The DogChannel Newswire (10-11-08)

Theives return stolen Bulldog puppies; aquarium trains rescue dogs; and other news.

Posted: October 11, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

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Thieves Return Pedigree Bulldogs
Thieves have returned nine dogs, including seven Bulldog puppies they stole from a house in Cardiff, England. Owner Trevor Dean reported the theft to police after thieves broke into kennels at the back of his home. But after publicity about the theft, the dogs were returned safe and unharmed, BBC News reports.
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Dressing Up Dogs a Passion for Many Dallas-Area Pet Owners
Attiring one's pooch in sparkly outfits and Halloween costumes – everything, really, from teensy couture hats to booties and boas – has become a national pastime. In conjunction with the opening of “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” The Dallas Morning News spoke to several local pet owners who take joy in decking out their dogs.
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Government Support Urged for Dog Breeding Review
The United Kingdom's leading dog charity and the organizers of Crufts have called for Government support for an independent review into dog breeding. The Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club want government backing for a review of registration, breeding, and showing of dogs that they will set up and fund themselves, The Independent (United Kingdom) reports.
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Dachshund Slain by Police Dog Was Not the Aggressor, Owner Says
A Nitro, W.Va., police dog attack last week on Helen Burdette's pet Dachshund Gracie was unprovoked, Burdette said Thursday. A police dog named Bullet fatally bit Gracie on Oct. 2 as Nitro police were looking for two men who tried to break into a house nearby, The Charleston Gazette reports.
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Aquarium Rescues Dogs and Trains Them Like a Dolphin or Whale
Six animals featured in the Shedd Aquarium's new stage show were in far different, more desperate circumstances earlier this summer — incarcerated, unloved, and perhaps facing death before year's end. Then the Shedd's marine mammal trainers came to the rescue. The staff decided to create a show for six dogs they found in area animal rescue centers, demonstrating how marine mammal training techniques can be equally effective in training house pets, the Chicago Tribune reports.
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