Virginia Officer and his K9 to retire Together

On this day when Belgian Malinois security dogs are serving their country and fellow citizens in Belgium, there is a good story from Roanoke.

BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10) — A Virginia Tech K9 team known across the Commonwealth is set to retire later this month.

Officer Larry Wooddell and Boomer are leaving the force. Wooddell has been in law enforcement for 30 years.

He started working with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office then joined the Virginia Tech police department in 1994.

Wooddell and Boomer have been together since 2008. In that time, the two have worked everything from crime scenes to bomb threats. Wooddell says the team is often called across the state to help in difficult situations.

“They’ve called Boomer to go out to look for the weapon and we actually found the weapon which was good. It was a good feeling for me and he was excited about it too because he knew how excited I was.”

Wooddell says they work well together, even other handlers notice.

“Just understanding the dog,” he said. “We call it reading the dog because we know when the dog is doing something. It’s a unique bond that we have together.”

Wooddell says he’s looking forward to relaxing and letting Boomer, now 9-years-old, ride in his personal vehicle once he’s officially his April first.

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Domhnall, Irish Guard

Meet Domhnall. This 4 year old Irish Wolfhound is the official mascot of the Irish Guard. He was in attendance and service yesterday when the traditional sprig of Shamrock was presented during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in London. Cool dude.

Shop dogs say this with great admiration and just a tinge of envy. Love the outfit.


History and photo from wiki:

Since 1902, an Irish Wolfhound has been presented as a mascot to the regiment by the members of the Irish Wolfhound Club, who hoped the publicity would increase the breed's popularity with the public. The first mascot was called Brian Boru.

In 1961, the wolfhound was admitted to the select club of "official" Army mascots, entitling him to the services of theRoyal Army Veterinary Corps, as well as quartering and food at public expense. Originally, the mascot was in the care of a drummer boy, but is now looked after by one of the regiment's drummers and his family. The Irish Guards are the only Guards regiment permitted to have their mascot lead them on parade. During Trooping the Colour, however, the mascot marches only from Wellington Barracks as far as Horse Guards Parade. He then falls out of the formation and does not participate in the trooping itself. The regiment's current wolfhound is named Domhnall. His predecessor, Conmael, made his debut at Trooping the Colour on 13 June 2009.[24] At the end of 2012 Conmael retired and was replaced with the new wolfhound- Domhnall.

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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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US Police Canine Association Names VP

Congratulations Sgt. Brandon Gilmore from MetroWines

and MetroWines Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit.

WOW! You are most aweseome.


News from The Town of Waynesville, North Carolina

Sgt. Gilmore National VP of USPCA

Friday, December 18, 2015 4:00:00 PM

We would like to congratulate Sgt. Brandon Gilmore for having been appointed as a National Vice President for the United States Police Canine Association. Sgt. Gilmore will serve as the Vice President for the Southeast Region, which includes Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, the Caribbean Islands, the Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas.

In addition to serving as a Regional Trainer for Police K-9's, Sgt. Gilmore also judges certification trials through the USPCA. We applaud him for his dedication and commitment to not only the Waynesville Police Department's K-9 Program, but to Police K-9's and their handlers across the country.

Congratulations on a Job Well Done!


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Arabian Greyhound: Rockin' The Kasbah

Arabian Greyhound recognized today by American Kennel Club. Informaiton and picture from Dog Breed Info Center Website. I can hear the music now! Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit

(Slougui) (Arabian Greyhound) (Arabischer Windhund) (Sloughi Moghrebi) (Arabian Sighthound) (Levrier Marocain)

Ain Zafir Ashraf Azaar, the Sloughi at 13 months old

"This is the Sloughi Ain Zafir Ashraf Azaar, a Norwegian bred youngster at 13 months old. He's from the first Norwegian Sloughi litter since 1994. As of 2006, only four litters of this ancient and rare Moroccan breed had ever been born in Norway."

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SLOO-ghee (i.e. with the stress on the 'sloo')


The Sloughi is squarish and leggy, slightly higher than long. The topline descends along the neck and straightens along the back. The withers are hardly visible and the topline is almost straight from the base of the neck. There is a slight curve over the loin. The croup is bony, the brisket does not reach the elbow and the underline is first straight (long sternum) then rises sharply. The Sloughi's coat color is solid with no extensive white markings (a white patch on the chest and few white hairs at the tip of the toes are overlooked). Colors are all shades of light to red sand with or without black mask, black ears, brindle, black overlay and black mantle. The most common color is sand with a black mask. The facial expression of the Sloughi is gentle and melancholy, almost sad. The Sloughi has a smooth, floating, effortless gait, tail held low, and head at a moderate angle to the body. There is no exaggeration in extension, and the front paws don't reach beyond the tip of the nose. This type of gait enables the hound to cover large distances without tiring. When racing, its style resembles that of the Greyhound, but looks more pulled together as a result of the squarish structure of the Sloughi in comparison to the "lying rectangle" structure of the Greyhound. Because of its straighter topline, the Sloughi does not flex its back as much as the Greyhound.


The Sloughi is a medium-sized, short-coated hunting sighthound of the desert type. An African sighthound, it was used to hunt wild game, such as desert hare, gazelles, foxes and jackals, often in cooperation with hunting falcons. It also protected the house and livestock of its owner. The breed is adapted to desert and semi-desert life in the Maghreb region of northwest Africa. This dry, lean and muscular hound gives an impression of rustic elegance as well as strength, and it is an efficient hunter with great endurance as well as speed. The Sloughis are affectionate, gentle, and very closely knit to their owners. They are intelligent and independent, and curious of their surroundings. They are quiet and calm indoors, and prefer to lie on soft rugs and blankets, often on their backs with their legs in the air and the neck twisted at a seemingly physically impossible angle. Strangers are met with aloofness and caution, while friends are greeted with enthusiasm. Sloughis don't make great obedience dogs, but they respond to fair and gentle training methods. Sloughis get along well with children and other animals if they are raised with them. But as Sloughis are hunting hounds with a strong chase instinct, caution is recommended when the dog is outside with smaller animals. Any small, running animal may trigger the dog's hunting instinct. As with all dogs, be sure you are this dog’s consistentpack leader.

Height, Weight

Height: Males 26.4 - 28.3 inches (66 - 72 cm), with the ideal height being 27.6 inches (70 cm)
Height: Females 24 - 26.7 inches (61-68 cm) with the ideal being 25.6 inches (65 cm)
Weight: Males 55 - 65 pounds (25 - 30 kg)
Weight: Females 35 - 50 pounds (16 - 23 kg)

Health Problems

The Sloughi is generally a very healthy breed. PRA (progressive retinal atrophy or "night blindness") is found very rarely, and dogs who are DNA-tested and found free of PRA give 100% PRA-free offspring. Breeders in Europe and the U.S. test their breeding stock in the hope of eliminating the disease within a few generations. A PRA-affected dog of otherwise excellent health, temperament and conformity can be bred to a normal (PRA-free) dog and give offspring that are carriers (not affected), but the carriers can then be bred to normal dogs and give 50/50 carrier/normal pups. In this way, affected and carrier dogs of otherwise great quality can still be used in a planned breeding program. There have been isolated cases of deficient immune system, balance problems and hemophilia (an illness that impairs the body's ability to control bleeding) in inbred lines. Sloughis, like many other sighthounds, are sensitive to anesthetics.

Living Conditions

Indoors they are calm and quiet. They prefer to have a nice, comfortable place to sleep and will not be very happy on a hard, cold floor.


Sloughis, and particularly young dogs, like to run daily. They make excellent jogging partners, and need to go on dailywalks or runs. They will truly be happy when they are allowed to run off leash. Because of their hunting instincts, they should never be let loose in unsafe areas. A normal fence will not stop a Sloughi chasing a squirrel onto a street in front of a fire truck with sirens blasting! Far too many Sloughis are lost in traffic accidents each year. But a Sloughi that is allowed to run off leash a few times a week will spend most of its time indoors resting in a comfortable spot where it can watch its humans with half an eye while drowsing. Sloughis do not like to be separated from their flock, and this is an advantage when they are let loose outdoors. They may chase every squirrel and bird within sight, but they will always return to their humans.

Life Expectancy

10-15 years


The Sloughi's coat is very short with no undercoat, and it has no "doggy odor" unless it's wet. Dirt and mud falls off by itself when the fur dries. Because it is a desert hound, the Sloughi needs protection in cold and wet weather. Grooming is easy; a rubber brush or grooming glove will remove dead hairs. The Sloughi is an average shedder. Several people have reported that Sloughis are good for people with mild cases of dog allergy.
The origin of the Sloughi is not known, but it is a very old breed. It was mentioned in a book by the Moroccan writer Al Mansur which was probably written in the 13th century. Morocco holds the FCI standard, but the breed originated in the area which today consists of Morocco, Libya, Tunisia and Algeria, in the northern Saharan region of the Maghreb. The Sloughi is also known as the Arabian Sighthound, which is actually incorrect as it was the indigenous, nomadic Berbers (the Amazigh or "free people," as they call themselves) who developed the breed long before the invasion of the Arabs. The breed is locally known as the Sloughi Moghrebi, meaning the "sighthound of the Maghreb." The Sloughis held an elevated position in comparison to other dogs, and they were greatly prized. Only chiefs and kings were allowed to own them, and much effort went into making sure that they were bred pure. An owner of a fine hunting female would travel far to find just the right mate for her. There were originally two types of Sloughi: the larger, more substantial mountain Sloughi and the smaller, lither desert Sloughi. In western countries there is less distinction between the two as they have been mixed. The breed is not, as previously believed, closely related to the Saluki. DNA testing has shown that these two breeds are only remotely related. The Sloughi's closest relative is the Azawakh, which belongs to the Berber tribes of southern Sahara. Still, the two breeds have been separated long enough that there are obvious differences in conformity and temperament.




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"Dogs Look Human"

New book, "The Doggist," out by Elias Weiss Friedman with pictures of dogs. "What sets his pictures apart is how human he makes his canines seem," says Sue Manning who wrote the story for Associated Press. 

In part here: 

December 22, 2015 10:53 am  •  By SUE MANNING

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elias Weiss Friedman has photographed thousands of dogs for his blog and book "The Dogist." What sets his pictures apart is how human he makes his canines seem.

He achieves the look by getting down on their level before shooting, making eye contact and creating a connection.

"When I'm shooting photographs of dogs, I'm trying to get them looking right into the lens. It makes the image feel dramatic. That's what makes a great image, taking something ordinary and making it feel dramatic," said Friedman, 27, who gets down on the dogs' level despite his 6-foot-3 height.

Friedman, author of "The Dogist" (rhymes with August), started with a blog a few years ago. Along the way, he's posted over 3,300 images and gathered 1.5 million followers on Instagram, 50,000 followers on Tumbler, 70,000 on Facebook and 20,000 on Twitter.

Entire story with photos HERE!

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Police Dog Killed in Raid

Shop Dogs Stand in SOLIDARITY!

Photo of this hero from Twitter. The sotry:

A police dog named "Diesel" was killed during a police raid on Wednesday that targeted the suspected mastermind of deadly terror attacks in Paris.

The seven-year-old Belgian Shepherd was killed sometime during the seven-hour siege on an apartment in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis; Frenchpolice tweeted on Wednesday. 

Police posted a photo of Diesel and said, “assault and explosives search dogs are indispensable in the missions of the operators of the raid."

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Canine Veterans

Story from National Geographic HERE.

So, please honor Veterans today. ALL Veterans. This story is from last year when NYC Veterans marched with canine service members. Starts like this: 

Ryky came to the rescue of two injured American soldiers after their Humvee ran over a homemade bomb in Afghanistan.

Cila displayed steely nerves and savvy instincts while clearing suspected insurgents’ homes during nearly 100 missions in Iraq.

Now these dogs are having their day.

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For the first time, war-hardened canines will have their own float at the Veterans Day Parade in New York City.

“This showcases that age-old human-dog bond at its best,” said Ryan Hegg, deputy director of the United War Veterans Council, which runs the event.

Six military dogs and their handlers will be featured Tuesday thanks to the American Humane Association and a deep-pocketed veterans booster.

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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.

Full Story HERE!

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."

Entire Story HERE

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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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Wegman at Asheville Art Museum

This is a BIG DEAL. Wegman at The Asheville Art Museum. We are so proud. The Exhibit is about cubes and stuff. Whatever. It's way cool. Here's what we know below....

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Lean To

William Wegman

William Wegman is an art photographer noted for compositions involving his Weimaraner dogs in various costumes, poses and scenarios. Born in Holyoke, MA, Wegman started drawing at a young age and by age ten he knew that he wanted to be an artist. He received a BFA in painting at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and his MFA at the University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana in 1967. While his work has received international attention, it was not until he acquired his first Weimaraner dog, who he named Man Ray, that he achieved this success. Man Ray became so popular that the Village Voice named the dog “Man of the Year” in 1982. In creating these photographs, Wegman has the capacity to balance humor with strong formal composition. In these photographs one has the feeling that the dogs are willing subjects and active participants. In 1979, Wegman was invited for the first time to use the new Polaroid 20 x 24 inch camera along with Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Andy Warhol and others. This rare 5 foot camera produces large format “contact” prints renowned for their color and detail. Red Detachment is an example of his continued work with the Polaroid 20 x 24 camera. Linda Benedict-Jones, Executive Director of the Silver Eye Center for Photography describes the uniqueness of these images: “When most of us think about a photograph, we think of the possibility of having an infinite number of prints. What is so special about these 20 x 24 photographs is that there is only one print. When Polaroid calls them ‘unique’ prints, or ‘one-of-a-kind’ prints, they mean that they are good, but they also mean that there are no others! There is no negative with a Polaroid 20 x 24 print, and so the positive, or the print is the only image that exists.”

Entire story and link to The Asheville Art Museum HERE!

PS: A perfect day would be to see the exhibit and then stop at our shop, MetroWines on Charlotte Street for a bottle of Faithful Hound! Cate

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Uggie Sails On

"Uggie" the star of "The Artist" sailed on August 7th to the big film studio in the sky. Thank you Uggie for all the joy you brought.

Wiki says: Uggie was rejected by at least his first two owners as being too wild. He was about to be sent to a dog pound, but was adopted by animal trainer Omar Von Muller after his friends alerted him to the dog. Read about "Uggie" HERE!

You are missed, Uggie.

          Your Not So Secret Admirers, Cate and Bandit, Shopdogs @MetroWines

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Wet Noses Fight Weeds!

Connor, a one-year old cocker spaniel is taking on the battle against wild and invasive daisies in Australia. Keeping her nose to the ground.....

On a recent afternoon in Australia’s Kosciuszko National Park, Sally’s body tightens as she detects danger nearby. She senses her nemesis, Grim the Collier, lurking in the shadows. Her mission is to find and defeat Grim or risk a catastrophe.

What sounds like the characters and plot of a science-fiction novel is playing out here in the wilderness of Australia’s highest peak. Sally is a one-year-old black cocker spaniel, part of a new team of sniffer dogs engaged by Australian authorities to do battle against the evil weed.


But Sally isn’t looking for marijuana or other narcotics carried clandestinely through ports or airports. Instead, she’s roaming alpine land looking for orange hawkweed, a wild daisy also known as “Grim the Collier” and “Devil’s Paintbrush” that, if left unchecked, could spread rampantly and choke out other plant species.

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