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An apartment complex that will require dogs

In a world where landlords commonly refuse to allow renters to have dogs, it’s worth noting that an entrepreneur in Denmark is building a complex that will REQUIRE renters to have dogs.

An 18-apartment complex is under construction in Frederikssund Municipality in northern Zealand — and it will only rent to people who have dogs.

It is being built by Niels Martin Viuff, according to The Local.

“There is demand from some dog owners who are tired of there being so many places where dogs are not allowed,” Viuff says. “We want to meet the needs of dog owners. Many are very lonely.”

The complex will be called Hundehuset (“The Dog House) and, while it will require dog ownership, it plans to restrict the size of dogs — none over 100 pounds.

“We will be avoiding the largest breeds, so (the apartments) won’t be crowded with dogs. But if you have small dogs, more than one is fine,” he said.

Viuff said that potential tenants would be required to bring their dogs to see him before signing rental contracts.

Cats will also be allowed to live in the apartments, and Viuff said he’s also building another complex aimed at cat owners.

An official with the Danish Kennel Klub, Denmark’s largest association for dog owners, praised the concept, and said it served as a consultant on the project.

“This is super exciting, it’s innovative, and we look forward to following progress and seeing how the project develops,” Lise Lotte Christensen said.

Christensen was part of an advisory group that made suggestions as to how to make the apartments more canine-friendly, including by installing tougher flooring and a dog bathing area in the gardens.

Authorities in Vietnam call on residents to curtail the eating of dog meat


Authorities in Vietnam’s capital are urging residents to cease eating dog meat, saying the popular dish is tarnishing the city’s image and risks spreading rabies.

Roasted, boiled or steamed, dog meat can be found in markets and food shops across the capital city of Hanoi.

Dog meat is considered by many in Vietnam, as in Korea, to be a delicacy that is thought to increase stamina.

The Hanoi People’s Committee warned residents to stop eating dog meat partly for image reasons and partly to prevent the spread of rabies and other animal-borne diseases, Channel News Asia reported.

Hanoi Vice Mayor Nguyen Van Suu said in a message published Tuesday on the city’s website that slaughtering and consuming dog and cat meat is disturbing to foreigners and “negatively impact the image of a civilized and modern capital.”

The committee also urged residents to stop eating cat meat, often dubbed “little tiger” on Vietnamese menus.

There are about 493,000 dogs and cats in the city of Hanoi, the vast majority of which are kept as domesticated pets.

There are 1,000 shops selling dog meat.

Three people have died from rabies in Hanoi since the beginning of this year, and two others were confirmed infected with the disease, according to official figures.

Lucky dog!!! New York man wins $10 million when he stops to buy Slim Jims for his dog


A New York man scratched off a lottery ticket and learned he’d won $10 million after stopping in a convenience store to buy some Slim Jims for his dog.

New York Lottery officials said Monday that 73-year-old Dale Farrand won the $10 million prize on a $30 “Cash Spectacular” scratch-off ticket.

The Fort Edward man says he bought the ticket while at a Cumberland Farms convenience store buying Slim Jims snacks for his dog Boots.

Farrand, 73, scratched the ticket in his car, realized he was a winner and drove straight home to have his wife double check it.

He collected his winnings Monday, the Albany Times Union reported.

“I went into the Cumberland Farms to buy some Slim Jims for my dog Boots and decided to buy a ticket,” Farrand said. “I scratched it in the car and started shaking when I realized I won.”

Farrand will receive a lump-sum payment of $6.7 million after required withholdings.

He plans to use the money to pay off his mortgage, make home improvements and help his children and grandchildren.

We’d guess Boots will be getting all the Slim Jims he can eat, as well.

(Photos by Skip Dickstein / Albany Times Union)

U of Houston president adopts campus stray

The popular president of the University of Houston became a little more popular this week with her announcement that a stray dog who had been wandering around campus had been adopted.

By her.

President Renu Khator announced on Twitter Tuesday, “To all those concerned about the stray dog on campus for a week, don’t worry. I have brought her home from BARC to foster and adopt. Her name is Ruby!” Khator wrote.

BARC is the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Facility and is responsible for animal control in the city.

The stray had become something of a celebrity in the week she spent wandering the campus, and some students referred to her as “Professor.”

Apparently, after the dog was taken in by BARC, Khator made arrangements to foster and eventally adopt the dog.

Khator’s followers flooded her Twitter thread, sharing their own photos, praising her generosity and calling her the ‘best president’ a university could have, the Houston Chronicle reported.

“Just another reason to love our prez,” wrote one student.

By Wednesday morning, the dog appeared to be fitting easily into her new role as an unofficial UH mascot. Khator shared photos of her sporting a Cougar-red collar embroidered with a UH logo, as they walked together.

Five pound dog dies fighting off bear in N.C.

A five pound dog protecting his family was killed when he tried to scare off a bear inside their home in the North Carolina mountains.

“I thought I was going to die. I started yelling for my kids, ‘Shut your doors, shut your doors, there’s a bear in the house,'” Tiffany Merrill told WRAL.

Moments later, her dog Pickles came out. “(He) started barking and got the bear’s attention and got the bear outside and he saved my life,” Merrill said.

Pickles died in the confrontation inside the home in Black Mountain, a town outside Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

“There was nothing I could do. I wanted to go out there and jump on the back of the bear and save my dog,” Merrill said.

Merrill said bears are “way more dangerous than what you think they are. After what happened to me this morning, who would have ever thought that’d happen? Not me.”

An L.L. Bean kind of guy in Walmart apparel … Or, how to remain rugged at age 65


Don’t be fooled by outward appearances. True, I may be clad from head to toe in clothing from the sales rack in Walmart. But I’m an L.L. Bean kind of guy.

Whether I am hiking in the wilds (which I don’t do nearly enough anymore) with my dog (sorry, he’s not a Labrador, more of a sales rack sort) or savoring a cognac (well, generic on-sale diet cola beverage) by the fireplace (that can’t actually have fires in it), I generally prefer to do so while attired in soft and snuggly, well-made clothing of denim, flannel, or corduroy.

Alas, my clothing budget no longer permits such purchases from the iconic Maine purveyor of classic, durable and cozy apparel.

But this time of year, as my birthday nears, I might actually open the latest catalog that dropped through my mail slot — if for no other reason than to fend off the inquiries from my brother and sister: What do you want for your birthday?

You will always find at least one dog in an L.L. Bean catalog — generally a pointer or a Lab, either splashing through a lake or nestled peacefully in an L.L. Bean dog bed ($109-$249).

The round or rectangular dog beds come in various sizes, with either a denim or fleece cover, monogrammable, and inside a mattress made of either “loose fill” or memory foam. You can’t get a round one with memory foam, though. I’m sure there is a reason for that, but, as I’m nearing 65, I forgot.

Yes, that’s right, I am reaching the age where even foam has a better memory than I do.

The shirts in the catalog most often grab my interest. I know from experience that as soon as I open a new one up, it will feel like an old one — even an old favorite one. Yes, it is almost like paying extra for a shirt that has already been worn. But, when I’m not actually paying for it myself, I don’t care.

In the latest catalog, there are “sunwashed” shirts, and “stonewashed” shirts and “lakewashed” shirts.

I have no clue how “sunwashing” is accomplished, but I found myself wondering if there is a particular L.L. Bean employee who does the lakewashing — who, accompanied by his Labrador retriever, hauls all the new shirts to a lake in the mountains to accomplish this deed. I mean there’s gotta be, right? Otherwise it would be false advertising.

I see him as an older gentleman who preferred this job to being a Walmart greeter, because it allowed him to be in the great outdoors, with his dog. He likely fills his old Jeep with boxes of new shirts and a few times a week heads to the lake with his dog and a washboard. He’d be wearing those famous rubber-bottomed duck boots, which he gets at an employee discount.

“Lakewashing,” I’m sure, is meant to convey an image of purity and freshness and the great outdoors — and it works as long as you don’t let algae and pond scum or boycotts enter the picture.

Fortunately, in L.L. Bean World, that never happens. There, lakes remain pure, mountain streams run fresh, and you remain rugged and vital — at least until you head back to Walmart.

(Photos: L.L. Bean)

Another Wag! nightmare, and it’s a doozie


A Colorado dog owner says he came home to find his dog sitting his his own urine in a locked bedroom, his dog-sitter in the shower and two shirtless men sitting on his couch with a bottle of lubricant and a video camera.

Klete Keller, of Colorado Springs, told Fox 21 that upon his return home on Monday around 1 a.m., the sitter he had had hired through the dog-sitting service Wag! was nowhere to be seen.

He later learned she was taking a shower.

Keller said he asked the two men on the couch to leave. That’s when he noticed the open bottle of personal lubricant and camcorder.

Keller said the scene was “just a total mess,” and included “what I can only assume are bodily fluids on the couch.”

“I can only imagine what poor Jimbo saw in there,” he said in reference to his dog.

The unidentified dog-sitter told the news station she had been using the lubricant to remove her keys which were stuck in her car.

Wag!, the Uber-like dog-sitting service which Keller said he used to find someone to watch Jimbo, said in a statement that they are investigating what allegedly took place in Keller’s home and have suspended the dog-sitter.

“We have launched an investigation into this incident and have suspended the sitter from our platform. The circumstances around this incident are unacceptable, and we expect everyone on our platform to conduct themselves in a professional manner,” the statement read. “We have worked closely with the dog’s owner to restore his trust in Wag! and appreciate his understanding. The trust and safety of the Wag! community is very important to us.”

The company says it uses a thorough vetting process for their dog walkers and sitters, which includes a social security number trace and several criminal checks.

Keller’s dog-sitter had a 4.96 out of 5 star rating on Wag! and had a combined total of 305 dog walks and sittings. She passed all of the background checks, the company said.

(Photo of Jimbo from Klete Keller’s Facebook page)