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Hero Down

We just posted the news about police canine training this morning. Moments later, we find out a hero has fallen. This is serious work. Our hearts are broken tonight.

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A police dog injured during a Saturday morning shootout in Canton, Ohio, has died, authorities said.

"It is with heavy hearts that we must tell you all that we lost Jethro," the Canton Police Department announced. "He took a sudden turn for the worse and has passed."

Jethro was injured around 1 a.m. Saturday, after encountering a suspect inside a grocery store during a burglary investigation.

The K-9 officer was shot three times — hit in the face, shoulder and neck area — and while the bullets missed Jethro's vital organs, he suffered brain swelling.

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US Police Canine Association Names VP

Congratulations Sgt. Brandon Gilmore from MetroWines

and MetroWines Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit.

WOW! You are most aweseome.


News from The Town of Waynesville, North Carolina

Sgt. Gilmore National VP of USPCA

Friday, December 18, 2015 4:00:00 PM

We would like to congratulate Sgt. Brandon Gilmore for having been appointed as a National Vice President for the United States Police Canine Association. Sgt. Gilmore will serve as the Vice President for the Southeast Region, which includes Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, the Caribbean Islands, the Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas.

In addition to serving as a Regional Trainer for Police K-9's, Sgt. Gilmore also judges certification trials through the USPCA. We applaud him for his dedication and commitment to not only the Waynesville Police Department's K-9 Program, but to Police K-9's and their handlers across the country.

Congratulations on a Job Well Done!


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Arabian Greyhound: Rockin' The Kasbah

Arabian Greyhound recognized today by American Kennel Club. Informaiton and picture from Dog Breed Info Center Website. I can hear the music now! Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit

(Slougui) (Arabian Greyhound) (Arabischer Windhund) (Sloughi Moghrebi) (Arabian Sighthound) (Levrier Marocain)

Ain Zafir Ashraf Azaar, the Sloughi at 13 months old

"This is the Sloughi Ain Zafir Ashraf Azaar, a Norwegian bred youngster at 13 months old. He's from the first Norwegian Sloughi litter since 1994. As of 2006, only four litters of this ancient and rare Moroccan breed had ever been born in Norway."

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SLOO-ghee (i.e. with the stress on the 'sloo')


The Sloughi is squarish and leggy, slightly higher than long. The topline descends along the neck and straightens along the back. The withers are hardly visible and the topline is almost straight from the base of the neck. There is a slight curve over the loin. The croup is bony, the brisket does not reach the elbow and the underline is first straight (long sternum) then rises sharply. The Sloughi's coat color is solid with no extensive white markings (a white patch on the chest and few white hairs at the tip of the toes are overlooked). Colors are all shades of light to red sand with or without black mask, black ears, brindle, black overlay and black mantle. The most common color is sand with a black mask. The facial expression of the Sloughi is gentle and melancholy, almost sad. The Sloughi has a smooth, floating, effortless gait, tail held low, and head at a moderate angle to the body. There is no exaggeration in extension, and the front paws don't reach beyond the tip of the nose. This type of gait enables the hound to cover large distances without tiring. When racing, its style resembles that of the Greyhound, but looks more pulled together as a result of the squarish structure of the Sloughi in comparison to the "lying rectangle" structure of the Greyhound. Because of its straighter topline, the Sloughi does not flex its back as much as the Greyhound.


The Sloughi is a medium-sized, short-coated hunting sighthound of the desert type. An African sighthound, it was used to hunt wild game, such as desert hare, gazelles, foxes and jackals, often in cooperation with hunting falcons. It also protected the house and livestock of its owner. The breed is adapted to desert and semi-desert life in the Maghreb region of northwest Africa. This dry, lean and muscular hound gives an impression of rustic elegance as well as strength, and it is an efficient hunter with great endurance as well as speed. The Sloughis are affectionate, gentle, and very closely knit to their owners. They are intelligent and independent, and curious of their surroundings. They are quiet and calm indoors, and prefer to lie on soft rugs and blankets, often on their backs with their legs in the air and the neck twisted at a seemingly physically impossible angle. Strangers are met with aloofness and caution, while friends are greeted with enthusiasm. Sloughis don't make great obedience dogs, but they respond to fair and gentle training methods. Sloughis get along well with children and other animals if they are raised with them. But as Sloughis are hunting hounds with a strong chase instinct, caution is recommended when the dog is outside with smaller animals. Any small, running animal may trigger the dog's hunting instinct. As with all dogs, be sure you are this dog’s consistentpack leader.

Height, Weight

Height: Males 26.4 - 28.3 inches (66 - 72 cm), with the ideal height being 27.6 inches (70 cm)
Height: Females 24 - 26.7 inches (61-68 cm) with the ideal being 25.6 inches (65 cm)
Weight: Males 55 - 65 pounds (25 - 30 kg)
Weight: Females 35 - 50 pounds (16 - 23 kg)

Health Problems

The Sloughi is generally a very healthy breed. PRA (progressive retinal atrophy or "night blindness") is found very rarely, and dogs who are DNA-tested and found free of PRA give 100% PRA-free offspring. Breeders in Europe and the U.S. test their breeding stock in the hope of eliminating the disease within a few generations. A PRA-affected dog of otherwise excellent health, temperament and conformity can be bred to a normal (PRA-free) dog and give offspring that are carriers (not affected), but the carriers can then be bred to normal dogs and give 50/50 carrier/normal pups. In this way, affected and carrier dogs of otherwise great quality can still be used in a planned breeding program. There have been isolated cases of deficient immune system, balance problems and hemophilia (an illness that impairs the body's ability to control bleeding) in inbred lines. Sloughis, like many other sighthounds, are sensitive to anesthetics.

Living Conditions

Indoors they are calm and quiet. They prefer to have a nice, comfortable place to sleep and will not be very happy on a hard, cold floor.


Sloughis, and particularly young dogs, like to run daily. They make excellent jogging partners, and need to go on dailywalks or runs. They will truly be happy when they are allowed to run off leash. Because of their hunting instincts, they should never be let loose in unsafe areas. A normal fence will not stop a Sloughi chasing a squirrel onto a street in front of a fire truck with sirens blasting! Far too many Sloughis are lost in traffic accidents each year. But a Sloughi that is allowed to run off leash a few times a week will spend most of its time indoors resting in a comfortable spot where it can watch its humans with half an eye while drowsing. Sloughis do not like to be separated from their flock, and this is an advantage when they are let loose outdoors. They may chase every squirrel and bird within sight, but they will always return to their humans.

Life Expectancy

10-15 years


The Sloughi's coat is very short with no undercoat, and it has no "doggy odor" unless it's wet. Dirt and mud falls off by itself when the fur dries. Because it is a desert hound, the Sloughi needs protection in cold and wet weather. Grooming is easy; a rubber brush or grooming glove will remove dead hairs. The Sloughi is an average shedder. Several people have reported that Sloughis are good for people with mild cases of dog allergy.
The origin of the Sloughi is not known, but it is a very old breed. It was mentioned in a book by the Moroccan writer Al Mansur which was probably written in the 13th century. Morocco holds the FCI standard, but the breed originated in the area which today consists of Morocco, Libya, Tunisia and Algeria, in the northern Saharan region of the Maghreb. The Sloughi is also known as the Arabian Sighthound, which is actually incorrect as it was the indigenous, nomadic Berbers (the Amazigh or "free people," as they call themselves) who developed the breed long before the invasion of the Arabs. The breed is locally known as the Sloughi Moghrebi, meaning the "sighthound of the Maghreb." The Sloughis held an elevated position in comparison to other dogs, and they were greatly prized. Only chiefs and kings were allowed to own them, and much effort went into making sure that they were bred pure. An owner of a fine hunting female would travel far to find just the right mate for her. There were originally two types of Sloughi: the larger, more substantial mountain Sloughi and the smaller, lither desert Sloughi. In western countries there is less distinction between the two as they have been mixed. The breed is not, as previously believed, closely related to the Saluki. DNA testing has shown that these two breeds are only remotely related. The Sloughi's closest relative is the Azawakh, which belongs to the Berber tribes of southern Sahara. Still, the two breeds have been separated long enough that there are obvious differences in conformity and temperament.




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"Dogs Look Human"

New book, "The Doggist," out by Elias Weiss Friedman with pictures of dogs. "What sets his pictures apart is how human he makes his canines seem," says Sue Manning who wrote the story for Associated Press. 

In part here: 

December 22, 2015 10:53 am  •  By SUE MANNING

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elias Weiss Friedman has photographed thousands of dogs for his blog and book "The Dogist." What sets his pictures apart is how human he makes his canines seem.

He achieves the look by getting down on their level before shooting, making eye contact and creating a connection.

"When I'm shooting photographs of dogs, I'm trying to get them looking right into the lens. It makes the image feel dramatic. That's what makes a great image, taking something ordinary and making it feel dramatic," said Friedman, 27, who gets down on the dogs' level despite his 6-foot-3 height.

Friedman, author of "The Dogist" (rhymes with August), started with a blog a few years ago. Along the way, he's posted over 3,300 images and gathered 1.5 million followers on Instagram, 50,000 followers on Tumbler, 70,000 on Facebook and 20,000 on Twitter.

Entire story with photos HERE!

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Police Dog Killed in Raid

Shop Dogs Stand in SOLIDARITY!

Photo of this hero from Twitter. The sotry:

A police dog named "Diesel" was killed during a police raid on Wednesday that targeted the suspected mastermind of deadly terror attacks in Paris.

The seven-year-old Belgian Shepherd was killed sometime during the seven-hour siege on an apartment in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis; Frenchpolice tweeted on Wednesday. 

Police posted a photo of Diesel and said, “assault and explosives search dogs are indispensable in the missions of the operators of the raid."

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Canine Veterans

Story from National Geographic HERE.

So, please honor Veterans today. ALL Veterans. This story is from last year when NYC Veterans marched with canine service members. Starts like this: 

Ryky came to the rescue of two injured American soldiers after their Humvee ran over a homemade bomb in Afghanistan.

Cila displayed steely nerves and savvy instincts while clearing suspected insurgents’ homes during nearly 100 missions in Iraq.

Now these dogs are having their day.

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For the first time, war-hardened canines will have their own float at the Veterans Day Parade in New York City.

“This showcases that age-old human-dog bond at its best,” said Ryan Hegg, deputy director of the United War Veterans Council, which runs the event.

Six military dogs and their handlers will be featured Tuesday thanks to the American Humane Association and a deep-pocketed veterans booster.

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Jon Stewart on the Farm

New York Times reports that Tracey Stewart will be opening a farm sancturary in New Jersey. Oh yeah!  The two page article in NYT Sunday Styles talks abot a day at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York and encourages more contact with animals. Your Shop Dogs are sending a check! Story starts like this:

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Levi was lying blissed out in Tracey Stewart’s lap — at least I think he was, since a goat’s face is a bit hard to read. “He’s a little needy,” she said, explaining that he had recently been found sick and abandoned. The moment Ms. Stewart stopped petting him, he bleated deafeningly, leaving his pen to trail after her.

A few days earlier, she had been at the Emmys, watching her husband, the comedian Jon Stewart, accept his 11th award in the Outstanding Variety Series category for the last season of “The Daily Show.”

In glimpses of her on camera, she looked pained. “I hadn’t eaten in five hours and my feet hurt from the high heels,” she said. Now, at Farm Sanctuary in rural New York, she was beaming in her manure-stained coveralls.

Full Story HERE!

And check out Full Circle Farm Sanctury right here in North Carolina:

Take a look HERE!

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Sad Story of Wade Baker and his struggle with PTSD. And What "Honor" Did to Help.

John Boyle writes a moving and thought provoking article in The Asheville Citizen Times today about the sad case of Wade Baker. The story also tells of his friendhsip with his service dog, Honor. We post a few clips and link to the entire story. We hope you read it for all kinds of reasons. Your shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit.

William Woody of The Asheville Citizen Times took this picture of Honor:

In 2010, Wade Baker agreed to try a different tack, a program called Paws & Effect, a Des Moines, Iowa, nonprofit that raises, trains, and places service dogs with children and veterans with disabilities. Executive Director Nicole Shumate said she first met Baker in 2010 and then had a two-hour interview with him in 2011.


"It was very good for him," she said. "Otherwise he would've kept being that hermit. I can honestly say, without Honor, he would not have lasted as long as he did. Honor helped him that much. They were inseparable for four years. Everywhere they were together; they even slept together. It was just fantastic, their relationship."

Entire Story HERE

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"All Dogs Go To Kevin"

A new book is out the experiences of a young veterinarian. Might want to check it out. Your MetroWines Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit. This is what Amazon says:

ALL DOGS GO TO KEVIN is a humorous and touching memoir that will appeal to anyone who has ever loved an animal or lost hours in James Herriot's classic veterinary stories. 

You can't always count on people, but you can always count on your dog. No one knows that better than veterinarian Jessica Vogelsang. 

With the help of three dogs, Jessica is buoyed through adolescence, veterinary school, and the early years of motherhood. Taffy, the fearsome Lhasa; Emmett, the devil-may-care Golden; and Kekoa, the neurotic senior Labrador, are always by her side, educating her in empathy and understanding for all the oddballs and misfits who come through the vet clinic doors. Also beside her is Kevin, a human friend who lives with the joie de vivre most people only dream of having. 

From the clueless canine who inadvertently reveals a boyfriend's wandering ways to the companion who sees through a new mother's smiling facade, Jessica's stories from the clinic and life show how her love for canines lifts her up and grounds her, too. 

Above all, this book reminds us, with gentle humor and honesty, why we put up with the pee on the carpet, the chewed-up shoes, and the late-night trips to the vet: because the animals we love so much can, in fact, change our lives. 

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Greyhound Racing to End in Texas!

Your Shop Dogs, Cate & Bandit, are smiling today! Galveston Daily News Reports:

Live dog racing will end next year at Gulf Greyhound, park officials say


Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2015 3:31 am | Updated: 8:49 am, Thu Aug 27, 2015.

LA MARQUE — Gulf Greyhound Park plans to end live dog racing by January, a halt following years of dwindling betting at the only full-time greyhound racetrack in the state.

The park blamed increased gambling competition, rising regulation costs and a lack of expanded gaming opportunities for the decision. Officials for the La Marque dog track hoped approval of historical racing machines — which allow gamblers to bet on replays of past races — could reinvigorate the struggling racetrack. However, lawsuits and opposition from state lawmakers have stymied efforts to rollout the machines, known by the brand name Instant Racing.

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Coco HOME in North Carolina

On this National Dog Day, we celebrate with this great story of hope and survival. Please enjoy and give someone a hug. Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit.

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Wegman at Asheville Art Museum

This is a BIG DEAL. Wegman at The Asheville Art Museum. We are so proud. The Exhibit is about cubes and stuff. Whatever. It's way cool. Here's what we know below....

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Lean To

William Wegman

William Wegman is an art photographer noted for compositions involving his Weimaraner dogs in various costumes, poses and scenarios. Born in Holyoke, MA, Wegman started drawing at a young age and by age ten he knew that he wanted to be an artist. He received a BFA in painting at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and his MFA at the University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana in 1967. While his work has received international attention, it was not until he acquired his first Weimaraner dog, who he named Man Ray, that he achieved this success. Man Ray became so popular that the Village Voice named the dog “Man of the Year” in 1982. In creating these photographs, Wegman has the capacity to balance humor with strong formal composition. In these photographs one has the feeling that the dogs are willing subjects and active participants. In 1979, Wegman was invited for the first time to use the new Polaroid 20 x 24 inch camera along with Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Andy Warhol and others. This rare 5 foot camera produces large format “contact” prints renowned for their color and detail. Red Detachment is an example of his continued work with the Polaroid 20 x 24 camera. Linda Benedict-Jones, Executive Director of the Silver Eye Center for Photography describes the uniqueness of these images: “When most of us think about a photograph, we think of the possibility of having an infinite number of prints. What is so special about these 20 x 24 photographs is that there is only one print. When Polaroid calls them ‘unique’ prints, or ‘one-of-a-kind’ prints, they mean that they are good, but they also mean that there are no others! There is no negative with a Polaroid 20 x 24 print, and so the positive, or the print is the only image that exists.”

Entire story and link to The Asheville Art Museum HERE!

PS: A perfect day would be to see the exhibit and then stop at our shop, MetroWines on Charlotte Street for a bottle of Faithful Hound! Cate

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Uggie Sails On

"Uggie" the star of "The Artist" sailed on August 7th to the big film studio in the sky. Thank you Uggie for all the joy you brought.

Wiki says: Uggie was rejected by at least his first two owners as being too wild. He was about to be sent to a dog pound, but was adopted by animal trainer Omar Von Muller after his friends alerted him to the dog. Read about "Uggie" HERE!

You are missed, Uggie.

          Your Not So Secret Admirers, Cate and Bandit, Shopdogs @MetroWines

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Wet Noses Fight Weeds!

Connor, a one-year old cocker spaniel is taking on the battle against wild and invasive daisies in Australia. Keeping her nose to the ground.....

On a recent afternoon in Australia’s Kosciuszko National Park, Sally’s body tightens as she detects danger nearby. She senses her nemesis, Grim the Collier, lurking in the shadows. Her mission is to find and defeat Grim or risk a catastrophe.

What sounds like the characters and plot of a science-fiction novel is playing out here in the wilderness of Australia’s highest peak. Sally is a one-year-old black cocker spaniel, part of a new team of sniffer dogs engaged by Australian authorities to do battle against the evil weed.


But Sally isn’t looking for marijuana or other narcotics carried clandestinely through ports or airports. Instead, she’s roaming alpine land looking for orange hawkweed, a wild daisy also known as “Grim the Collier” and “Devil’s Paintbrush” that, if left unchecked, could spread rampantly and choke out other plant species.

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Fireworks Safety


Passing on a few tips from Greyhounds Only, but absolutely applicable to any family member!, for the 4th of July. We like a few drops of Rescue Remedy, a good movie like "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels turned up really, really LOUD (seen it 19 times, seriously, 19 times) pasta if possible, and a blanket to hide under! Be safe, Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit

1. Exercise your greyhound during the day. If he gets a lot of activity early, he may be sleepier and more at ease in the evening.


2. Make sure your dog's ID tags are current. If your greyhound does get lost, it will help to both catch him and get him home to you if he is wearing a collar with proper identification. Use of a microchip will also help him get home safely.


3. Make sure your dog's collar or harness is properly fitted. If he does panic, he might squirm out of his collar if it is too loose. Also consider using a harness.


4. Keep your home/fences/gates secure. Especially if you are entertaining guests or if you are visiting a friend's house, be certain that there is no way your greyhound can bolt through an open door or gate if he panics.


5. Have an exit strategy. If you do have to take your dog to an event of any kind, have a plan to get him out of there if he can't handle the situation. Sometimes large crowds alone are enough to send a dog into panic mode.


6. Create a soothing environment. If you are home with your dog, close the windows and shades, and turn on the TV or music to drown out the sound of fireworks. Some greyhounds need to hide in the comfort of a closet or crate when they are afraid. Be attentive to his needs and flexible with solutions.


7. Use calming products. Many greyhounds benefit from wearing Thundershirts (also available in many pet stores if you need one immediately) when they are nervous. Others require a prescription calming medicine from your vet. There are also calming collars available at pet stores that can help soothe your greyhound.


8. Be careful with human food and alcohol. There may be a buffet of yummy finger food that contains items toxic to your greyhound. If necessary, keep him separated from the edibles. Also don't let him sample the cocktails.


9. Be aware of other dangers at the party. Citronella candles, glow jewelry, lighter fluid and matches are all harmful to your dog. Keep party supplies and party favors up out of your greyhound's reach.


10. Know which animal hospitals are open. Have the phone number to your regular vet ready, and know the phone number and location of your closest 24 hour animal hospital.

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Berry Hill


Gone June 11, 2010

My beautiful girl, Berry Hill, gone too soon. 

You were so loved. And you are so missed.


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Humans and Dogs in Sync with STRESS


According to a study at the Unviversity of Nebraska in Omaha, the bond between humans and dogs may be reflected in their hormones. Researchers found that participants, both handlers and dogs, in competitive dog trials had increased levels of cortisol. The study showed, listen up Bandit, the teams of dogs paired with men had higher levels of cortisol.

Just reporting the facts, Cate.

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Disabled Vets Join in Valor Games


This is a wonderful story about service dogs. I would love to be a service dog but the turh is that some bad stuff happened and it takes me time to get close, to trust. But Cate is amazing. She will walk up to anyone for a hug and gets a little hurt if they pass her by! Cate is special. And beautiful. (don't tell her that I said that part) She could be a service dog but she gets "overly excited." Cate has a long greyhound nose and can accidentally poke you pretty good. Anyway, our spirits are with those who can help and those who need help. Right now, we are trying to raise funding for homeless veterans in Asheville. Come over to our shop, buy a bottle of picpoul, and know that part of the proceeds, with a matching donation from my shop! went to help Homeward Bound help Vets.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Laura Root's brow was dripping sweat as she pulled back hard on a rowing machine Wednesday at Duke University's Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The effort paid off for Root with a third-place showing during the second day of the Valor Games Southeast, a series of adapted sports for emotionally and physically disabled military veterans.

Root, a Navy veteran, was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy in the middle of her military career, and had to retire. She's had some tough times in the past two years, but the Valor Games have been good medicine.

Entire Story HERE.


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Paws on a Mission

And if you needed more proof, New York Times has posted scientific evidence that the look of love is REALLY in the eyes of a dog.

Those big brown eyes gaze at you, deeply. Your heart leaps. You caress, murmuring sweet nothings. And as those big browns remain fixed on you, the tail wags.

Devoted dog. Besotted owner. That continuous loop of loving reinforcement may begin with the dog’s gaze, according to a new report in Science.

Japanese researchers found that dogs who trained a long gaze on their owners had elevated levels of oxytocin, a hormone produced in the brain that is associated with nurturing and attachment, similar to the feel-good feedback that bolsters bonding between parent and child. After receiving those long gazes, the owners’ levels of oxytocin increased, too.

For the entire story, click HERE!



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Paws on a Mission



MetroWines is proud to host Voluteer Registration set for April 22nd for Paws on a Mission annual Fundraising Walk on Saturday May 9th. Taste 4 wines and sign up to make someone's day!  

Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit

Read about Paws on a Mission HERE!

Asheville Citizen Times "Dogs on a Mission"

ASHEVILLE – When Bruce Schell was dying of gastric cancer, struggling through four years of terminal pain, Misha was there.

When Schell passed, leaving his wife of 12 years, Kay Loveland, to grieve on her own, Misha was there.

Misha helped her get out of bed in the morning; Misha gave her a reason to go outside.

Misha, a 9-year-old Golden Doodle, is a registered therapy dog. She is just one of tens of thousands of animals across the country being used professionally to help humans heal.

"She is a hero to many, and I credit her with saving my life," said Loveland, Misha's owner and a clinical psychologist running a private practice in Asheville.

Entire Story HERE!

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