The DogChannel Newswire (01-05-10)

Dog gene for OCD could aid humans; dog saves boy from cougar; and other news.

Posted: January 5, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

Dog Gene for OCD Could Aid Humans
Discovery of a gene linked to compulsive behavior in dogs could lead to better understanding of the disorder in humans, scientists in Massachusetts said, United Press International reports.
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Glut of Greyhounds Fuels Effort to Find Adoptive Homes
Greyhound advocates are scrambling to find homes for hundreds of dogs that will no longer be racing. Tracks in Wisconsin, Arizona and Massachusetts recently ended dog racing, bringing to seven the number that pulled the mechanical rabbit in 2009, The Associated Press reports.
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Dog Saves Boy From Cougar
A dog is expected to recover after saving her 11-year-old master from a cougar attack in their Canadian backyard, officials say. Family members said the dog, Angel, intercepted a cougar Saturday as it was charging at Austin Forman, United Press International reports.
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Veterinarians Warn Pets Need More Than Coats
Iowa veterinarians are warning pet owners to be careful when they take their pets out for a walk in the cold blanketing the state. Chad Smith of Taylor Veterinary Clinic in Cedar Falls advises pet owners to put booties on their dogs’ paws before heading outdoors, The Associated Press reports.
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