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By Sue Manning The Associated Press

When an avalanche hits the slopes, let the dogs out

LOS ANGELES Wylee the border collie can search an avalanche the size of a football field in five or 10 minutes. It would take a probe line of 50 people using poles a couple hours to cover the same ground.

When 30 minutes can mean the difference between life and death for a skier lost on a snowy mountain, most people would bank on the dog.

Dogs, cats, house calls, lighter products can help owners go gently into those golden years

LOS ANGELES Teach your dog or cat a few tricks, and your golden years will be better for it.

The movement to improve care for older pets has been going on for some time. But the idea of training pets to help out aging baby boomers is relatively new.