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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
Poor weather left two separate boaters stranded on the Chesapeake Bay early Christmas Eve morning, forcing local Coast Guard crews to perform holiday rescues. Both men and three dogs were saved without injury by the same Coast Guard helicopter crew. One man was hoisted into the helicopter, while the other was pulled aboard a rescue boat with his three pets with the help of a swimmer dropped into the water from above. "It was pretty rough," said Petty Officer David Marin, a Coast Guard spokesman, of the weather late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.
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FEATURES
December 23, 2013
I'm considering applying to be a foster for a local dog rescue but am not sure how my 6-year-old Lab will react to having another dog around or to that dog leaving for a forever home. How can I prepare my dog and what should I expect? It's always recommended, even sometimes required, that you take your pet to the rescue or shelter to meet the potential foster dog. If all goes well with that meeting, you will be ready to take the new foster dog home with you. The rescue or shelter may want you to come in for additional meet-and-greets because shelters can be stressful for your dog and the foster dog, so their first encounter might not be perfect.    For the first couple of weeks, keep both dogs in a controlled environment. Initially, the dogs should not be off-leash together. You can do this by crating your new foster dog in his own portion of the house, away from your dog. This will allow him to comfortably become acclimated. Dogs react because of stress, and you want to make sure the new dog has acclimated before allowing off-leash play and interaction. I always recommend having a trainer or rescue rep available to call on during the first few weeks.  Dogs being adopted from foster care typically do fine with leaving that home for a new one. Your dog may be used to being the only dog in the house currently, so once the foster dog leaves, he'd be the center of attention again.
NEWS
By Tony Solesky | November 14, 2013
I fully support liberating any animal from abuse. It does not follow however, that rescued animals - pit bulls in particular - should be pushed as companion pets by shelters and rescue organizations. Terry Douglass of Baltimore became the 25th dog bite related fatality nationally this year when she was mauled to death by her own pit bull on Nov. 1. In the days since her passing there have been three more of these gruesome deaths, according to DogBites.org. Nearly all of the 28 people killed by dogs - 15 of them children ranging in ages from 14 months to 7 years - were killed by pit bulls.
NEWS
October 23, 2013
Baltimore Police officer Dan Waskiewicz responded to a call for a "vicious dog" last year and fell in love. The dog, a pit bull, had his tail between his legs and was being pelted by bottles thrown from nearby homes. Waskiewicz, who is stationed in Baltimore's Southern District, offered the dog water from his water bottle. "He was just scared," Waskiewicz told celebrity chef Rachael Ray last week. "Instead of calling the pound, we put him in the back of the patrol car and he fell asleep in my lap. I knew he was going to be mine.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2013
Flood warnings were issued across the Baltimore region Friday afternoon with two or three inches of rain expected on top of more than 2 inches that fell Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Flood warnings were issued across the Baltimore region Friday afternoon with two or three inches of rain expected on top of more than 2 inches that fell Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Warnings were in effect until 1:45 for urban areas and small streams along the border of Howard and Anne Arundel counties, in central and northern Baltimore County, northern Harford County and Baltimore City.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2013
Two men were rescued from the St. Martin River near Ocean City on Monday after their sail boat capsized in high winds, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. A "good Samaritan" who noticed the sail boat overturned in the water alerted the Coast Guard's Ocean City station about 12:30 p.m., and a crew arrived at the scene about 15 minutes later, the Coast Guard said. There, the crew noticed the mast of the overturned boat "raising and falling in and out of the water," and realized one of the boaters was trying to right the boat, said Petty Officer 1st Class William King, the Coast Guard's responding coxswain, in a statement.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2013
Two men were rescued from a fishing boat in Ape Hole Creek near Crisfield on Wednesday after the boat began taking on water, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The father of a man onboard the fishing boat, the Carolyn Jeanne, alerted crew members at Coast Guard Station Crisfield that the boat was sinking about 2:15 p.m., after his son called him, the Coast Guard said. The a 25-foot Coast Guard boat located the 41-foot Carolyn Jeanne near the Pocomoke Sound Wildlife Management Area about 15 minutes later and quickly made contact with the two men on board.
NEWS
September 22, 2013
Among the 52 calls for medical and fire-rescue service the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department received during the period Sept.15-22 were the following:  Beechfield Avenue at Wilkens Avenue, 6:20 p.m. Sept. 19. Crews from the Arbutus volunteer station and Catonsville career station responded to the report of a motor vehicle accident in Arbutus involving a pedestrian. One critically injured person taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Franklin Avenue, 5900 block, 7:23 p.m. Sept.
NEWS
September 15, 2013
Among the 76 calls for medical and fire-rescue service the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department received during the period Sept. 8-15 were the following: 912 South Rolling Road, 2:08 p.m. Sept. 12. Crews from the Arbutus volunteer station and Catonsville, Halethorpe and Westview career stations responded to the report of a building fire on the campus of Brightview Assisted Living in Catonsville and found an overheated HVAC unit. Smoke was cleared from the building. 4045 Wilkens Ave., 2:01 a.m. Sept.
FEATURES
By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
Nick Cienski is climbing to the 14 highest and grandest places in the world - because of what he's seen in some of what are effectively the lowest and most squalid. In November 2014, the Upper Fells Point resident will scale Cho Oyu, the sixth-highest mountain in the world. When he tops the 29,906-foot mountain, located in Tibet in the western end of the Himalayas, he will have climbed six of 14 of the world's 8,000-meter-plus peaks in less than one year, breaking a world record.
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