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  • Military dog that saved patrol retires with honors

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    Wednesday April 16th, 2014 at 03:29 AM

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    TAMPA, Fla. Staff Sgt. Shannon Hutto thought his bomb sniffing dog Eddie was just being lazy when he wouldnt move from a certain spot one hot day in Afghanistan in 2012.

    But Hutto then saw what Eddie smelled: a homemade bomb, partially buried in the dirt. It was six inches from Huttos foot.

    It was a high stress moment, Hutto said.

    A short time later, Eddie sniffed out another improvised explosive placed on a bridge the patrol unit was about to cross.

    Eddie saved Huttos life, the lives of a dozen...

  • ‘Puppy love’ as couple marry after guide dogs ‘fell in love’

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    Wednesday April 9th, 2014 at 03:08 AM

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    Claire Johnson, 50, and Mark Gaffey, 51, met in 2012 after Labrador-Retrievers Venice and Rodd took a shine to each other.

    The pair guided their owners through the service in Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent, on Saturday and even acted as ring-bearers.

    Ms Johnson said she had no doubt the dogs had brought the couple together.

    Meant to be

    Their romance began on a two-week guide dog training course.

    Ms Johnson said Venice and Rodd had been the class love story throughout their training and were constantly...

  • Dog a life-changer for girl with autism

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    Tuesday April 8th, 2014 at 04:00 AM

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    Jaime Thomas is petrified of dogs, yet having one as an almost constant companion has changed her life.

    Going out in public and certain situations can overwhelm the Hamilton 10-year-old, due to her autism.

    Yet thats already started to change in the six weeks she has had chocolate labrador Brandi, trained through the Assistance Dogs New Zealand Trust to help people with disabilities.

    In fact, talking about Brandi with fellow dog-lover Peish Ryder has already made Jaime a new friend.

    When you see...

  • From Dogs, Answers About Breast Cancer

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    Monday April 7th, 2014 at 04:00 AM

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    By the time the elderly woman surrendered the 10 dogs living in her mobile home in rural Maryland, the shih tzus were unkempt and full of fleas and had gone years without their shots. A cream- and mushroom-colored female named Akyra, with a sweet disposition and a comical underbite, was in such bad shape that volunteer rescue groups declined to take her in.

    Akyras mammary glands were riddled with tumors, including one the size of a golf ball. She would be hard to place in a home, and the...

  • Adopted dog becomes soldier’s best friend

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    Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 at 04:00 AM

    An Army veteran saved a dog from an Animal Shelter this week, and after a few months of training, it will be prepared to help save her.

    Catherine Best, 32, of Houma, served in the Army for 14 months before being discharged in 2008. Doctors told her she would benefit from a service dog that would help her deal with post traumatic stress disorder and injuries she sustained to her right shoulder, where she was shot during an ambush while serving in Iraq.

    On Tuesday, Best met Jingles, a 2-year-old...

  • Dog saves disabled owner from burning home

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    Tuesday April 1st, 2014 at 04:00 AM

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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. A service dog who has been at Jerry Williams side for the past 13 years guided him to safety as the house around them went up in flames.

    She always takes care of me, said Williams. Sweetie helped the disabled man find a way out of his home on East Rancho Road.

    A cigarette started a fire inside the home on Tuesday afternoon. The house is a total loss.

    Williams is in the hospital at St. Vincents Hospital in good condition, but is thankful he made it out.

    I was trying to dose...

  • How a dog is making a big difference in a second career at a hospital

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    Monday March 31st, 2014 at 04:00 AM

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    DENVER You can hear the laughter of two teenagers up and down the halls, of all places, a mental health and substance abuse counseling office.

    The laughter comes on the heels of a black lab named Pauletta, bounding along the carpet to fetch her blue bunny toy.

    Pauletta is a regular at the Substance Abuse Treatment Education Program (STEP) at Denver Health.

    Kids come here to either overcome their trauma so they can get sober, or just figure out how to get sober because theyve been experimenting,...

  • Service dog comforts children who have been abused

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    Wednesday March 26th, 2014 at 04:02 AM

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    Meyer is a dog with a day job.

    After hours, hes a regular 2-year-old labrador and golden retriever mix who likes to go on walks, romp without his leash and scarf dog food. But when hes in the office, hes all business.

    Meyer is the newest worker at the Prince William County Department of Social Services, where he comforts children who have been abused.

    At work, Meyer will stay perfectly still, even if a toddler pulls his tail or pokes his face. His incredibly docile demeanor makes him an ideal...