The DogChannel Newswire (07-02-09)

First dog Bo snacks on Axlerod’s tie; how to keep pets cool on hot days; and other news.

Posted: July 2, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Dog Thieves Fumble Chihuahua Pup
Dog thieves who took animals worth more than $5,000 dropped one of the animals as they fled, the police have said. Five dogs, including a Pug, Chihuahua, and four Chihuahua puppies, were taken from a yard containing the kennels, BBC News reports.
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First Dog Bo Obama Snacks on Axelrod’s Tie
First dog Bo is a chewer. First lady Michelle Obama has revealed that the Portuguese Water Dog likes to nibble her feet. And now top White House adviser David Axelrod says fashion is also a target of Bo, U.S. News and World Report explains.
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Service Dogs, Other Developments Ease Peanut Allergies
For years, parents have struggled to keep even trace amounts of peanuts away from their allergic children. As the health crisis becomes more prevalent, researchers, children willing to endure clinical trials and even a Texas dog trainer are getting involved. Nobody is expecting a cure soon. But several interesting developments are on the horizon, The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Chillin’ With Fido: How to Keep Pets Cool on Hot Days
The heat of summer brings with it discomfort and even danger to both humans and pets. However, with a few preparations and a little common sense, you and your pet can bear and survive the heat, The Seattle Times offers tips.
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Canes, Walkers – and Pets – Cause Falls
Canes and walkers – the very things used to prevent falls – are associated with more than 47,000 serious injuries each year among older adults, according to this study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. But there's another unexpected danger lurking at home: Pets. Each year, cats and dogs cause thousands of fall-related injuries among all ages,the Chicago Tribune reports.
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