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Summer 2012 TV Shows & Documentaries Showcase Dogs

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'Dogs in the City' Premiere And More Summer TV Shows About Dogs

LOS ANGELES — Summer television used to mean reruns. This year it's gone to the dogs.

Several new shows star dogs and their owners in need of help. CBS has the lone network show in "Dogs in the City," starring comic, dog trainer and businessman Justin Silver. It's joined by documentaries on PBS and HBO and a series in the works for the Disney Channel, among others.

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Therapy Dogs Included in Kindness Project

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Kind kids: Genesee Elementary group memorializes lost friend, tries to spread kindness

AUBURN | What do dogs, golf and hospice care have in common?

At Genesee Elementary School, they're connected by kindness.

The Kids With Pride, a character education leadership group of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders at the school, is launching its fourth big service project, and the theme this year is kindness.

The group has learned about Sunshine Friends, an organization that brings therapy dogs to people who need a little sunshine.

"Some therapy dogs go to hospitals and they make the people that are sick feel better and be happy," said fifth-grader Arianna Baker, a member of Kids With Pride.

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More senior living facilities allow pets to move in too

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Walter the goldendoodle is like Norm on the old TV show “Cheers.” When he walks into Alden North Shore Nursing and Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, everyone knows, and often calls, his name.

Many nursing homes have embraced therapy dogs, as they see the positive impact on residents. A recent report indicates more senior living facilities are letting residents move in with their pets.

Around 95% of residents at Alden are there for short-stay rehabilitation, which can be emotionally and physically grueling. But they light up when Walter, a therapy dog escorted by Home Instead Senior Care's Michael Melinger, walks into the room.

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Failed Guide Dog is Newest CT Police K9

Nice work Cedar!

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New police dog has a nose for drugs

MILFORD ---- It can be said that the newest Police Department recruit is also the friendliest member on the 110-member force.

Her name is Cedar and she's a yellow Labrador retriever. She greets people with a wag of her tail and a "please pet me" look in her eyes. She's not exactly the sort of dog that the criminal element would fear, that is, unless they're dealing in drugs. Ceder washed out in her first career choice ---- a guide dog for the blind.

"She likes to chase squirrels," said her handler, Det. Dennis Broderick. "That's not a good thing if you're a guide dog."

But if you like to read a second-chance story, you'll be pleased to know that Cedar was a quick study when it came to sniffing out drugs.

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Animals with special needs get a new life in Florida

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South Floridians open hearts, homes to animals with disabilities

Chris Wheeler gave Pogo a second chance: she adopted the 2½-year-old dog despite it having two broken front limbs.

"I was just drawn to him," said the Weston resident, who adopted Pogo from the Humane Society of Broward County in March.

In the United States, approximately 6 million to 8 million dogs and cats come into shelters, according to the Humane Society of the United States. About 50 percent are euthanized annually.

And if they have a disability, the outlook is even more bleak.

"It is more difficult to place cats and dogs with disabilities," said Amanda Chussler, volunteer coordinator at the Tri-County Humane Society in Boca Raton.

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Memorial Day honors military service and therapy dogs

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Daisy, a former therapy dog - who is credited as helping to raise spirits while reducing stress and depression for veterans for nearly 10 years, is now retired says her master because “with every step, her jaw became firmer, her muscles tighter, her heart more saddened. It became clear that our Daisy needed to walk away as a therapy dog because of what she shared with those vets.”

In turn, other “War Dogs” and therapy dogs were honored recently at a special pre-Memorial Day picnic in a park near the Veterans Health Administration’s facility in Roseburg that serves more than 62,000 veterans who reside in central and southern Oregon and Northern California. In addition to therapy dogs - that are prized by therapists who appreciate “canine healing power” - those dogs serving side-by-side with soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines in harm’s way are honored each Memorial Day because they have been fighting with the U.S. military for centuries.

In fact, Rebecca Frankel, deputy managing editor of foreignpolicy.com, who writes “War Dog of the Week,” told ABC News last Memorial Day that America’s War Dogs served “unofficially in the Civil War, and then officially inducted into the U.S. Army in 1942 for World War II;” while still serving in the War on Terror today, and at veterans hospitals nationwide as “best friends” for returning veterans.

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Sat. June 2 The Whole Enchihuahua 2012 in Dolores Park

It's no secret that San Franciscans love their pets, so it may seem a little unsettling that some of our cutest, smartest animal friends—the mighty chihuahua—are a breed most in need of rescue: hundreds of the little guys and gals are routinely found in shelters around the country, waiting for help, healing and hugs.

Join 7x7 and the SF SPCA at their second annual awareness event, again held in Dolores Park, where several of the Bay Area's most beloved rescue and adoption agencies will be onsite to help you find your new best friend.

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Enter your dog in the costume contest and prove what you already know: you have the cutest dog on the planet.

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Dog buoyed 9-year-old girl saving her from drowning

Good boy Umis!

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9 year-old Hannah was out on this boat with her cousin when the wind started pushing them far away from shore.

"Put her life jacket back on, got in the water and grabbed the rope and thought she could swim to shore, because she's done that a few times," said Hannah's mother, Jackie Fuszard.

Her mom said Umis, their dog, could tell Hannah was struggling.

"It was scary because the wind was picking up and you really can't do a whole lot when you're on a lake and it's windy," said Jackie.

"After five minutes, I was freezing and getting tired," said Hannah. "And then Umis jumped in the water and he went under and then he came up from under me and I was able to put the rope around him and he pulled us to shore. I think it's pretty awesome that he saved me and my cousin's life."

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Dogs Helping People With Dementia

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During her 70-year “working” career as a pet therapy dog, my Springer Spaniel Isabella and I padded around countless nursing homes. Animal therapy has long been touted for its medicinal value (lower blood pressure and tricyclerine levels, among other benefits.) I am here to say it works!

I have seen dogs and dementia in action: Agitated and depressed residents visibly relax when they stroked Isabella’s velvety ears or silky fur. A smile from someone who was usually sullen. An unprompted conversation about a dog they used to have or that their children own.

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Charlize Theron says her dogs help with newly adopted son

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New mom Charlize Theron isn’t in a serious relationship, but that doesn’t mean the red-carpet regular is going into parenthood alone.

The “Snow White and the Huntsman” actress admitted to Ellen DeGeneres Thursday that she has had major help from two very important males in her life — her two dogs.

“It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever witnessed,” Theron told the talk show host. “From the moment this baby came into our home, those two dogs have never been more in love.”

According to the 36-year-old actress, her two dogs — a terrier mutt and a pit bull — have been tutting over the new addition to the household, and even let out a few “sympathy howls” every time baby Jackson cries.

The pit bull "woke up with me for every feed, for every change,” she told DeGeneres, “and whenever the baby would cry, the pitt would start crying.”

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Non-surgical sterilization method offers potential for neutering male dogs

Known as 'zeutering' because of the use of Zinc, this non-surgical castration is inexpensive and less invasive than surgery. This could be a cost-effective option for many shelters. It will be interesting to see whether its use grows across the U.S. 

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Last month, Multnomah County Animal Services launched a trial using Zinc neutering, a new way of neutering male dogs. image from www.bapbr.org

The Troutdale shelter is the first agency in the Portland metro area to offer the procedure, and the trial garnered interest from as far away as the U.K.

The process is a non-surgical castration procedure. “Zeutering,” as it is sometimes known, consists of locally injecting a compound of Zinc gluconate and arginine, which destroys sperm-producing cells without greatly impacting hormone levels. Proponents say it’s a much cheaper and less invasive alternative to surgery.

“I think it’s great to have it as an option, especially for people who don’t want their dogs surgically castrated,” says MCAS veterinarian Dr. Meghan Romney.

Romney is among only six veterinarians in Oregon trained in the procedure and about 30 to 40 nationwide, says Dr. Byron Maas of Bend Veterinary Clinic in Bend.

Maas is also a master trainer with Ark Sciences, the company that developed the compound. It’s known as Zeuterin in the United States and as Esterisol in Mexico, Bolivia, Panama and Colombia (in Colombia, it also has approval for use in cats).

Zeuterin recently received approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in dogs between the ages of three and 10 months old. Approval for use in all dogs ages three months and older is pending.

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Ohio removes pit bulls from 'vicious' dogs list

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 Pit bulls will no longer be labeled as "vicious" dogs under a new Ohio law.

The measure that took effect Tuesday changes current law that defines a vicious dog as one that has seriously hurt or killed a person, killed another dog or is among those commonly known as pit bulls. The new measure removes the reference to pit bulls from the definition and requires evidence to prove pit bulls are actually vicious.

Ohio has been the only state to classify a dog as "vicious" by breed and appearance, according to Newsnet5.com in Ohio.

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Prevention: What people can do to prevent dog bites

Dog Bite Prevention Week is May 20-26, 2012. Understanding the basics about dog behavior is important for preventing dog bites. Read this informative piece from Kelly Gorman Dunbar about hugging a dog, or rather why you respect your dog's doggie-ness. Before having a dog, consider one who is the right mix for your lifestyle. A dog's age, breed(s), coat, health, and energy level will all impact your life together.

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After NY couple's dog perishes, their donated pet oxygen masks saves a life

We can honor our loved ones in many ways. After losing their dog, a Buffalo couple donates pet oxygen masks to a local fire department. These new masks saved a life.

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BUFFALO, NY - Many pet owners consider their dog or cat a member of the family. Daryl Souter is no exception. His dog was saved with the use of a new life saving tool for firefighters specially designed for pets.

Friday night, firefighters from Buffalo's Rescue One company found an unconscious dog in the back of this burning home on Niagara Street.

Captain William Clotfelter of the Buffalo Fire Department said, "There's a lot of smoke and by- products in there and with the oxygen masks it's just pure oxygen. When you're doing CPR or mouth to mouth or mouth to snout, you're blowing in your exhaled air which is only like 16% oxygen. Whereas they're getting 100% oxygen with the masks."

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