The DogChannel Newswire (10-20-10)

University launches service-dog training program; dog helps study killer whales; other news.

Posted: October 20, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Colorado Dog Park Closes Permanently
Great Plains Dog Park in Aurora, Colo., has been permanently closed because of repeated rattlesnake sightings. The city's Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department closed it Friday, according to an announcement by the department's spokeswoman. The park was closed temporarily in April after two dogs were bitten by rattlesnakes, the Aurora Sentinel reports.
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University of Illinois Creates Service-Dog Training Program
The University of Illinois Applied Health Sciences Student Council is teaming up with a nonprofit organization, MidAmerica Service Dogs' Foundation, and the UI College of Veterinary Medicine to train two 7-month-old puppies to become service dogs. Sixty students turned out for a presentation a week ago introducing them to the program, The News-Gazette reports.
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Atlanta Dog Adopts Homeless Kitten
A "meow" outside the door of an Atlanta home has turned into a labor of love for a dog.  Camille and Mari Ryan Heschmeyer say their dog, Ellie, has taken "ownership" of a little kitten they found abandoned outside their home last week. Although she has never had puppies, Ellie has become very much a mother to this baby feline, reports.
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Dog Helps Study Killer Whales
Sniffer dog Tucker uses his nose to help researchers find out why a killer whale population off the northwest coast of the United States is in decline. He searches for whale feces floating on the surface of the water, which are then collected for examination. He is one of an elite team of detection dogs used by scientists studying a number of species including right whales and killer whales, BBC News reports.
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Ashley   Cosby, TN

10/20/2010 8:47:34 AM

Thanks for the news!

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