The DogChannel Newswire (01-09-08)

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Posted: January 9, 2008, 5 a.m. EST

Dog Saves Boy From Fire by Biting Foot
A black Labrador Retriever who bit a 13-year-old boy's foot repeatedly, waking him up, is being credited with saving the boy and two of his friends from a house fire, Yahoo News reports.
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Arraignment Set for Bridge Jump in Which Police Dog Died
Arraignment is scheduled Tuesday at the UCSD Medical Center for an accused drunk driver who jumped off the Coronado Bridge in San Diego, Calif., with a police dog at the end of a pursuit on New Year's Eve, killing the animal, the San Diego Union Tribune reports.
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Dog Triggers Gun Blast, Killing Owner
A tracking dog apparently stepped on a loaded shotgun in the bed of his owner's pickup truck, firing a fatal blast into the man's thigh during a goose hunt, the Associated Press reports.
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The Healing Power of Dogs
Dogs have long had special standing in the medical world. Trained to see for the blind, hear for the deaf and move for the immobilized, dogs have become indispensable companions for people with disabilities, but they may play a larger role than realized, The New York Times reports.
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$10,000 Reward Offered for Dog’s Return
Police are asking for the public's help in finding a 5-month-old Yorkshire Terrier who was reportedly stolen Saturday from his owner's car at a shopping mall. The dog's owner is offering a $10,000 reward for his safe return – no questions asked, the Orange County (Calif.) Register reports.
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