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Saturday, April 07, 2012

Sophie and Scout

Hi Guys!

As many of you know, we lost both of our dogs last year. If you're an animal lover, you probably know how painful it is to lose a pet. Well as sad as that was, they were both old and frail and it was a blessing that they got to live most of their lives with each other.

After being dogless for almost 4 months, we finally decided to take a weekend to just see who was hanging out at the animal shelter. Long story short, we came home with two more dogs. We're very happy to introduce you to Sophie and Scout.

Our two new ladies. Sophie (left) is six and Scout is seven.

We are so very happy to have both of them in our family!! If you are even considering expanding your life to include a pet (or another pet!) please begin your search at your local pound or animal shelter. Both Sophie and Scout were on death row and their time was ticking down! We visited 6 different shelters and met THOUSANDS of animals hoping to find a new home. With literally HUNDREDS of animals being admitted daily to each shelter, it becomes apparent that the homeless cat and dog problem is epidemic. Municipal shelters can't afford to house and feed these animals indefinitely and with the surge of new strays and owner surrendered animals coming in daily, they're constantly needing to make space for more animals. Also, the great thing about adopting a pet from an animal shelter is that the shelter will make sure the animal has all of their vaccinations, is spayed or neutered, and has a microchip implanted to help you recover your animal should you ever be separated (think of it as Doggie Lojack.) What a deal for a LIFETIME of friendship and loyalty!

All Things Possible,


  • At 12:02 AM, April 08, 2012 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hey Guys,

    In the previous post Lane mentioned an article he was featured in. I think you can find it here:

    Very interesting!

    All Things Possible,

  • At 9:47 AM, April 08, 2012 , Blogger A. Lane Batot said...

    You can't hide on the internet!.....But more importantly--AWRIGHT! Glad you guys got some canine additions to your pack! Just humans in a pack is SO boring! But then, that's just my opinion....Yeah, go to an animal shelter, and just TRY to leave without taking SOMEBODY! It IS horrendous, the discarded and wasted lives--although millions less are being euthanized yearly in this country, thanks to education, spay/neuter campaigns, adoptions, and growing cultural tabboos towards animal neglect and abuse. Once, when I was desperate for employment, I applied at an animal shelter in a small Tennessee town--I figured it wouldn't be so bad there. The day I applied, they euthanized 40 dogs and 40 cats(their usual weekly number at the time)--I was apalled! And no way could I work in that place another day--it was heartbreaking! Incredible the number of REALLY NICE purebred dogs they had for adoption, too! I'm not against responsible breeding, but too much of it is anything but responsible, and people too quick to discard animals for the slightest reasons. Not only can I NOT work in such a place(because I can't afford to take everyone home!), I can't even "foster" dogs temporarily--a noble and worthy endeavor however! If I try it, they just become MY dogs in short order, and then no way will I trust them with other humans! Two of the eleven dogs I have now(most all of them rescues of one sort or another!) were SUPPOSED to just be fostered temporarily(sigh)......

  • At 9:55 AM, April 08, 2012 , Blogger A. Lane Batot said...

    ...and as for your new family members Chris, looks like you got a coupla Champeenz! Sophie is no doubt a nice-looking Pit Bull(and no, I don't subscribe to the pit bull witch hunt still going on in this country--I can elaborate on THAT subject indefinetely!), and Scout looks like an Australian Cattle Dog(Heeler) cross(NOT to be confused with the Australian Shepherd, which was NOT developed in Australia, despite it's name! People are always confusing these two breeds, which are VERY different in temperment!)--if so, he's likely SUPER smart and athletic--hopefully they get along! Were they from the same place originally, perhaps?

  • At 4:11 AM, April 12, 2012 , Blogger Tanya said...

    Welcome to the family Sophie and Scout.

    Thanks for the read Lane and no you can not hide on the internet.

    Next performance is for a wonderful Charity in CA (Chris you should come). ISFoundation "The Influence Affair"

    Come fly with me - Tanya

  • At 3:58 PM, April 12, 2012 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hi everyone!

    I totally agree with your words and thoughts Chris. Adopting a pet from an animal shelter it's the right choice, it's so important and really makes the difference. Thanks for sharing your wise choices and the happiness on the forum; so welcome to the new ladies Sophie and Scout! Well said: what a deal for A LIFETIME of real loyal friendship!!

    Congrats and a lot of luck Tanya for your new show and next performances in great charity events!

    Great comments, stories and very interesting interview (which i already read a long time ago) Lane; congrats!

    Hope you all are well. Take care!


  • At 6:35 PM, April 22, 2012 , Blogger Tim said...

    Hi Folks
    A message left by Sue on my Youtube page reminded me that I should check in and see how everyone is doing.

    Chris, I am glad to see that you are back in "dog ownership" and by that I mean you are owned by dogs again. I lost the last of my vizslas this past winter so our roster is down. At this time I have no intention of bringing the team back up in number...but I have said that before. The dogs have their first agility trial of the season in a few weeks and I guess we are as ready as we will ever be.

    Lane, great article. The next time I watch The Last of the Mohicans I will have to take a better look. Never realized how surrounded by actors and theatrical folks I was on this forum. The closest I have been to being "on screen" was being in the audience at the Jerry Springer show.

    Tanya, your flying still amazes me. It must take great spacial awareness to orient yourself in the correct position to catch each other.

    Alex, always good to have your input from the other side of the pond so to speak.

    Hi Sue
    I hope your spring has been as nice as ours has been. There is something very nice about 80 degree temps in March. Not really liking the 50 that we had today but at least it was sunny out.

    Hope everyone else is doing well. I will try to get by more often and keep up with things. I will need to do like Lane and go back and read past threads.


  • At 5:41 AM, April 23, 2012 , Blogger A. Lane Batot said...

    Ha! Tim! IF you have an electron microscope you can mount on yer T.V., and stop-action/pausal ability, you MIGHT spot me in "Last Of The Mohicans"!! Ditto for the other movies/T.V. series I "worked" on! I actually found and started telling tales about LOTM on a website devoted to such(they have a website for EVERYTHING now!)--"On the Trail Of The Last Of The Mohicans"--quite the site for fans! Get on the message board and find the topic pertaining to the movie--my contributions(written in bad French phonetics, since I portrayed a French coureur de bois in the movie)are by the "Grayteest uv awl eenveezabull coureur de bois")--you and Dave would especially probably get a kick out of them! LOTS of other very intereasting contributions as well!

  • At 9:54 PM, April 24, 2012 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hello everyone,
    Wow, this is really being tardy at posting! I've had to try to remember to look at the forum, since I don't get notified if a new post is up. Maybe there is way to subscribe.
    Everyone is so busy! I enjoyed the article, too, and appreciate the link to it. I am now the proud fan of North Carolina Zoo on Facebook!
    So perhaps I'll see Lane on there sometime.

    Also following Tanya's escapades and career adventures. Love the videos that are coming up on You Tube...and also Tim's! Thanks for noticing that I commented:)

    Yes this cool weather is getting old, I have to say. And the cherry crop is pretty ruined I've heard.

    Great words Alex about the new canines in the family. With all the adventuring I've been doing, exploring the world of animal communication, I hesitate to call them pets anymore. Some people prefer "animal companions"'s a whole other realm.
    Well, I know all of you know what I mean.
    Amazingly, our family dog for many y years was half pit bull and half Australian cattle dog, so they said. Her name was "Raina" and she was a wonderful "pet" and that was before all the bad news about pit bulls. Once a local farmer's cattle got out, and wound up in our yard. She knew exactly what to do and rounded them all up. Totally amazing. You just reminded me of some family memories!

    Did I cover everything on this topic here?

    And... I love the coureur de bois!
    ATB to that! Sue

  • At 6:35 AM, April 25, 2012 , Blogger A. Lane Batot said...

    I doubt you'll ever see much(if anything) about me on the N. C. zoo's facebook--that is a whole 'nuther social dimension of this humongo zoo that doesn't intersect with my little world as an animal keeper. PLUS, this place is a QUAGMIRE of human politics--expressing myself candidly on the zoo's facebook could be VERY dangerous! As Voltaire said way back when--"It is dangerous to be RIGHT in matters in which the accepted authorities are WRONG!" But don't let any of that scare you guys from visiting the zoo anytime, though! Maybe on your trip down the Blue Ridge, Sue, perhaps you'll swing East and I'll give you a personal tour! That'd be FUN!......We are having an incrediblt chilly April too, and after such a mild Winter! Odd..... Yes, I have handled(working in vet's, kennels, etc.) HUNDREDS of Pit Bulls--never had ONE I couldn't handle, or that wasn't a friendly, great dog. True, some of them you had to be more careful with around other dogs, and it isn't that they can't be formidable critters, but they rather have to be MADE that way, I think. Prior to the Pit Bull witch hunt in our society, I'm old enough to remember the German Shepherd witch hunt, Doberman Pinscher slandering phase, then after the first "The Omen" movie came out, Rottweilers had their day in the negative press! Funny how once the emphasis on a certain breed/type slackens, the incidents become rarer, too.......Sue, I had a little Sheltie cross that herded ANYTHING wonderfully--and I didn't teach her a thing! Amazing how deeply entrenched some instincts are....And Sue--so, did you read any of my nutty "coureur de bois" entries "On The Trail Of The Last Of The Mohicans" message board? I'm suprised I was tolerated and not deleted by those guys--they are a rather sober, conservative bunch! And I haven't even started telling my injun tales from the set that I promised to eventually do! I'll get around to that one of these days.....

  • At 8:22 PM, October 11, 2012 , Blogger Monica Stoner said...

    So great to see at least two critters in their forever homes. Sad with the economy tanking to see good dogs, horses and others without a place of their own.
    If Lane Batot could drop me a note? Lane, I met you in 1991, have been looking to ask you a question? Best e-mail would be


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