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Family Dog Keeps Missing Child Safe

Monday, May 12th, 2014

A 3-year-old dog came to the rescue of a boy of the same age this week in a remarkable story out of North Dakota.  More from Valley News Live:

A three-year-old boy is home safe after a seven-hour search and a happy ending. When rescuers had nearly given up, the family pet held on.

Carson Urness and his golden retriever/german shepherd mix went missing from the Cooperstown, North Dakota family farm around 7:30 Monday night. Between a three-year-old boy and a three-year-old dog, Carson’s mom, Courtney, rarely hears silence on the farm. But, it was a silence so awful she had to call for help.

Courtney says about 200 people showed up from surrounding areas more than 20 miles away to help with the search for Carson and Cooper, the dog.

“ATVs, horses, and more footwalkers showed up,” Sheriff Robert Hook said of the volunteers from nearby law enforcement. “Even the neighbors, business owners and bankers. They just came out and thought they needed to help.”

Combing about 2,000 acres of land, aircraft scanned overhead, horses took to the pastures, but there was no sign of the boy and the dog.”As the night went on, there got to be a little more moisture in the air and at about 2:00 in the morning the rain was coming down and we were at the point to send the footwalkers home. There was nothing more for them to do,” Hook said.

Parents, Courtney and Brock, were heartbroken at the thought of calling the search off. Right as search crews thought they were about to give up, they found out someone else wasn’t going to.

“Pat (one volunteer) went over the hill and shot his headlights and Cooper stood up just enough to let him know he was there,” Courtney said with tears in her eyes.

A mile from home, Cooper refused to leave Carson’s side. While hundreds searched for them, Carson lay underneath his dog, as Cooper kept the boy dry and warm.

An ATV picked Carson up and Cooper followed the machine all the way back to the house.

“The dog and him are buddies,” Hook said. “They got themselves in a little bit of trouble last night.”

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10-Year-Old Girl Sues to Get Her Dog Back

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

A 10-year-old girl from near Detroit, Michigan is suing her mother’s ex-boyfriend, alleging that the man is unfairly refusing to return her dog to her.  More from the Associated Press:

Hannah Wise says that Mitchell Rechter wouldn’t return a poodle named Mystery after the Farmington Hills girl and her mother moved out of his home last spring.

Hannah is the plaintiff in the lawsuit filed in Oakland County with the consent of her mother, Adrienne Lenhoff, according to The Oakland Press of Pontiac.

According to the lawsuit, Rechter agreed to take care of the dog only while they got settled in a new home.

Hannah said Mystery was a gift from her grandmother three years ago.

“He was a part of me,” the girl said. “He would come in my bed and snuggle up to me.”

Rechter “wouldn’t give me my dog back,” she said. “And he knew that I cared about that dog so much. It was really heartbreaking for me.”

On Friday, Hannah spoke about her experience to about 500 people during a storytelling event at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. The crowd cheered for the girl.

Rechter’s lawyer, Jonathan Jones, responded to the girl’s complaint, according to the Oakland County Clerk’s Office, saying, “The plaintiff abandoned the dog, gave it to the defendant to take care of, knowing he wanted to care for the dog, and took another dog with her when she left.”

A trial is scheduled for July 2014.

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Rescued Dog Helps Autistic Boy Speak

Monday, April 29th, 2013

An autistic 8-year-old boy from Georgia has found companionship and therapeutic help in the form of Xena, a rescued dog who survived unspeakable abuse but survived to bring hope and healing to one family.  More from Today.com:

It’s not that Jonny can’t talk. He knows how to speak, and he can read with proficiency. But autism left him closed off and isolated. Most of his social interactions result in painful awkwardness; unfamiliar situations can trigger terror, tantrums or both. Seeking comfort and predictability, he’d embrace solitary activities; on a typical day after school, he’d spend hours playing with marbles in silence.

Then, about two months ago, everything changed. Jonny forged a connection so unlikely that people familiar with it describe it as a miracle. His new confidante brings out the best in him — his playfulness, his cute singing voice, his verbal assessments of everything he sees and experiences.

Jonny connected with a dog.

“He is non-stop chatter now!” Jonny’s mother, Linda Hickey, 44, told TODAY.com. “He has so much to say about his math, about what he did in P.E.

“He is the happiest child that I’ve ever seen him be in eight years.”

Jonny’s transformation begins with the miracle that the dog survived to meet Jonny at all.

Mere months before she bounded into Jonny’s world, the pup was brought to the DeKalb County Animal Services’ shelter in Georgia after she collapsed in someone’s yard. When staff members saw her, they recoiled in shock. 

“I’ve been doing rescue probably for about 12 years, and I had never seen a dog that young in that sort of condition,” said Chrissy Kaczynski, who works for Animal Services and is a founding member of the rescue group Friends of DeKalb Animals. “I brought her home with me and I didn’t think she’d make it through the night.”

But with fluids, nutritional supplements and an urgent vet visit, the puppy began to perk up.

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Kids Face Salmonella Risk from Pet Frogs

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

A common pet frog, the African tree frog, may be the culprit in an outbreak of salmonella, a potentially deadly bacteria that causes severe intestinal upset.  An investigation by public health researchers the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and published in the journal Pediatrics, found the link.  More from CNN:

A group of health professionals make up the Salmonella Typhimurium Outbreak Investigation Team, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recently, the team has been examining the effects of African dwarf frogs on people’s health.

“Amphibians and reptiles should never be kept in homes with children less than 5 years old or with people who have immune deficiencies,” said lead author and CDC public health advisor Shauna Mettee Zarecki. This includes day care settings and nursing homes, she said.

This investigation is the first to report a nationwide Salmonella outbreak associated with amphibians.

The team examined an outbreak of that strain from 2008 to 2011 and identified 376 cases of Salmonella in 44 states to use in a matched case-control study. The control group was made up of people with recent Salmonella infections other than the outbreak strain, and the cases group included people with the outbreak strain infection. About 70% of those infected were children younger than 10 years old.

Image: Tree frog, via Shutterstock

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Study: Pets May Make Kids Healthier

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Having a dog or cat in the house when children are less than a year old may mean the kids face fewer health problems later in their childhoods, a new study conducted in Finland has found–with dogs offering greater potential protection than cats.  CNN.com has more:

The study, published in next month’s issue of Pediatrics, followed 397 children from before birth to age 1, and noted the number of times they had contact with either a dog or cat each week.

Although it’s a pretty common thing to see newborns with minor respiratory issues and ear infections, researchers found those babies who had more interaction with animals seemed to have fewer of these problems and needed less medication, even when they were sick.

Even though babies living with cats were still protected, their protection was not as strong as those babies who lived around dogs. And kids living in homes in which dogs went in and out of the house more often seemed to have the lowest risk of infections.

Although doctors acknowledge more research is needed, they say there’s something about animals that affect an infant’s immune system which can protect against certain childhood infections.

Image: Baby with dog, via Shutterstock.

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