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Study: Bird Strikes Pose Serious Threat To Military Helicopters

March 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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Bird strikes pose a serious threat to the safety of military helicopters, according to a first-of-its-kind study by the National Wildlife Research Center.

Military Dog POW Fed Diet Of Kebab, Say Taliban Captors (Video)

Feb. 10
By Beth Ford Roth
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A military working dog apparently is in good health and being fed a diet of kebab, according to statement released by the dog's captors — the Taliban.

Archeologists Study Howell Torpedo Found By Dolphins Off San Diego Coast (Video)

Feb. 3
By Beth Ford Roth
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Remember back in March of last year, when Navy dolphins discovered a 19th century torpedo off the coast of San Diego? Now archeologists from the Naval History and Heritage Command are studying the artifact, hoping it will unlock some secrets from the past.

Veterans' Service Dogs To Get Free Veterinary Care

Jan. 29
By Beth Ford Roth
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Veterans with service canines can now get free pet health insurance for their dogs through a VA program. The insurance will cover virtually all medical costs for the dogs.

Vista Nonprofit Trains Service Dogs To Help Wounded Veterans, Children With Autism

Dec. 27
By Claire Trageser
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Service dogs trained by Tender Loving Canines can do physical tasks, like picking up dropped phones and credit cards, but also learn to help their owners emotionally.

Impostor Service Dogs On The Rise In San Diego

Dec. 19
By Claire Trageser
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Impostor service dogs are becoming more common, even as San Diego dog owners find many local businesses welcome their canine companions.

Lions Cubs on Limited Display at San Diego Zoo's Safari Park

Dec. 16
By City News Service
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The unnamed male and female were born Dec. 6 and the first cubs born at the zoo since 2007.

(Video) Great White Shark Caught By Marine Veteran Near Camp Pendleton

Dec. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Marine Corps veteran and passionate angler Jeff Fangman is making headlines across the country this week for catching a great white shark off the coast of Camp Pendleton in October.

Marine Family Grieves Over Death Of Retired Military Dog (Video)

Nov. 14
By Beth Ford Roth
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Chaak was a military working dog who spent 11 years in the Marine Corps. Sgt. Daniel Cornier was Chaak's handler, and adopted the Belgian Malinois when the dog was retired at Camp Pendleton. On Veterans Day, Chaak passed away after a brief illness.

San Diego Shelters Offering Discounted Cost Pet Adoptions To Veterans

Nov. 11
By Beth Ford Roth
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Are you a veteran looking for unconditional love? In honor of Veterans Day, the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, and the San Diego County Department of Animal Services, are offering 50 percent off adoption fees to those who have served in our Armed Forces.

First National Military Dog Monument Unveiled This Week (Video)

Oct. 30
By Beth Ford Roth
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The U.S. military dedicated this week the first-ever national monument that honors the contributions of military working dogs and their handlers.

San Diego Navy Dolphins In Croatia To Help Find Explosives (Video)

Oct. 2
By Beth Ford Roth
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Six dolphins from the U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal Program have been flown halfway around the world to Croatia to aid in an explosives-detection program in the Adriatic Sea.

Adopting A Shelter Dog In San Diego

Sept. 24
Midday Edition
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San Diego is a dog-friendly County, with dozens of dog parks dotting the region. Here are some tips for adopting shelter dogs and becoming a better owner.

Best of Home Post: Ex-Military Dog Gabe, 2012 Hero Dog, Dies (+Video)

Sept. 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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Gabe was a retired military working dog and the 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog Award winner. When he passed away earlier this year, it devastated not only his owner, but thousands of dog lovers who'd gotten to know Gabe through his Facebook page. This post originally ran February 13, 2013.

Best of Home Post: Dog Won't Leave Fallen Navy SEAL's Side

Sept. 9
By Beth Ford Roth
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This story needs very little introduction, because the photograph accompanying it speaks for itself. I will say that this story touched the hearts of more than 125,000 Home Post readers, who shared it on Facebook more than 11,000 times. It captured the attention of major news outlets like Fox News, the New York Times, and Good Morning America. And all because of the love a dog had for his heroic owner - a love that survived death. This post originally ran August 23rd, 2011.