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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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)
"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."
|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: 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)
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|FCI, KCGB, SFAA, SCCM, AKC/FSS, UKC, NZKC, ANKC, ASLA, , KC(UK), DRA, NAPR, ACA|
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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."
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.
And check out Full Circle Farm Sanctury right here in North Carolina:
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."
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.
Your Shop Dogs, Cate & Bandit, are smiling today! Galveston Daily News Reports:
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.
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.
Toby Brooks, his fiancee and their three young daughters waited outside Clayton’s police station Tuesday, in anticipation of seeing their 16-year-old dog for the first time in more than a month.
Coco, a frail white miniature poodle, went missing from her home in Concord, just north of Charlotte, on July 20. She turned up 770 miles away in a small town in central Massachusetts nearly three weeks later.
She was reunited with her family in Clayton, where animal control officer Angie Lee was among those responsible for bringing Coco back to North Carolina. It was Lee who emerged from the police department’s doors with Coco in her arms, freshly trimmed, wearing a white dress with pink and purple bows, wrapped in a blanket.
Lee handed Coco over to Brooks. He scratched her stomach with his finger, and she licked his hand. Then he placed Coco on the ground so his three young daughters – ages 8, 3, and 2 – could play with her.
“I’m just excited to see her again,” Brooks said. “I was thinking she was gone.”
Coco, who is now blind and deaf, was an eight-week-old puppy when Brooks got her for his ninth birthday. She has been with him since.
Brooks said he was at work when Coco escaped from the family’s fenced backyard. He said he thinks his children accidentally left the gate open when they let her and the family’s other two dogs out of the house.
Brooks said he searched for Coco night and day and began to lose hope.
“I assumed somebody had picked her up because she was so little,” he said. “But I didn’t think she’d get that far. It wasn’t fun to think that she was gone and there was nothing I could do about it. To have her for so long and know that she’s gone – it wasn’t really a good feeling.”
Coco was found Aug. 9 in the small, central Massachusetts town of Belchertown, where the animal control office received a tip about a stray poodle on the road without an ID tag.
Animal control officer Anna Kuralt-Fenton said that after she posted a picture of Coco to the department’s Facebook page, someone called and said that a neighbor had spotted the lost dog in Concord and brought it to Massachusetts. The caller told Kuralt-Fenton that the neighbor realized she couldn’t care for the dog and left her on the street.
Kuralt-Fenton wanted to see if she could locate the owners in North Carolina. On a Facebook page used by animal control officers, she asked if someone in North Carolina could help her. Lee offered to help, even though the dog wasn’t from Clayton.
Lee posted a picture of the dog on lost-dog sites in and around Concord and began to get a flood of emails from people who had lost their poodles. One of the emails was from Brooks.
Kuralt-Fenton then submitted a request to a national nonprofit, Pilots N Paws Pets and Rescue Service, a group of volunteers, pilots and plane owners around the country who rescue, shelter or foster animals and fly them where they need to go. A pilot in Massachusetts agreed to fly Coco as far as Allentown, Penn., where another couple flew her to Smithfield on Sunday.
Lee took care of the dog, including a trip to the groomer Tuesday morning, before the reunion with Brooks and his family.
“To know that she’s going home tonight with her family, with the people that love her and with the people she loves, is the best feeling ever,” Lee said.
Lee knelt down beside Brooks’ step-daughter, Lacie Hill, 8, who was holding Coco, and asked her to promise to take care of her and love her forever.
Lacie nodded and said she would. As Lacie held her in her arms, Coco closed her eyes and drifted off to sleep.
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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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
"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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.