The DogChannel Newswire (1-27-11)

Man reunited with stolen Doberman; some dog breeds need winter protection; other news.

Posted: January 27, 2011, 2 a.m. EST

What’s It Like for a Pet to Fly in Cargo?
Every day, thousands of pets fly on U.S. airlines. Most of the time, it's a seamless event and everyone arrives safely. Occasionally it's not – with some unfortunate results. More than 140 pets died and 88 were lost or injured while traveling on airplanes between May 2005 and July 2010, according to a Department of Transportation report. So what does happen when your precious pooch goes in cargo? FOX News reports.
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Canine Tumor Fuels Up by Stealing Parts From Host, Report Says
When humans domesticated dogs at least 10,000 years ago, an apparent side effect was a bizarre new kind of parasite. A canine cancer gained the ability to spread from one dog to the next, creating new tumors along the way. Today, it thrives in dog populations around the world. Scientists are now studying canine transmissible venereal tumors (or C.T.V.T.) to uncover the adaptations the disease uses to thrive in its peculiar way, The New York Times reports.
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Some Dog Breeds Need Winter Protection
Is a $175 Bella Lucca faux mink coat for dogs medically necessary? Pricey couture is optional, but some dog breeds do need outerwear in the winter, veterinarians say. Small, short-haired dogs without a thick fur undercoat are more susceptible to cold weather. Breeds include the Chihuahua, Dachshund, Boston Terrier, Shih Tzu, Bichon FriseMiniature Pinscher and the Xoloitzcuintli, a Mexican hairless dog, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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Man Reunited With Stolen Doberman After Eight Months
Many dog owners feel like their pets are part of the family, and Tuesday one family was reunited with a stolen pet. Navar Garcia's beloved Doberman Pinscher was stolen eight months ago from outside his workplace at 4100 West Ogden. Last week, Cook County, Ill., Sheriff's Police found the stolen dog with nine others, FOX Chicago News reports.
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