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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Your Shop Dog, Cate
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!
Love, Your Bandit
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.
"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
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!
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.
Entire story here.
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.
Cate and I wanted you to see this this is an excerpt from "The Empathetic Dog" by Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi in NYT today.
Entire story HERE.
But his service dog, Arleigh, did. She sensed his agitation and “put herself in my lap,” said Mr. Stepp, 37, of Holly Springs, Miss. “I realized I needed to get out of class. We went outside, I calmed down. We breathed.”
During his two deployments to Iraq, Mr. Stepp endured a traumatic brain injury and multiple surgeries on his ankle, and most days he suffers excruciating pain in his legs and lower back. He says he also returned from the war with a lot of anger, which wells up at unexpected times.
“Anger kept us alive overseas,” Mr. Stepp said. “You learn that anger keeps you alive.”
Now that he is back, though, that anger no longer serves a useful purpose. And Arleigh, a retriever mix who came to Mr. Stepp from K9s For Warriors, a nonprofit organization that trains service dogs, has been helping him to manage it. The dog senses when his agitation and anxiety begin rising, and sends him signals to begin the controlled breathing and other exercises that help to calm him down.
Your Shop Dogs are trying to adopt a healthier lifstyle. We offer this news!
Asheville Citizen Times reports that "No Meat Ahtlete" cookbook is co-authored by Asheville locals Matt Frazier and Stepfanie Romine. Frazier is the founder of No Meat Athlete Movement and Romine is a yoga teacher and health coach. The book was named the 2017 Sports Illustrated Best Health and Wellness book.
Amazon says: From the founder of No Meat Athlete: plant-based recipes packed with nutrition to help athletes perform better and recover faster.
A fast-growing global movement, No Meat Athlete (NMA) is inspiring everyone from weekend joggers to world-class competitors to be healthier and fitter and perform better on whole plant foods. Written by NMA founder Matt Frazier and longtime health coach, yoga teacher, and nutrition writer Stepfanie Romine, The No Meat Athlete Cookbook features 150 whole food, vegan recipes that are affordable and quick to get on the table, even on busy nights. Here are:
Yeah, baby! Punch it up! Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit
Photo by Joye Ardyn Durham
From The Laurel of Asheville "Pet" Edition
If you're talking wine, you're tlking dogs - somewhere. Dogs are in the vineyard the winery, the tasting room, the retail shop and even the critics corner.
Entire article HERE!
Please enjoy the read. Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit
WE lost a family member @MetroWines yesterday. Lou's buddy "Buddy" crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
Lou and Buddy were together since Buddy was a puppy so this is really tough. And we all loved Buddy at the shop! So this is tough on all of us.
Buddy was a sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet man. So much we could say about companionship, friendship, family but the bottom line is that the world is just a little more empty without Buddy. Sweet man.
Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit
Some dogs need a little TLC and training before they go to forever homes. Take us, greyhounds, for example. We don't understand glass like windows and glass doors. Never seen it. And sometimes, because we only saw other greyhounds, we don't understand other breeds. That's why the greyhound foster program is so important. But some dogs have more challenges. And this great place in Weaverville can help! Help them to help if you can.
Your Shop Dogs with Love, Cate and Bandit
Story and Photographs from The Asheville Citizen Times
Story by Beth Walton
WEAVERVILLE - Construction has begun on the $9 million dog rehabilitation facility the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals plans to put in Buncombe County.
The 35,000-square-foot center will be at an old cement plant on Murphy Hill Road in Weaverville. Permits were filed with the county last month.
The ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center should open between September and December, said Emily Schneider, a spokeswoman for the ASPCA, a New York-based nonprofit that supports shelters, rescue and advocacy groups across the U.
Initially, dogs would score poorly on behavior screening, but staff and volunteers were able to improve their quality of life to prepare them for adoption, he said. The ASPCA formally expanded its research at the St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey, in spring 2013.
The pilot program ran for four years, and the ASPCA is gearing up to celebrate the seven dogs that are part of its last group of canine graduates before opening the permanent facility in Weaverville.
“The progress we’ve made since the opening of the center (in New Jersey) nearly four years ago is remarkable,” said Kristen Collins, senior director of ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Rehabilitation, in a statement.
“We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished so far and look forward to continuing and advancing the work at our new permanent facility, which will have greater capacity to train visiting professionals as well as rehabilitate animals.”
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA operates on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and must be protected under the law.
With $214 million in reported net assets in 2015, the nonprofit is the largest animal welfare agency in the United States.
The ASPCA acquired Asheville's Humane Alliance, a world renown high volume spay and neuter clinic and training facility, in 2015. The move allowed the program's budget to expand by an additional $1 million annually.
Some of the 1.3 million dogs euthanized in shelters across the country each year are put down because they suffer from behavior conditions that are the result of cruelty, abuse and neglect, Bershadker said in 2015. These animals come to shelters from places like puppy mills, hoarders and dog fighters where they were never socialized for human interaction.
"Overwhelmingly, we saw you can turn an incredibly fearful, unsocialized dog into a loving pet," he said that January when the ASPCA announced its plans for the Weaverville center. "They are called companion animals for a reason. Dogs and cats do best when they are living with people."
Rehabilitation is done by desensitizing animals from their prior, horrific everyday experiences and exposing them to ordinary everyday activities at their own pace, Bershadker said.
Behaviorists do simple things like putting a collar on a dog for a few seconds and then removing it, he added. They also expose animals to a television or read to them so they can get use to hearing a human voice.
Beth Walton reports for The Asheville Citizen Times that 9 year old Agnes Keyser raised $1,000 for Brother Wolf!
We LOVE you Agnes. And thank you. Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit. The story:
ARDEN - Agnes "Aggie" Keyser was given $1 and told to change the world as part of a fourth-grade school project.
Hundreds of cartwheels, pull-ups and toe-touches later, she and her friends raised more than $1,000 for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.
Keyser took her dollar and put it in a donation jar at Hard Exercise Works, the gym off Hendersonville Road where her dad likes to work out. She made an agreement with gym owner Arnoldo Alvarez that she’d do one gym movement for each dollar she raised.
"Animals bring joy to people's lives," said Keyser, a 9-year-old who attends Glen Arden Elementary School. She has four fish, two dogs and six chickens at home. "I love animals," she said.
Keyser's goal was to reach $200, but people kept giving. Before she knew it there was more than $500 in the jar. Later, another gym member anonymously committed to matching the donations, raising the total just over $1,000.
This month Keyser rounded up two friends and two dads and the five got to work, doing 100 exercises each. Keyser did 20 cartwheels, 5 pull-ups and 75 toe-touches all in one afternoon.
"The support of individuals like Agnes — folks who love animals and believe they can make a difference — is what makes this community so strong," said Jackie Teeple, marketing and media director for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, the largest nonprofit no-kill shelter in Western North Carolina.
"Whatever your age or situation, each of us can truly be a part of the solution, and everyone's efforts together really matter," she said.
Last year Brother Wolf took in more than 5,000 abandoned animals. Of those, almost 3,500 were adopted locally. Nearly a thousand were sent to partner rescue groups and some 500 feral, community cats were neutered and returned to their colonies.
The project was a success, said Agnes' mother, Tara Keyser. "She learned that people are really generous and that there is a soft spot in people's hearts for animals," she said.
"She learned that even as a kid she can do some pretty remarkable things and influence people's lives and animals' lives as well."
"Opening the Heart's Floodgates, With a Paw"
A New York Times story about shelter dogs, those who work to find them homes and those who adopt them.
Starts like this:
The quiet young man had come to me looking for love, ideally at first sight. I asked my usual questions about his work, where he lived, how he spent his free time. I asked about his great loves of the past, what had worked, or not worked, in those relationships. Then I asked how he felt about being jumped on, slobbered on or getting mud all over his couch.
Full story here.
Help if you can,
Your Shop Dogs
I know you get tired of hearing the story of the day we met, but it means so much to me, would you humor me just one more time? OK.
I was at a greyhound rescue kennel outside of Chicago. Lonely. Sad. I had been at a home but a baby came and I did not make the transition as well as the family had hoped. So I ended up here. I was thinking I would never have a real home again. Never. And I missed my family. One day, they were just gone. And I was here.
There was talk about you maybe being in the dating market. They said you were really pretty, sweet and strong. Had a nice family in Washington DC and a new car! When I saw your picture, I just thought we might be soul mates. Just something about the look in your eyes and my heart singing! You looked like you might be a little high maintenance, that's true, but a girl like you deserves the best! And I am that guy. I just knew it.
Then one day they told me that you were coming to find a companion and I would be in the bachelor pool! Awesome! Bachelor #2 to be specific. I knew you had been recently widowed with the passing of FourWheels at almost 15. That was a little intimidating. Everybody knew Grey's FourWheels. A 20 page track record with a LOT of wins. And handsome too. A big man they say. Confident. All the women liked him. An officer and a gentleman, they say. That's tough for a basic guy like me. I was not a great racer but my heart has always been in the right place! I'm what you call a heart dog.
I was up early the day you were to arrive. Handing out kisses to anyone who take one. You just didn't know who might put in a good word for you. Being sweet. Keeping to myself. Eyes open and scanning the territory. I was so nervous. But I took a deep breath and Iooked over the the other contestants.
Bachelor #1 had been brought up on the haul from Florida just to meet you. I was worried about that. But he seemed a little rough, like he might be the jealous type. From what I heard, you would not go for a tough guy but more of a partner. So, I thought he was probably out.
Bachelor #3 was a looker. A blue greyhound they call his type. Really good looking. Just like the dog on the side of the bus. But Bachelor #3 had been injured on the track and had a bum leg. Needed surgery. And while he was expect to make a full recovery, he would need some rehab. I figured after helping FourWheels in his last years, you might not want to be a caretaker again. Maybe want somone to take care of you for a change. I would!!
Bachelor #4 was a young one, only 2. He was fast and strong and had a shiny coat. Sweet too. But you were 9 and while I heard you were not opposed to a younger man, he was a baby! No worldy experience. Not the kind of relationship to which you had become accustomed, as they say. I was only 4 but I was more mature than that guy.
Bachelor #5 was a problem. He was your standard operating nice guy. Good looking but not overly handsome. Smart. Knowledgable but a little quiet. Of the group, I thought this guy, the strong silent type, was the biggest threat.
But I didn't have much time to think about it.
All of a sudden, there you were. Just like your picture. Beautiful. Full of life. They brought you and all the bachelors to a big field. We all tried to act sure of ourselves. But, man, I was jittery. You kind of gave me the nod. I was sure of it. But no one was convinced. They thought you would go for the blue guy. So they brought out a kiddie pool and you stepped in. I waited a minute and then joined you. It was like the other guys just knew it was to be me and you!
We left in your new car and went back to the O'Hare Hilton. Gave the car to the valet and headed upstairs. I guess you were thinking to stay the night to be sure we were a match. But within minutes we were rubbing noses. We called downstairs and got the motor cranked before the valet even had a chance to park it and headed HOME! We spent the night in Indiana and made it to DC the next day.
That's me in the back of the car on the way HOME!
That's you after we got HOME! You are so beautiful to me!!
And there has never been a grumble between us. Never. I will always take care of you Cate.
I love you. You will always be my Valentine. Always.
If you have buddy who is a little older like me, or has an injury or has had a few too many biscuits this year !!
and has a problem with steps, please consider a wood, permanent ramp. My new ramp gave me back my independence!
Call my ramp guy Robert at 828-280-5871
Your Shop Dog, Cate
Photo by Reuters
Puppy Bowl goes LIVE today!
Wiki says: The Puppy Bowl is an annual television program on Animal Planet that mimics an American footballbowl game similar to the Super Bowl, using puppies. Shown each year on Super Bowl Sunday, the show consists of footage of a batch of puppies at play inside a model stadium, with commentary on their actions. The first Puppy Bowl was shown on February 6, 2005, opposite Super Bowl XXXIX. The puppies featured in the Puppy Bowl are from shelters.
VOX explains the purpose and practice of Puppy Bowl HERE!
See videos HERE!
Only one thing to say about all this: ADOPT
Your MetroWines Shop dogs, Cate and Bandit
James Gorman reports in the New York Times that scientists are close to discovering the origin of dogs. The problem, Gorman says, is that dog genes are "a kind of tomato soup" meaning that all the ingredients have been blended together over the years.
Most scientists now agree that 15,000 or more years ago, a group of ancient wolves separated from the pack to become, well, dogs! But, as you might expect, all had different behaviors, environmental demands and breeding patterns making the murky mix that is dogs.
As for the cradle of dog civilization, so to speak, the contenders are the Middle East, the Far East, Europe and Mongolia. Really narrowed it down there! In any case, we would like to submit as evidence that the "greyhound" is the only breed mentioned in the Bible.
Your Shop Dogs,
Me (Cate) and Bandit