Fatal Dog Attacks

  This pie chart shows the number of fatal dog attacks from 1979 to 1998. The number of attacks, by breed, is in red; the percentage of the total number is in black. Other breeds       55 (23%) Malamute           15 (6.3%) Husky type         21 (8.8%) German shepherd    27 (11.4%) Rottweiler         44 (18.5%) Pit bull           76 (32%)…

Nude man attacks dog, bites homeowner

John B. Bogart, the late New York Sun editor, famously once said, “When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.” Even more so, if the man is nude when he attacks a dog, you’ve got yourself one heck…

Sled dog atrocity

Having read “Doggone mystery” (Society, Oct. 31), about Whistler’s sled dog massacre, I am fighting back tears in sheer anger and disbelief over the alleged actions of Bob Fawcett, former general manager of the sled dog company. How anyone with half a heart could commit such blatant cruelty on creatures so utterly defenceless is beyond…

Dog phones 911

ICHLAND, Wash. — When Leana Beasley, 45, suffered a seizure and passed out last fall, her dog, Faith, sprang into action. Faith, a 4-year-old Rottweiler, ran to the phone, took the receiver off the hook, called 911, and started barking. Jenny Buchanan, the dispatcher who answered the call, sensed something was wrong. “The dog was…

IN THE DOG HOUSE

In the dog-house.

It recently emerged that the government is thinking of bringing in legislation to protect dogs. I wish to point out at once that I am not an animal rights campaigner. But in the case of a Bill of Rights for dogs, all I can say is, about time too. There used to be an adage…

Walking a dog

Michael Lenehan’s “Four Ways to Walk a Dog” (April Atlantic) cited many important points about dogbehavior and human responsibility. However, I was puzzled by Lenehan’s choice of representative training methods and sorry to see so much attention devoted to William Koehler and his “the end justifies the means” approach. Moreover, Koehler’s human-learning analogy is poor–what…

From Vendor to Businessman, Philanthropist 61%

Aug 15, 2011 (The Herald/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) — His life story is a typical rags to riches fairytale. He fought endless battles with municipal police, lost his wares that include laundry soap, needles, threads, combs and hair clippers among many others and would look for money to continue with his small business…