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Iditarod Tragedy

A drunk driver slammed into a team at the Iditarod as it neared the finish line killing one of the mushers and injuring other dogs.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A man has been taken into custody after driving his snowmobile into two dog teams competing in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early Saturday morning, killing one dog and injuring at least three others.

Mushers Aliy Zirkle and four-time champion Jeff King said they were attacked outside the village of Nulato, a community of 236 on the Yukon River, a little more than halfway into the 1,000-mile race to Nome.

The crashes killed one of King's dogs -- Nash -- and injured at least two others 12 miles outside of Nulato. One of Zirkle's dogs also was injured.

Alaska State Troopers say 26-year-old Arnold Demoski of Nulato is being held on two counts of assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and six counts of criminal mischief.

An apologetic Demoski told the Alaska Dispatch News that he had not intentionally driven into the dog teams, but he had blacked out while returning from drinking in another village.

Shop Dogs stand in solidarity with the Iditarod Mushers, the people of Alaska and everyone who is heartbroken by this tragedy. Please drink responsibly.


The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual long-distance sled dog race run in early March from Anchorage to Nome, which takes place entirely in theUS state of AlaskaMushers and a team of 16 dogs, of which at least 6 must be on the towline at the finish line, cover the distance in 9–15 days or more.[1]The Iditarod began in 1973 as an event to test the best sled dog mushers and teams but evolved into today's highly competitive race. The current fastest winning time record was set in 2014 by Dallas Seavey with a time of 8 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes, and 19 seconds.[2] As of 2012, Dallas Seavey was also the youngest musher to win the race at the age of 25, while as of 2013, at the age of 53, Dallas' father Mitch Seavey was the oldest person to ever win the race.

Teams generally race through blizzards causing whiteout conditions, sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds which can cause the wind chill to reach −100 °F (−73 °C). A ceremonial start occurs in the city of Anchorage and is followed by the official restart in Willow, a city 80 miles north of Anchorage. The restart was originally in Wasilla, but because of too little snow, the restart was permanently moved to Willow in 2008.[3] The trail runs from Willow up the Rainy Pass of the Alaska Range into the sparsely populated interior, and then along the shore of the Bering Sea, finally reaching Nome in western Alaska. The trail is through a harsh landscape of tundra and spruce forests, over hills and mountain passes, and across rivers. While the start in Anchorage is in the middle of a large urban center, most of the route passes through widely separated towns and villages, and small Athabaskan and Iñupiat settlements. The Iditarod is regarded as a symbolic link to the early history of the state and is connected to many traditions commemorating the legacy of dog mushing.

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Rusty Needs a HOME

Rusty needs a home. One of our customers @MetroWines is fostering this sweetheart. Make Valentine's Day really, really, really special and give Rusty a forever home. Thank you for considering. Your Shop Dogs, Bandit and Cate

This is what foster Mom says:  

I'm fostering this sweet guy for Brother Wolf and would love to find him a forever home. At 10 years old, he's technically a senior but he's a smaller guy (35-38 pound range) and has plenty of energy/years left in him so please don't let his age deter you! I run a couple miles with him or play fetch in the yard or basement with one of his toys and he has energy to spare (see video in link!). He LOVES hiking. 

He's a little too anxious to attend hectic adoption events (but oddly isn't scared of the vacuum cleaner) so I'm trying to get him exposure in other ways. He co-exists peacefully with my cat and 2 senior dogs (with very gradual introductions) but really has no interest whatsoever in playing with other dogs. He adores his person, follows them around a lot and is happy to curl up on the couch with you so would be perfectly content as your one and only or with another very laid back dog -- young, energetic pups irritate him. Brother Wolf has said that he shouldn't go to a house with small children. 

He eats and sleeps in his crate but would love to sleep on your bed. He is housebroken and has the run of my house while I'm at work (he uses the dog door). He's listed as a shepherd mix but almost seems to have the cleverness and build of a Jack Russell and the nose of a hound. He lacks a tail and has some thin patches of fur on his butt so he definitely won't win any beauty contests. But his quirky personality and overall goofiness more than make up for it! He is very Asheville in his love of carrots, green beans, cucumbers, plantain chips and little bits of apple so far. 

I live off Beaverdam Rd/Spooks Branch Road if you or anyone you know would be interested in a meet-and-greet. Since he is a Brother Wolf Animal Rescue dog, you would follow all of their guidelines for adoption. Please pass Mr. Rusty's info along to anyone who might be interested!
Video and adoption details HERE!



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Ventoux, Search and Rescue

Story in Wall Street Journal by Hilary Potkewitz

Every so often, Elizabeth Chaney and her work partner, Ventoux, will engage in a professional tug of war. For Ventoux, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois search-and-rescue dog, the game is a reward for a job well done.

“In training you always have a reward item to keep the dog’s motivation up. His reward is a few minutes of play, which he loves,” Ms. Chaney says.

The pair are members of the K-9 unit of Virginia Task Force 1, part of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. “We train for large-scale disasters in urban settings. An earthquake, a bombing, a hurricane—basically, if there’s a lot of destruction, we will be deployed,” says Ms. Chaney, 43, a dog trainer who’s been with the task force for more than a decade.

When an emergency call comes in, Ms. Chaney and her dog have three hours to report for duty. She always has three bags packed and ready to go: a Wolfpack Gear backpack and two red duffels.

Collapsible water bowls, little plastic bags, extra leashes and collars can be found in every piece of luggage. “Poop bags are very important. You don’t want to be disrespectful,” Ms. Chaney says. She carries several replicas of Ventoux’s reward item, the tug.

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Bloodhounds HOT on the Trail

Bloodhounds are HOT on the trail at Henderson County  Sheriff's Office. I am particularly proud to say they are both women! Read story below. Your Shop Dog, Cate

HENDERSON COUNTY, N.C. -- The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office would like to welcome two new bloodhound puppies to their team.  

The two female bloodhounds are around ten weeks old and will be trained to locate missing persons and track suspects.  

K9 handlers and School Resource Officers have called on Henderson County 5th grade STAR students to suggest names for the two new additions.  

The winning names will be selected later this month and will be announced in early February.  

The students with the winning entries and their classmates will have the opportunity to meet the dog they named at a special presentation. 

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Hero Down

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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A police dog injured during a Saturday morning shootout in Canton, Ohio, has died, authorities said.

"It is with heavy hearts that we must tell you all that we lost Jethro," the Canton Police Department announced. "He took a sudden turn for the worse and has passed."

Jethro was injured around 1 a.m. Saturday, after encountering a suspect inside a grocery store during a burglary investigation.

The K-9 officer was shot three times — hit in the face, shoulder and neck area — and while the bullets missed Jethro's vital organs, he suffered brain swelling.

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