The DogChannel Newswire (2-8-11)

Mom helps son bring dog home from Iraq; shared cemeteries for pets, owners gaining popularity; other news.

Posted: February 8, 2011, 2 a.m. EST

Dogs Can Be the Best Medicine
Gracie is one of five certified therapy dogs who make weekly trips to visit patients at Children's Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. The visits are part of the hospital's pet-facilitated therapy program. Such programs are based in large part on studies that show that patients, like Isabella, who interact with animals exhibit reduced stress levels and improved emotional well-being, the Omaha World-Herald reports.
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Mom Helps Son Bring Dog From Iraq Home
Whether facing the heat in Baghdad or Nebraska snow, Chris Kielman and Mondo are partners. Kielman is an explosives-detection dog handler who works for a private contractor. Last July, Kielman went to Iraq, where he was matched with Mondo, a 7½-year-old German Shepherd. When Kielman needed help bringing Mondo to the United States after the dog was injured in the field, his mother flew to the rescue, the Sioux City (Iowa) Journal reports.
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Vets Use Stem Cells to Manage Pets’ Pain
Four years ago, Labrador Retriever Macha slowed dramatically. Stairs became difficult. After outings she was sore and had trouble getting out of her bed. A veterinarian diagnosed her problem as severe arthritis and suggested Macha be examined by veterinarian James Gaynor of Peak Performance Veterinary Group in Colorado Springs. Gaynor specializes in pain management and is one of about 300 veterinarians certified nationwide to use animals' own stem cells in treatment for a variety of ailments, The Washington Post reports.
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Shared Cemeteries for Pets, Owners Gain Popularity
Rhona Levy has her burial planned out. She'll be cremated, her ashes will be divided into two bright red urns and she'll be taken to the cemetery. Then, half of her will go into a plot with Snow, Putchke and Pumpkin, and the other half will go in nearby with Shaina and Twinkie. The New Yorker is among what appears to be a growing number of Americans who want to share their final resting place with their best friends and are getting buried or reserving plots at pet cemeteries, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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