The DogChannel Newswire (2-2-11)

Winter safety encouraged for pets; dog bed donations benefit shelter dogs; other news.

Posted: February 2, 2011, 2 a.m. EST

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Dog Can Detect Colon Cancer, Researchers Say
With powers of smell far superior to those of humans, dogs can sniff out buried earthquake victims. They can unearth hidden bombs or drugs. They can also apparently detect colorectal cancer, Japanese researchers suggest. Researchers from Kyushu University and colleagues report that a specially trained 8-year-old female Labrador Retriever named Marine is able to detect colorectal cancer among patients with up to 98-percent accuracy, U.S. News & World Report explains.
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Winter Safety Encouraged For People, Pets
This week’s storm pounding the Midwest and East Coast brings cold and dangerous temps. It's important that dog owners provide safe conditions for their pets. Pet owners should not leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops. Wind chills are expected to be very low during this storm, potentially threatening a pet's life. If a pet does go outside, paws should be wiped dry of snow, ice and any possible corrosive material, such as melting salt, once the animal returns indoors, The Oklahoman reports.
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Dogs Hit Dance Floor for Annual Benefit
Dogs and their owners can loosen the leashes and hit the dance floor at the PAWS Chicago’s Animal Magnetism event Friday at Galleria Marchetti. The fifth annual gala is a pet-friendly event for local pet lovers to connect with their friends and furry loved ones while enjoying a buffet dinner and dancing, said Sarah Ahlberg, PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) spokesperson, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Dog Bed Donations Benefit Shelter Dogs
The Lu Parker Project is teaming up with Peet’s Coffee & Tea and Sporteve this Valentine’s Day to offer dog lovers and Los Angeles residents alike a chance to donate 140 comfy, durable dog beds for puppies in need at the South LA Shelter. The goal is for supporters to donate $65, the cost of each dog bed, and in return they will receive a Valentine's Day tropical bouquet and card, DonateABed.wordpress.com reports.
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