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Data proves that owning a bulldog is for idiots

Thanks to David McCandless we know which dogs make the best pals. Considering six facts – intelligence, costs, longevity, grooming, ailments, and appetite – McCandless crunched the numbers and concluded that bulldogs are not worth the effort an expense.


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Spotter:  Knowledge Is Beautiful

Posted: 23rd, January 2018 | In: Money, Strange But True, The Consumer | Comment

Woman takes picture of her dog after an operation at the vets absolutely off its face

Woman takes picture of her dog after an operation at the vets absolutely off it’s tits (via @reddit)


Woman takes picture of her dog after an operation at the vets absolutely off its face (via @reddit).

Posted: 15th, October 2017 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Dog steals the show at outdoor orchestra performance in Turkey

To Ephesus, Turkey, where the orchestra is playing among the ancient Greek ruins when a dog gatecrashes the show. And steals it:

Posted: 30th, June 2017 | In: Music, Strange But True | Comment

Judge orders puppy killer to carry photo of it in his wallet for 2 years

puppy killerJohn Garrett Burrow, 24, pleaded guilty to cruelty to animals. In 2014, the soldier tied up Riley, an 8-month-old Lab mix puppy, with parachute cord and threw it into McFadyen Lake in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The dog drowned.

The Fayette Observer says “Kelsey Burrow, 21, the soldier’s wife, awaits judgment for misdemeanor accessory after the fact for false Facebook accounts saying the dog died during surgery to repair a broken leg as part of a Go-Fund-Me money solicitation to pay for the surgery cost [Defense Attorney David] Courie said was about $2,500.”

Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons sentenced Burrow to 30 days in jail, 100 hours community service and ordered the dog killer to spend two years on probation, during which Ammons ordered him to carry a photo of Riley in his wallet.

The judge told Burrow: “What you did was horrible. Absolutely horrible. I don’t want this to be the ruination of your life, but I hope Riley’s legacy will bring awareness to animal abuse. There’s way too much abuse of animals. Animals need to be treated humanely.”

The judge is right. But the wallet order is nonsense. What 24-year-old carries wallet?

PS: there is evidence that dogs’ brains react similarly to human brains:

Although we are just beginning to answer basic questions about the canine brain, we cannot ignore the striking similarity between dogs and humans in both the structure and function of a key brain region: the caudate nucleus. … In dogs, we found that activity in the caudate increased in response to hand signals indicating food. The caudate also activated to the smells of familiar humans. And in preliminary tests, it activated to the return of an owner who had momentarily stepped out of view. Do these findings prove that dogs love us? Not quite. But many of the same things that activate the human caudate, which are associated with positive emotions, also activate the dog caudate. Neuroscientists call this a functional homology, and it may be an indication of canine emotions.

The ability to experience positive emotions, like love and attachment, would mean that dogs have a level of sentience comparable to that of a human child.

Animal cruelty is a heinous crime.

Posted: 29th, September 2016 | In: Reviews | Comment

The Dog with Musical Ears (video)

This dog that sing and dance with his ears. Wow!

Posted: 2nd, December 2015 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Dog gets stick stuck in his urethra (photos)

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Basil the elderly Jack Russell was out walking in Chapel Hill, Lincolnshire, when a shaft of plant got wedged up his urethra.


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“He was walking like John Wayne when he ran back to us so I knew something was wrong,” says owner Jill Larcombe. “So I checked him and when I saw it I did a double take. I thought ‘oh my goodness, it can’t be’ – there was this stick-like shaft sticking three inches out of him. I tried to give it a little pull but he went ballistic.”


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A vet, drugs and lubrication saved the day.

Posted: 28th, November 2015 | In: Reviews, Strange But True | Comment

LOL: Happy Traveler turns your cat and dog into an astral surfer (photos)

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Happy Traveler “all Natural” calming chews reduces your nervous or anxious cat or dog. What’s in this “all-natural herbal calming formula for stressed, nervous, or anxious pets?” And where can we get some?



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Active Ingredients:
German Chamomile
St. Johns Wort


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Posted: 28th, September 2015 | In: Key Posts, Reviews, The Consumer | Comment

Smiley the therapy dog with no eyes brightens people’s lives

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Smiley, a golden retriever, was born without eyes.  He lives in Stouffville, Canada, working as a St. John’s Ambulance service dog. Smiley’s owner, Joanne George, rescued him from a puppy mill, when he was about 1 year old.

She introduced him to a deaf Great Dane named Tyler: She says:

“He was very scared, [the dogs] had never been out of that barn… Tyler was so bouncy and crazy and happy go lucky and [Smiley] turned into the same dog. He came out from underneath the tables where he was always hiding.”

She thought Smiley would make a good therapy dog.

 “There was this man Teddy, [he had] no speech, no communication at all. [The staff] had never seen Teddy smile before. [He] smiled when Smiley got into his vision.”



If that doesn’t make you feel better about your day, nothing will…

Posted: 13th, March 2015 | In: Reviews | Comment

Cute Dog Returns Lost Items for KLM Airlines

KLM, the Royal Dutch Airlines, uses a beagle (name: Sherlock, not Van Der Valk ) to help deliver items left by passengers landed at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to their rightful owners.

You know that contraband you thought better of bringing though customs? Well, here’s Sherlock coming to give it to…

Shoo! SHOO!!!


Posted: 24th, September 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment (1)

Woman Jammed Her Finger Up Staffordhire Terrier’s Bum To End Attack On Her Beloved Jack Russell

Ann Bendouli


“SHE’S my soulmate, and I love her so much and I was so glad she was actually saved,” says Ann Bendouli. “It said if you have a lighter, put it onto its bottom.”

Mrs Bendouli was walking her dog Jack Russell Lexie on Hampton beach, Australia, when a Staffordhire Bull Terrier attacked.

She had no lighter. But she had her fingers.

“I pulled pulled the tail up and stuck it right up to that knuckle,” she adds.


Posted: 23rd, September 2014 | In: Reviews | Comment

Man ‘Cooked’ Ex-Girlfriend’s Dog And Fed It To Her



TO California, where  Ryan Eddy Watenpaugh, 34, of Palo Cedro, is accused of killing this girlfriend’s Pomeranian dog, Bear, and feeding it to her.

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Posted: 14th, September 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Manchester Dogs’ Home Fire: Teenager Bailed And Misty The Jack Russell Stars

Michael Parker, a local resident who in the past has homed dogs from the centre, holds Misty the Jack Russell outside Manchester Dogs' Home, Manchester, after a blaze killed more than 50 dogs.

Michael Parker, a local resident who in the past has homed dogs from the centre, holds Misty the Jack Russell outside Manchester Dogs’ Home, Manchester, after a blaze killed more than 50 dogs.


THE 15-year-old boy arrrested in connection with the blaze at Manchester Dogs’ Home has been bailed. The fire killed around 60 animals, but 150 dogs were rescued.

A JustGiving account set up by the Manchester Evening News has raised more than £1.2m.

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Posted: 13th, September 2014 | In: Reviews | Comment

Cleveland Police Hang Dog For Death Of Pensioner

“A 73-year-old woman who was bitten by a police dog as it searched for a suspect in her garden has died in hospital, police said. Frail Irene Collins was attacked by the German shepherd on Wednesday inside her home in Penrith Road, Middlesbrough. Cleveland Police, which has already referred the matter to the police watchdog, expressed their “sincerest condolences”.”

Was innocent Mrs Collins killed by her frailty?

"police watchdog"  Cleveland's  Plods appear to remain , generally, barking mad on Teesside.

“Police watchdog”  Cleveland’s  Plods appear to remain , generally, barking mad on Teesside.

The Huffington Post illustrates the story with a picture of a police dog like the guilty (allegedly) attack dog. Which is not named but Fang springs to mind.

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Posted: 23rd, July 2014 | In: Reviews | Comment

The Hideous Story Of The Liverpool Man Eaten By His Neighbours’ Status Dog

Hayley Sulley and Della Woods


SOME stories are so terrible they need repeating.

Clifford Clarke, 79, was cooking a meal in his Liverpool home. He opened the back door to let in some fresh air. Outside was a dog. Charlie was not his. The Presa Canario cross-breed had escaped from the garden of his neighbours Hayley Sulley, 30, and 29-year-old Della Woods. Charlie was one of the couple’s three dogs. All big dogs. All status dogs.

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Posted: 3rd, June 2014 | In: Reviews | Comments (2)

Video: In Broughty Ferry Dundee An Impatient Dog Waits In The Car

MEANWHILE in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, a dog is waiting in a car:


Posted: 11th, March 2014 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Gif Of The Day: Dogs Drink Water Backwards

DID you know that dogs drink water backwards?

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Posted: 16th, January 2014 | In: Gifs | Comment

Life Imitates The Day Today: Man Blows Up Pet Dog

TO Stevenson, Washington, to see Christopher Wayne Dillingham, 45, jailed for blowing up Cabella, the family’s dog he thought possessed by the devil. Dillingham claimed his ex-girlfriend, who had given him Cabella, had “put the devil” in the pet.

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Posted: 5th, January 2014 | In: Strange But True | Comment

In Which Jimmy The Frog Gets Eaten


Posted: 16th, December 2013 | In: TV & Radio | Comment

Dog Took Human Along To Burglary

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THE story from Melbourne, Florida, is that the thief took a little black dog with her during a burglary last week. Brevard County police says the woman took a dog with her during the break-in:

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Posted: 9th, December 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Council Snatched Pet Dogs As Owner Sat On The Toilet


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“I WAS running and thought `oh my goodness’ I really need the toilet’,”said Patricia Abel, a 28-year-old out for a job on the Darwin foreshore. “I’ve been unwell and had a funny tummy, probably because of changing water, so I was quite desperate to get to a toilet and it could not wait until I got home. I’d jogged past the last public park toilet and it was a few hundred metres back, so rather than take Pepper all the way back with me I tied her to a bollard thinking she would be fine for a few minutes. I just thought I wouldn’t be able to make it in time if I had to drag Pepper all the way back to the toilet with me. By the time I got back she was gone.’

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Posted: 6th, December 2013 | In: Strange But True | Comment

Woof To Wash: The Wonderful Dog-Operated Washing Machine



REASONS to love dogs: No. 342c – they can wash your clothes.

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Posted: 24th, November 2013 | In: Technology, The Consumer | Comment

Lexi Branson: Ghoulish Media Feasts Off Killed Child With Misinformation And Spreads Fear Over Dogs

THE family’s pet dog killed Lexi Hudson at her home, a flat in Rowena Court in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire. Lexi was four. The dog is also now dead.

The Mirror says Lexi was killed by her “PET MASTIFF”. Not “pet dog”. The Mirror is specific.

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Only, the dog in the picture is not the dog that killed her. The Mirror, in the race to be first with news and pictures – roll up, come see the dead kid! – gets the facts wrong.

It then adds:

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Turner And Hooch? Sweet of the Mirror to merge fact and Hollywood fiction in the gruesome death of a child.

The Daily Mail then gets to work:


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A pitbull is on the list of dangerous dogs.

Under the original 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act the list of banned breeds or so called dangerous breeds was quite short and is as follows:

Any Dog known as a Pitbull type
Japanese Tosa
Any dog known to be bred for fighting, or having the appearance of having been bred for fighting.
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 was amended in August 1991 to include additional breeds of “dangerous dogs”. Under the amendment the following dog breeds were added:

Dogo Argentino
Fila Brasileiro
Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 Banned Breeds List
Thus the full list of banned breeds under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 is as follows:

Any dog known as a pitbull type (eg American Pitbulls, Blue Nose Pitbulls, Red Nose Pitbulls)
Japanese Tosa
Fila Brasileiro
Dogo Argentino
And any dog who in the opinion of the Secretary of State was bred for fighting, or has the appearance of a dog bred for fighting

But  Leicestershire police say:

Investigations are continuing into the circumstances that led to a four-year-old girl being attacked and killed by the family dog.

Leicestershire Police is able to confirm, on behalf of the Coroner, that the girl’s name is Lexi Branson.

Tests are being carried out today to establish the exact breed of the dog but at this stage it is not believed to be a breed listed under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act.

The Times says the French Mastiff had been rescued by the family from an animal shelter just weeks previously.

The Times then calls the child Lexi Hudson:

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Neighbours speak out:

Neighbour Mr Ryan says: “Jodi is absolutely distraught. She’s only had the dog for two months. She picked it up from the pound — it was a dog that had suffered abuse in the past but she said it had a very soft nature. Lexi was always playing with it. It’s obviously a huge dog and Lexi wouldn’t have stood a chance if it went for her — she’s such a small little girl…. Apparently it suddenly turned on Lexi for no reason. She was in bed sleeping with her mum and it came in and just went mental. It grabbed Lexi and wouldn’t let go. Jodi was screaming and trying to pull its head away but it wouldn’t give in. In the end she had to use a knife to release its jaw. It must have been absolutely terrifying.”

Neighbour, Glenn Shepphard adds:

“It was a very big dog — a type I have never seen before. I saw Jodie outside with blood and mud up her arm crying outside and mud all up her legs. She had obviously tried to wrestle with the dog. The girl was only about four or five years old — I think she had only just started primary school.”

Such are the facts when the voracious media races to be first with a story when the facts are still unclear.


Posted: 6th, November 2013 | In: Reviews | Comment (1)