaign by animal-protection groups and members of the local community – including an almost 15,000-strong signature petition from PETA – Mayor of London Sadiq Khan gave the go-ahead for Merton Council to approve a planning application submitted by AFC Wimbledon and Galliard Homes that will close Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium and transform it into the new home of Wimbledon football as well as build new flats for local residents.
"Finally, this old dog-racing track will be turned into a new state-of-the-art football stadium that will give ticket-buyers what they want, and that's compelling sports that feature only willing participants", says PETA Senior Campaign Coordinator Kirsty Henderson. "Greyhound racing is on its last legs as more and more people learn that the industry exploits dogs as mere moneymaking machines and breeds them for speed at the expense of their health, strength, and stamina."
Many greyhound puppies are killed in the name of "selective breeding" and never make it to the racetrack, and dogs who do qualify to become racers are typically caged and muzzled by their trainers and suffer from crate and muzzle sores as well as infestations of internal and external parasites. Once their racing days are over, many dogs are discarded. Some have their ears cut off to remove identifying tattoos and are then abandoned or killed.
Your Shop Dogs here again. Please help Louisiana Flood Victims if you can.
RICHMOND, Va. — The Richmond SPCA is once again helping animals in need after catastrophic floods struck Louisiana over the last week.
The Richmond SPCA will bring 14-16 dogs back to Richmond to prepare them for adoption to open up space at Louisiana shelters for the influx of displaced flood dogs.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said 1,000 pets have been rescued during the unprecedented flooding.
Over the past week, 12 people have died, 40,000 homes have been damaged, and more than 20,000 people were rescued from the flood waters.
The Richmond SPCA is working in conjunction with the Humane Society of the United States to make the rescue effort happen.
The Richmond SPCA will receive dogs from the Louisiana SPCA in New Orleans. The Nashville Humane Association picked up the pets in New Orleans Wednesday night.
Representatives from the shelter are heading to the Nashville Humane Association to pick up the dogs Friday morning.
Once the pets are back is Richmond they will receive their proper veterinary work up and will be placed up for adoption.
Last year, the Richmond SPCA rescued 23 shelter dogs from South Carolina floods.
Animals in desperate need of help in Louisiana. Denham Springs forced to release sheltered animals to prevent drowing. Know someone on location who can help? Spread the word. Thank you, Your Shop Dogs
NEW ORLEANS -- The Louisiana SPCA is currently assisting with animal rescue efforts in the flooded areas and requests supplies from the public as animals flood area shelters. It’s important to know that the Louisiana SPCA is not leading animal rescue efforts; we are assisting the coordinating agency, the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART).
The biggest area of need is currently supplies. The affected shelters are inundated with animals and need supplies to care for them. The influx of animals is only going to increase in the coming days as the floodwaters recede. The Louisiana SPCA has secured three local drop-off locations for pet supplies: Canine Connection, Camp Bow Wow Mid-City and Demo Diva. Supplies will be picked-up by the Louisiana SPCA and hand-delivered to animal shelters in the affected areas.
Immediate supplies needed include:
· Metal buckets with clipping carabiners
· Wire pet crates in various sizes
· Unopened dry cat and dog food
· Metal water bowls
Below is a recap of assistance that the Louisiana SPCA has provided up-to-now:
Tangipahoa Parish Animal Shelter – Louisiana SPCA donated supplies and has a physical team on-site assisting with setting up a temporary shelter for the influx of animals as well as their daily care. The Louisiana SPCA is taking roughly 20 adoptable animals from this shelter to be transported to the Louisiana SPCA for adoption in hopes of freeing up space for rescued animals. No owned/rescued animals will be included on this transport.
City of Denham Springs Animal Control – This shelter opened the kennels and release all of the dogs to avoid drowning with the quickly rising water. The Louisiana SPCA sent Humane Law Enforcement Officers to assist but hit water 4 miles out. Volunteers are shuttling whatever dogs they can find still roaming the area around the shelter via boat to our Humane Officers. Officers are then transporting the animals to the Companion Animal Alliance in Baton Rouge.
Companion Animal Alliance in Baton Rouge – This shelter has taken in over 100 rescued animals in the last two days and is over capacity. The Louisiana SPCA is assisting the Humane Society of the United States with coordinating a large transport of current adoptable animals to free up space for rescued animals. No owned/rescued animals will be included on this transport.
East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control – This group provides animal control services for Baton Rouge and works with the Companion Animal Alliance. Due to a large number of calls, they do not have enough man power to respond to all of the calls for assistance. The Louisiana SPCA, Jefferson Parish Animal Control and Terrebonne Animal Control have all sent out Humane Officers to assist.
Anyone requesting assistance for animals in flood conditions should first speak with their local animal control agency. If they cannot be reached, contact LSART at firstname.lastname@example.org. The email MUST include the following information:
· Where the animal(s) is located (address, cross street or GPS coordinates)
· Number of animals
· Whether the animal(s) is confined or free-roaming
· Contact information for the person reporting the stranded animals
According to LSART, there are currently two co-habitated animal shelters open. The first is at the Southern Ag Center in Baker and the second at Celtic Studios, located at 10000 Celtic Drive, off Bluebonnet and Airline. While the Red Cross has a list of opening shelters none of them are currently accepting animals.
If you find a lost pet, please bring it to your nearest animal shelter. By moving an owned animal to another parish or out of state, the likely hood of reuniting that pet with its owner severely diminishes.
For those that wish to make a monetary donation to the animal rescue efforts, the Louisiana SPCA is asking that you donate directly to the animal shelter in your community. This will ensure the funds go directly to the group that you wish to help. Each affected shelter is listing out their immediate needs on their social media pages. Please be aware that these needs are changing daily!
If a member of the public would like to volunteer with the animal rescue efforts please go towww.lsart.org/volunteers and complete the volunteer form.
It's me, Your Shop Dog, Bandit. It's my birthday and this is my story.
Just before my 4th birthday, I was being fostered by Greyhounds Only in Chicago. A girl named "Cate" (that's Your Shop Dog Cate) from Washington DC was looking for a friend. Her best buddy, "FourWheels" had just gone over The Rainbow Bridge. So she drove all the way to Chicago in a brand new green Jeep (now the MetroWines Delivery Truck!) to meet me and some other bachelors.
The Greyhound Alliance arranged for 5 eligbible bachelors, none as good looking as me! to bring their best. I was Bachelor #2. We, Cate and me, liked each other right away and within an hour I was riding back to DC in the Jeep. That's me smiling in the back seat in the picture! I think it was my smile that got me the girl.
So, today, I am having my traditional Birthday Dinner of pesto and shaved meats. That's for me. But for YOU, I have brought in 2 great wines on "Bandit's Bargains" called SMASHBERRY and set the boxes up right at the counter. Look for my smiling face!
SMASHBERRY sells for $14.98 at the winery, for $10.98 at Total Wine,
BUT for $9.99 @MetroWines
until COB on Saturday , June 18th to celebrate my birthday!
That's my story. A lot of greys aren't as lucky as me. I got a home, a job, a girl and a JEEP. If you can help, this is my rescue group, The Greyhound Alliance. Click HERE!
Helen Keller loved hers. James Thurber too. A new book, "Pit Bull" by Bronwen Dickey, makes the case that the fears about this breed of dog are neither new nor generally well founded. NYT says book is well researched and fact filled.
Shop Dog Comment: We don't know much about Pit Bulls but we do know that breeds are often misunderstood. Take our case for example.
Most people think retired racing greyhounds need to run and run far everyday. Not so. We enjoy a walk like any other dog but our racing days are over. In fact, we are often heard to say: "what part of retired didn't you understand." And we don't, for the most part, jog. We are sprinters. But we do need a fenced yard because if we tear off on a sprint, we are FAST. Greyhounds can run up to 45 miles per hour. No joke. FAST.
We also don't need constant activity. Greyhounds are often called 45 mile an hour couch potatoes. Again, it's that retirement thing! We also don't need a big space. We like to be around YOU but mostly, we are quiet and loving company, lounging.
Find out more about greyhounds through our rescue group in Chicago HERE!
Please be aware of this issue and help HOME guys like us if you can.
And thank you Ricky Gervais. You are not just funny. You are genuine!
Your Shop Dogs,
Cate and Bandit
Ricky Gervais has called for a ban on the sale of Irish greyhounds to China, saying "every dog sent to Macau will die there".
Entire story HERE!
An article by Christine Coulson titled "The Secret History" appeared in The New York Times Magazine on Sunday, April 17th. We are proud to say that of the thousands of painting in The Met, take a look at the one chosen for the article!
The painting is by Anthony van Dyck: Flemish, Antwerp 1599- 1641 London .
What The Met says about it:
In 1641 the fourth Duke of Lennox was created first Duke of Richmond by his cousin, Charles I, King of England. Four years earlier he had married Mary Villiers, daughter of the king’s favorite, the Duke of Buckingham. Van Dyck probably painted this majestic portrait shortly after Stuart’s investiture into the Order of the Garter, in November 1633. The silver star, the "Lesser George" medal on a green ribbon, and the garter itself (below the left knee) are the order’s insignia. The greyhound suggests nobility (by alluding to their hunting privileges) and perhaps the virtue of fidelity.
We are so proud. Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit
LONDON — Move over Lassie, there's a new hero pooch in town.
Meet Lucca, a retired U.S. Marine Corps dog who lost one of her legs while hunting for homemade bombs in Afghanistan.
More than four years after she was reduced to three paws, Lucca was awarded a top military medal for the 400 missions she completed during her service.
The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals — a British charity known as the PDSA — honored Lucca with its Dickin Medal during a ceremony at London's Wellington Barracks on Tuesday.
The PDSA says the award is "the highest award any animal in the world can achieve while serving in military conflict" and has given it out just 66 times since 1943.
The charity calls it "the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross," referring to the highest military decoration awarded by a British monarch. However, the Victoria Cross Trust has previously opposed the comparison.
Tuesday's ceremony was also attended by the dog's owner, Gunnery Sergeant Christopher Willingham, who lives with Lucca in California.
"Lucca is very intelligent, loyal and had an amazing drive for work as a search dog," Willingham said in a statement. "She is the only reason I made it home to my family and I am fortunate to have served with her."
Lucca completed more than 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, sniffing out explosives and protecting "the lives of thousands of allied troops," according to the charity. There were no human casualties during any of her patrols.
She was injured while on patrol with her other handler, Cpl. Juan Rodriguez, in Afghanistan's Helmand province in March 2012.
"The explosion was huge and I immediately feared the worst for Lucca," Rodriguez said in the PDSA's statement. "I ran to her and saw her struggling to get up. I picked her up and ran to the shelter of a nearby tree line, applied a tourniquet to her injured leg and called the medics to collect us."
Lucca was evacuated to Germany and then to California's Camp Pendleton. Rodriguez stayed near her through each stage of recovery — even choosing to sleep side-by-side some nights.
On this day when Belgian Malinois security dogs are serving their country and fellow citizens in Belgium, there is a good story from Roanoke.
BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10) — A Virginia Tech K9 team known across the Commonwealth is set to retire later this month.
Officer Larry Wooddell and Boomer are leaving the force. Wooddell has been in law enforcement for 30 years.
He started working with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office then joined the Virginia Tech police department in 1994.
Wooddell and Boomer have been together since 2008. In that time, the two have worked everything from crime scenes to bomb threats. Wooddell says the team is often called across the state to help in difficult situations.
“They’ve called Boomer to go out to look for the weapon and we actually found the weapon which was good. It was a good feeling for me and he was excited about it too because he knew how excited I was.”
Wooddell says they work well together, even other handlers notice.
“Just understanding the dog,” he said. “We call it reading the dog because we know when the dog is doing something. It’s a unique bond that we have together.”
Wooddell says he’s looking forward to relaxing and letting Boomer, now 9-years-old, ride in his personal vehicle once he’s officially his April first.
Meet Domhnall. This 4 year old Irish Wolfhound is the official mascot of the Irish Guard. He was in attendance and service yesterday when the traditional sprig of Shamrock was presented during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in London. Cool dude.
Shop dogs say this with great admiration and just a tinge of envy. Love the outfit.
History and photo from wiki:
Since 1902, an Irish Wolfhound has been presented as a mascot to the regiment by the members of the Irish Wolfhound Club, who hoped the publicity would increase the breed's popularity with the public. The first mascot was called Brian Boru.
In 1961, the wolfhound was admitted to the select club of "official" Army mascots, entitling him to the services of theRoyal Army Veterinary Corps, as well as quartering and food at public expense. Originally, the mascot was in the care of a drummer boy, but is now looked after by one of the regiment's drummers and his family. The Irish Guards are the only Guards regiment permitted to have their mascot lead them on parade. During Trooping the Colour, however, the mascot marches only from Wellington Barracks as far as Horse Guards Parade. He then falls out of the formation and does not participate in the trooping itself. The regiment's current wolfhound is named Domhnall. His predecessor, Conmael, made his debut at Trooping the Colour on 13 June 2009. At the end of 2012 Conmael retired and was replaced with the new wolfhound- Domhnall.
Story and more photos HERE!
A drunk driver slammed into a team at the Iditarod as it neared the finish line killing one of the mushers and injuring other dogs.
Shop Dogs stand in solidarity with the Iditarod Mushers, the people of Alaska and everyone who is heartbroken by this tragedy. Please drink responsibly.
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual long-distance sled dog race run in early March from Anchorage to Nome, which takes place entirely in theUS state of Alaska. Mushers and a team of 16 dogs, of which at least 6 must be on the towline at the finish line, cover the distance in 9–15 days or more.The Iditarod began in 1973 as an event to test the best sled dog mushers and teams but evolved into today's highly competitive race. The current fastest winning time record was set in 2014 by Dallas Seavey with a time of 8 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes, and 19 seconds. As of 2012, Dallas Seavey was also the youngest musher to win the race at the age of 25, while as of 2013, at the age of 53, Dallas' father Mitch Seavey was the oldest person to ever win the race.
Teams generally race through blizzards causing whiteout conditions, sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds which can cause the wind chill to reach −100 °F (−73 °C). A ceremonial start occurs in the city of Anchorage and is followed by the official restart in Willow, a city 80 miles north of Anchorage. The restart was originally in Wasilla, but because of too little snow, the restart was permanently moved to Willow in 2008. The trail runs from Willow up the Rainy Pass of the Alaska Range into the sparsely populated interior, and then along the shore of the Bering Sea, finally reaching Nome in western Alaska. The trail is through a harsh landscape of tundra and spruce forests, over hills and mountain passes, and across rivers. While the start in Anchorage is in the middle of a large urban center, most of the route passes through widely separated towns and villages, and small Athabaskan and Iñupiat settlements. The Iditarod is regarded as a symbolic link to the early history of the state and is connected to many traditions commemorating the legacy of dog mushing.
Rusty needs a home. One of our customers @MetroWines is fostering this sweetheart. Make Valentine's Day really, really, really special and give Rusty a forever home. Thank you for considering. Your Shop Dogs, Bandit and Cate
This is what foster Mom says:
Bloodhounds are HOT on the trail at Henderson County Sheriff's Office. I am particularly proud to say they are both women! Read story below. Your Shop Dog, Cate
HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. -- The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office would like to welcome two new bloodhound puppies to their team.
The two female bloodhounds are around ten weeks old and will be trained to locate missing persons and track suspects.
K9 handlers and School Resource Officers have called on Henderson County 5th grade STAR students to suggest names for the two new additions.
The winning names will be selected later this month and will be announced in early February.
The students with the winning entries and their classmates will have the opportunity to meet the dog they named at a special presentation.