We’ve all seen it happen. The small dog give chase to a much bigger, supposedly ‘tougher’ beast, sending it packing with tail tucked firmly between its legs. The animal equivalent of Dudley Moore putting the fear of God in to Mike Tyson.
The saying goes, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.
Maybe this (incredible) picture gives us an insight in to where this inner self-belief comes from….
Your dog is not a wolf. But he once was.
Ohio’s 22-year-old dangerous-dog law defines a “vicious dog” to be one that has killed or seriously injured another person, has killed another dog, or belongs to a breed “commonly known as a pit bull dog.”
A bad rap
The United Kingdom, however, bans not only the “pit bull type,” but also the Dogo Argentina, the Japanese Tosa, and the Fila Brasileiro, all breeds with some reputation for being trained as fighters or as guards. According to Mr. O’Meara, the other breeds never had much of a presence in the United Kingdom. Continue reading Toledo Blade Article on Pit Bulls
Despite being nearly mistaken for a ‘dog whisperer’ this was a positive piece of coverage regarding my views on the great status dog / dangerous dogs act debate on London’s LBC Radio. Continue reading Status Dogs & The Dangerous Dogs Act
Today I made my second appearance on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Woman’s Hour’ radio show.
The topic was related to the recent book ‘Dogs in Vogue’ which is, as it happens, a very nice book – amazing shots (as you’d expect) and in my opinion didn’t portray dogs as fashion accessories at all. Continue reading Dogs in Vogue: Are Dogs Treated as Fashion Accessories?
The link below is to an interview I did last week regarding death row dog, Bruce. A pet who was taken from his owner in Northern Ireland having never done a single thing wrong and who is openly described by those who seized him as perfectly friendly.
Bruce, deathrow dog in Northern Ireland – BBC interview
It is the scourge of communities across Scotland and beyond, and no council has escaped censure for failing to clean up its act. Now one local authority has unveiled a novel solution to the problem of dog dirt – spraying it bright pink in a bid to shame guilty owners.
But, according ‘Ryan O’Mara’, who is the editor-in-chief of dog owners’ magazine K9 and chair of the Coalition for Improved Dog Ownership Standards…
“While it is well-intentioned, this type of scheme will not deter the sort of irresponsible people who allow their dogs to foul this way.
“The only way to stop this problem is to say, ‘If you are caught, it will cost you £2,500’.”
Well, alls I know is – Ryan O’Meara is the editor-in-chief of K9 Magazine (not ‘K9’), he is the chief exec of the Coalition for Improved Dog Ownership Standards (not the chair) – but he DOES think that spraying poo pink is not really the answer to addressing the problem of irresponsible dog owners who allow their pets to foul the streets although he’s not entirely confident enough to place such a precise figure on the fine that will make dog owners think twice about clearing up after their animals.
Source (The Scotsman)
Today I received a box from the USA.
It contained my book.
My first ever forray in to the world of writing for a publisher who wasn’t, well, me!
It’s been probably about a year since the book was completed, so unlike when the magazine comes back from the printer and the fatigue of working on the thing makes you virtually sick of the sight of it by the time you get it back in its hard copy form, I wasn’t totally against the idea of actually sitting and reading through the book!
It made me laugh. I think it’s a really, genuinely fun book for anyone who ‘gets’ dogs and ‘gets’ what dogs are really all about. They make us laugh. They cheer us up. That’s why I agreed to do the book. It celebrates the dog and his ability to lift our mood.
If you’d like to buy the book, I do hope you enjoy it!