The DogChannel Newswire (02-12-10)

Dog helps owner drive off mountain lion; sizing up Westminster’s contenders; and other news.

Dog, Sword-Wielding Teen Drive Off Mountain Lion
A California teenager said he grabbed a ninja sword and helped his dog fend off a mountain lion that ambushed them while they were playing in a nature area. Marquel Dawson said he was playing with his German Shepherd mix Wednesday in a nature area near their Fairfield, Calif., home when they were attacked by the mountain lion, United Press International reports.
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New Zealand Teen Kidnaps Puppy to Save It From Euthanasia
A New Zealand teenager faced legal action after he stole his own injured puppy from a clinic to save it from euthanasia when the family couldn’t afford expensive surgery after it was hit by a car. The story appears headed for a happy ending, however, The Associated Press reports.
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Rachael Ray’s Pit Bull May Be Put to Sleep
Peppy television host Rachael Ray has been dealing with a family crisis – her beloved dog Isaboo has been attacking dogs while out on walks and she fears she may have to be put to sleep. Isaboo is the pit bull that has appeared on her show and whom she calls her “baby,” but the dog has had five incidents of violence with other dogs, Radar Online reports.
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Scottish Terrier Is the Dog to Beat
It’s all about Sadie. The charming jet-black Scottish Terrier is the pooch to beat at next week’s Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The nearly unstoppable 4-year-old – whose full name is Ch. Roundtown Mercedes Of Maryscot – has fetched prize after prize in other contests, stacking up 100 Best in Show career wins, the New York Daily News reports.
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