A dog’s life…

There wasn’t much feedback on yesterday’s ‘blog, although one gay man did get back to me to thank me for not using old-fashioned stereotypes. He also offered to buy me some flowers as an act of goodwill, commenting that begonias, azaleas, hyacinths, daffodils and fuchsias were all quite nice at this time of year and they would match my carpets – I chose something else though and I was hugely impressed with the pansy…

Anyhow, it’s time for today’s topic and you might be interested to hear (but probably won’t) that I’ve never owned an animal. As a result of this I don’t really pay much attention to the latest animal news, so I was surprised to see that every dog in the UK will have to have a chip in it by 2016. Most people were supportive of this – although the people of Scotland were said to be reluctant to give away any chips…

Part of the reasoning for the above is because the cost of looking after lost or abandoned dogs is estimated to be £57million (that’s for the 100,000 lost/abandoned dogs per year – not per dog). That said, it still equates to £570 per dog, so it’s hardly cheap and the dog itself wouldn’t be able to pay it – unless it was as rich as Harry Redknapp’s dog, allegedly.

Many high profile dogs have gone missing in recent years, this included Bruce Forsyth’s daughter’s dog which went missing a few years ago and led to Bruce (bizarrely) appearing on the news appealing for the dog’s return – there were fears that the cold weather and the loneliness of situation would lead to him being confused and looking emaciated… and people were also concerned about the dog…

Looking after a dog must be something that is incredibly difficult and I know this from personal experience. On one occasion, I looked after a dog for a few weeks and I really struggled when it came to putting his pedigree chum out for him every lunchtime – I made a right dog’s dinner of things…

To be fair, I don’t have much to do with dogs anyway as I have a bit of a phobia stemming back to an incident in my childhood when I was bitten on the backside by a german shepard – and the german shepard also had a dog, which was an alsatian I think…

There was also some tragic cat news today when is was revealed that Stewie, the world’s longest domestic cat measuring a whopping 1.23 metres used up its ninth live and died in Nevada in the United States – presumably to take up a new career as a draft excluder. This comes just 6 months after the death of the world’s fattest cat who died in London in the United Kingdom… he used to wear a bowler hat, smoked a massive cigar and worked as an investment banker…

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