The DogChannel Newswire (10-21-08)

Iraq puppy on his way to U.S.; puppy injured during pet store robbery; and other news.

Posted: October 21, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

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Iraq Puppy Adopted by Soldier En Route to U.S.
Ratchet the Iraqi puppy finally had his day. An animal rescue group flew into Baghdad on Sunday and picked up the dog, who was adopted by Army Spc. Gwen Beberg of Minneapolis in a case that highlighted military rules barring troops from caring for pets while in Iraq. Ratchet was loaded onto a charter flight, which took off Sunday night for Kuwait. He’s due in Minnesota later this week, The Associated Press reports.
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Puppy Injured During Delaware Pet Store Robbery
A Maryland man faces animal cruelty charges after Delaware state police say he broke the leg of a puppy during an attempted robbery at a pet store, The Associated Press reports.
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Trooper Who Kicked Police Dog Will Get Job Back
A former North Carolina State Highway Patrol sergeant fired for kicking his police dog during training should get his job back, the State Personnel Commission said. The commission found that the patrol had failed to prove that Sgt. Charles L. Jones’ actions constituted personal misconduct, or that he had abused the dog Ricoh, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Microchip Brings Dog and Owner Back Together
More than a year had passed since Cheryl Chaudhary’s dog Sai took off after a cat in Watsonville and never came back. Chaudhary looked for months, blanketed the town with fliers, got handfuls of false leads, and eventually stopped the hunt. On Oct. 10, however, thanks to a microchip the size of a grain of rice, Chaudhary and Sai were brought back together, the San Jose Mercury New reports.
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John Grogan Writes a Memoir of Life Before ‘Marley’
A movie star is snoozing on writer John Grogan’s sofa. The cuddly celebrity is Woodson, Grogan’s 8-month-old puppy. His claim to canine fame?  He’s one of about two dozen Labrador Retrievers who stand in for Marley in “Marley & Me,” the film version of Grogan’s bestselling 2005 memoir about his adorable but mischievous yellow Lab, USA Today reports.
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lita   n haven, CT

10/21/2008 9:46:13 PM

just read that story about the dog from iraq..cool

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Tom   Atlanta, GA

10/21/2008 8:05:52 PM

I love the story of the successful reunion because of the microchip.

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