The DogChannel Newswire (2-10-11)

Deaf dog learns sign language; Nebraska dog breeders fired up over new bill; other news.

Posted: February 10, 2011, 2 a.m. EST

Deaf Dog Gets Sign Language Training
A dog who couldn't hear has learned some sign language thanks to inmates at a U.S. prison and children at a school for the deaf. Inmates at a Missouri prison trained the deaf Dachshund named Sparky in sign language and then asked the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton to take him in. Today, Sparky is right at home with the school's youngsters, who have taught him additional sign language, Reuters reports.
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Nebraska Dog Breeders Fired Up Over New Bill
A proposed Nebraska state law that would require commercial dog breeders to exercise their dogs at least twice a day, breed animals less often and provide larger cages for them brought howls of protest Tuesday from many breeders. Professional breeders — some of whom care for up to 200 breeding dogs and 550 puppies at a time — said new regulations were unnecessary and would put economically stressed breeders out of business, the Omaha World-Herald reports.
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Valentine Gifts Deadly for Pets
Flowers and chocolates may be perfect gifts for Valentine's Day, but not if pets get their paws on those special treats. Cindy Houlihan, D.V.M., runs The Cat Practice in Birmingham, Mich. She says every year around February 14th, veterinary emergency hospitals see a boost in business because pets get sick on Valentine presents. Houlihan is warning families to particularly beware of chocolate and some flowers – that can be deadly for pets, in some cases, within a matter of a few hours, reports.
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Vick’s Dogfighting Compound Could Be Used for Good
A Pennsylvania-based animal welfare group is raising money to buy NFL star Michael Vick's former dogfighting compound. Dogs Deserve Better is hoping to raise almost $600,000 to buy the 15-acre property in Surry County, Va. The group's ultimate goal, according to its website, is to raise $3 million to buy Vick's former property and transform it into a rehabilitation center for the dogs it serves, NBC Washington reports.
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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

2/10/2011 7:42:06 PM

Good stuff-thanks!

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