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Move Over!


That's me and Cate in our beds. We liked it that way. But some of us like sharing a bed with YOU. Read on...

"For most Americans, dogs are no longer relegated to the doghouse. According to the American Pet Products Association, an industry trade group, almost 60 percent of dog owners say they regard their pet as a child or member of the family. And many let their dogs snuggle up to sleep right in their human owners’ beds, often alongside their owners."

Entire NYT Story HERE!

Great story. Boy, what I would give for one more day of sleeping next to Cate. Miss you, my friend.

                                      Your Shop Dog, Bandit


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Pet Approval


45% of Millenials say getting their pet's approval of their dates would matter more than getting family approval, according to a Zulily survey. Well, of course. Tell it like it is!


And Parade Magazine answers what pets give back. "Science has proven dogs have the power to turn your frown into a smile. When you pet a dog, your body produces oxytocin and endorphins, hormones that lift your mood and strengthen the emotional bond between you and the dog. Oxytocin is the homrone that binds a mother to a child and one lover to another. Simply watching dogs playing or goofing around helps people feel happier and more relaxed."


That's my Cate. Got to make you smile. She was so beautiful.

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Paul McCartney Calls for Meat Free Monday


Sir Paul McCartney, while he continues to sell out concert venue at 75, is leading the Meat Free Monday Campaign asking people to skip meat just once a week to "help slow climate change, preserve natural resources, and improve their health."



Entire Article here online.

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Edith Wharton vs. ASPCA

David Dunlap writes for New York Times about Edith Wharton's battle with the president of the ASPCA.

Power to the people! OK, I said that part. With love, Your Shop Dog, Bandit.

Times Insider shares historic insights from The New York Times. In this piece, David W. Dunlap, a metro reporter, looks back at a particularly memorable letter sent to The Times’s publisher.

The front and back of Edith Wharton’s four-page note to Adolph S. Ochs. CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times

Edith Wharton loved animals.

But she hated John P. Haines, the president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Mrs. Wharton and other members of the society believed that Mr. Haines was at least inept, if not corrupt, in his management of the agency.

After an especially stormy meeting on Feb. 15, 1906 — a meeting so chargedthat it was front-page news in The New York Times — Mrs. Wharton took pen in hand at her townhouse on Park Avenue and East 78th Street.

She addressed a private letter to Adolph S. Ochs, the publisher of The New York Times:

“My dear Mr. Ochs,

“As one of the S.P.C.A. members who are trying to put the Society on a better basis by an honest investigation of its methods, I write to ask if, in speaking of yesterday’s meeting editorially, you will bring out as forcibly as possible that the two motions carried yesterday by Mr. Haines & his friends have resulted in cutting off all investigations and silencing the members for one year.

“The best service that can be done by the Press to those desirous of reforming the S.P.C.A. is to lay emphasis on these facts, & also on the fact that Mr. Haines voted for both motions, & that at least four of those voting with him (by his own admission) were employés of the Society.

“Irrespective of personal sympathies, we want the public to know that the members have been gagged.

“Sincerely yrs,

“Edith Wharton”

Edith WhartonCreditBeinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, via Wikimedia Commons

What brings her to mind this week is the fire on Sunday that consumed the chapel near Madison Square Park in Manhattan where she and Edward Wharton were married in 1885.

Both Whartons were devoted to animals; she to dogs and horses, he to cows, sheep, ducks and hens.

“Dogs — small dogs and preferably Pekinese — were among the main joys of her being, and had been since she was a child,” R. W. B. Lewis wrote in “Edith Wharton: A Biography” (1975).

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The Times’s account of the stormy meeting noted Mrs. Wharton’s assertion that the Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Paris and Rome — of which she was also a member — “did far better with less money than the New York society.” The article reported that opponents of Mr. Haines had adjourned to the Whartons’ home to draft a statement that “in smothering further criticism, the society is put on record as fearing to face charges of negligence and inefficiency.”

(Actually, it is hard to square Mrs. Wharton’s letter with the account in The Times of the same day, since it had already done the things she asked Mr. Ochs to do. It’s as if she hadn’t read the paper yet. Perhaps she had let her home delivery subscription lapse. Don’t let this happen in your household!Choose The Times subscription that’s best for you. Starting as low as 99 cents.)

The meeting in which John P. Haines was “hotly assailed,” which Edith Wharton attended, inspired her to write a personal note to the publisher of The Times.

“Haines Hotly Assailed in S.P.C.A. Meeting,” The Times’s headline read. “Mrs. Cadwalader Jones Tells Him He’ll Regret the Day / Employes Appear to Vote / Both Sides Say Meeting Was Packed — Haines Must Go or the Society Collapse, Reformers Declare.”

Of course, The Times offered balance in its account, noting that Mr. Haines enjoyed the support of Miss Irwin Martin, the vice president of the Toy Spaniel Club. “She wanted to vote that no further evil reports of the management be listened to,” The Times said.

In the end, the reformers won. Mr. Haines resigned on March 8. Nine days later, the Whartons sailed for Europe.


Entire story by David Dunlap here.

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Last Year on Valentine's Day


I miss you Cate. Every minute. Of every day. Your Bandit.

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Whitney Cummings "hung out with wolves"


Comedian Whitney Cummings tells her story on "I Hung Out With Wolves" in NYT.

"Some wolves were not raised with other wolves, so they never learned certain behaviors, and some that looked less like them were raised with wolves and hence more wolflike. Hang out with a wolf, and you’ll become more like one."

Full Story HERE.


Around here in Asheville, we support Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary HERE!

That's AmbassaDog "River" in the picture above.

Lot to be learned.

                                                    Your Shop Dog, Bandit

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Humane Society Head Resigns

Bandit here reporting this disheartening although, sadly, not surprising, news concerning Wayne Pacelle.

The chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States resigned on Friday after sexual harassment allegations against him prompted an uprising from staff and donors.

The executive, Wayne Pacelle, who was the face of the Humane Society for more than a decade, had held onto support from a majority of the group’s board, which voted on Thursday to immediately end an investigation into his behavior.

Yet by Friday afternoon, donors and employees of the organization, one of the most prominent animal welfare groups in the nation, were distancing themselves from Mr. Pacelle, condemning the board’s decision and calling for him to leave. In an email to the staff, Mr. Pacelle said late Friday that because “our mission depends on unity,” he was stepping aside to allow a search for a successor to begin.


Entire Story HERE.

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Robot Dogs are FOR Robots


Robot Dogs are for Robots. So many dogs need a home. If you can, please do.

                                                 Thank you, Your Shop dog, Bandit

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Moth Sniffing Dog!

Photo Credit: Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Riley is trained to detect moths and other pets that could dmaage high value artwork at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

You GO Riley!


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Happy Birthday Betty White


Dear Betty:

Parade Magazine reports that your fountain of youth was fueld in part by your commitment to animal welfare.


Thank you for being there. And Happy 96th Birthday from your fans @MetroWines!

                                          Your Shop Dog Bandit

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Dogs on Plane

Photo by David Stubbs for New York Times

Kara Pollard, 33, is executive director of Dog is My Co-Pilot, an animal rescue operation in Jackson Wyoming.

Dog Is My CoPilot is a catchy name, but what does your outfit do?

We fly animals — 80 percent dogs and 20 percent cats — from about 20 source shelters, where they are in danger of being euthanized because of lack of space, to some 62 receiving animal rescue organizations where these animals are more likely to be adopted. According to the A.S.P.C.A., approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized each year.

We work with groups in 15 American states from Louisiana west.

Entire Story here.


WOW. What a story. Thank you Kara.

I need a smile. I got one.


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OBIT for Pet

WOW. Was she gorgeous.


Wall street Journal suggests that you write an OBIT for your passed friend.

Link to story, which may or may not work if you do not subscribe is here.

Just in case the link leaves you flat, here is a little content:

Almost 3,000 dog obituaries are posted on the website Doggy Heaven along with 20,000 photos and comments, said Steve Cencula, who created the site... Doggy Heaven allows visitors to post digital icons unde the pet's anme, including chew toys, steaks, baco and dog bones.

For Cate, if I could, I would post her beautiful turquoise collar and coat from The Sunburst Project operated by The Greyhound Alliance in Chicago to honor her courage and other greyhounds whose racing careers have ended making them of little value to the racing industry. Me and Cate, and since 2011 6,000 other greyhounds, have found HOME through The Sunburst Project. Until racing ends, there are a LOT of us out there. Help The Greyhond Alliance Sunburst project if you can.

This link works and you can see my family listed: RIGHT HERE!

            Your Shop Dog Bandit


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Oppose Ag-Gag

You support a free press? The First Amendment?



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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.

                                                                               Your Shop Dog Bandit

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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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