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Fetch the Meteorite
Forget about balls, maybe your dog can bring home something valuable.
Rob Wesel, Hopper and meteorite

Do you have one of those dogs who collects rocks? Maybe even plunges into lakes or streambeds to retrieve them? People sort of smile, sympathetically, when they see it; it’s cute but a little weird. Well, all those stone-loving pups with the ground-down teeth have a new patron saint: a Texas stray named Hopper. He had the good fortune to grab a meteorite in his chops in the weeks after a fireball hit the earth near Austin in February, which made him the first dog ever to recover a meteorite, according to Rob Wesel, a Portland, Oregon, a collector of space debris. Wesel knows a little something about dogs and rocks from outer space; his website Nakhla Dog Meteorites is named for a dog reportedly vaporized by a meteorite in Egypt in 1911.

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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom.

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