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Pittsburgh police dog Rocco remembered as a hero

Officer Phil Lerza sobbed.

He exited the glass double doors and walked away from the building.

Inside, his fellow Pittsburgh police officers lined the hallways of the veterinary office, some in their uniforms, others sporting green canine unit sweatshirts, as he was.

They had just lost one of their own — and Officer Lerza had lost his partner.

Canine Rocco died at 6:17 p.m. Thursday at the Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Ohio Township “after a good fight,” Zone 2 Cmdr. Eric Holmes said. The 8-year-old German shepherd was stabbed Tuesday night while apprehending a suspect.

Read more: Pittsburgh police dog Rocco remembered as a hero – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Pittsburgh police dog Rocco shows improvement after stabbing

A Pittsburgh police dog stabbed earlier this week is resting and showing signs of improvement this morning, a police spokeswoman said.Rocco, an 8-year-old German Shepard, remains in critical condition but is stable and his blood count is improving, spokeswoman Diane Richard said in a press release.The dog was injured Tuesday night while helping Pittsburgh police capture a fugitive, 21-year-old John Rush of Stowe, who police said was found lurking in the basement of a building in the 3700 block of Butler Street in Lawrenceville.

Police said Mr. Rush — also accused of resisting Allegheny County sheriff’s deputies’ attempts to arrest him earlier that night on numerous warrants — swung “wildly” at officers with a pocket knife and stabbed the dog and an officer, and injured two others officers in the scuffle.Rocco had two surgeries and multiple blood transfusions Wednesday.

Read more: Pittsburgh police dog Rocco shows improvement after stabbing – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Dogs train to sniff out trouble for diabetics

For 27 years, Sarah Breidenbach of St. Paul, Minn., had a foolproof way of knowing when her blood sugar level was dangerously low.

Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a child, she could spot the early warning signs — feeling shaky and anxious.

Then one night while sleeping, her blood sugar level plummeted, causing a violent seizure that sent her to the hospital. Over the next 18 months, paramedics made 178 trips to her home.

That’s when her doctor prescribed an unusual tool to help manage her diabetes: a dog.

Read more: Dogs train to sniff out trouble for diabetics | The Detroit News.

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Massachusetts diner owner weathers storms over ejecting Iraq war veteran and dog from restaurant

OXFORD — When James Glaser and his Jack Russell terrier padded into Big I’s diner last weekend, a firestorm erupted that has shaken and divided this small town. The Iraq war veteran was greeted with expletives by the owner, Glaser and his service dog were evicted, and police were summoned to the door of the modest Main Street eatery.

“Get that [expletive] dog the hell out of here,” Big I’s owner Russell Ireland yelled at Glaser, according to the police report.

Nearly a week of invective followed, leading to a possible climax on Saturday when hundreds of veterans are expected to descend on this Worcester suburb to heighten awareness about post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Read more: Oxford diner owner weathers storms over ejecting Iraq war veteran and dog from restaurant – Metro – The Boston Globe.

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Bomb-sniffing dog helps Marines stay alive in Afghanistan

“It’s a rare day when a Marine gladly depends on a dogface. But in the Marines’ efforts to remove the threat of roadside bombs buried by insurgents, one of their best weapons is the keen nose of a 3-year-old black Labrador named Ringo. Ringo is credited with finding 10 improvised explosive devices in the last six months while on route-clearance patrol with Combined Anti-Armor Team 2 of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.”

Bomb-sniffing dog helps Marines stay alive in Afghanistan | L.A. Unleashed | Los Angeles Times