A Friend Like Henry – Golden Retriever makes life better for boy with Autism

I found this nice video on Youtube- it is all about a family in the UK and how a golden retriever named Henry helped their little boy with autism come out of his shell and interact with the world.
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A Friend Like Henry: The Remarkable True Story of an Autistic Boy and the Dog That Unlocked His World

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70 Year Anniversary of U.S. Army K-9 Corps

Mar 13, 1942:

U.S. Army launches K-9 Corps

On this day in 1942, the Quartermaster Corps (QMC) of the United States Army begins training dogs for the newly established War Dog Program, or “K-9 Corps.”

Well over a million dogs served on both sides during World War I, carrying messages along the complex network of trenches and providing some measure of psychological comfort to the soldiers. The most famous dog to emerge from the war was Rin Tin Tin, an abandoned puppy of German war dogs found in France in 1918 and taken to the United States, where he made his film debut in the 1922 silent film The Man from Hell’s River. As the first bona fide animal movie star, Rin Tin Tin made the little-known German Shepherd breed famous across the country.

In the United States, the practice of training dogs for military purposes was largely abandoned after World War I. When the country entered World War II in December 1941, the American Kennel Association and a group called Dogs for Defense began a movement to mobilize dog owners to donate healthy and capable animals to the Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Army. Training began in March 1942, and that fall the QMC was given the task of training dogs for the U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard as well.

The K-9 Corps initially accepted over 30 breeds of dogs, but the list was soon narrowed to seven: German Shepherds, Belgian sheep dogs, Doberman Pinschers, collies, Siberian Huskies, Malumutes and Eskimo dogs. Members of the K-9 Corps were trained for a total of 8 to 12 weeks. After basic obedience training, they were sent through one of four specialized programs to prepare them for work as sentry dogs, scout or patrol dogs, messenger dogs or mine-detection dogs. In active combat duty, scout dogs proved especially essential by alerting patrols to the approach of the enemy and preventing surprise attacks.

The top canine hero of World War II was Chips, a German Shepherd who served with the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division. Trained as a sentry dog, Chips broke away from his handlers and attacked an enemy machine gun nest in Italy, forcing the entire crew to surrender. The wounded Chips was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and the Purple Heart–all of which were later revoked due to an Army policy preventing official commendation of animals.

Source: HISTORY

The 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show – USA Network Coverage

Monday, February 14 on USA (8-9 p.m. ET) and on CNBC (9-11 p.m.ET);
Tuesday, February 15 on USA (8-11 p.m. ET)

“The 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show,” presented by PEDIGREE Food For Dogs, will air Monday, February 14 and Tuesday, February 15 at 8/7c. Westminster’s David Frei will be co-hosting with acclaimed NBC Sports analyst Mary Carillo, in his 22nd consecutive year with the show.

On Monday, February 14, USA will air the first hour of the show at 8pm and will then switch over to CNBC for the 9-11pm ET/PT portion of the broadcast. On Tuesday, February 15, USA will air all three hours, including the prestigious crowning of the 2011 Best in Show, from 8-11pm ET/PT.

This year, Westminster introduces six exciting new breeds officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. The versatile Boykin Spaniel, joins the Sporting Group; the athletic Bluetick Coonhound and the courageous Redbone Coonhound join the Hound Group; the robust Cane Corso and the elegant Leonberger join the Working Group; and the agile Icelandic Sheepdog joins the Herding Group.

LIVE OPENING NIGHT COVERAGE OF “THE 136TH WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW” TO AIR ON CNBC ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH

All time are Eastern Time

CNBC will carry live opening night coverage of “The 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show” from 9pm-11pm ET. The show will repeat that evening from 12am-2am ET.

Monday, 2/13/2012:

9:00 PM THE 136TH WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW

12:00 AM THE 136TH WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW

The Bow-Chelor – On the Leash of Love Video

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