Tuesday 15 January 2013

The bum note in 'dem bulldog blues

This video has been doing the rounds for a while and has been universally promoted - including by the dog's owners - as cute, funny and adorable (see stupid article in the Daily Mail today).

It is nothing of the sort of course. What you're seeing here is a Bulldog trying to deal with an itchy bum but prevented from doing so via normal means by his conformation. Note how the dog makes licking motions. (And nope, not a guitar lick...). The poor boy just can't reach because of the way he's been built and that's the case for most bulldogs.

Not a massive problem here - the resourceful dog has found another way (although rather their carpets than mine...). But many Bulldog bitches (and indeed other breeds with similar body proportions selected for by man) cannot reach round to help whelp their pups. That is on the rare occasion where they are allowed to whelp naturally as opposed to by C-section that is the most common way to bring Bulldog pups into the world.

Thursday 10 January 2013


The Hertfordshire Mercury reports this morning the sorry tale of a man who got drunk and shaved his ex girlfriend's Shih-Tzu - apparently ruining the dog's chances of entering Crufts' in a couple of months' time.

Ah well, can always enter the dog in the Chinese Crested class where s/he will be in the company of loads of other dogs who have been shaved.

"This behaviour is completely unacceptable," said Chairman of magistrates Nicholas Moss to defendant Adam Davey, 26. "You do not treat other people's property including a harmless pet in this fashion."

Of course you don't. Absolutely shameful.