The DogChannel Newswire (09-30-08)

Golden Retriever helps veteran; bomb-sniffing dog retires; and other news.

Posted: September 30, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

Four-Legged Prescription for Veterans’ Stress
Abelardo Rosas served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He’d been hit by 13 improvised bombs, suffered head trauma, and was diagnosed with severe post-traumatic stress disorder. A couple of months ago, he barely spoke to anyone. Then he met Vegas, a sweet, good-natured Golden Retriever with a shiny coat and sad eyes, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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New L.A. City Law Requires Neutering of Most Pets. What Should Dog Owners Do?
A Los Angeles Time reader asks: My pet is not neutered yet, and the new city law requiring neutering of most cats and dogs goes into effect Oct. 1. What should I do? The Los Angeles Times reports.
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Bomb-Sniffing Dog, Handler Retire Together From Airport Duty
Heasty and Tyson, an 85-pound German Shepherd Dog, became a team, patrolling the Sacramento International Airport looking for explosive devices, the Sacramento Bee reports.
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Living a Dog’s Life
Early in her new book, Australian author Kate Jennings describes her new puppy not as a “small brown dog,” but as a “tense bundle of muscle and sinew that stood seventeen inches high.” Not exactly the gushy tone you might read in other dog books, but “Stanley and Sophie” sacrifices sweetness for some harsh realities, Newsweek reports.
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Churches Welcome Pets on St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day
Welcoming companion animals into the church for a pet blessing helps people see the “interconnectedness of all parts of creation,” the Mirror (Mich.) reports.
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