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September 21, 2006

Still here

Bit of a pause here at dogist while we try to work out a better process for posting and keeping up. Apologies for the lack of postings, we expect to resume our normal semi-irregular schedule next week.

September 03, 2006

News for September 3, 2006

Meet my deer pal Bluebell

Story about Sam a Labrador Retriever who adopted an orphan deer Bluebell.

Source: The Sun Online (UK): Meet my deer pal Bluebell (August 1, 2006)

New leash on life

About Duke, an abandoned German Shepherd who is being adopted and put into the training course for the New York State Police Canine Unit.

Source: NY Daily News (US): New leash on life (August 30, 2006). Via: "Shelter Dog Training For K-9 Unit" http://www.gothamist.com/archives/2006/08/30/shelter_dog_tra.php

Dad's police dog attacks boy

An Edmonton, AL police dog, Sam faces euthanasia after biting two boys at a police union event while under the control of his handler.

Source: The Calgary Sun (CA): Dad's police dog attacks boy (September 1, 2006).

When Pet Friendliness Has Its Limits

In this week's installment of The Hunt, a couple seeks an apartment friendly to them and their 158 pound (72kg) English mastiff, Chief.

Source: The New York Times (US): When Pet Friendliness Has Its Limits (September 3, 2006).

Thermal Wear Dog Vest

Popgadget points out a cooling vest for dogs at Pet Gadgets. The vest absorbs the dog's heat keeping the dog cool for up to two hours.

Source: Pet Gadgets: Thermal Wear Dog Vest (September 1, 2006).

Cute and Furry, Some Say. A Beaten Dog, a Court Finds.

Bebe, a Bichon Fresé, became the first dog to be protected by an order of protection.

Source: The New York Times (US): Cute and Furry, Some Say. A Beaten Dog, a Court Finds. (September 1, 2006).

Bend beagle 10,000th 'second chance' dog

Lollipop, a four year old beagle became the 10,000th dog to be saved through the Oregon Humane Society's Second Chance program. The program works with other shelters in the Portland, OR area to relocate dogs to the OHS shelter if the dog has not been adopted, the shelter is overcrowded, or needs a change of scenery.

Source: KTVZ Newschannel 21 (US): Bend beagle 10,000th 'second chance' dog (August 31, 2006).

Court reduces damages for neighbor who poisoned 'Lucky' the dog

In 2003, Lucky died from poisoning, alleged to have been caused by plates of food laced with antifreeze. The alleged poisoner, Patricia Vajgrt, argued that Lucky was frequently loose and could have been poisoned elsewhere besides the plates of food in her garden. The Court of Appeals rejected that argument, and held up her conviction, but reduced the damages awarded to solely cover the costs of Lucky's medical bills and euthanasia.

Source: Duluth News Tribune (US): Court reduces damages for neighbor who poisoned 'Lucky' the dog (August 31, 2006).

Barking dog drives man to fraud

An unidentified man, upset at his neighbor's dog's constant barking, faked a letter to the family on the letterhead of the local SPCA.

Source: iafrica.com (South Africa): Barking dog drives man to fraud (August 31, 2006).

Man admits attack on dog walker

Michael Oakley was walking one of his Alsatians when he was attacked by Ron Smallshire, suffering 31 stab wounds. Smallshire allegedly attacked Oakley because he thought the Alsatian was attacking his collie.

Source: BBC Online (UK): Man admits attack on dog walker (August 29, 2006).

Boy pleads for return of stolen dog

Prada, a Staffordshire bull terrier was stolen by two thieves from an unidentified 13 year old boy. Bull terriers have become a target of thieves, and this is the fourth incident in the Harrow, UK area.

Source: Harrow Times (UK): Boy pleads for return of stolen dog (August 30, 2006).

Dog covered in cigarette burns

Another Staffordshire bull terrier, this time in Bromley, UK, is the target of abuse. The dog was emaciated and covered in cigarette burns. The dog was taken to the RSPCA to see if he could be rehabilitated.

Source: Bromley Times (UK): Dog covered in cigarette burns (August 30, 2006).

Dog contracts avian flu

Reports on findings that a dog contracted Avian Flu after eating infected ducks. Advice to ensure that dogs are not left alone in public places where infected birds exist.

Source: The Nation (Thailand): Dog contracts avian flu (August 30, 2006).