The DogChannel Newswire: Hot Topics Edition

In case you missed them, here are the stories dog lovers were buzzing about last week.

Posted: February 28, 2011, 3 a.m. EST

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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Report: 50 Percent of U.S. pets weigh too much
More than 50 percent of cats and dogs in the U.S. are overweight or obese, which can lead to serious health issues such as arthritis, diabetes, hypertension and kidney failure, says a report co-conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Experts attribute this rise in pet obesity to owners failing to provide their animals with proper exercise and routinely overfeeding them, reports the Wall Street Journal.
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Puppies Ease Family's Pain After Fire Claims Dogs' Lives
It's been more than two months since Joel Lawrence and his family lost everything they owned when a fire ripped through their Hellam Township home.The weeks following the Dec. 10 fire were especially hard on the family of four, said Joel, a high school sophomore.That's because they grieved over the loss of their two dogs, a Golden Retriever, Rusty, and black Lab, Blue. Although no pets could ever replace the love Joel and his family had for the two dogs, the family has since purchased two new puppies, reports the York (Penn.) Dispatch.
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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

2/28/2011 3:29:42 PM

Thanks for the updates!

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