The DogChannel Newswire (05-18-10)

Dog blown off balcony survives fall; White House releases Bo Obama’s price tag; other news.

Posted: May 18, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Dog Blown Off Balcony Survives Fall
A dog survived going airborne in New York after a gust of wind blew him from an 11th-floor apartment terrace to a rooftop five stories below, his owner said. Alfie, a 4-year-old, 10-pound Silky Terrier, emerged from the ordeal with only bruises, scratches and a cut lip, United Press International reports.
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Specially-Trained Dogs Help Marines Sniff Out IEDs
The biggest threat to U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan – as in Iraq – is from IEDs, improvised explosive devices. To counter IEDs the military uses a variety of sophisticated devices. Now comes a four-footed addition to the fight against IEDs – specially-trained dogs who can sniff out explosives under the ground before a Marine gets close to the danger zone, CBS News reports.
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Shelter Seeks Viagra Donations for Dog
Workers at a New York state animal shelter are asking people to donate Viagra erectile-dysfunction pills to treat a dog's heart condition. Employees at the Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center in Huntington said Ingrid, a 6-year-old pit bull, requires two of the $10 pills each day to treat a heart condition, United Press International reports.
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Bo Obama’s Worth a Bundle
That’s no ordinary dog at the White House. Bo, the first dog, is worth $1,600, according to a financial disclosure form released on Monday. Bo, of course, was a gift to President Obama and his family from Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and his wife, Victoria. As such, Mr. Obama was obligated to report the value of the Portuguese Water Dog, The New York Times reports.
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