January 18, 2011 03:55 PM

These stories are worth a click:

Hundreds of people near Rio de Janiero have died in Brazil’s worst flood disaster on record. One woman who perished left behind a dog, Leao, who has sat waiting by her grave for days. –MSNBC.com

Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz, Bo Obama’s trainer and the author of the recent book The Love That Dog Training Program, has died at 52 of respiratory failure. –AP

A British man trained at a wolf research center in Idaho, then lived with wolves in the wild for a year. He writes, “I felt a tremendous sense of belonging with the wolves.” –Guardian

Riley, the sly smiling dog whose birthday party photo became a sensation in 2010, just celebrated his second birthday with a new grinning picture. –Flickr

A couple of New Yorkers found a shivering dog abandoned during a recent snowstorm. She had been left to die, but she now has a new family thanks to a flash Internet campaign to get her adopted. –Scouting NY

Chaser, the famous border collie who knows 1,022 nouns, might give insight into how children acquire language. At the least, researchers hope the work done with Chaser will help people communicate better with dogs. –New York Times

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