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Edith Wharton vs. ASPCA

David Dunlap writes for New York Times about Edith Wharton's battle with the president of the ASPCA.

Power to the people! OK, I said that part. With love, Your Shop Dog, Bandit.

Times Insider shares historic insights from The New York Times. In this piece, David W. Dunlap, a metro reporter, looks back at a particularly memorable letter sent to The Times’s publisher.

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The front and back of Edith Wharton’s four-page note to Adolph S. Ochs. CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times

Edith Wharton loved animals.

But she hated John P. Haines, the president of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Mrs. Wharton and other members of the society believed that Mr. Haines was at least inept, if not corrupt, in his management of the agency.

After an especially stormy meeting on Feb. 15, 1906 — a meeting so chargedthat it was front-page news in The New York Times — Mrs. Wharton took pen in hand at her townhouse on Park Avenue and East 78th Street.

She addressed a private letter to Adolph S. Ochs, the publisher of The New York Times:

“My dear Mr. Ochs,

“As one of the S.P.C.A. members who are trying to put the Society on a better basis by an honest investigation of its methods, I write to ask if, in speaking of yesterday’s meeting editorially, you will bring out as forcibly as possible that the two motions carried yesterday by Mr. Haines & his friends have resulted in cutting off all investigations and silencing the members for one year.

“The best service that can be done by the Press to those desirous of reforming the S.P.C.A. is to lay emphasis on these facts, & also on the fact that Mr. Haines voted for both motions, & that at least four of those voting with him (by his own admission) were employés of the Society.

“Irrespective of personal sympathies, we want the public to know that the members have been gagged.

“Sincerely yrs,

“Edith Wharton”

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Edith WhartonCreditBeinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, via Wikimedia Commons

What brings her to mind this week is the fire on Sunday that consumed the chapel near Madison Square Park in Manhattan where she and Edward Wharton were married in 1885.

Both Whartons were devoted to animals; she to dogs and horses, he to cows, sheep, ducks and hens.

“Dogs — small dogs and preferably Pekinese — were among the main joys of her being, and had been since she was a child,” R. W. B. Lewis wrote in “Edith Wharton: A Biography” (1975).

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The Times’s account of the stormy meeting noted Mrs. Wharton’s assertion that the Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Paris and Rome — of which she was also a member — “did far better with less money than the New York society.” The article reported that opponents of Mr. Haines had adjourned to the Whartons’ home to draft a statement that “in smothering further criticism, the society is put on record as fearing to face charges of negligence and inefficiency.”

(Actually, it is hard to square Mrs. Wharton’s letter with the account in The Times of the same day, since it had already done the things she asked Mr. Ochs to do. It’s as if she hadn’t read the paper yet. Perhaps she had let her home delivery subscription lapse. Don’t let this happen in your household!Choose The Times subscription that’s best for you. Starting as low as 99 cents.)

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The meeting in which John P. Haines was “hotly assailed,” which Edith Wharton attended, inspired her to write a personal note to the publisher of The Times.

“Haines Hotly Assailed in S.P.C.A. Meeting,” The Times’s headline read. “Mrs. Cadwalader Jones Tells Him He’ll Regret the Day / Employes Appear to Vote / Both Sides Say Meeting Was Packed — Haines Must Go or the Society Collapse, Reformers Declare.”

Of course, The Times offered balance in its account, noting that Mr. Haines enjoyed the support of Miss Irwin Martin, the vice president of the Toy Spaniel Club. “She wanted to vote that no further evil reports of the management be listened to,” The Times said.

In the end, the reformers won. Mr. Haines resigned on March 8. Nine days later, the Whartons sailed for Europe.

 

Entire story by David Dunlap here.

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Last Year on Valentine's Day

 

I miss you Cate. Every minute. Of every day. Your Bandit.

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Whitney Cummings "hung out with wolves"

 

Comedian Whitney Cummings tells her story on "I Hung Out With Wolves" in NYT.

"Some wolves were not raised with other wolves, so they never learned certain behaviors, and some that looked less like them were raised with wolves and hence more wolflike. Hang out with a wolf, and you’ll become more like one."

Full Story HERE.

 

Around here in Asheville, we support Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary HERE!

That's AmbassaDog "River" in the picture above.

Lot to be learned.

                                                    Your Shop Dog, Bandit

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Humane Society Head Resigns

Bandit here reporting this disheartening although, sadly, not surprising, news concerning Wayne Pacelle.

The chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States resigned on Friday after sexual harassment allegations against him prompted an uprising from staff and donors.

The executive, Wayne Pacelle, who was the face of the Humane Society for more than a decade, had held onto support from a majority of the group’s board, which voted on Thursday to immediately end an investigation into his behavior.

Yet by Friday afternoon, donors and employees of the organization, one of the most prominent animal welfare groups in the nation, were distancing themselves from Mr. Pacelle, condemning the board’s decision and calling for him to leave. In an email to the staff, Mr. Pacelle said late Friday that because “our mission depends on unity,” he was stepping aside to allow a search for a successor to begin.

 

Entire Story HERE.

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Robot Dogs are FOR Robots

 

Robot Dogs are for Robots. So many dogs need a home. If you can, please do.

                                                 Thank you, Your Shop dog, Bandit

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Moth Sniffing Dog!

Photo Credit: Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Riley is trained to detect moths and other pets that could dmaage high value artwork at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

You GO Riley!

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Happy Birthday Betty White

 

Dear Betty:

Parade Magazine reports that your fountain of youth was fueld in part by your commitment to animal welfare.

https://parade.com/634316/samuelmurrian/betty-white-on-her-legacy-memories-and-her-recipe-for-living-a-long-happy-life/

 

Thank you for being there. And Happy 96th Birthday from your fans @MetroWines!

                                          Your Shop Dog Bandit

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Dogs on Plane

Photo by David Stubbs for New York Times

Kara Pollard, 33, is executive director of Dog is My Co-Pilot, an animal rescue operation in Jackson Wyoming.

Dog Is My CoPilot is a catchy name, but what does your outfit do?

We fly animals — 80 percent dogs and 20 percent cats — from about 20 source shelters, where they are in danger of being euthanized because of lack of space, to some 62 receiving animal rescue organizations where these animals are more likely to be adopted. According to the A.S.P.C.A., approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized each year.

We work with groups in 15 American states from Louisiana west.

Entire Story here.

 

WOW. What a story. Thank you Kara.

I need a smile. I got one.

Bandit

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OBIT for Pet

WOW. Was she gorgeous.

 

Wall street Journal suggests that you write an OBIT for your passed friend.

Link to story, which may or may not work if you do not subscribe is here.

Just in case the link leaves you flat, here is a little content:

Almost 3,000 dog obituaries are posted on the website Doggy Heaven along with 20,000 photos and comments, said Steve Cencula, who created the site... Doggy Heaven allows visitors to post digital icons unde the pet's anme, including chew toys, steaks, baco and dog bones.

For Cate, if I could, I would post her beautiful turquoise collar and coat from The Sunburst Project operated by The Greyhound Alliance in Chicago to honor her courage and other greyhounds whose racing careers have ended making them of little value to the racing industry. Me and Cate, and since 2011 6,000 other greyhounds, have found HOME through The Sunburst Project. Until racing ends, there are a LOT of us out there. Help The Greyhond Alliance Sunburst project if you can.

This link works and you can see my family listed: RIGHT HERE!

            Your Shop Dog Bandit

 

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Oppose Ag-Gag

You support a free press? The First Amendment?

OPPOSE AG-GAG

READ ABOUT THE TRAVESTY AND WHAT THE ANIMAL LEGAL DEFENSE FUND IS DOING ABOUT IT HERE.

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Animal Legal Defense Fund says...

Abuse an Animal, GO to Jail!

My friend, Stephen Wells, Executive Director of Animal Legal Defense Fund posted the horror story below.

Sadly, this is not an isolated incident. Goes on everyday. Help if you can.

    You Shop Dog and Activist, Bandit

Don’t let Bella’s death be in vain.

Bella, an 11 year-old Shepherd mix, was strangled with a zip-tie, shoved into a garbage bag, and beaten with a shovel. Her skull was fractured, and she died as a result of her injuries. Her abuser received just 4 months in county jail.

It’s jaw dropping…

But I am sad to say this situation is not unique — and the issue stems from the state laws that are in place to “protect” animals. I think we can both agree that Bella was not adequately protected by the law, nor did she receive the justice she deserved.

Your tax-deductible donation today will help animals just like Bella — who are beaten and abused — get the protections they truly deserve.

DONATE HERE.

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New York Times is NOT Funny

 

 

  After a period of reflection and grief over the loss of my friend, Cate, I am motivated by Cate's constant concerns for animal welfare and my own commitment to speak out where I can. This post in New York Times (The T Edwards' Fantasy Gift Guide) is way over the line. Humor at the expense of killing animals is completely unexceptable and, to be honest New York Times, juvenile and declass. Witness:

 

Haute Window Dressing

For the person who has it all, except for a set of plush and ropy

mink drapes (and a PETA membership): a set of $52,500 plush and

ropy mink drapes, designed by Rick Owens. They can flank a

window frame, divide a room into two distinct spaces, hang as a

tapestry/objet d’art — or just replace some hippie doorway beads.

DAVID FARBER AND HILARY MOSS

 

How many minks will be killed for this pathetic "look at me" travesty. Is that what it takes for you, mink drapes guy, to feel like a big deal? To impress your friends? Yourself? better you invest that $52,000 in therapy as soon as possible.

 

After years of sitting on the sidelines, for which I apologize, I'm back. Bring it.

Bandit

(note: It's hard for me to look tough. Boyish good looks. But, remember when your mother said "it's the quiet ones you have to watch"? Yeah, it's like that.)

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Happy Birthday Cate

Today would have been Cate's Birthday. She would have been 14.

Her full name was The Flying Catesby. The beautiful daughter of Kiowa Sweet Trey and Flying Madam.

We were planning to make pesto for her birthday. That was her favorite and dance all day!

Cate's legs gave out. But this is how I will always remember her. Chasing "Mardi Gras."

Happy Birthday my friend.

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Lonely Snow Day

This is what it used to look like on a snowed in day. Me and Cate.

We were always together. Always. I think I already told you that.

But today, it's just me. I miss you Cate.

I'm working through it, but it's a slog.

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Snowing

It's snowing outside. Oh boy. Me and Cate would walk with our coats. Neighbors would call them "blankets." Cate had one with leopard print. WOW. Was she beautiful in that coat!  It's the little things, huh? Looked like a slim leopard with big eyes. I will miss that. The first time I ever saw Cate, she was in the snow. No coat! Unflappable. As always. I needed her.

                                                                               Your Shop Dog Bandit

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My Cate

 

 

I am lost already without you, Cate. You picked me out to be your buddy. You made it possible for me to have a home and a family but best of all a friend like you. And we were always together. And always friends. Never a grumble between us. Not sure what I am to do without you. I feel like I will spend everyday looking for you. Maybe you will come home.

I love you Cate and I always will.

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Cate

Cate would have been 14 on Sunday.

But this morning, my friend lost her back legs and her spirit.

Cate was a woman of courage, strength and know how.

She was a survivor.

Her strength was my strength.

Cate never growled, snarled, loved everyone she met and always had a smile and a happy greeting. 

It was an honor and a joy to have her in our lives.

Thank you Greyhound Alliance for trusting Cate with us.

 

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Blood Bank Greyhounds in Rescue

 

UPDATE ON GREYHOUND BLOOD BANK BATTLE:

Greyhounds OUT and in rescue!

On the job for you!

    Your Shop Dogs, Cate and Bandit

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Pet Robot

From the "Is there No end to Ridiculous File"

Sony is planning to roll out a dog-shaped pet robot to control appliances, "a robot capable of forming an emotional bond with customers, and able to grow and inspire love and affection." Seriously. We just wanted to register our objection.

Make Friends, real friends, @MetroWines.

Your Shop Dogs

Story HERE. 

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Service Dog Warns Veteran of Seizures

U.S. Army veteran Sgt. Mark Jenkins poses alongside his service dog Scout following a breakfast meeting of the Elizabeth City Morning Rotary Club at the Golden Corral in Elizabeth City, Friday, Sept. 15.

By Chris Day
Multimedia Editor

The Daily Advance

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Most dog owners consider themselves inseparable from their pets. You see one, you see the other.

But for Sgt. Mark Jenkins, his relationship with Scout, a 9-year-old yellow Lab, is more than just a bond of friendship. It’s a lifesaving connection.

Jenkins, who medically retired from the U.S. Army in 2010, depends on Scout — considered a “service animal’ — to alert him to the fact he’s close to suffering a seizure.

Jenkins spoke about his life with a service dog at a recent meeting of the Elizabeth City Morning Rotary Club. Jenkins served as a military police officer in the Army from 2006 to 2010 and saw duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was injured in the line of duty in 2008.

After a brief introduction, Jenkins, with Scout at his side, stepped to the podium.

"Put the dog on the table so we can look at him," a man seated up front shouted, earning a laugh from Jenkins and the audience. 

Jenkins told the audience that when he was injured he temporarily lost mobility and he had to undergo speech therapy. He began suffering seizures and having blackouts. That was while he was in treatment at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

That's where a doctor told Jenkins that dogs can be trained to detect seizures in humans. That really opened his eyes to the need for service dogs, he said.

The nonprofit America's VetDogs assisted Jenkins in finding Scout, who has been at Jenkins' side now for six years.

Jenkins said he encourages people with disabilities, whether they're veterans or not, to contact a service dog organization to see if they quality for a service animal. Many of those organization are nonprofits and depend on donations.

"What I do is make people aware how important it is that people support these organizations," Jenkins said.

An online search using the words 'service dog organizations' leads to links to several of these organizations.

Jenkins said Scout alerts him to an oncoming seizure by smelling a difference in his blood. If he is standing and Scout detects a seizure, the dog will nudge him and then lean against him to prevent him from falling. If he's sitting at the time, Scout will climb on top of him and pin him to where he's seated, Jenkins said. Scout also is trained to retrieve Jenkins' medications and to push a button notifying 911 emergency services.

Jenkins also informs the public about the different laws that cover the use of service animals. For instance, it is a felony to assault a service animal, Jenkins said. He's been to hotels where he was told his service dog wasn't allowed because the hotel has a no pets policy. That, too, is against the law.

"They don't understand that in the United States if you have a service dog they cannot deny you access," he said, referring to some motel and hotel operators.

People also should not ask someone with a service dog what their disability is either, Jenkins said. In some instances, such as in Jenkins' case, a person with a service dog may not have a visible disability.

"Most veterans with service dogs actually don't have noticeable wounds," Jenkins said.

It also cost about $50,000 to train a service dog, he said. 

America's VetDogs is headquartered in Smithtown, New York. For more information about the organization, visit online at vetdogs.org.

 

That's What I'm Talkin' About!

          Your Shop Dogs Bandit and Cate

 

 
 
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