The DogChannel Newswire (2-9-11)

Dogs are Afghanistan’s most loyal troops; service dog changes life of special-needs boy; other news.

Posted: February 9, 2011, 2 a.m. EST

Afghanistan’s Most Loyal Troops
When Pfc. Colton Rusk was shot in Afghanistan by a Taliban sniper, a Marine dog named Eli immediately ran to him, guarding the downed Marine against further attack. Rusk, 20, a machine gunner and dog handler from the Camp Pendleton-based 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, died from his wounds that brutal day in early December. Out of gratitude for Eli's loyalty to their son, Darrell and Kathy Rusk, with the support of Marine brass, arranged to adopt Eli and take him to their ranch in Orange Grove, Texas, the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Service Dog Changes Special-Needs Boy’s Life
Fourteen-year-old Patrick Maresh leans over to let Mary Lou plant a wet kiss on his face. Once she is confident he is safe, she lies quietly at his feet. Patrick and the 2-year-old Labrador-Golden Retriever mix have been constant companions since he received her as a canine assistant in July. The dog accompanies him to his special needs classroom, where she lies by him as he works and walks with him as he passes through the halls, the Daily Herald reports.
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Twenty-Year-Old Frozen Canine Sperm Produces Litter of Puppies
An Australian vet has used dog sperm, frozen for more than 20 years, to produce a litter of 10 Great Dane puppies. Dr. David Hopkins from Bellarine Veterinary Practice in Geelong, about 50 miles southwest of Melbourne, was delighted at the outcome of the IVF procedure. He said his client Deidre McRae had chosen to store sperm from one of her prized Great Danes, Liebendane Armstrong, in 1989. Twenty-one years later, long after that dog's death, its sperm has led to a new generation of happy, healthy pups, which are now 8 weeks old, The Associated Press reports.
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Teen’s Best Friend? Kids With Dogs Exercise More
A furry, four-pawed best friend could be the key to getting your kid off the couch and away from the TV screen, a new study suggests. Teens from dog-owning families get about 15 more minutes a week of moderate to vigorous physical activity than teens who don't have any pets, the study said. "You can think of your dog not only as your best friend, but also a social support tool for being active," said study researcher John Sirard, an assistant professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, reports.
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Ashley   Cosby, TN

2/9/2011 9:14:58 AM

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