The DogChannel Newswire (07-25-08)

NASCAR driver donates vests to police dogs; pets allowed at assisted living centers; and other news.

Posted: July 25, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

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How My Paycheck Went to the Dogs
A Wall Street Journal columnist comments about the costs of raising three kids and three dogs. Including the cost of the dog and the cost of food, the writer argues his steepest expense is the emergency veterinary care his 11-year-old Beagle has received for a host of mishaps.
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Delco Dog Park Debuts
Delaware County, Pa., is going to the dogs. The county introduced its first park for pet dogs Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Kent Park in Upper Darby. The Dog Park features a fenced area where owners can let their pets off the leash to run, play and socialize with other hounds and their owners, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Roman Dog Skeleton Is Donated
A Lincolnshire, England, nonprofit has had what could be a 2,000-year-old dog skeleton donated to one of its branches. A note with the bones said they were Roman, excavated from a 1st century A.D. pit at the Lawn in Lincoln in 1986. Archaeologists speculate the bones could be from a Whippet or a Greyhound, BBC News reports.
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Stewart Donates Bulletproof Vests for Police Dogs
NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is donating bulletproof, stab-proof vests to police dogs in five states. Stewart, a Columbus, Ind., native, donated the money to provide 30 vests for the Indiana State Police K9 unit and 10 for police dogs waiting for vests in Georgia, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Minnesota, USA Today reports.
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Pet Doors Opening at Assisted Living Centers
A growing number of assisted-living facilities are actively encouraging seniors to bring along their well-behaved pets – or inviting them to "adopt" resident pets. The practice of encouraging seniors in such facilities to interact with pets has many benefits, U.S. News and World Report reports.
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