The DogChannel Newswire (08-04-10)

Military dog suffers from PTSD; Philadelphia airport caters to pets; and other news.

Posted: August 4, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

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Military Dog Comes Home From Iraq Traumatized
Gina was a playful 2-year-old German Shepherd when she went to Iraq as a highly trained bomb-sniffing dog with the military. When she returned home to Colorado cowering and fearful, a military veterinarian diagnosed with her post-traumatic stress disorder — a condition that experts say can afflict dogs just like it does humans, The Associated Press reports.
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More Than 30 Dogs and Cats Perish in Fire
More than 30 dogs and cats perished in a Covelo, Calif., structure fire Saturday night, fire officials said. Among the dead are 25 disabled and ailing dogs kept inside the home of Barbara Thrasher, who runs Bones Pet Rescue. Another 46 dogs, about 100 cats, two horses and some pigs and goats at the sanctuary survived the fire, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports.
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Philadelphia Airport Caters to Pets With Relief Areas
In the bustle of planes to catch at Philadelphia International Airport, dogs now have their spot in the sun, and shade, within walking distance of the terminals at seven outside "pet ports," where before, between or after flights they can go to the bathroom, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Pet Insurance Bill Clears Key Committee in California
A bill aimed at increasing transparency for pet insurance has cleared a key fiscal committee in the California Legislature. Democratic Assemblyman Dave Jones, who wrote the measure, says right now it’s not always clear what a pet owner is actually getting from a policy. Jones says his measure would change that, KPBS reports.
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