The DogChannel Newswire (09-14-10)

Dog becomes county’s sixth council member; stolen dog found safe after seven years; other news.

Posted: September 14, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

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Dog Becomes County’s Sixth Council Member
The most loyal public servant in Snohomish County, Wash., government starts each day with a burst of energy that sends his mop of black and brown hair bouncing. He drops by his favorite staffers on the eighth floor, jumping on desks. Then, full of treats and attention, he abruptly patters to his master's office and takes a nap. Meet Hewitt, the dog referred to as the sixth member of the County Council, The Seattle Times reports.
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Stolen Dog Found Safe After Seven Years
Seven years ago, Brad and Amy Davis’ first dog — a 6-month-old Weimaraner puppy named Jake — disappeared from their Orion Township, Mich., backyard. Days, weeks and months and finally years went by with no sign that Jake would ever return. So when the Davises got a call Tuesday that a dog belonging to them had turned up at a Kentucky animal shelter, their first thought was that the shelter had the wrong number, The Morning Sun reports.
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Animal Lovers Turn Passions Into Paychecks
The pet industry has exploded in recent years, with the amount Americans spend on pets more than doubling since 1998, to an estimated $44.7 billion this year. And the numbers have continued to climb even through the recession. That’s not just good news for Fluffy and Fido. All that spending means ever-growing opportunity for those whose tails are set wagging by the prospect of working with pets, the New York Post reports.
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9/11 Rescue Dog Calls It Quits
Sarge, one of the first search-and-rescue dogs called to duty amid the dust and rubble at the Twin Towers site in New York on September 11, 2001, has been retired due to illness and wounds believed inflicted by a coyote. But the 12-year-old black Labrador Retriever, part of the household of Pat and Spring Pittore, has a successor in the family eager to carry on the work, NJ.com reports.
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