The DogChannel Newswire (04-14-10)

Family writes "bucket list” for dog; special dogs can catch "wake” of explosives; other news.

Posted: April 14, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Family Writes ‘Bucket List’ for Dog
Hudson, a chocolate Labrador, was 10 when they noticed the knot developing above his paw. It was cancer. Mark Malo, Hudson's veterinarian and a close friend of Hudson’s owners, expected him to live two to four weeks. Hudson survived three more months, long enough to complete everything on a bucket list the family had created for him, The Orange County (Calif.) Register reports.
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Special Dogs Can Catch ‘Wake’ of Explosives
For years, specially trained dogs have run their noses over objects to screen for explosives. But vapor wake dogs can detect explosives in the air despite crowds, cross-currents and other odors. Their trainers say some of the dogs have been able to enter a room and pick up the scent as much as 15 minutes after explosives have passed through, CNN reports.
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Mickey Rourke’s ‘Iron Man 2’ Performance Inspired by Dog’s Death
As an actor, Mickey Rourke has gained a reputation for his hard-edged roles in films like “Sin City” and “The Wrestler.” However, outside of the film industry Rourke is an outspoken animal activist and a well known dog lover — characteristics that helped motivate his upcoming role as Whiplash in “Iron Man 2,” MTV News reports.
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Rescue Workers Free Trapped Dog From Minivan
Workers from four agencies, including an oil-change shop, teamed up Monday to rescue a dog that was trapped under the back seat of a minivan, Eggertsville, N.Y., fire officials reported. Firefighters found that the dog's leg was trapped under the seat. Animal control officers sedated the animal, allowing firefighters to raise the seat off the trapped leg, The Buffalo News reports.
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