The DogChannel Newswire (12-29-10)

Salt Lake City mayor vetoes leash law; Baltimore sets pet adoption record; other news.

In a Tale That Wags Dog Owners, They Rent Flocks for Bored Collies
Sue Foster knew what she needed to do when her Border Collie, Taff, was expelled from puppy school for herding the black Labrador Retrievers into a corner. She rented some sheep. Then she bought another Border Collie and rented some grazing land. Then she bought some sheep of her own. And a third Border Collie. Now, like the old lady who swallowed the fly, Ms. Foster keeps a llama to chase off the coyotes that threaten the lambs that go to market to finance the sheep that entertain her dogs, the Wall Street Journal reports.
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Do Dogs Need Sweaters? Is Road Salt Edible?
A major blizzard dropped 20 inches of snow on New York City on Sunday night as it made its way up the East Coast. Monday-morning dog walkers had their animals decked out in sweaters and booties to protect them from the snow and ice. Are warm doggie outfits really necessary? They can be. Some dogs are bred to handle cold weather. Labrador Retrievers and Newfoundlands, for example, naturally grow out their locks in winter for added insulation, Slate reports.
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Record Setting Year for Pet Adoptions in Baltimore
Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, best known as BARCS, is breaking records in 2010. The shelter has already done 3,225 adoptions this year, that’s a 13.5 percent increase over 2009. But BARCS isn’t just about adoptions over 2,400 other animals have been transferred to other shelters who can help and 564 stray animals have been returned back to their homes, reports.
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Salt Lake City Mayor Uses Veto to Put Leash Back on Dogs
Mayor Ralph Becker used his power of veto for the first time Monday, nixing a City Council-approved management plan that would allow off-leash dogs continued access to much of Parleys Historic Nature Park. In a letter to the City Council, Becker says the council’s plan “does not live up to the tradition and mission of the park” and “lacks adequate protection of this special area,” Deseret News reports.
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