In November we will once again be fortunate for the opportunity to exercise our important right and responsibility to vote for our nation's next president. It's been one of the longest election seasons on record, with more candidates and more debates, and no lack of drama! Will Bo stay in the White House another four years?
Some months before the election, we will forget the presidential candidates as we rejoice and agonize while fully engaged in every minute of the summer 2012 Olympic Games. The competitors from every corner of the globe will become our "candidates" for an all-too-brief period this summer, and London will become our home away from home. But before the Olympic games comes the ultimate in American football games, Super Bowl 46, with the New York Giants facing off against the New England Patriots in Indianapolis on February 5.
And as though all that weren't enough to keep us anxiously on the edge of our proverbial seats, this year is a leaper, bringing a much-anticipated birthday to all those born on February 29! And Aussie Doodle Acres will celebrate its first birthday this spring - hooray! Also, don't forget that Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and you still have time to Contact Us to find the perfect canine companion for that special human companion in your life!!
Most importantly to us here at the Acres, 2012 will also be a year full of opportunities for service and therapy animals to shine as they've done for decades. So we start this month's DogBlog with a look back at dogs in the news over the past year, helping humans and being helped by them...
"Working dogs, rescued dogs, ... and several others."
"Reports that a dog accompanied the Navy Seals' raid on Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound created a wave of interest in the animals and their training. Almost 3000 dogs are in use by the American military. Other dogs have been in the news lately as well, with sniffer dogs searching for bombs in sensitive areas in the wake of the raid. Sniffer dogs were also deployed to search for victims of the tornados in the American South. Dogs were in headlines for other reasons recently too, as several hundred were rescued in China, street dogs were being killed in Kosovo and Romania, and luxury dog hotels opened in Europe and North America. A luxury hotel would be a welcome change for those dogs abandoned in Japan in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami and nuclear disaster. And in the middle of all of this, the International Dog Show in Szivasvarad, Hungary showed off pampered purebreds. Collected here are pictures of working dogs, rescued dogs, those suffering the effects of natural disasters, and several others." --Lane Turner
Dogs healing soldiers
Not only are dogs helping their enlisted counterparts in the field amidst all the action, but back home as well, once those soldiers and sailors return. Eventually the Acres will be home to therapy and service dogs like those featured in the video at right and the other articles in this month's DogBlog. But until then, enjoy their stories and the stories of those they help. Read the full Nightly News article here.