Tag: Dogs

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Metro

First court dog program serves victims of domestic violence

PENELOPE Pittsburgh, PA – In cooperation with Allegheny County District Attorney, Stephen Zappala President Judge, Donna Jo McDaniel, and Honorable Anthony W. Saveikis, Crisis Center North (CCN) will launch Allegheny County’s first court dog program, serving victims of domestic violence. Victims often find that testifying against an abuser can be traumatizing and terrifying. In order to help ease the stress, CCN’s in-house therapy dog, Penelope, will be accompany survivors in magisterial courts as they go through the process of speaking with an advocate, police officer or court personnel.

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National

Beagle-boxer-basset wins World’s Ugliest Dog

Walle, 4-year-old mix of beagle, boxer and basset hound, celebrates after winning top honors in the 25th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Friday, June 21, 2013, in Petaluma, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) PETALUMA, Calif. (AP) — A huge-headed, duck-footed mix of beagle, boxer and basset hound was the upset winner at the 25th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. Walle (WAHL-ee), a 4-year-old mutt from Chico, Calif., who was entered at the last minute, was judged Friday as the most unsightly of 30 dogs at the Northern California competition. “This dog looked like he’s been photo-shopped with pieces from various dogs and maybe a few other animals,” judge Brian Sobel said. Walle overcame the dominance in recent years by nearly hairless Chihuahuas, Chinese cresteds, or combinations of the two.

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Lifestyle

Dog person? Or cat person? Pets, by the numbers

It’s National Pet Week and Be Kind to Animals Week — yes, our fuzzy overlords are so powerful, they now get simultaneous celebratory weeks. Daniel Jeremiah France is theChihuahua dog-son of Lisa France, the senior producer for entertainment for CNN.com. “I love that he is so smart that he keeps himself on a schedule,” she said. “He even tucks himself in the bed at night!” (Cnn Photo/Lisa France) by Amy Roberts(CNN) — It’s National Pet Week and Be Kind to Animals Week — yes, our fuzzy overlords are so powerful, they now get simultaneous celebratory weeks.