The DogChannel Newswire (05-27-10)

Therapy dogs help stressed-out students; disaster planning for pets; and other news.

Posted: May 27, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Study Suggests ‘Good’ Dogs May Live Longer
Personality might play a big role in how long dogs live. Live fast die young might also apply to dogs, a study in the June issue of The American Naturalist suggests. Vincent Careau, of the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, and his colleagues came to that conclusion by comparing numerous dog breeds based on their personalities, USA Today reports.
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Therapy Dogs Provide Relief to Stressed-Out Students
Finals are right around the corner for students at the University of California, Riverside, and the pressure is on. To help ease the anxiety, the UC Riverside mental health outreach team is bringing in the big guns — wet noses and wagging tails — as several certified therapy dogs offer themselves up for petting and play, UC Riverside reports.
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Many Owners Carry Pet Photos With Them
The next time someone reaches for photos and offers: "Let me show you some pictures of my little darlings," you might be surprised who's mugging for the camera. According to a recent Associated Press-Petside.com poll, nearly half (45 percent) of all pet owners say they carry around photos of their pets — in wallets, purses, cell phones, laptops, iPods, iPads and other mobile devices, The Associated Press reports.
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Disaster Planning for Pets
This month the Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging all Americans to prepare for the unexpected, particularly when it comes to pets. The website Ready.gov offers a detailed plan for creating a disaster kit that includes supplies, cell phone chargers and pet food, among other things, The New York Times reports.
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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

5/27/2010 3:35:36 PM

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