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Jon Stewart on the Farm

New York Times reports that Tracey Stewart will be opening a farm sancturary in New Jersey. Oh yeah!  The two page article in NYT Sunday Styles talks abot a day at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York and encourages more contact with animals. Your Shop Dogs are sending a check! Story starts like this:

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Levi was lying blissed out in Tracey Stewart’s lap — at least I think he was, since a goat’s face is a bit hard to read. “He’s a little needy,” she said, explaining that he had recently been found sick and abandoned. The moment Ms. Stewart stopped petting him, he bleated deafeningly, leaving his pen to trail after her.

A few days earlier, she had been at the Emmys, watching her husband, the comedian Jon Stewart, accept his 11th award in the Outstanding Variety Series category for the last season of “The Daily Show.”

In glimpses of her on camera, she looked pained. “I hadn’t eaten in five hours and my feet hurt from the high heels,” she said. Now, at Farm Sanctuary in rural New York, she was beaming in her manure-stained coveralls.

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And check out Full Circle Farm Sanctury right here in North Carolina:

Take a look HERE!

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Sad Story of Wade Baker and his struggle with PTSD. And What "Honor" Did to Help.

John Boyle writes a moving and thought provoking article in The Asheville Citizen Times today about the sad case of Wade Baker. The story also tells of his friendhsip with his service dog, Honor. We post a few clips and link to the entire story. We hope you read it for all kinds of reasons. Your shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit.

William Woody of The Asheville Citizen Times took this picture of Honor:

In 2010, Wade Baker agreed to try a different tack, a program called Paws & Effect, a Des Moines, Iowa, nonprofit that raises, trains, and places service dogs with children and veterans with disabilities. Executive Director Nicole Shumate said she first met Baker in 2010 and then had a two-hour interview with him in 2011.


"It was very good for him," she said. "Otherwise he would've kept being that hermit. I can honestly say, without Honor, he would not have lasted as long as he did. Honor helped him that much. They were inseparable for four years. Everywhere they were together; they even slept together. It was just fantastic, their relationship."

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"All Dogs Go To Kevin"

A new book is out the experiences of a young veterinarian. Might want to check it out. Your MetroWines Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit. This is what Amazon says:

ALL DOGS GO TO KEVIN is a humorous and touching memoir that will appeal to anyone who has ever loved an animal or lost hours in James Herriot's classic veterinary stories. 

You can't always count on people, but you can always count on your dog. No one knows that better than veterinarian Jessica Vogelsang. 

With the help of three dogs, Jessica is buoyed through adolescence, veterinary school, and the early years of motherhood. Taffy, the fearsome Lhasa; Emmett, the devil-may-care Golden; and Kekoa, the neurotic senior Labrador, are always by her side, educating her in empathy and understanding for all the oddballs and misfits who come through the vet clinic doors. Also beside her is Kevin, a human friend who lives with the joie de vivre most people only dream of having. 

From the clueless canine who inadvertently reveals a boyfriend's wandering ways to the companion who sees through a new mother's smiling facade, Jessica's stories from the clinic and life show how her love for canines lifts her up and grounds her, too. 

Above all, this book reminds us, with gentle humor and honesty, why we put up with the pee on the carpet, the chewed-up shoes, and the late-night trips to the vet: because the animals we love so much can, in fact, change our lives. 

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Greyhound Racing to End in Texas!

Your Shop Dogs, Cate & Bandit, are smiling today! Galveston Daily News Reports:

Live dog racing will end next year at Gulf Greyhound, park officials say


Posted: Thursday, August 27, 2015 3:31 am | Updated: 8:49 am, Thu Aug 27, 2015.

LA MARQUE — Gulf Greyhound Park plans to end live dog racing by January, a halt following years of dwindling betting at the only full-time greyhound racetrack in the state.

The park blamed increased gambling competition, rising regulation costs and a lack of expanded gaming opportunities for the decision. Officials for the La Marque dog track hoped approval of historical racing machines — which allow gamblers to bet on replays of past races — could reinvigorate the struggling racetrack. However, lawsuits and opposition from state lawmakers have stymied efforts to rollout the machines, known by the brand name Instant Racing.

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Coco HOME in North Carolina

On this National Dog Day, we celebrate with this great story of hope and survival. Please enjoy and give someone a hug. Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit.

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