Happy Birthday Cate

 

Happy Birthday Cate! Born to Flying Madam and Kiowa Sweet Trey on December 10th, 2003, Cate is 13 today!

It was a sad day at our home in Washington DC, just a short time after a gut wrenching loss, that Jerrie of The Greyhound Alliance in Chicago called us. Jerrie said they had a 7 year old girl, Cate, who needed a home. After being at the track all of her life, The Greyhound Alliance was hoping to find Cate a family who was open to a senior with a yard. That was us.

But we were still a pretty sad family. Jerrie said: "If we could find it in our hearts to give Cate a home, she would give us the peace and love we needed." We packed the car, loaded up our big boy greyhound, FourWheels, and drove from Washington DC to Chicago that day. We picked up Cate the next day, and started driving home. Jerrie was right. And we are grateful everyday to Jerrie and Rich of The Greyhound Alliance for trusting us with Cate. She took care of all of us and made FourWheels smile everyday.

Cate is a gracious, beautiful and confident girl. She is a constant source of friendship, love, and strength.

Happy Birthday, Cate. You are very loved.

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Goodbye Angela

This is Angela. She was a long distance family member in Illinois.

Angela passed over the Rainbow Bridge this morning.

She was a lovely and sweet girl and her family everywhere will miss her more than we can say.

Help give we gentle giants a HOME if you can.

         Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit.

 

 

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Greyhound WINS 2016 Philadelphia Dog Show

  

Gia, a Greyhound, was named Best in Show at the 15th annual National Dog Show. (Bill McCay/NBC)

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicked off a day of annual traditions, but if you’re a dog lover, the real show began at noon. We’re talking about the National Dog Show.

Gia won Best in Show out of six other finalists including Ty, a giant schnauzer; Slick, a border collie; Timmy, an English springer spaniel; Chuck, a Pekingese; Rondo, a West Highland white terrier; and Clue, a Tibetan terrier (who, fun fact, is not actually a terrier). The seven finalists competed among a lineup of 2,000 dogs spanning more than 200 breeds and varieties. This was the statuesque Greyhound’s 44th brush with victory on the dog show circuit. Last year’s top prize was given to a Skye terrier named Good Time Charlie.

The National Dog Show is not quite as prestigious as the Westminster Dog Show, but people getreally excited about it for obvious reasons.

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Fire Threatens WolfDog Sanctuary

River and friends are under threat from the fire and smoke. Dogs are being evacuated. All this is expensive. Full Moon WolfDog Sanctuary needs help.

Take a look and help if you can. From Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit

 

 

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Adopt DUKE

Duke is being fostered through Brother Wolf. He needs a home. Help if you can.

Duke's story:

Please contact Debbie (dej34@hotmail.com) for more information about Duke.
 

Duke is a love -- kids, other dogs, cats and pretty much everyone he meets. He is the most flexible dog I've ever known as far as being able to adapt to a new environment. Duke is a lab mix, 65-70 pounds and all legs -- possibly mixed with giraffe!  He's rumored to be 11 years old, but hardly acts it -- he manages stairs, the steep hill in my yard and jumps up on the couch. He has some arthritis in his hips that is managed with glucosamine and NSAIDs, and he is downright springy when he sees his leash come out or when he's trying to play.

Duke is house-trained and figured out my dog door on his own, and, boy, does he love his fenced yard. Not a big fan of crates or being confined in a small pen, but has been utterly trustworthy inside my house with my senior hound and my cat. Duke hasn't chewed anything or tried to get any tasty food off the counter -- an absolute gentleman!

He is a little oblivious to his size, so he may be a little overwhelming for nervous dogs or dogs who aren't playful. Won't you please consider giving this absolute love of a dog the retirement home he deserves?  Please contact me today to learn more about this sweet guy!

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Dog Saves Guardian in Fire

Monday, October 24, 2016 06:16AM

PORT RICHMOND (WPVI) --
Neighbors are crediting a family dog with saving its owner's life from a house fire in Philadelphia's Port Richmond section.

Around 4:30 p.m. Sunday on the 3100 block of Memphis Street, Andrea Bulat's dog started barking.

"Her dog, Che... the dog's really protective of her," neighbor Anthony Daly told Action News. "If you go past her house it's 'Bark, bark, bark, bark!' and that kind of stuff."

But neighbors say it was highly unusual for Che to be barking that early in the morning. That's what woke them up.

"When I looked out the window you could see the flames," said Daly. "The whole first floor was engulfed."

When firefighters arrived, they found the dog on top of Bulat, who was unconscious.

"The dog stayed on her chest the whole time, which prevented her from being burned totally," said another neighbor, Adele Butler.

Bulat was rushed to Temple University Hospital, where she is listed in critical condition with burns over 50 percent of her body.

Firefighters used oxygen to resuscitate Che. The dog is at an animal hospital in Langhorne, Pa. being treated for smoke inhalation.

Neighbors are calling Che a hero.

"I think it's a beautiful thing, because I've always heard stories of where animals would help save their owners," said neighbor Thomas Leszcewicz. "I've never lived one. Now I've lived one. I've seen it with my own eyes. That's a beautiful thing you know."

"I think because of the dog being there, that really saved her," said Butler. "If the dog wasn't there, she'd probably be dead."

A spokeswoman for the Red Paw Relief Team said Che, who is at least 10 years old, is an 80-pound mixed Chow and Golden Retriever.

They say it's uncertain if the animal will survive because of the degree of smoke inhalation and its age.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Air Dogs at Asheville Outlets!

(Note: This is not an Air Dog. This is "Heavy Metal." But he can run like the wind!)

Ultimate Air Dogs will be at Asheville Outlet Mall for three days of competition!

Asheville Citizen times story HERE!

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Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation Teaches Reading

** Another ALERT from MetroWines Shop Dogs **

Photo by Maddy Jones for Asheville Citizen Times

Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundaiton launched a volunteer program this year in which kids practice reading books to the shelter animals. WOW. Kids imporve reading skills and our buddies at the shelter have company and learn social skills. WOW.

Help if you can.

Story HERE!

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Aloft Nominated for Top 10 Pet Friendly

MetroWines Shop Dog ALERT!!

Bubbles is a rescue dog who awaits a forever home in the lobby of the Aloft Hotel.

Photo Courtesy of Aloft 

Asheville Citizen Times reports that Aloft Hotel, owned by McKibbon Hospitality, has been nominated by USA Today and Bring Fido as one of the top pet friendly hotels in the US. Voting for the winner is online now through noon on October 10 HERE!

Full story HERE! 

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WolfDog @MetroWines!

River, the Ambassadog for Full Moon Farm Sanctuary (Visit HERE!), dedicated to sheltering and saving wolfdogs, was at our shop last night! He is might big and mighty majestic. He has our respect and admiration. Your Friends, Cate and Bandit

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New Dog Books Reviewed

All books reviewed here BY New York Times. Check it out! HERE!

                                    Your Shop Dogs @MetroWines, Cate and Bandit

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Book Signing with Lois Chazen

News Release: Monday, August 29, 2016
Book Signing with Lois Chazen
  "The Key: Truths of the Universe"
 
Please join us for a Book Signing with author Lois Chazen of her new work "The Key: Truths of the Universe" on Wednesday, September 21st from 5 to 7pm @MetroWines. 
 
Bobbie Tyler Mauro Reategui Perez, Peruvian Visionary Jungle Artist, who created the art for "The Key: Truths of the Universe" and River, "The Ambassadog" from Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary will also join us for the Book Signing.
 
 
Turtle Dove Publications is donating 20% of all proceeds from "The Key:Truths of the Universe," to Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary in Black Mountain (http://fullmoonfarm.org/). There is no charge for the event but your purchase of the book helps this worthy cause.
 
Calling the book "a remarkable dance of words," Karen Richardson Dunn of Penquin Random House, Simon and Schuster, says "The Key: Truths of the Universe" weaves ancient spiritual principles into a coherent unity offering a Divine wisdom that can be applied to the challenges of everyday life. "For spiritual seekers, not only is the book a worthwhile read, it just may change your life." 
 
About Lois: Born in Miami, Lois Chazen now lives in Black Mountain. Her first book, "Loving Ruby," inspired by the true story of a baby female cardinal she rescued, won the GOLD Mom's Choice Award in the Philanthropic category. The Defenders of Wildlife emblem is on the front cover and the organization still receives proceeds from this book.  Lois also won the Readers View Literary Award. 
 
Lois has recently created an amazing new series," Maddy Magoo's Animal Rescues," featuring different animal sanctuaries, representing all categories of species in every book with a portion of the proceeds sent to the sanctuaries and affiliate organizations. 
 
Her first book from this series, "Tugen" (Too-gen), is also based on a true story about a young rooster who was rescued by the Asheville Humane Society and placed at Goat Mountain Sanctuary. Tugen was clueless about who, what, or where he was, and why he was abandoned by his mother.
 
The second book in the series called, "River," about the beautiful and popular wolf-dog at Full Moon Farm in Black Mountain was written to help the wolves, wolf-dogs, and dogs. Lois will be spotlighting all species of animals. 
 
"My life-path is to create compassion for all animals on Earth, by creating a consciousness shift in humankind," Lois says.  "My heart belongs to the animals!"
 
Contact: Gina Trippi
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Animal Rescue in Louisiana Floods: Update

    Dogs cats, birds, cows, horses, etc are in harms way along with those reponsible for them. People who lost everything need their 4 legged friends and family.

Help if you can. Your Shop dogs, Cate and Bandit

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As flood waters rose across Baton Rouge and the surrounding area, it wasn't just people who needed rescuing. Thousands of pets, from dogs and cats to horses, were rescued from Louisiana flood waters. What's happening to pets stranded in the Louisiana Flood? Some are still in shelters with their families and others have been evacuated to other areas to be adopted to new families.

The way pets are treated during a disaster is mandated by a law passed by Congress after Hurricane Katrina called the "Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards," according to the Times-Picayune. The law mandates that rescuers make the same effort to save pets in an emergency as they would to save a person.

For the full story and links, Go HERE.

 

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Greyhound Racing DOWN in South Wales

MIKE BAIRD IS UP FOR ADOPTION!

PETA NAMES GREYHOUND IN PREMIER'S HONOUR

Group Thanks Premier Baird for Racing Ban With Namesake Pup

Sydney – In the wake of the Parliament of New South Wales' historic decision to end greyhound racing in the state, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia has sponsored and named a dog after Premier Mike Baird. Last night’s vote to pass the legislation through the lower house means anyone who conducts greyhound races in the state after July 2017 could face a year in jail.

Three-year-old Mike the dog (photo available here) recently arrived at Friends of the Hound in Newcastle after being surrendered by a local racing owner.

"Not unlike Mike Baird the politician, Mike Baird the dog loves a bit of exercise as well as spending time on the couch watching The Bachelor", says Friends of the Hound volunteer Kay Mills. "After spending the past three years running for his life, he deserves a loving home and family."

 

New South Wales joins a list of governments around the world that have banned greyhound racing. In the industry, greyhounds are "discarded" once they're deemed too old, slow, or injured to race profitably.

"Thanks to the Baird government, tens of thousands of dogs' lives will be saved", says PETA Australia Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno. "But the responsibility does not rest solely with policymakers, as everyone can do their part to ensure dogs like Mike finally get the life they deserve."

PETA encourages all prospective dog guardians to adopt from an animal shelter instead of buying from pet stores or breeders.

For more information about adopting Mike, go to friendsofthehound.org.au or PETA.org.au.

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Greyhound Racing DOWN in London

VICTORY: WIMBLEDON GREYHOUND STADIUM TO CLOSE FOLLOWING CAMPAIGN BY PETA AND OTHERS

London Mayor Hands Decision to Merton Council, Which Plan To Transform One of Nation's Oldest Dog-Racing Tracks Into Modern Football Stadium

London – Following a massive campaign by animal-protection groups and members of the local community – including an almost 15,000-strong signature petition from PETA – Mayor of London Sadiq Khan gave the go-ahead for Merton Council to approve a planning application submitted by AFC Wimbledon and Galliard Homes that will close Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium and transform it into the new home of Wimbledon football as well as build new flats for local residents.

"Finally, this old dog-racing track will be turned into a new state-of-the-art football stadium that will give ticket-buyers what they want, and that's compelling sports that feature only willing participants", says PETA Senior Campaign Coordinator Kirsty Henderson. "Greyhound racing is on its last legs as more and more people learn that the industry exploits dogs as mere moneymaking machines and breeds them for speed at the expense of their health, strength, and stamina."

Many greyhound puppies are killed in the name of "selective breeding" and never make it to the racetrack, and dogs who do qualify to become racers are typically caged and muzzled by their trainers and suffer from crate and muzzle sores as well as infestations of internal and external parasites. Once their racing days are over, many dogs are discarded. Some have their ears cut off to remove identifying tattoos and are then abandoned or killed.

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Help Louisiana Flood Victims

Your Shop Dogs here again. Please help Louisiana Flood Victims if you can.

 

RICHMOND, Va. — The Richmond SPCA is once again helping animals in need after catastrophic floods struck Louisiana over the last week.

The Richmond SPCA will bring 14-16 dogs back to Richmond to prepare them for adoption to open up space at Louisiana shelters for the influx of displaced flood dogs.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said 1,000 pets have been rescued during the unprecedented flooding.

Over the past week, 12 people have died, 40,000 homes have been damaged, and more than 20,000 people were rescued from the flood waters.

The Louisiana SPCA

The Louisiana SPCA

The Richmond SPCA is working in conjunction with the Humane Society of the United States to make the rescue effort happen.

The Richmond SPCA will receive dogs from the Louisiana SPCA in New Orleans. The Nashville Humane Association picked up the pets in New Orleans Wednesday night.

Representatives from the shelter are heading to the Nashville Humane Association to pick up the dogs Friday morning.

Once the pets are back is Richmond they will receive their proper veterinary work up and will be placed up for adoption.

Last year, the Richmond SPCA rescued 23 shelter dogs from South Carolina floods.

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Louisiana Animals Need Help

Animals in desperate need of help in Louisiana. Denham Springs forced to release sheltered animals to prevent drowing. Know someone on location who can help? Spread the word. Thank you, Your Shop Dogs

NEW ORLEANS -- The Louisiana SPCA is currently assisting with animal rescue efforts in the flooded areas and requests supplies from the public as animals flood area shelters. It’s important to know that the Louisiana SPCA is not leading animal rescue efforts; we are assisting the coordinating agency, the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART). 

The biggest area of need is currently supplies. The affected shelters are inundated with animals and need supplies to care for them. The influx of animals is only going to increase in the coming days as the floodwaters recede. The Louisiana SPCA has secured three local drop-off locations for pet supplies: Canine ConnectionCamp Bow Wow Mid-City and Demo Diva. Supplies will be picked-up by the Louisiana SPCA and hand-delivered to animal shelters in the affected areas.

Immediate supplies needed include:

·         Metal buckets with clipping carabiners

·         Wire pet crates in various sizes

·         Leashes

·         Unopened dry cat and dog food

·         Metal water bowls

Below is a recap of assistance that the Louisiana SPCA has provided up-to-now:

Tangipahoa Parish Animal Shelter – Louisiana SPCA donated supplies and has a physical team on-site assisting with setting up a temporary shelter for the influx of animals as well as their daily care. The Louisiana SPCA is taking roughly 20 adoptable animals from this shelter to be transported to the Louisiana SPCA for adoption in hopes of freeing up space for rescued animals. No owned/rescued animals will be included on this transport.

City of Denham Springs Animal Control – This shelter opened the kennels and release all of the dogs to avoid drowning with the quickly rising water. The Louisiana SPCA sent Humane Law Enforcement Officers to assist but hit water 4 miles out. Volunteers are shuttling whatever dogs they can find still roaming the area around the shelter via boat to our Humane Officers. Officers are then transporting the animals to the Companion Animal Alliance in Baton Rouge.

Companion Animal Alliance in Baton Rouge – This shelter has taken in over 100 rescued animals in the last two days and is over capacity. The Louisiana SPCA is assisting the Humane Society of the United States with coordinating a large transport of current adoptable animals to free up space for rescued animals. No owned/rescued animals will be included on this transport.

East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control – This group provides animal control services for Baton Rouge and works with the Companion Animal Alliance. Due to a large number of calls, they do not have enough man power to respond to all of the calls for assistance. The Louisiana SPCA, Jefferson Parish Animal Control and Terrebonne Animal Control have all sent out Humane Officers to assist.  

Anyone requesting assistance for animals in flood conditions should first speak with their local animal control agency. If they cannot be reached, contact LSART at lsartinfo@gmail.com. The email MUST include the following information:

·         Where the animal(s) is located (address, cross street or GPS coordinates)

·         Number of animals

·         Whether the animal(s) is confined or free-roaming

·         Contact information for the person reporting the stranded animals

According to LSART, there are currently two co-habitated animal shelters open. The first is at the Southern Ag Center in Baker and the second at Celtic Studios, located at 10000 Celtic Drive, off Bluebonnet and Airline. While the Red Cross has a list of opening shelters none of them are currently accepting animals.

If you find a lost pet, please bring it to your nearest animal shelter. By moving an owned animal to another parish or out of state, the likely hood of reuniting that pet with its owner severely diminishes.

For those that wish to make a monetary donation to the animal rescue efforts, the Louisiana SPCA is asking that you donate directly to the animal shelter in your community. This will ensure the funds go directly to the group that you wish to help. Each affected shelter is listing out their immediate needs on their social media pages. Please be aware that these needs are changing daily!

If a member of the public would like to volunteer with the animal rescue efforts please go towww.lsart.org/volunteers and complete the volunteer form. 

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Bandit's Birthday

Hi,

It's me, Your Shop Dog, Bandit. It's my birthday and this is my story.

Just before my 4th birthday, I was being fostered by Greyhounds Only in Chicago. A girl named "Cate" (that's Your Shop Dog Cate) from Washington DC was looking for a friend. Her best buddy, "FourWheels" had just gone over The Rainbow Bridge. So she drove all the way to Chicago in a brand new green Jeep (now the MetroWines Delivery Truck!) to meet me and some other bachelors.

The Greyhound Alliance arranged for 5 eligbible bachelors, none as good looking as me! to bring their best. I was Bachelor #2. We, Cate and me, liked each other right away and within an hour I was riding back to DC in the Jeep. That's me smiling in the back seat in the picture! I think it was my smile that got me the girl. 

 

So, today, I am having my traditional Birthday Dinner of pesto and shaved meats. That's for me. But for YOU, I have brought in 2 great wines on "Bandit's Bargains" called SMASHBERRY and set the boxes up right at the counter. Look for my smiling face!

SMASHBERRY sells for $14.98 at the winery, for $10.98 at Total Wine,

BUT for $9.99 @MetroWines

until COB on Saturday , June 18th to celebrate my birthday!

That's my story. A lot of greys aren't as lucky as me. I got a home, a job, a girl and a JEEP. If you can help, this is my rescue group, The Greyhound Alliance. Click HERE!

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Berry. Again. Always Berry

We are at this sad date again. You just went to have your teeth cleaned and you never came home. Never came home. You never came home. Most of my heart went with you. 

Berry Hill. Gone on June 11th, 2010 in Washington DC

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Pit Bulls

Helen Keller loved hers. James Thurber too. A new book, "Pit Bull" by Bronwen Dickey, makes the case that the fears about this breed of dog are neither new nor generally well founded. NYT says book is well researched and fact filled.

NYT Review

Shop Dog Comment: We don't know much about Pit Bulls but we do know that breeds are often misunderstood. Take our case for example.

Most people think retired racing greyhounds need to run and run far everyday. Not so. We enjoy a walk like any other dog but our racing days are over. In fact, we are often heard to say: "what part of retired didn't you understand." And we don't, for the most part, jog. We are sprinters. But we do need a fenced yard because if we tear off on a sprint, we are FAST. Greyhounds can run up to 45 miles per hour. No joke. FAST.

We also don't need constant activity. Greyhounds are often called 45 mile an hour couch potatoes. Again, it's that retirement thing! We also don't need a big space. We like to be around YOU but mostly, we are quiet and loving company, lounging.

Find out more about greyhounds through our rescue group in Chicago HERE!

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