The DogChannel Newswire (03-10-10)

Pets can enhance human health; 28,000 dogs expected at world’s largest dog show; and other news.

Posted: March 10, 2010, 2 a.m. EST

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Britain Could Force Owners to Microchip Their Dogs
British dog owners may be forced to microchip their pets and take out insurance, part of a proposed crackdown on the country's dangerous canines. Postmen are delighted, but civil libertarians grumble that Britain's sprawling surveillance state now wants to track the nation's estimated 8 million dogs, The Associated Press reports.
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Good Pets Can Enhance Their Humans’ Health
A new study is finding many tangible physiological benefits to pet ownership. Conducted by Erika Friedmann, a professor and human-animal interaction expert at the University of Maryland, the study followed cat and dog owners over 50 years of age in the Baltimore area suffering from mild hypertension to determine the effect pets have on blood pressure levels, The Vancouver Sun reports.
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28,000 Dogs Expected in Birmingham for Crufts
The world’s largest dog show returns to Birmingham, England, on Thursday, March 11. Hosted by the U.K.’s Kennel Club, Crufts attracts tens of thousands of dog lovers from around the world. The four-day event – which is expected to showcase nearly 28,000 canines – features a range of competitions taking place at the same time, BBC News reports.
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