The DogChannel Newswire: Hot Topics Edition
In case you missed them, here are the stories dog lovers were buzzing about last week.
Posted: March 21, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT
Tibetan Mastiff Sold for Record Price in China
Tibetan mastiffs, a breed of dog whose original purpose was guarding livestock in the Himalayan mountains, have a new and seemingly unlikely occupation: status symbol, reports the Los Angeles Times.
When Pets Change the Family Dynamic
A new pet can bring joy to a home, but it can also create tension and changes to the family dynamic, writes Benedict Carey in today’s special animal issue of Science Times, reports The New York Times.
Dog Walkers More Likely to Reach Exercise Benchmarks
Man's best friend may provide more than just faithful companionship: A new study led by a Michigan State University researcher shows people who owned and walked their dogs were 34 percent more likely to meet federal benchmarks on physical activity, reports Michigan State News.
Two Dogs Defy the Wave
When the tsunami warnings sounded after the massive earthquake that struck Japan on Friday, Masaki Kikuchi sprinted upstairs to grab his sleeping 12-year-old daughter before racing away to escape the rushing waters. In the backyard tied to a small shed, Mr. Kikuchi left behind two dogs: Towa, a 2-year-old Sheltie and Melody, a 1-year-old Golden Retriever. Mr. Kikuchi assumed the giant tsunami that flattened his neighbors' homes and whisked away their cars probably killed Towa and Melody, too. But the dogs had other ideas, reports the Wall Street Journal.
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