The DogChannel Newswire (03-31-10)

Dog owners head to summer camp; dog reunited with owner after five years; and other news.

Posted: March 31, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Dog Owners Get Activities, Quality Time at Camp
Summer camp is veering in a new direction — toward grown-ups and their dogs. Nature walks, swimming and memory-making campfires (all dog-focused) are being augmented with agility training, cooking-for-canines instruction, bury-the-bone competitions and dozens of other activities for pooch-loving participants, USA Today reports.
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Microchip Reunites Dog and Owner After Five Years
The filthy, matted and malnourished Poodle that Jamie Simmons picked up on March 19 had no collar or tags. But despite the dog's condition, Simmons did what she always does as an animal control officer. She scanned the dog for a microchip. After making a phone call, Simmons was able put a name to a face, the Redlands (Calif.) Daily Facts reports.
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Appeals Court Gives Stray Dogs an Extra Weekday
California city and county animal shelters must keep a stray dog for at least four weekdays, not three, before putting him or her to death, a state appeals court in San Francisco has ruled. The ruling requires shelters to hold strays for four business days, if they're open at least one weekend day, or for six business days if they're open only weekdays, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Sniffer Dogs in Demand as India Ups Security
Sniffer dogs are in high demand in India as officials boost security. The army has long used dogs to battle separatist violence in the states of Kashmir and Punjab. But as insurgents and terrorists expand their targets across the country, dogs are also being deployed to malls, metro stations, luxury hotels and other public places, The Washington Post reports.
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