Some dogs have a habit of chasing cars, but a border collie in Prince Edward Island has figured out a slightly safer way to work off his energy.
Two-year-old Tucker spends hours lying by the roadside in Emyvale, waiting for cars to come by. When one does, he gets up and spins about madly in a circle.
His owner, Clifford Green, said it was just something the dog started doing on his own -- and only for certain vehicles.
"He's not that stuck on the red [ones] and he don't like big trucks," Green told CBC News in Canada.
Tucker was featured on the Today Show yesterday, prompting some chuckles among the staff. But as some of our readers point out in the comments section below, Tucker’s behavior may be no laughing matter — and even a sign of an illness.
Posted by jwoestendiek April 1st, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
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A springer spaniel chasing a seagull ran off the edge of the cliff and plunged 300 feet into the water during a walk in East Sussex.
After her fall, the dog, named Poppy, managed to swim to shore, where a lifeboat retrieved her.
Poppy was treated for a partially collapsed lung after the Valentine’s Day accident, but has now made a full recovery, according to The Telegraph.
On the day of the accident, the dog was being walked by a sister of the owner.
Posted by jwoestendiek February 24th, 2010 under Muttsblog, videos.
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A service dog dropout, Rip Curl Ricki, aka Richochet, is helping humanity nevertheless.
Richochet was born to be a service dog, bred and raised by Puppy Prodigies, a non-profit organization that trains freshly born pups who normally go on, after additional training, to be service dogs.
But, after 18 months of training, Richochet, a golden retriever, failed to qualify – primarily because she couldn’t be broken of her habit of chasing birds
“I still wanted her to do something meaningful with her life,” her owner, Judy Fridono says.
Fridono, and Richochet, found that something — in surfing.
Ricochet’s journey from service dog training to surfing is documented in the video above. Richochet now enters surfing competitions to raise money for those in need — most recently for quadriplegic surfer, Patrick Ivison.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 9th, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
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Mayor Don Call pleaded innocent to two felony counts of animal cruelty in the February shooting of a McCune resident’s two dogs.
Call was bound over for trial after a preliminary hearing Monday in Crawford County District Court, according to the Joplin Globe.
Crawford County Attorney Michael Gayoso said he filed the felony charges because he believes the dogs were killed maliciously. Call, who says he killed the dogs after receiving a report that they were chasing a neighbor’s children, is also charged with the illegal discharge of a firearm, a misdemeanor.
Call didn’t seek re-election as mayor of McCune in April, but won it anyway, when the 98 write-in votes he received were enough to beat the only candidate on the ballot.
According to Crawford County Sheriff’s Department reports, witnesses said Call fired three times from his vehicle, driving around the block between each shot. The owners of the dogs says they were chained at the time. Evidence submitted during the hearing included the rifle allegedly used by Call.
The misdemeanor count carries a penalty of 30 days of jail time and a fine of $500. The felony counts carry a penalty of up to a year in jail, and a fine of up to $5,000.
The trial is scheduled for December.
Posted by jwoestendiek July 1st, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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A deer being chased by a dog crashed through the front window of a Greek restaurant Thursday afternoon in Silver Spring, Md.
The Washington Post reports that the deer, a nine-month-old buck, upended tables, shattering glassware and terrifying customers who sought shelter in the kitchen and on top of tables as the deer ran through the restaurant.
“I thought the roof was coming down,” George Bourzikos, owner of the Greek Village Restaurant on New Hampshire Avenue, said yesterday.
For nearly five minutes, patrons sought shelter in the kitchen or on tables as the deer crashed around the restaurant. The deer left when an arriving customer held open the door. Minutes later, the deer entered the Giant store on New Hampshire Avenue through an automatic door and heading toward the bakery section.
Store employees turned off lights in the area, which seemed to settle the deer. Eventually, a biologist from the wildlife service used a dart gun to tranquilize the animal. Because the deer was seriously injured, it had to be euthanized.
No word on what became of the dog.
Posted by jwoestendiek March 6th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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