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Why is Heat Stroke Dangerous? (July 08, 2009) Heatstroke occurs when normal body mechanisms cannot keep the body's temperature in a safe range. Animals do not have efficient cooling systems (like humans who sweat) and get overheated easily. A dog with moderate heatstroke (body temperature from 104 to 106F) can recover within an hour if given prompt first aid and veterinary care (normal body temperature is 100-102.5F). Severe heatstroke (body temperature over 106F) can be deadly and immediate veterinary assistance is needed.
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Dogs Smell Diabetic Attacks Coming (July 01, 2009)
Some dogs can smell odours given off by humans with bladder cancer and diabetes, researchers say. In some cases, the canines warn of oncoming attacks.
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Source: National Geographic
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Puppy Rescued From Drain
(June 16, 2009) The tiny cocker spaniel was trapped in a waste pipe for nearly four hours after Daniel Blair, four, decided he "needed a wash" and put him in a toilet before pulling the chain, the Daily Mirror revealed. After frantic attempts to find the pet, drainage firm Dyno-Rod was called in and used specialist camera gear to locate him in a pipe 20 yards away from the house, in Northolt, Middlesex.
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Stray Dogs Overwhelming Bangkok (June 09, 2009)
Thailand's capital city of Bangkok is struggling to cope with a growing population of stray dogs. It's estimated as many as 300,000 strays wander the streets.
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Source: National Geographic
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My Weapon is a Dog
(May 29, 2009) BBC3's documentary My Weapon is a Dog (aired May 22, 2009 9pm) revealed the worrying increase of aggressive (and often already illegal) dogs used by young men as a 'hard' status. The obvious danger was clear - Pit bull numbers are rapidly rising, dogs are being trained and bred for aggressive reasons only, the wrong people are taking on dangerous dogs and are unprepared to train them... there is only going to be one outcome.
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Chip Pan Fire Warning From Dog (April 27, 2009)
Susie came to the rescue when owner Cliff Harris put some chips on to fry and then went outside to work in his garage. Deep in concentration in his classic car restoration workshop, Cliff lost track of time and the pan soon caught fire. Susie was in her basket in the kitchen as smoke filled the room. And while the smoke alarm went off, Cliff didn't hear it and it was only when two-and-a-half-year-old Susie barked a warning to her owner that he realised something was wrong.
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President's Dog is Revealed
(April 17, 2009) The new White House dog, Bo, a six-month-old black-and-white Portuguese water dog, is set to make his appearance today. Promised by President Barack Obama to his daughters Malia 10, and Sasha seven, to make up for his long absences on the campaign trail last year, is set to brave the cameras together with the first family. The dog is a gift to the Obama family from veteran Senator Edward Kennedy, who owns several Portuguese water dogs.
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Cornish Life-Saving Dog Returns (April 06, 2009)
Normal dogs are banned from a beach in Cornwall, but Newfoundland lifeguard dog Bilbo got round that by sitting in his owner's beach buggy during patrols. But when officials decided that wasn't safe, Bilbo was banned too. However, around 10,000 people have signed a petition to get him classed as a working dog to see him back on patrol. If he wasn't an official working dog, Bilbo's lifeguard owner Steve Jamieson would be fined 75 every time Bilbo was spotted on the beach.
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Police Dogs Protect Sellafield (March 27, 2009)
PC Colin Cook, who has served in the Civil Nuclear Constabulary since 1982, has received a National Lifetime Achievement Award from All About Dogs, for his dog handling work. Colin was nominated by CNC senior management and a panel of judges who honoured him with a lifetime achievement award, one of only two given out over the last eight years.
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Fifth Trek for Blind Man and Guide Dog (March 23, 2009)
Scott Cunningham, from Larkhall, and his guide dog, Travis, plans to walk the West Highland Way from North to South in April. It will be their fifth long distance challenge. The pair have raised more than 60,000 and have aided training for nine new guide dog puppies.
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Jack Russell Suprised by Skunk (March 11, 2009)
Pub landlord Dave Bennett was walking his two dogs in Keighley town centre, West Yorkshire when they shot off to chase the black-and-white animal. But Jack Russell Chewy and King George Spaniel Tilly got more than they bargained for, reports the Bradford Telegraph and Argus. Mr Bennett, 59, said: "As soon as I got close I could see it was a skunk. Chewy had it cornered before I got to him and got sprayed. It smelt awful.
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Cliff Dog Finally Rescued
(February 21, 2009) A dog stranded on a cliff ledge for two nights has finally been brought to safety by the RSPCA. Fox, a Collie cross, had reacted aggressively on Wednesday when a coastguard team tried to rescue it from a cliff ledge near Bude, Cornwall. The owner told the RSPCA the dog was nervous around men, so a female inspector was sent down the cliff together with a male colleague.
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Fears over Royal Dog
(February 07, 2009) Numbers of Sealyham Terriers have plummeted so dramatically that there are fears they could soon be extinct. Just 43 born in Britain last year - a number that has put them in the top three of the Kennel Club's most endangered list. The same period saw the birth of 45,233 Labradors.
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Rookie Police Dog Falls 50 ft (January 31, 2009)
A police dog has survived a fall of 50ft into an uncovered sewer whilst chasing down a car thief in Bradford. Vader, a two-year-old German Shepherd, tumbled over a wall and plunged 50ft into a shallow sewer. "We had been searching when Vader suddenly leapt over a 4ft wall, and a second later I heard a splash," said Dog handler, Pc Simon Jeffrey.
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Dog is Wedding Guest of Honour (January 23, 2009)
A dog that saved the life of a bride to be has been invited to the wedding as the guest of honour. Zoe Christie was discovered close to death after becoming lost whilst out on a walk in November 2004. If it weren't for the intervention of a stranger and his Boxer, Ms Christie would almost certainly have died.
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Pedigree Launches the Adoption Drive (January 22, 2009)
Yesterday, Pedigree launched its 2009 Pedigree Adoption Drive, to highlight the issue of dog abandonment in the UK. It is estimated that there are around 100,000 abandoned or stray dogs dumped in the UK every year. A survey of animal rescue homes across the UK, commissioned by Pedigree, found that over the course of just eight days between Christmas and New Year, an average of 12 dogs were abandoned in the 33 centres under study.
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Dog Survives 19 Day Ordeal (January 17, 2009)
A dog in the US state of Vermont has survived being locked in a van for 19 days in weather below freezing. Michou, a 12-year-old Miniature Poodle, was accidentally locked in the back of his owners' van and left in an airport car park while his owner went on holiday.
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Not Quite 101 (January 10, 2009)
The daughter of a famous film dog who starred in 102 Dalmatians has had her own epic litter of 18 puppies! Buttons, from Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, is the proud mother of a close to record-breaking litter of 18 puppies (the UK record is 19).
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Frozen Water Warning
(January 07, 2009) When out for a walk with your dog this winter make sure you avoid frozen bodies of water. A number of cases of people attempting to rescue their animals from frozen ponds and lakes have cropped up in the news recently, and not all have ended happily.
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Dogs can Feel Envy, Study Suggests (December 10, 2008)
The first scientific study to find envy in non-primates affirms what many already know: dogs can get jealous. "Everybody who has a dog at home probably [suspects] that dogs can be very jealous of other dogs and also of people," said lead author Friederike Range of the University of Vienna, Austria.
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Source: National Geographic
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Electronic Nose
An electronic nose currently under development at California University could make sniffer dogs redundant. The new device is hoped to replace sniffer dogs at high traffic areas such as airports, shopping centres and shipping terminals within the next ten years.
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Dog Adopted After 11 Years
A dog that has spent 11 years in a rescue centre has finally been re-homed at the age of 12. Jenny was found tied to a lamppost in 1997 when she was just a year old. Staff from the Gables Farm Dogs' and Cats' Home took her to their rescue centre in Plymouth, where she would be a resident for the next 11 years!
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DIY Dr Dolittle
Ask any dog lover what superpower they most dream of having and high on the list would be 'Dr Dolittle syndrome' - being able to talk to the animals. More to the point, to our dogs. Just imagine what we would find out, the problems we could solve, the misunderstandings we could fix. No more shouting into the distance for a dog with selective hearing!
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Chihuahua Found in Brooklyn
A Brooklyn dog has been found sixty miles away from where he went missing – after less than two days on the run. Boy, a six-year-old Chihuahua, escaped from a fenced garden in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, on Monday evening. After his owners spent nearly two days searching the local area, Dino and Teri Vassino, a couple who live 60-miles away in Holbrook, contacted Boy’s owners to tell them they had found their dog.
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Origins of Dogs Traced
Dogs today come in all shapes and sizes, but scientists believe they evolved from just a handful of wolves tamed by humans living in or near China less than 15,000 years ago. Three research teams have attempted to solve some long-standing puzzles in the evolution and social history of dogs. Their findings, reported in the journal Science, point to the existence of probably three founding females - the so-called "Eves" of the dog world. They conclude that intensive breeding by humans over the last 500 years - not different genetic origins - is responsible for the dramatic differences in appearance among modern dogs.
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Source: BBC
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Working Like a Dog
Sheepherders, detectives, household helpers, and more—dogs do all sorts of jobs. And they're doggone good workers! Some of the best workers in America don't get paid. But these employees aren't quitting or even complaining. In fact they seem happy to work like, well, dogs. That, of course, is what they are. Professional pooches do a variety of jobs. Dogs serve as "eyes" for the blind and "ears" for the deaf. And they bring joy to nursing home residents. Dogs do many other jobs too. They pull sleds, find crime clues, inspect luggage for illegal drugs or food items, hunt for missing persons, and much more. One lucky dog is even a vice president for a big company!
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Source: National Geographic


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