The DogChannel Newswire (10-30-08)

Pets have a place in the sickbed; there’s something about shelter dogs; and other news.

Pets Have a Place in the Sickbed
All pet owners and most in the medical community now acknowledge the healing power of animals. Some doctors even write prescriptions giving hospitalized patients access to the pets they left at home. But there are pockets of disagreement among doctors when it comes to allowing seriously ill or functionally fragile people to return to a home occupied by a pet buddy, USA Today reports.
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Pinching Pennies? Not These Proud Pet Parents
Retailers may be worrying about the possibility of the worst fourth quarter in generations, but those in the pet products industry are finding themselves in a veritable oasis among much of the gloom of American business. Companies that sell everything from organic dog treats to couture-inspired pet toys say business is up even as economic indicators show shoppers are pinching pennies during one of the worst downturns in decades, The Associated Press reports.
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There’s Something About Shelter Dogs
If you're in search of a dog, many people will suggest you find a good breeder. Look for someone who carefully raises her dogs in a family setting, they'll advise, someone who's knowledgeable about health and genetic problems in the breed. Others recommend a family down the street whose nice dog just had puppies. A San Francisco Chronicle columnist makes the argument for shelter dogs everywhere.
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Drug-Sniffing Dog ‘Hits’ on Student Lockers, Vehicles
Simon, the drug-sniffing dog who works for the Washington County Drug Task Force, logged three good days of work at schools in Forest Lake last week. The dog was taken in on three days last week to check student vehicles at Forest Lake High School, the dog hit on nine confirmed tobacco and controlled substance alerts, according to police reports, Forest Lake (Wash.) Times reports.
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Police Dog Shot by Friendly Fire to Be Honored
A memorial service will be held for a police dog accidentally killed by friendly fire during a search for bank-robbery suspects in a Philadelphia suburb. Plymouth Township police say the dog, a German Shepherd Dog named Andy, had been let loose to track a suspect Wednesday when an officer from another department joined the search. Police say Andy saw the officer's gun and bit him. The officer accidentally fired his weapon, and the bullet hit Andy and his handler, The Associated Press reports.
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