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!
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!
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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.
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!
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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.
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
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.)
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.
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
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.
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.
From the "Is there No end to Ridiculous File"
Sony is planning to roll out a dog-shaped pet robot to control appliances, "a robot capable of forming an emotional bond with customers, and able to grow and inspire love and affection." Seriously. We just wanted to register our objection.
Make Friends, real friends, @MetroWines.
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The HELL HOLE is CLOSING!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 26, 2017
Contact: Jim Gartland, National Greyhound Association, 785-263-4660
The greyhounds housed at the Pet Blood Bank in Cherokee, TX, will be transferred into adoption programs starting this weekend under a joint effort by the Texas Greyhound Association (TGA), the National Greyhound Association (NGA), the American Greyhound Council (AGC), the blood bank facility, and several regional adoption groups, including the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas (GALT).
Russ Baker, attorney for the Pet Blood Bank, said all greyhounds at the facility will receive medical and dental examinations so that any health issues can be identified and addressed before the dogs enter adoption programs. The greyhounds have received regular veterinary care during their time at the Pet Blood Bank, and most appear to be in good health.
Baker said the blood bank will close its doors after the greyhounds have been removed, a development he blames on the extreme animal rights group PeTA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).
PeTA sent various media outlets an "undercover" video purporting to show greyhounds in ill health at the blood bank. The video has not been independently authenticated, and Baker said it grossly misrepresents blood bank operations. Law enforcement authorities and representatives of the TGA inspected the facility and confirmed that the greyhounds there appeared generally healthy. That didn't stop PeTA, Baker said.
"The Pet Blood Bank's decision to close was a business decision. Despite the fact that all inspections have verified that the greyhounds were healthy and receiving proper care, PeTA has continued to harass and threaten our clients. Their actions have caused our longstanding customer relationships to be terminated," Baker said. "It's clear that this animal rights attack was not about the truth but about raising funds through misrepresentation. PeTA created a controversy where none existed; it's how they operate."
PeTA has become famous for controversial campaigns , including ads comparing meat lovers to serial murderer Jeffrey Dahmer and likening the consumption of chicken to the Holocaust. The organization also has been caught up in a controversy regarding its socalled pet shelter and adoption center, which since 1998 has euthanized, on average, nearly 86 percent of the pets housed there, according to media reports and state records.
In contrast, greyhound racing associations report that more than 95 percent of all registered greyhounds are adopted or returned to their owners as pets when they retire.
"We're confident that every greyhound at the blood bank will be on its way to a loving new home within the next few days," said Gartland. "We appreciate the cooperation of the blood bank management in helping us achieve that outcome."
Story from the Washington Post about guys like me, Your Shop Dog, Bandit.
Sometimes, veterinarians will ask if I or guys like me can donate a little blood to save lives.
You see, as the orginal dog, we, greyhounds, are universal blood donors.
Sometimes, when there is an accident or a complicated surgery, the doctors we will call
me to come down and help. This is an honor to be a FIRST RESPONDER.
Some of us where jackets proudly stating that we are blood donors.
But this is far and apart from a filthy blood factory where greyhounds are kept in cages
and bled for money. This business of blood should be condemed, closed and outlawed.
Save lives. Please comment to this Washington Post article.
Thank you. Your Bandit
PETA to Minnesota Veterinary Products Distributor: Pull Plug on Sale of Blood From Captive Dogs, Fund Rescue of Canines From Shocking Conditions
For Immediate Release:
September 21, 2017
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
St. Paul, Minn. – PETA has obtained photographs and video footage of approximately 150 greyhounds—most if not all of whom were bred for racing—suffering in squalid conditions ripe for disease at a Texas kennel doing business as The Pet Blood Bank, Inc., which sells dogs’ blood to veterinary clinics across the U.S. through Patterson Veterinary Supply, Inc., part of St. Paul‒based Patterson Companies, Inc., a Fortune 500 company. PETA is calling on Patterson to source blood exclusively from dogs who live in private homes and to fund the greyhounds’ urgent rescue.
Dogs were denied veterinary care for severe oral infections, painful and infected wounds, an apparent broken leg, and other health issues. Most dogs at the facility—a converted turkey farm—are solitarily confined to barren dirt kennels. Video footage shows dogs pacing and spinning in circles—severe stress-induced behavior—cowering, and even urinating on themselves in fear when approached. The animals are allegedly bled up to twice a month—with about 20 percent of their blood taken each time—and for up to three hours before and after the procedure, they’re locked inside crates outside, without shade or water, some muzzled. Conditions expose the dogs to ticks, fleas, and other parasites, endangering their welfare as well as that of recipients of their blood via transfusions.
“These dogs were used, abused, and discarded by the ruthless racing industry, and now they’re imprisoned in squalor, denied even basic veterinary care, and bled over and over again,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “It’s time for them to be rescued and given a chance to experience joy, love, and respect; to run and play; and to get to be dogs at long last.”
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—has asked San Saba County, Texas, authorities to investigate the facility for violations of the state’s cruelty statute and is urging The Pet Blood Bank’s operators to turn the dogs over to reputable rescue agencies for urgent veterinary assessment and care.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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