Pure class. http://tasteofcountry.com/emmylou-harris-shelter-me-partners-for-life-interview-2015/ Emmylou Harris is not only one of the most-respected musicians of her generation, she is also a very passionate advocate for animals. Her work on behalf of homeless animals is highlighted in the PBS program, Shelter Me: Partners for Life. The show celebrates shelter pets with uplifting stories. Hosted by Emmy winner Jon Hamm, the new episode documents Harris’ work with a Nashville-based shelter called Bonaparte’s Retreat, which she founded 10 years ago. She named the shelter after her own dearly departed road companion, who traveled with her on her tour bus for years. “I had not really had a personal dog since I was, gosh, maybe 17 or 18,” Harris tells Taste of Country. “I’d been on the road working, and once I settled in Nashville I got a little Cairn Terrier for my daughter, who had turned 12 or 13, and then I thought, ‘Well, he needs a companion,’ so I adopted Bonaparte, and he just turned out to be a great traveler.” Bonaparte passed away suddenly at age 11, and his death inspired Harris to convert part of her property into a shelter. Harris has grown Bonaparte’s Retreat into one of the most-respected shelters in Music City. As documented in Shelter Me: Partners for Life, it became the first in the Nashville area to reach out directly to Metro Animal Care and Control, in an effort to curb the extremely high euthanasia rates among their animals. As a result, euthanasia rates have declined dramatically. Harris is also involved with Crossroads Campus, which pairs local at-risk youth with foster animals. Funded partly through a retail space, the organization provides animal training, as well as valuable job skills and experience for young people who have been placed in the foster system. Shelter Me: Partners for Life shares the story of one young man named Cortez, who turned his life around with help from Crossroads after a drug arrest, and is now attending community college with the goal of opening a similar venture of his own. Shelter Me: Partners for Life begins airing on PBS stations nationwide on Oct. 1. Check local listings for times, and visit this link for more information about the program. At 68, still looking better than our favorite European/Arabian modoe.