The DogChannel Newswire (12-10-09)

California has Chihuahua crisis; dog survives 98 days on deserted island; and other news.

Posted: December 10, 2009, 5 a.m. EST

Man, Lucky Dog Reunite After Baghdad Blast
The owner of a dog that miraculously survived a massive bombing returned to his collapsed home Wednesday to be reunited with his pet, stunning neighbors who thought he was dead. The ginger-colored dog was spotted chained to a roof railing and standing on a wall ledge over the collapsed home after Tuesday's huge blast, The Associated Press reports.
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Utah Dog Missing for Three Weeks Found in Storm Drain
A dog missing for three weeks was found skinny but alive after getting stuck in a storm drain in a Salt Lake City suburb. Susan Garr's 4-year-old Australian Shepherd mix, Millie, had dropped from 35 pounds to 22 pounds when she was found over the weekend, The Associated Press reports.
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Pop Culture Main Reason California Has Chihuahua Crisis
Chihuahuas make up 30 percent or more of the dog populations at many California shelters. And experts say pop culture is to blame, with fans imitating Chihuahua-toting celebrities like Paris Hilton and Miley Cyrus, then abandoning the dogs, ABC News reports.
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Family Dog Survives 98 Days on Deserted Island
Buddy, a 4-year-old Beagle, was reunited with his New Jersey family on Monday after 98 days spent on uninhabited Gull Island in New Jersey's Manasquan Inlet. The Kelleys, of Eatontown, N.J., lost control of Buddy on Aug. 31 as the family attempted to switch the dog's leash while frolicking in Manasquan, FOX News reports.
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