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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....

Your Shop dogs, Cate nd Bandit

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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.

Whole story HERE

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Fireworks Safety


Passing on a few tips from Greyhounds Only, but absolutely applicable to any family member!, for the 4th of July. We like a few drops of Rescue Remedy, a good movie like "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels turned up really, really LOUD (seen it 19 times, seriously, 19 times) pasta if possible, and a blanket to hide under! Be safe, Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit

1. Exercise your greyhound during the day. If he gets a lot of activity early, he may be sleepier and more at ease in the evening.


2. Make sure your dog's ID tags are current. If your greyhound does get lost, it will help to both catch him and get him home to you if he is wearing a collar with proper identification. Use of a microchip will also help him get home safely.


3. Make sure your dog's collar or harness is properly fitted. If he does panic, he might squirm out of his collar if it is too loose. Also consider using a harness.


4. Keep your home/fences/gates secure. Especially if you are entertaining guests or if you are visiting a friend's house, be certain that there is no way your greyhound can bolt through an open door or gate if he panics.


5. Have an exit strategy. If you do have to take your dog to an event of any kind, have a plan to get him out of there if he can't handle the situation. Sometimes large crowds alone are enough to send a dog into panic mode.


6. Create a soothing environment. If you are home with your dog, close the windows and shades, and turn on the TV or music to drown out the sound of fireworks. Some greyhounds need to hide in the comfort of a closet or crate when they are afraid. Be attentive to his needs and flexible with solutions.


7. Use calming products. Many greyhounds benefit from wearing Thundershirts (also available in many pet stores if you need one immediately) when they are nervous. Others require a prescription calming medicine from your vet. There are also calming collars available at pet stores that can help soothe your greyhound.


8. Be careful with human food and alcohol. There may be a buffet of yummy finger food that contains items toxic to your greyhound. If necessary, keep him separated from the edibles. Also don't let him sample the cocktails.


9. Be aware of other dangers at the party. Citronella candles, glow jewelry, lighter fluid and matches are all harmful to your dog. Keep party supplies and party favors up out of your greyhound's reach.


10. Know which animal hospitals are open. Have the phone number to your regular vet ready, and know the phone number and location of your closest 24 hour animal hospital.

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Berry Hill


Gone June 11, 2010

My beautiful girl, Berry Hill, gone too soon. 

You were so loved. And you are so missed.


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