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Red Cross honors 200-lb. English mastiff for donating blood 20 times

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 at 6:47 am in dogs.

A 2-year-old mastiff named Lurch will receive the Livingston County Michigan Red Cross chapter’s “Pet’s Best Friend” award.

Lurch’s owner, Joni Melvin-Thiede, said Lurch donates blood for other canines about once every four weeks.

“We’re honoring Lurch because he’s actually donated blood,” Red Cross executive director Diane Serra said.

Lurch must have been really surprised to hear he was getting this award. It probably never crossed his mind that he was going to get honored just because he decided to give blood. Giving blood is a dog’s civic duty, right?

Bull mastiffs are very civic minded. /Gary

SPEAKING OF DOGS:
Be REALLY careful when you’re walking your dog along California (and other) beaches. Two women have been swept off Sonoma County coastlines and drowned in just over a month while trying to save their dogs that got caught in the surf.

“Pets are to be on leash and under control at all times while on the beach in all park areas along the coast,” said Sonoma County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Dunn. “Adhering to this simple regulation would have prevented these tragedies.”

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