The DogChannel Newswire (06-29-10)

Aging sniffer dogs blamed for drug lapses; dogs join owners in battle of the bulge; other news.

Posted: June 29, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Aging Sniffer Dogs Blamed for Drug Lapses
Sniffer dogs are being blamed for airport security lapses in Guyana, where police said Monday that their canines are too old or not skilled enough to detect drugs stuffed inside suitcases, The Associated Press reports.
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Rescued Chihuahua Takes ‘Ugliest Dog’ Title
A rescue dog believed to be a Chihuahua mix has won the World's Ugliest Dog contest. Princess Abby Francis was shivering in the cool breeze Friday night as her owner, Kathleen Francis, accepted a $1,000 check and applause from the crowd at the 22nd annual contest held at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, The Associated Press reports.
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Dogs Join Owners in Battle of the Bulge
Dog races, boot camps, fitness session and other programs are springing up across the United States to help prevent and fight the epidemic, attributed to the same problems of weight control in humans – a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet, AFP reports.
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New Jersey Third Graders Make Dog Park Idea a Reality
When a class of Glassboro, N.J., third graders decided to pitch the idea of a dog park to their Borough Council, they weren't playing around. More than halfway into a year of municipal cuts and budget-pinching, the students at Dorothy L. Bullock School learned that the little guy – even really little guys – can make an impact, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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