The DogChannel Newswire (2-3-11)

Minneapolis woman tries to mail puppy; dogs play key role at some private schools; other news.

Posted: February 3, 2011, 2 a.m. EST

Minneapolis Woman Tries to Mail Puppy to Georgia
Minneapolis police are investigating a bizarre case of animal cruelty where a woman literally tried to send a puppy through the U.S. Mail. The Postal Service says the dog almost certainly would have died if the sealed package wasn't seen moving on its own. The puppy's been cleaned up and is doing fine, all thanks to some very quick thinking from some Post Office employees, reports.
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No Pause in Pet Healthcare Spending
Though debate over national health coverage continues, cats and dogs have nothing to fear. Americans spent $12.4 billion on veterinary care in 2009 and another $3 billion on medication alone. “People take much better care of their animals,” said Greg Hammer, former president of the American Veterinary Medical Association. “It used to be that the dog was tied out back and the cat was a barn cat – now they are the other family member,” Northwestern University reports.
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Deaf Dogs Can Make Good Pets With Care
The prevalence of hereditary deafness — the most frequent cause of hearing loss in dogs — isn't known across breeds, but the likelihood increases with the presence of white pigmentation, either in patterns or solids, said George Strain, a professor of neuroscience at Louisiana State's veterinary school in Baton Rouge. The notion that deaf dogs have no hope for happy lives angers some owners and members of the human deaf community, The Canadian Press reports.
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Dogs Play Key Role at Some Private Schools
Dr. Evil had his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth; President Obama has Bo. And at the seats of power in some of New York City’s private schools, there’s sometimes something fluffy curled around the chair legs. “Animals have an interesting ability to humanize the people that they are around,” said Robert Lauder, the head of Friends Seminary in the East Village. “It’s another way of making contact with somebody in a position of authority who can be somewhat remote-seeming,” he says. “A dog is sort of a common denominator,” The New York Times reports.
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