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Posted by Boghound on May 31, 2011

Police hunt "Goldilocks"

Police appealed for help on Friday in tracing a suspected burglar they have dubbed "Goldilocks" because he breaks into houses, eats food and then has a sleep.

Essex detectives said they were trying to trace Jesse Dobinson who is suspected of carrying out two burglaries at a house in Wickford, northeast of London, in February and March.

"On both occasions beds in the property were slept in and food eaten before items, including electrical goods, were stolen," police said in a statement.

Unlike the fairytale character, Dobinson is also wanted in connection with an assault and a knifepoint robbery.


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Posted by Boghound on May 30, 2011

Pig farmer Tem Sosa tries to get rid of ‘worst dog ever’ in web ad

Pig farmer Tem Sosa is giving away her pet border collie, Bob, for free and has made no qualms about the thieving, bad-tempered dog’s wonky teeth and bad breath in her frank advert.

Evil Bob would love to find the perfect home as I have put up with him for nearly ten years and can’t take much more,’ she wrote on the second-hand sales website Preloved.

‘He is probably the worst dog you will ever meet. He started life as a failed mountain rescue dog – probably peed on the climber and stole their Kendal mint cake.

‘He has caused nothing but trouble here as he doesn’t fit in well with a large group of dogs.

‘He looks older than his years, has wonky teeth, bad breath and a bad attitude. He is terrified of cats, snaps at horses’ heels and nips pigs.

‘He should not be left unsupervised indoors as he steals food off the side, licks the cooker and pees at terrier height so as not to get the blame.’

Friends of Mrs Sosa posted entries on her Facebook site asking if she was joking.

Rich Kemp wrote: ‘You don’t mean that! Bob’s your son! You’d be lost without him and his awful habits.’

But the 38-year-old from Downham Market, Norfolk, responded: ‘I so do mean it! Managed to palm him off on some fool for three months but unfortunately he is back.’

Others joked how it was the ‘worst advert ever’ and that Mrs Sosa would never be free of her dog after being so honest about his behaviour.

Mrs Sosa did concede that Bob was not all bad: ‘His few good qualities are he travels quietly in the car and will lie under your desk at work all day,’ she added.

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Big Mac???

Posted by Boghound on May 29, 2011

Horse and carriage turned away from McDonald’s

A woman says she was refused service at a McDonald’s drive-through because she was riding a horse and carriage — luckily she wasn’t far from a friendly KFC.

Debbie Murden from Derbyshire had driven her two-wheeled carriage to the drive-thru window at the Alfreton branch and ordered her burgers and milkshakes.

Having done this before, she didn’t think it would be a problem, but staff said that due to health and safety rules they couldn’t serve her — prompting her to angrily head off to a nearby KFC.

Commenting on the incident, a spokesperson for McDonald’s said it was company policy not to serve customers in horse-drawn carriages… which suggests this happens more often than we would have thought.

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Posted by Boghound on May 28, 2011

Nazis tried to train dogs to talk

The Germans viewed canines as being almost as intelligent as humans and attempted to build an army of fearsome ‘speaking’ dogs, extraordinary new research shows.

Hitler hoped the clever creatures would learn to communicate with their SS masters – and he even had a special dog school set up to teach them to talk.

The incredible findings show Nazi officials recruited so-called educated dogs from all over Germany and trained them to speak and tap out signals using their paws.

One mutt was said to have uttered the words ‘Mein Fuhrer’ when asked who Adolf Hitler was.

Another ‘spoke’ by tapping letters of the alphabet with his paws and was said to have speculated about religion and learnt poetry.

he Germans hoped to use the animals for the war effort, such as getting them to work alongside the SS and guard concentration camps to free up officers.

The bizarre ‘Wooffan SS’ experiment has come to light after years of painstaking research by academic Dr Jan Bondeson into unique and amazing dogs in history.

Dr Bonderson, from Cardiff University, visited Berlin to scour obscure periodicals to build up a bizarre – but true – account of Nazi ideas.

Hitler was a well-known dog lover and had two German Shepherds, called Blondi and Bella. He famously killed Blondi moments before committing suicide in his bunker in 1945.

The evil dictator was said to have been keen to use dogs for the war effort and supported the dog school which was called the Tier-Sprechschule ASRA.

The school, based in Leutenburg near Hannover and led by headmistress Margarethe Schmitt, was set up in the 1930s and continued throughout the war years.

It was reported to have had some success, with dogs tapping out words with their paws.

Some of them were able to imitate the human voice and one, when asked who Adolf Hitler was, is said to have replied ‘Mein Fuhrer’.

The forerunner of them all was Rolf, an Airedale terrier who ‘spoke’ through tapping his paw against a board, each letter of the alphabet being represented by a certain number of taps.

He was said to have speculated about religion, learnt foreign languages, wrote poetry and asked a visiting noblewoman ‘could you wag your tail?’

The patriotic German dog even expressed a wish to join the army, because he disliked the French.

Another dog, a Dachschund named Kurwenal, even received a visit from a troop of 28 uniformed youths from the Nazi animalprotection organisation on his birthday.

He was said to speak using a different number of barks for each letter, and told his biographer he would be voting for Hindenburg.

Another dog, a German pointer named Don, went one step further – imitating a human voice to bark "Hungry! Give me cakes", in German.

The incredible story of Germany’s educated dogs has now been revealed in full by Dr Bondeson, a senior lecturer at Cardiff University in his book "Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities."

He said: "It is absolutely extraordinary stuff.

"In the 1920s, Germany had numerous ‘new animal psychologists’ who believed dogs were nearly as intelligent as humans, and capable of abstract thinking and communication.

"When the Nazi party took over, one might have thought they would be building concentration camps to lock these fanatics up, but instead they were actually very interested in their ideas.

"Part of the Nazi philosophy was that there was a strong bond between humans and nature – they believed a good Nazi should be an animal friend.

"Indeed, when they started interning Jews, the newspapers were flooded with outraged letters from Germans wondering what had happened to the pets they left behind.

"Hitler himself was praised for his attitude to animals and Goering was a forerunner of animal protection. They seemed to think nothing of human rights, but lots about animal rights.

"There were some very strange experiments going on in wartime Germany, with regard to dog-human communication.

"Nazi animal psychologists worked with the educated dogs, and there was even a school to teach animals to communicate, with dogs supplied by the office of the Reichsführer-SS.

"My guess would be that they were intended to work with the SS or be used as guard dogs in concentration camps.

"Hitler was himself interested in the prospect of using educated dogs in the war effort, and he advised representatives of the German army to study their usefulness in the field.

"Still, it appears to have been very early days – there is no evidence it ever actually came to fruition and that the SS were walking around with talking dogs.

"It is really remarkable and fascinating insight into a hitherto unknown facet of Nazi Germany."

Dr Bondeson’s book, Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities, also includes chapters on acting dogs, travelling dogs, turnspit dogs, holy dogs and exceptionally faithful dogs.

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Posted by Boghound on May 27, 2011

Farmer gives chickens ‘glasses’

A Chinese farmer has given his chickens specially made glasses to stop them fighting.

Zhang Xiaolong says his aggressive roosters have become much more peaceful since he gave them the plastic glasses.

The glasses are actually blinkers which prevent the birds seeing straight ahead – making direct confrontation more difficult.

Instead they have to look around the sides which makes them more cautious.

Xiaolong, of Xiamen, southern China’s Fujian Province, said: "My roosters were always fighting each other – I was losing ten birds a day.

"I was inspired by my own glasses and thought if I could just block their view so they can’t see each other directly, they wouldn’t have fights.

"It has worked really well. They can’t attack each other so confrontations have been minimised."

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Red Faced?

Posted by Boghound on May 26, 2011

Swearing parrot leaves zoo keepers red-faced

A ‘fowl-mouthed’ parrot has left his keepers red-faced after a string of visitors reported him – for SWEARING at them.

Jasper the 11 year-old scarlet macaw has hurled a volley of abuse at a string of visitors who approach him in his cage at Dartmoor Zoo, Devon.

He can be heard throughout the zoo squawking ‘b****r off’ and w****r to visitors who come too close or try and speak to him.

Jasper’s keepers have become so fed up with his foul-mouthed antics they have been forced to try and tone down his language amid fears he may upset kids.

Dartmoor spokesman Tim Steward said: ”It can be pretty embarrassing when he gets into his flow.

”Jasper’s by far and away the loudest animal we have here and you can literally hear him from anywhere in the grounds and his swearwords echo around the zoo.

”Every so often you’ll hear him swear at the top of his lungs and you don’t know where to look.

”So far people have been pretty good about it and we haven’t received too many complaints – I think most have seen the funny side.

”But it’s not ideal and we’re just hoping he picks up a few more words and increases his vocabulary.

”There’s not much we can do but we’re hoping he tones it down a bit at some point.”

Jasper was brought to the zoo as a chick almost 11 years ago, although he has only recently started swearing at visitors.

Scarlet macaws are native to central and south America where numbers of the bird have suffered from deforestation and hunting in its native countries.

The birds are renowned for their ability to repeat words and short phrases and keepers believe the language has been picked up after mimicking mischievous visitors.

Tim added: ”I’d love to think this was simply a case of him picking up the odd word here or there but I fear this isn’t the case.

”I’ve no idea what we can do to tone it down but we have to do something. It’s embarrassing.”

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Dog Board

Posted by Boghound on May 24, 2011

Man fined for skateboarding dog

A Brighton man has been fined £80 and threatened with legal action for failing to keep his skateboarding dog on a lead.

Jonathan Fell’s Lakeland terrier Bodhi has become a familiar sight in the seaside town as he performs his kerbside stunts.

But council officials, who have already threatened Mr Fell with an Asbo, have now fined him after two women tripped over his skateboard.

Mr Fell, 51, a landscape gardener, said: "Bodhi is always under control. He loves skateboarding and is not a criminal.

"It’s something that makes people laugh. I never trained him to skateboard, it’s just what he loves to do."

A council spokesman said Mr Fell has 14 days to pay up, otherwise he will be forced to appear before magistrates and could face a £1,000 fine.

He said: "We know Bodhiâ s antics are an amusing sight and the dog and spectators appear to enjoy it.

"But when people start getting hurt and we receive complaints we have a legal duty to act. Bodhi remains free to skate in local parks – but not in dog-free areas."

Bodhi has become a YouTube sensation with more than 20,000 followers, and has even appeared in a brief clip on ITV show Britain’s Got Talent.

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Croaked It!!

Posted by Boghound on May 23, 2011

German man accused of shooting neighbour’s frogs

A German man will be in court Thursday after his neighbour’s frogs croaked for the last time before being shot during mating season.

The newspaper Rheinische Post reports last July, a 47-year-old man allegedly shot two of his neighbour’s pond frogs with an air gun around 2 a.m. One of the frogs died instantly, while the other died the next day.

The two men involved in the froggy fight lived in the same housing complex in Krefeld, a small city near the country’s western border. Both men have gardens and ponds, but only the one man had frogs. He says they moved there on their own from a nearby wetland. On July 1, the frogs began to croak, an annual occurrence that is part of mating season.

"I heard the shooting at night and knew immediately what was going on," Andreas van Straelen, 45, said of his frogs.

He went outside and found his frogs with bullet holes. He wrapped one of the frogs and put it in the freezer as evidence.

The accused, who is not named in the article, wouldn’t comment on the case.

The accused’s lawyer alleges van Straelen shot his own frogs.

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Dog Tired

Posted by Boghound on May 22, 2011

Bored dog gets fed up of walkies

Will and Jo Erwin thought Bingo’s number was up when the six-year-old shih tzu disappeared from their home in Lostwithiel, Cornwall.

At the time the Erwins were unaware that Bingo had wandered down to the local railway station and boarded a train.

But after a frantic four-hour search, a passenger on a train found Bingo curled up asleep – 50km (30 miles) away from his owners.

The passenger carried him off the train and took him to a rescue centre in Plympton, Devon.

Staff there saw Bingo’s picture on their missing animal website and he was reunited with owners.

49-year-old Will Erwin says this isn’t the first time the dog has tried to make a break for freedom – he regularly pursues tourists eating their fish and chips.

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And Now Class!!!

Posted by Boghound on May 21, 2011

Teachers caught in the act in school classroom

Two high school teachers face disciplinary action after a student caught them in a compromising position on school premises.

School-board officials are being tight-lipped about exactly what the teachers were doing when they were surprised by the student and a colleague at Veilleux High School in Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce, south of Quebec City.

Officials say the student and teacher were looking for a missing USB key in a schoolroom. When they opened the door, they caught the two teachers in what the board describes as an "inappropriate situation."

The board said it confirmed the incident to quell rumours that had reverberated through the community all week. Concerned parents had contacted the board after the teachers’ tryst was reported on two Quebec City radio stations.

School principal Jean-Francois Giguere would not say if the teachers caught in the act are married to other people.

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