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"60 Seconds" - Dogster News (8-24-10)

August 24th 2010 6:48 pm
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Hello... I'm Peanutty Crankite reporting on Tuesday, the 24th of August. This is your 60 seconds of news on Dogster.

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Happy Tuesday! Today is "Vesuvius Day", "National Waffle Day" and "Raksha Bandhan."

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Heroic Dog Saves Owner From Boyfriend’s Knife Attack

They say a dog is man's -- or woman’s -- best friend. And never was this made more clear than early last Wednesday morning when Princess, a five-year-old pit bull/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, was stabbed multiple times as she tried to protect her owner from a violent boyfriend.

"I feel like she's my hero," Marie Wells, 31, of Southbridge, Mass., says. "If she hadn't been there, I don't know what could have happened. [My boyfriend] snapped."

Wells says Princess began nipping at her boyfriend, Eric Reyes, 30, after the couple got into a heated argument in their apartment around 1 a.m. on Aug. 18. Reyes allegedly reacted by grabbing a 12-inch-long, serrated-edge kitchen knife.

"It all exploded from there, [with] him slicing [the dog],” says Wells. “I didn't know if he was aiming at Princess or at me. I was screaming for him to stop. She was in between me and him the whole time, barking. She was doing a great job of protecting me. Wherever I moved, she was there right with me."

Thanks to calls from Wells’ neighbors, who overheard the fight, police arrived quickly. They found Reyes on the apartment's porch, holding a towel to Princess's wounds and apologizing. "He was saying he was sorry and that he loved her," says Wells.

The dog sustained three major stab wounds and numerous puncture wounds. "Even after the dog backed off and was cowering, he slashed her a couple more times and stabbed her," says Chief Daniel Charette of the Southbridge Police Department. "She was coughing up blood. It was heart-wrenching."

Police immediately arrested Reyes, who was released Monday on his own recognizance pending a court hearing on Oct. 8, says Timothy Connolly, a spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. Reyes pleaded not guilty to charges of animal cruelty, assault and battery, violating a restraining order, and other charges, says Connolly. He faces up to five years in state prison for the the animal-cruelty charge alone. Thomas Connors, Reyes's attorney, did not return calls seeking comment.

Princess, meanwhile, is on the mend. After being rushed to Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, she underwent several surgeries before returning home last Friday. "As soon as she saw me she went crazy," says Wells. "I consistently tell her in a baby voice, 'I love you, you're such a good girl.' She turns around in a circle, wagging her tail, and sits right in front of me."

Wells and Reyes — who dated for 12 years and are no longer together — got Princess when she was just 8 weeks old. "She is wonderful with children, she's never bitten anyone," says Wells. "She's extremely playful, and her best friend is our cat. They are adorable together."

Wells rewarded Princess’s bravery by presenting her with a huge, fluffy bed which she has placed next to hers. "She will not leave my side," says Wells. "She used to follow me [sometimes]. Now she even comes into the bathroom with me. She is by me 24/7."

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60 Second's adopted dog of the day

Duncan is two-year-old neutered male Border Collie. He is good with other dogs and kids. Duncan is both house-trained and crate-trained. He is very sweet and lovable. This handsome pup needs a loving furever home. Let's hope that he finds it ASAP! ♥

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Cute Dog Video Of The Day

Awesome Beer Fetching Dog

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Who is this?

It's newlywed starlet Hilary Duff joining her big and little canine pals for a stroll around Toluca Lake, Calif.

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Dog Gift Idea Of The Day

Apple Fruit Tugger Pull Toy

Price: $3.99

This rope chew has something extra ... a fresh fruity scent that will drive your dog crazy! Fruity-licious chew toy keeps dog's attention longer and provides additional stimulation through scent (vs. plain rope toy). Try something different for your dog today and see if he or she doesn't love it.

Funstufffordogs.com

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Paralyzed dog reaches summit of Mount Washington

What's special about Lucy climbing a mountain this week? Dogs go hiking with their owners everyday. But Lucy isn't just any dog.

She's got an awesome spirit. She was left to die on the roadside in Puerto Rico several years ago and was paralyzed in her hind quarters. She lived in a shelter in Puerto Rico for 2 years. Courtney Dunning, a nurse at Concord Hospital in New Hampshire, saw her on the internet and decided she wanted her. Lucy was flown to her and eventually outfitted with a special walker from Handicapped Pets.

Wednesday, they reached the 6,288 foot summit. Lucy, 4, is the first physically challenged dog to make the trek. She went with Dunning by walking the auto road in Pinkham Notch, N.H., and was accompanied by four other people and Topper, Lucy's canine companion, also rescued from Puerto Rico. The 7.6 mile journey started at 5:28 a.m. and took just over six hours. It's the highest peak in the Northeast.

"She's such a go-getter," Dunning says. "Nothing stops her, she'll try anything. She goes up steps, she jumps off steps. She goes for walks, she goes for runs. Even at a full-out sprint, she far outdoes me."

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That will do it for today. '60 Seconds' will return again soon. Thank you for reading! This is Peanutty Crankite, signing off. And that's the way it is.

 
Barked by: Pogo (Dogster Member)

August 25th 2010 at 4:42 am

As always, GREAT reading Mr Crankite! Thank you! I loved the story about the wonderful Pitie girl - yet another star of the Pit Bull world!!!! And as for Lucy - there are no words! I'm off to ask Mummy about that apple toy, bol! xoxoxoxoxo
Barked by: ✝ Angel Tosha ✝ (Dogster Member)

August 25th 2010 at 12:36 pm

Wow what an amazing story, and such an happy ending. HUGS

 

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