The DogChannel Newswire (2-24-11)

Southern California city considers sweeping animal protections; pet therapy provides benefits for everyone; and other news.

Posted: February 24, 2011, 3 a.m. EST

Irvine Considers Sweeping Animal Protections
If there had been puppies and kittens at Irvine (Calif.) City Hall on Tuesday night, the city's elected officials likely would have handed out belly rubs. As it was, they had to show their affection through public policy, embracing a far-reaching set of animal-welfare measures, including a ban on sales of dogs and cats at retail stores, a campaign to spay and neuter pets, and prohibition of traveling animal shows such as circuses and rodeos, reports The Orange County Register.
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Pet Therapy Provides Benefits for Everyone
The story that older adults benefit from pet therapy is misguided. Everyone benefits from pet therapy. Who ever thought that a four-legged bundle of soft fur could make you feel better and actually healthier, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.
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California Cities Ready Pet-Emergency Plans
Earthquakes, fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and rock slides. All are natural disasters that demand preparation by residents and local governments. But when disaster strikes and panic spreads, what is to be done with Fluffy and Fido? Cupertino and Sunnyvale's respective disaster response teams are working to plan and train volunteers on how to best care for displaced pets in the event of a major disaster, reports the San Jose Mercury News.
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My Life As a Dog
When I moved to Washington five years ago to attend graduate school at Georgetown, I resolved to get a job with Sen. Edward Kennedy. I hoped to become an assistant at least, or an adviser or perhaps even — dare to dream — a speechwriter. Instead, I became Splash, the senator’s Portuguese Water Dog, reports The New York Times.
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