Wednesday 17 November 2010

Tut, tut, tut...

This afternoon, this comment landed in my moderator's inbox - in response to my blog on Sunday showing the bulldogs at Discover Dogs in respiratory distress.

"We wonder Jemima why you do not make it clear these dogs had been there for several hours being petted by hundreds of people and therefore excited so would normally pant.It is interesting when watching the video that in one light the dogs tongues are red and when turned away from the light appear purple.We also understand that when the vet arrived at the stand he thought the dog had gone home as he did not dind a distressed dog ,what he found was one that was asleep!!!! That is how distressed he was.When the dogs owner became infuriated by the untrue allegation by this constnt pedigree dog basher ,It was felt it best she left before she caused mayhem. We also wonder if Jemima got the owners permission to video her dogs? Of course giving the hats does not provide for the sensation seeking publicity that distortion provides."

The bulldog was just "excited"?

Its distress was "a trick of the light"?
When the vet arrived the bulldog was "asleep"?

The footage of the bulldog was "distorted"?

That's funny.

To recap, the sequence of events was as follows:

I turn up at the bulldog stand to find two adult dogs panting hard, restless and with one, particularly, in real distress.

I film them, then go immediately to the veterinary centre and report that the dogs are in trouble.

Eric the vet goes and gets the Kennel Club's Caroline Kisko and they go straight to the bulldog stand.

I return to the bulldog stand as show-vet Eric and Caroline Kisko are talking with the bulldog owners. The bulldogs are still panting hard. But don't take my word for it. Here's another bit of footage and, right at the end, note the woman wearing black slacks and a short maroon jacket. That is Caroline Kisko, just before she ushered the owners and their bulldogs away from the stand. Eric the vet was right behind her.

Two bulldogs. Both still panting. Not quite as bad as they were 10 minutes previously, but neither of them asleep.

Not sure who is trying to spin their way out of this one. The KC? The bulldog's owners?

But shame on you.


  1. "ushered away"
    it looks like the poor dog was dragged away.

  2. It does look like the bulldog is in distress and having trouble getting enough air, poor dog.

    When does one need permission to film abuse? and you showed the dog's suffering, not focusing on the people anyway.

    Breeding dogs to have cute mutations that cause the dog to suffer is just plain wrong!

    Although some out-dated dog breeders might growl at you Jemima, many people are on your side, including most of the under 30 year olds (here in America).

  3. I'm not particulary interested in this article but read it for interests sake and i am somewhat perturbed by your statement that you found these dogs in much distress but yet you stopped to film them first before seeking vetinary assistance?
    IF i saw a dog in distress my first actions would not be to go into my bag and take out a videocamera so unfortunately your article cannot really be taken in all its seriousness and you are as much guilty as the breeders of misharm to the dogs (albeit in a lesser capacity but none the less).
    If you are going to try and produce a captivating article at the very least practice what you preach.

    1. She was filming them to show to the vet. The response itself shows that the vet would not have helped the dogs without proof of their distress.

  4. Poor dogs and this is thought of acceptable for whose pleasure?