The DogChannel Newswire (3-22-11)

Top stories: Great Dane has great big litter; regional shelters flooded with Chihuahuas; and other news.

Great Dane Has Great Big Litter
Seventeen whimpering Great Dane puppies born by Cesarean section are keeping their mother, another dog and their breeder constantly busy trying to feed the unusually large litter, reports USA Today.
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Regional Shelters Flooded With Chihuahuas
Frightened and in pain, a tiny brown dog was brought to the Humane Society of the North Bay in Vallejo earlier this month with a leg broken in two spots and no one to help her — just one of thousands of unwanted Chihuahuas flooding animal shelters throughout the Bay Area, reports the Contra Costa (Calif.) Times.
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Deaf Dogs Can Make Good Pets With Training, Love
Morgan Shumard and fiance Tim Self are experienced dog owners, but they weren’t entirely sure about Norton, a 70-pound pit bull, after they fell in love with him on a website. It’s not the breed. The couple in Burton, Mich., had lost a pit bull and were in search of another. It’s that Norton is completely deaf, reports the Associated Press.
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Therapy Dogs Help Stressed Students Relax
Stacy Grady stood outside a white tent on a grassy area of the UC Riverside commons, beckoning students like a low-key carnival barker.  “You want to pet a puppy?” Grady asked the mostly hurried-looking, backpacked passers-by. “They’re pretty puppies.” Grady was hawking therapy. Pet therapy, to be exact, reports the Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise.
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