dogs

Dog mauls boy. Who is responsible?

Kelly Dennet and Neil Reid report on this particular dog attack

A family pet that left little Shepherd Mea fighting for his life used to roam the street terrorising neighbours and had been aggressive towards the child before yesterday’s attack.

The incident happened at a Housing New Zealand property, and Housing Minister Nick Smith told the Sunday Star-Times last night officials would launch an inquiry as dogs were not routinely allowed at HNZ homes.

A neighbour also revealed it was the second time the dog had attacked the boy.

“The boy was really friendly, a lovely little guy. He’d talk to me when I hung out the washing,” a neighbour said.

“The other day he had a few scratches on his face and he was telling my cousins they were from the dog.”

The vicious attack also came just days after the boy’s father Orlando Shepherd posted a picture of the dog, which he called a pitbull, on his Facebook page with the status line: “Mess wif me il eat u alive…”

Orlando clearly got the dog to compensate for his own shortcomings. ¬† Read more »

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Stone Age religion takes offence at cute doggies

Seriously if you can be offended by a Scottie dog then Glasgow might not be the best place to visit if you are a sensitive wee Islamist fundamentalist who is deeply concerned about anything in life which you might get pleasure out of.

Suicide bomber blowing up innocent civilians…straight to paradise, walking a Scottie dog…60 lashes.

Of course losing an airplane entirely with the loss of everyone onboard and flying another one over a war zone with similar results¬†isn’t at all shameful and offensive, but walking a freakin’ dog is.

Malaysian politicians and religious leaders have attacked the use of Scottie dogs during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, claiming it was disrespectful to Muslims.

Around 40 Scottie dogs were used in the¬†opening ceremony in Glasgow¬†last Wednesday to lead teams around Celtic Park. ¬† Read more »

Just a fun piece of writing

Occasionally you see some good stuff in a newspaper. ¬†Something that hasn’t been through the spin cycle and us just a roaring good read.

Talia Shadwell, thanks for bringing several smiles to my face today

Police officers have filthy mouths, and Khandallah schoolgirl Sarah Scott can prove it – even though her dog ate some of the evidence.

Her science project investigation into whether police dogs or their handlers have more bacteria in their mouths has won her a chance to compete in a science and technology fair – but it also produced some disturbingly close results.

Sarah, 11, of St Benedict’s School, examined bacteria from the mouths of eight police dogs and their handlers. Fortunately for the handlers’ reputations, their mouths proved cleaner than the dogs, but only just.

Sarah’s project won her school science competition – despite her jack russell Rupert climbing on to the dining table and eating four of the samples just two weeks before the project was due.

His behaviour was not only unhelpful, but pretty gross, Sarah said.

“Those petri dishes were smelly and they had heaps of bacteria.”

The dog handlers helped Sarah out by repeating the experiment, swabbing their dogs’ mouths to avoid Sarah being bitten.

She said she was very grateful for their help.

“I feel that they dedicated a lot of time to my project and helped me a lot.”

Six-year-old Rupert, however, was collared for destroying evidence – incriminated by photographs of broken petri dishes at the “crime scene”.

For ethical reasons, Sarah, who hopes to become a vet, refused to entertain The Dominion Post’s questions about which of the eight Wellington police officers involved in her research had the worst breath.

However, she did reveal police dog Link had the highest oral bacterial count – and that the dogs proved the most obedient research subjects.

Link’s handler, Wellington police dog section head Senior Sergeant Mark Davidson, said he was proud of his “top dog”. He and his colleagues who volunteered to take part in Sarah’s project admired her work ethic.

“To get up in front of a bunch of hairy-arse dog handlers and get her spiel across takes a huge amount of courage for a young kid. She did great.”

Speaking of dogs, did you know there is such a thing as dog racism? ¬†Katy Waldman has that story ¬† Read more »

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10 dogs and 1 cat. (Oh come on, be happy)

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I guess it was just lonely

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Forever alone

Can your cat do this, Lesley?

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Find me a cat that will do that

Dogs know when you have cancer

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We were talking about this just two nights ago