The DogChannel Newswire (10-23-09)

Dogs help children learn to read; more owners holding dog weddings; and other news.

Posted: October 23, 2009, 5 a.m. EDT

Official Obama Family Portrait Is In, Bo Is Not
The official portrait of the first family is in. There’s Sasha, casually draping her arm over the shoulder of the president of the United States. Older sister Malia embraces her mom, first lady Michelle Obama. Hold on, isn’t someone missing? Where’s Bo, the first dog? Reuters reports.
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More Owners Uniting Their Dogs in ‘Mutt’-rimony
Carole Bigwood sewed the white wedding dress, baked the wedding cake, and beamed as her little baby girl walked down the aisle to meet her tuxedoed groom. So what made this wedding different from your average nuptials? It was her two dogs getting hitched, MSNBC reports.
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Learning to Read? Try Talking to a Dog
The philosophy is simple. Children who are just learning to read often feel judged or intimidated by classmates and adults. But reading to a dog isn't so scary. He won't judge, he won't get impatient, he won't laugh or correct if the child makes a mistake. In a nutshell, dogs are simply excellent listeners, CNN reports.
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Confiscated Wolf May Be Dog After All
The “wolf” recovered from an Austin home Sunday could very well be a dog, according to local officials and a wolf expert, and might be returned to its owner. The roughly 1-year-old Dakota is staying at the Austin city pound in the meantime, the Austin Daily Herald reports.
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A Refuge Ruled by Dogs and Horses
An unmarked driveway leading to Denis and Ann Leary’s country house here greets visitors with foreboding security cameras and signs warning, “Beware of Dogs.” And if you follow the arrows to the house, there is indeed a good chance of being assaulted by dogs — only not by snarls and snapping jaws, but by licks and sniffs and thwacking tails, The New York Times reports.
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