The DogChannel Newswire (3-9-11)

Top stories: Pet pipeline gives hope, worry to crowded shelters; pet funeral industry undergoing major changes; and other news.

Pet Pipeline Gives Hope, Worry to Crowded Shelters
Every day, hundreds of animals are taken in trucks, vans and cars from overcrowded Southern shelters where euthanasia rates sometimes reach 70 percent to states in the North, where puppies and kittens are not as plentiful. It’s a labor of love for those whose main goal is getting the animals off death row, but it can also have a dark side ranging from unscrupulous operators looking to make a quick buck to well-meaning incompetence, reports the Wall Street Journal.
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Apps to Keep Your Dog Healthy, Active, and Maybe, Quiet
Smartphones can now answer dog-related question with great precision and perform many other dog-related tasks because of apps like Pet First Aid and PupTox. Others, like iSqueek, Squeaky Fun Time and Dog Whistler are meant to interact directly with your pet and may even help shorten your dog’s barking jags, reports The New York Times.
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Pet Funeral Industry Undergoing Major Changes
In 2009, Colleen A. Ellise helped start the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance as a committee of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association. As the industry grew, so did the alliance. It’s holding its second annual conference this week in Las Vegas. The group’s goals are simple — set and maintain standards for services related to pet deaths, such as funerals, memorials, cremations and burials, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
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2011 Junior Yukon Quest Canceled
For the second year in a row, the 2011 Junior Yukon Quest has been canceled. Only five teenagers signed up for the 130 mile race that follows the 1,000 mile Yukon Quest trail in Alaska from Fairbanks to Twin Bears campground and back. The race needed at least 10 participants to make sure it stayed competitive. In 2010 the race was canceled because of poor ice conditions on the Chena River, making the trail unsafe, reports the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
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