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Who’s Be A Politician’s Dog?

I just had to link to this set of pictures from the BBC. Look at the one of MP, Gregory Barker with Otto.

February 27, 2013 Posted by | News | , | Leave a comment

Germany’s Development Minister’s Marie Antoinette Moment

Marie Antoinette famously set that people could eat cake, but this story from Germany, is in a similar vein.

Germany’s development minister has suggested that horsemeat mislabelled as beef should be distributed to the poor.

Dirk Niebel said he supported the proposal by a member of the governing CDU party, and concluded: “We can’t just throw away good food.”

The opposition dismissed the idea, but a priest said it should be considered.

He does have a point, but surely the suspect beef could be used as dog or cat food, rather than given to those, who might not want it.

After all if it has horse in it, what other things are there.  I bet there’s a load of gluten for a start.

February 23, 2013 Posted by | Food | , , | 1 Comment

An Olympic Boost For Rare British Dogs

This article in the Independent suggests that those rarer British dog breeds like the English Setter have had a boost in 2012.

And the Olympics could be the reason!

I see a couple of English setters round here and they really are the friendliest of dogs. We also had two, when our children were in their teens and you rarely find one, that can’t get on extremely well with everybody and especially children.  They also don’t shed hair like other breeds, I could name.

January 25, 2013 Posted by | News, World | , | 1 Comment

Puppies Will Be Puppies

Another story from the BBC web site, shows that puppies love to chew anything they can get their teeth into.

The worst dog, we ever had for chewing was a dachshund, that really liked C’s expensive shoes.

But then so many of these short-legged German terriers, are itching to start World War 3.  She was also very racist and would immediately take on any black dog, who walked past her. Even a friend’s Doberman was frightened of her. Luckily, she didn’t have the same feelings for black people.

January 12, 2013 Posted by | News, World | | Leave a comment

Soft Staffies

It may be cold in London today, but I’ve seen several Staffordshire Bull Terriers with coats on.

Has the breed got that soft now?

November 30, 2012 Posted by | World | | Leave a comment

Hope For The Paralysed

I say hope, but this story from the BBC is a good news story to start the week. This is the first few paragraphs.

Scientists have reversed paralysis in dogs after injecting them with cells grown from the lining of their nose.

The pets had all suffered spinal injuries which prevented them from using their back legs.

The Cambridge University team is cautiously optimistic the technique could eventually have a role in the treatment of human patients.

The study is the first to test the transplant in “real-life” injuries rather than laboratory animals.

It may only be a first step on the long road to getting the paralysed to walk again. But it is a very significant first step.

I also think it’s very good, that the scientists did the research on dogs that had been injured in the normal course of life. It shows that often you don’t have to do experiments on healthy animals. All it needs is to think hard about what you’re doing.

So congratulations to Cambridge and its vets and scientists!

I think Jasper the dachshund will be one of the most famous dogs in the world.

November 19, 2012 Posted by | Health, News | , , , | 1 Comment

Are Chinese Dogs More Intelligent?

This story from the BBC, about a Chinese dachshund is a bit over the top.

But it does seem to be an intelligent dog.  Hopefully, it isn’t too intent on starting World War 3, like so many other dachshunds I’ve met and even owned. One was distinctly racist and would attack any black dog she saw.

November 18, 2012 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Please Can I Come In?

I took this picture outside Carluccio’s in Upper Street.

Please Can I Come In?

At least they provide a proper place to which to tie a dog

November 14, 2012 Posted by | Food | , | Leave a comment

Meet Frank!

This is a dachshund, I met on a 38 bus.

Meet Frank!

You really do meet a good class of dog on that route.

October 11, 2012 Posted by | Transport | , | 2 Comments

Bassets Hunting In Primrose Hill

I took this picture on Primrose Hill this morning, as three bassets met up to do what bassets do best – hunt.

Bassets Hunting In Primrose Hill

Obviously, there aren’t any hares on Primrose Hill in the middle of London, but a share of a substantial picnic would do just nicely.

October 6, 2012 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment