Lost German Shepherd Turns Up 600 Miles Away From Home

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About two weeks before Christmas, Deacon, an 85-lb German shepherd, went missing from his family home in rural Stuart, Va.
During the first couple of days, Pamela Holt, her husband Keith, and their daughter Brooklyn, 3, weren’t terribly worried because they figured their nearly two-year-old pet was running in the fields behind their home.

“We have a lot of land and thought Deacon might be enjoying the outdoors,” Holt, who works as a teller for SunTrust bank, “But we soon got worried and called the area dog warden, the pound and the sheriff’s office. After two weeks, we gave up, fearing he had died or was stolen.”Deacon, a gift from Holt to her husband Keith, a teacher and football coach, had become a beloved family member, and everyone was upset. But a curious call in late February from a man in Deland, Fla., changed everything.

“A male voice on the other end said he thought he may have Deacon,” Holt “I was angry at first and thought he was a prankster trying to play a joke on us … I nearly hung up on him.”The man, who said he was from Animal Control in Deland, told Holt he was looking at her dog. Holt said she thought Deacon was dead. But when he asked her if the dog’s name was Bruno, Holt went crazy with joy.
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J-Lo's Former Pooch A Lovebug Not A Menace New Owners Say

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Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez is being sued in Brooklyn Federal Court by a stewardess who claims that J-Lo’s former guard dog, a German shepherd named Floyd, attacked her on a private jet in 2006. But Floyd’s new owner, “West Wing” actress NiCole Robinson, told the New York Daily News that she was flabbergasted to hear about the lawsuit, and promises she will go to court to defend the dog’s reputation.

Robinson and her husband, political consultant Craig Snyder, bought Floyd from a K-9 security firm in South Carolina in 2007 after they were frightened by a home break-in. They paid $35,000 for the dog, who received military training in Germany and whose full name is Floyd vom Meierhof. Lopez’s husband Marc Anthony had bought the dog for $39,000 in 2005 and had returned him to the company.

According to the Daily News, the new owners’ 4-year old daughter rides happily atop Floyd’s ample and furry back.

But when it comes to protecting the family, Floyd means business.

“He’s under very strict rules of engagement,” Snyder told the Daily News. “The training was remarkable.” But off-duty, Snyder says, “Floyd acts like a big baby puppy who just wants to be loved.”

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J-Lo's Former Pooch A Lovebug Not A Menace New Owners Say

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Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez is being sued in Brooklyn Federal Court by a stewardess who claims that J-Lo’s former guard dog, a German shepherd named Floyd, attacked her on a private jet in 2006. But Floyd’s new owner, “West Wing” actress NiCole Robinson, told the New York Daily News that she was flabbergasted to hear about the lawsuit, and promises she will go to court to defend the dog’s reputation.

Robinson and her husband, political consultant Craig Snyder, bought Floyd from a K-9 security firm in South Carolina in 2007 after they were frightened by a home break-in. They paid $35,000 for the dog, who received military training in Germany and whose full name is Floyd vom Meierhof. Lopez’s husband Marc Anthony had bought the dog for $39,000 in 2005 and had returned him to the company.

According to the Daily News, the new owners’ 4-year old daughter rides happily atop Floyd’s ample and furry back.

But when it comes to protecting the family, Floyd means business.

“He’s under very strict rules of engagement,” Snyder told the Daily News. “The training was remarkable.” But off-duty, Snyder says, “Floyd acts like a big baby puppy who just wants to be loved.”

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Expert Blames Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony in Dog Attack

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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony are in the doghouse. The power couple were sued in 2008 by flight attendant Lisa Wilson, who alleges that their military-trained German shepherd, Floyd, attacked her, causing her to fall and suffer a back injury so severe she can no longer work. Dr. Karen Overall, an animal-behavior expert consulted by Wilson’s team, wrote in a court document obtained by the New York Daily News that Lopez and Anthony knew beforehand that Floyd was a dangerous dog.

According to the Daily News, Overall wrote that “it is clear to me that Floyd, Mr. Anthony’s personal protection dog, behaved inappropriately, aggressively and in a manner that consistently endangered humans.” Overall works at the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of Pennsylvania.
The incident occurred in 2006 aboard a private flight on a Gulfstream IV jet. Wilson had been instructed by Anthony not to make eye contact with the dog or to call it by name. Overall wrote that sharp objects were known to provoke Floyd, and Wilson was carrying silverware when she walked past the dog 90 minutes into the flight.

The newspaper reports that Lopez and Anthony’s legal team, meanwhile, will be consulting its own animal behavior expert for a second opinion on the dog.

Reps for the couple would not comment on the matter.

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Top 10 Most Dangerous, Expensive, Loyal, Fascinating Dog Breeds

Calling them “man’s best friend” may be a cliché, but no description is more apt to describe the relationship of humans with these fascinating creatures. Loyal, smart, protective, fun and playful, dogs have served as man’s ultimate companion since time immemorial.But did you know that a dog’s loyalty to his master can reach enormous, fascinating levels? Yes, there are dog breeds which are amazingly loyal to their owners.
What other “mosts” are there when it comes to these canines which man has considered to be his best friend since time immemorial? How about the world’s most expensive dog breed? Or the most dangerous? Or you probably are hoping to own a canine breed which is considered to be one of the most fascinating.
Here, we will take a look at the world’s most amazing dog breeds – and describe what is it exactly that makes them so outstanding.

Counting Down the Top 10 Most Amazing Dog Breeds

If you’re thinking of a breed of dog to take care of, it is good to have an idea about what its temperament is, its characteristic and what makes it unique.

1. Doberman pinscher

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Distinction: One of the most dangerous dog breeds in the world.

With their tall and compact bodies, dark color and alert ears, it is easy to see why the Doberman Pinscher as a dog breed is considered to be one of the most dangerous dog breeds in the world. Simply referred to as Doberman, this canine breed originated from Germany.Generally, a domesticated Doberman is loyal, intelligent and alert. If you own this dog breed, they will be particularly loyal to you and aggressive towards strangers. They also do not like rivalry with other dogs.What makes caring for a Doberman pinscher particularly dangerous is when the owners lack guidance, subject them to abuse or if not enough attention is given to them – upon which they can become destructive, dominant and extremely aggressive.

2. German Shepherd

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Distinction: One of the most dangerous dog breeds in the world.

Another German breed of dog which is considered to be one of the most dangerous in the world is the German Shepherd. Unlike the Dobermans, this breed of canine does not have a particularly menacing look because they have a long coat and a generally mild-looking face.However, they are extremely intelligent, strong and obedient, which is probably the reason why most police and military establishments employ them as guard dogs. Another characteristic of the German Shepherds which makes them particularly dangerous is their aggression towards smaller dog breeds.

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