The DogChannel Newswire: Hot Topics Edition

In case you missed them, here are the stories dog lovers were buzzing about last week.

Posted: August 16, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

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How Pet Food May Be Making Children Sick
Many of us consider our pet cats and dogs so much a part of the family that we share everything from couch space to kitchen space. It seems the spaces we share may harbor bacteria hazardous to our health. A new study published Monday in Pediatrics suggests that some young children of pet owners may get salmonella poisoning just by touching surfaces that come into contact with dry cat and dog food, ABC News reports.
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Tibetan Mastiffs Enjoy Growing Popularity in China
The stuff of legend, the Tibetan Mastiff is considered the guardian dog of the former Himalayan kingdom of Tibet and reputed to be the original source of many large dog breeds today. In recent years, as China’s middle class has expanded and dogs have become more popular household pets, the appeal of Tibetan Mastiffs has grown exponentially, MSNBC reports.
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Dog Surprises Officer by Giving Birth in Squad Car
A pit bull delivered quite a surprise in the back of a Prescott Valley, Ariz., patrol car. Prescott Valley police said an officer picked up the pit bull on Friday from an area woman who had been watching the dog. The officer noticed the dog appeared quite pregnant, but the woman told him she was not. The officer put the dog in the back of his patrol car to be impounded, but when he got to the station, he found more than one dog in the back, The Associated Press reports.
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Furry Visitors to San Jose Airport Not Forced To Remove Shoes
Twenty-one very calm and hairy visitors quietly approached security check-in at Mineta San Jose International Airport in California on Tuesday night. Security guards, ticket agents and passengers in Terminal A wore huge, surprised grins as the Golden and Labrador Retriever pups and their trainers negotiated the airport for the first time. The dogs were with Canine Companions for Independence, a Santa Rosa-based nonprofit that trains them to assist the disabled, the San Jose Mercury News reports.
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