Dog proves that bark is definitely worse than bite

by Leanne Thompson on May 24, 2011

A man whose dogs kept neighbours awake at night through their barking has been fined £300.

John Barrett, from Essex, admitted the charges of failing to comply with a noise abatement notice that ordered that he kept the dogs quiet at night.

The notice was issued on September 28th last year after the council received several complaints from neighbouring residents about Barrett’s Jack Russell and German Sheppard, Colchester Magistrates Court heard. The dogs were (more…)

Police sniffer dogs hinder investigations, says report

by Leanne Thompson on April 3, 2011

Sniffer dogs that work with the police are in urgent need of better monitoring and training, according to a new report.

The National Policing Improvement Agency has said that dogs used to find missing people have not received training to the standards required.

In addition to this, the agency says that there is currently no effective mechanism for assessing the performance of recovery dogs.

The original report was conducted in 2009, but details have only just come to light after a request for information made by Sky News.

The report states:

“There is no consistency in what the dogs can do and how (more…)

Iron Age hound keeps watch over treasure haul

by Mark James on January 28, 2011

harborough dogA dog that was left to guard the treasure of an Iron Age shrine more than 2,000 years ago will continue to watch over it when it goes on display for the first time in a museum.

It is thought that the dog was one of three sacrificed to watch over the shrine containing more than 5,000 Roman coins sometime between 1 and 50 AD. It is roughly the same size and build as a modern day German shepherd, and therefore large by Iron Age standards, leading to speculation that it was a guard dog. The Hallaton Treasure, as it is called, also contains other artefacts, such as a Roman cavalry (more…)

Ve Haf Vays of Making You Walk!

by Mark James on January 23, 2011

Mitzi, a German Shepherd, has become the first dog in the world to be fitted with cutting edge prosthetic foot and ankle.

Paralympians sporting fantastic-looking prosthetic limbs are a common sight nowadays. The pioneering design and space age materials they employ are a far cry from the wires-and-springs ‘can opener’ used by Tee Hee to menace James Bond in ‘Live and Let Die’, but as the technology is now within reasonable reach of anyone who needs it, it was inevitable that it would (more…)

Judge and dog collar’d for attack on student

by Mark James on December 21, 2010

There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth from Judge Beatrice Bolton as she was found guilty of ownership of a dangerous dog and slapped with a fine last week.

As reported on Dream Dogs, her German Shepherd attacked student, and next door neighbour, Frederick Becker, 20, as he sunbathed in his back yard in Rothbury, Northumberland.

Three year old Bundenbury Francer, AKA Georgie, set about the hapless student and sank his teeth into his leg, ripping his trousers and wounding him.

As the guilty verdict, along with a £2,500 fine, was delivered in (more…)

Judge’s dog ‘puts the bite on student’

by Mark James on December 18, 2010

The student life has come a long way from getting out of bed in the afternoon, eating enough Pot Noodles to fell a horse and watching Blockbusters whilst wishing you had the chance to ask Bob Holness for a ‘P’.

Nowadays, a student is expected to storm the Houses of Parliament, smash the state and crack members of the Royal family over the head, as well as get their assignments in on time (or at least think of a really creative excuse as to why they haven’t).

Of course, this is an exaggeration… perhaps. However, one student has cause to feel hard done by the establishment after he was bitten by a judge’s dog.

Frederick Becker, 20, was sunbathing in his parent’s garden when his neighbour’s pet German shepherd bit him on the (more…)

Dream Dogs’ top 7 dog videos: Copper comes a cropper

by Mark James on October 16, 2010

Welcome to day 6 of Dream Dogs’ celebration of the funniest dog moments recorded for posterity.

Police dogs have a fearsome reputation. We’ve all seen footage of a German Shepherd chasing down a lumbering volunteer dressed in protective clothing and sinking his fangs into the poor sap’s arm. Even the most ardent hippy protestor would think twice about tangling with such a well trained animal. It’s no wonder that the police are well known for their training techniques. However, they don’t always have it their own way, as this copper discovers. What happens at 0:28 is just the cherry on the cake…

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the final video in our series.

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Which dog breeds make good guard dogs?

by Mark James on September 9, 2010

There’s no getting away from the fact that dogs are cute. Even the gruffest of people would be hard pressed not to elicit a coo in the presence of a fluffy young puppy, and the pleas to provide a good home to a sad-eyed hound that feature in adverts by the Dogs Trust would melt even the blackest of hearts. Even the most repulsive of dogs can find a place in our affections – when presented with even the world’s ugliest dog, the lizard-brained, primordial instinct to burn it with fire is overruled by the urge to scratch it behind the ear and give it a treat.

However, it’s important to remember that dogs aren’t just here to tug at our heart strings and impair rational thought. Many dogs earn their keep by working; in fact, it’s a necessity to give your dog something to do to fulfil his natural instincts and prevent boredom setting in. One instinct that all dogs possess is to act as a guardian to their owner, but even so some are better than others. Let’s take a look at which breeds make a fine guard dog, but bear in mind the difference between a pet that will bark at the postman, and a slavering hell-hound trained to go for the throat on sight. That’s an attack dog, and Dream Dogs recommends that such animals are best left to (more…)

Which dogs are best with children?

by Mark James on September 5, 2010

They can make an awful lot of mess with the minimum of effort. They need constant attention and affection. They require a lot of playtime to tire them out and give you some well deserved rest. They’re inquisitive, and you have to always keep an eye on them to make sure that they don’t get into trouble. They always manage to steal the comfiest spot on the sofa. They’re liable to poop anywhere, and it’s always up to you to clean it up.

Yes, kids can be a right handful.

If you have young children, you may be putting off getting a dog. It might be that you have concerns about your child’s safety around a pet, you may have your hands full enough with your little one without the responsibility of a dog, or you may be unsure what breed may fit in best with your current circumstances.

You may have also heard a lot of different stories about which breeds of dog are best to have around children. Speaking from personal experience, I have a friend who swore by her yappy, territorial Yorkshire terrier and another who let his daughter play with his massive, slavering Rottweiler without batting an eyelid.

What is universally true is this: there is no (more…)

Top 5 Cartoon Dogs

by Mark James on August 22, 2010

As all good things must inevitably come to an end, so does Dream Dogs’ week long pageant of pooches. If there’s one common theme that’s been present, it’s that each dog we’ve talked about has been a real dog. However, the moment is upon us to look at the staple of kids animated TV shows – the cartoon dog.

There are so many animated shows featuring dogs that this was a hard one to trim down to five. Inevitably, the results are controversial. There are some that you may have thought as an obvious shoe-in that cruelly didn’t make the cut. There was much discussion here at Dream Dogs Towers over who should be included. Other technicalities arose, such as whether K-9, Doctor Who’s radar-eared sidekick should count as a dog at all – after all, he was real in some sense – or Dino, Fred Flintstone’s pet who acted like a dog but looked like a Brontosaurus.

Fisticuffs ensued and noses were bloodied, but after the dust settled we were left with this, our list of the top five cartoon dogs.

Scooby Doo

Arguably Hanna Barbera’s flagship cartoon show; the show stuck to a tried and tested format, with dull-as-ditchwater Fred, minx Daphne and spectacles-dropping frump Velma playing the straight man to Scooby and Norville ‘Shaggy’ Rodgers. Scooby and Shaggy would split from the rest of the gang on the hunt for ‘Scooby snacks’ (whatever they were), and what would follow was predictable. Scooby and Shaggy would try to escape the monster by pretending to be chefs or barbers, Scooby would fall into a trap laid by Fred and someone would appear behind a secret wall panel.

Scooby Doo and the gang

Scooby Doo and the gang

Don’t even think of mentioning (more…)

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