The DogChannel Newswire (06-09-09)

Barking dog saves woman from blaze; dog plays fetch with live grenade; and other news.

Posted: June 9, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Florida Woman Says Barking Dog Saved Her From Blaze
A Florida woman's barking dog saved her from a fire at her home. Lillian Miller thought her Chihuahua mix Spaz just needed to go outside when he started barking around 3 a.m. Saturday. She took him out, but when she returned to her mobile home in Groveland she saw flames coming from her living room window, The Associated Press reports.
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Dog Plays Fetch With Live Grenade in Germany
A dog playing fetch in Germany has found and delivered to his owner a U.S. hand grenade from World War II. Police in the western town of Erkrath said Monday they were called by the dog's 40-year-old owner who stopped walking her pooch when she recognized the "rusty" object he was carrying was a weapon, The Associated Press reports.
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Concord Woman Pays $10,000 to Get Dog Back
Monday morning, Debby Brown was ecstatic, having been reunited with her tiny dog Lexi 2½ days after the pet was taken from her Escalade parked behind a Concord, Calif., restaurant. But it was a tough weekend for the woman, who offered — and paid — a $10,000 reward to get the dog back, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
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$170,000 Dog Park Opens in St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, Fla., officials have opened a new dog park, the city's largest, at a cost of $169,220. Kenwood Dog Park, which opened Saturday, will likely be the last new park in the area for some time, The Associated Press reports.
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Dog Walkers Sniff at L.A.'s Three Dogs Per Human Limit
Dog walkers are sniffing at the Los Angeles law limiting the number of dogs a person can take to off-leash parks to three. The law took effect six months ago, but scores of dog walkers continue to take their packs of pooches, The Associated Press reports.
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