Second chance for dogs

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Otis was on death row at the Matanuska-Susitna Borough animal shelter.

But then the massive but sweet-tempered 4-year-old lab-mastiff cross was selected for a new program that puts female inmates at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center together with dogs such as Otis to teach the animals obedience skills and help them find new homes.

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When your pet goes missing, call a detective

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Using high-tech gear and trained dogs, investigators help frantic owners
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Hybrid wolf gets a reprieve

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A hybrid wolf accused of biting an Estero woman received a reprieve from a death sentence today.
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Chicken owner uses grisly sign to explain killing dog

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Two days after he shot and killed a neighbor's Siberian husky when it attacked his chickens, Harold Morrissette sent a message to his neighbors punctuated in a grisly and unmistakable way.
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A new home for a 3-year-old

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He's a 3-year old show-stopping Siberian Husky with baby blues to rival Sinatra himself. No trip to Siberia required. He came to me thanks to Dr. Jill Richardson, consumer relations director of Hartz Mountain, headquartered in Secaucus, who hopped right to it when she learned I was ready for another dog, announcing that she had "the perfect dog" for me — a robust husky in need of a home.
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Its a dogs life: listening to kids read

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KODY cannot speak any language, but he understands them all. The 12-year-old listens intently as kids read and talk to him, whether it be in English, Spanish, Japanese or Korean. Kody is the much-loved canine companion and occasional colleague of Ellen Waskey, reading specialist at Pleasantons Lydiksen Elementary School.


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Best friends reunited

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With his big blue eyes and striking markings, a Siberian husky named Salazar made the perfect poster dog for Faxon Animal Rescue League's current fundraising campaign.
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Eight Below hits Shanghai

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Siberian Husky dogs compete in an event to promote the film "Eight Below," which hit local screens on Friday. The movie, based on a Japanese Antarctic expedition in 1957, is about eight sled dogs left behind by a scientific expedition team in the frozen wildness and their struggle for survival alone before they are finally rescued.

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It’s easy to die, hard to live

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He's spent five years of his life in hospitals, been left for dead in a ditch in Argentina and been told he had terminal cancer, but you'd never know it.
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Alaskan Hustle

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How a disabled driver gets her dogs to mush — with a lot of spirit.

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Iditarod project sets a bad example

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A short list of what happens to the dogs during the Iditarod includes death, paralysis, penile frostbite, bleeding ulcers, broken bones, pneumonia, torn muscles and tendons, diarrhea, vomiting, hypothermia, fur loss, broken teeth, viral diseases, torn footpads, ruptured discs, sprains, anemia and lung damage.
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Remakes run hot and cold

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SINCE a german shepherd called Rin Tin Tin saved Warner Bros from bankruptcy in the mid-1920s, film-makers have been eager to embrace the canine world. We've had Shaggy Dogs, Lassies galore, Greyfriars Bobby, Cujo and a kennel-full more. Nostalgia buffs will doubtless want to add to the list Asta, the wire-haired fox terrier that enhanced The Thin Man and other films of the period with his wily antics.
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Was it a photo-op too far for the Tory leader?

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As David Cameron crunched across a Norwegian icefield this week after an encounter with a shrinking glacier, Steve Hilton, the Tory leader's image-maker behind the trip, received a text message from an ally back in London. "Simply brilliant – that was worth a thousand speeches," it read.

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Comment: weighing up windfalls and shortfalls

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Anyone who has ever gone gathering windfalls will know you need to mind the maggots.
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Deep blue sea

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David Cameron's Arctic tour came at a critical time: the climate is in crisis. But his bright green promises seem about as reliable as the planet's ice 

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5-year-old hospitalized after being attacked by sled dog in Ruby

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A 5-year-old Fairbanks girl visiting Ruby with her parents suffered injuries to her face and neck after she was attacked by a sled dog earlier this week, according to Alaska State Troopers.
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Police provide comfort to dog-mauled boy

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Little Danny Agnatuk of Quaqtaq is on the mend, after two sled dogs severely mauled him last month.
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Cameron’s green campaign starts on thin ice

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With local elections just a fortnight away, a Tory leader's natural habitat is a voter’s doorstep in a crucial seat.
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Firefighter tells of ride in Alaskan dog sled race

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Moon, a resident of Park Ridge, took part in the "Last Great Race" — the Iditarod, a dog sled race through the Alaskan wilderness known to be one of the world's most extreme athletic feats. The race is as much a test of endurance, mental toughness and skill for human mushers as for the teams of dogs they drive more than 1,000 miles through the harshest of the elements.
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Norwegian glacier_2

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ImageDavid Cameron, the leader of Britain's Conservative Party drives a dog-sled on his way to the Scott-Turner glacier on the island of Svalbard, Norway April 20, 2006. Cameron is visiting the Norwegian glacier to see the effects of climate change.
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