This story, alas, speaks for itself. While something like this is unlikely to happen in my hometown, Manhattan, especially if you are a Labrador retriever like me, not so in other parts (the very unfortunate Wilma is pictured above).
Here is the story from Metro:
A pet dog was shot dead just yards from its owner’s house after being mistaken for a rabbit by a hotel’s pest controller.
John Kirby found his whippet Wilma dead on the other side of the hedge at the bottom of his garden, which borders the Meon Valley Marriott Hotel golf course near Winchester,
The 45-year-old heard what he described as a ‘muffled crack’ then the sound of four-year-old Wilma yelping with pain.
The builder said he let Wilma and his other dog Buffy out at night and they ran through bushes on to the neighbouring golf course.
He was whistling to beckon them back in when he heard a shot and instantly feared the worst.
‘I shouted out “Wilma, Wilma” but only Buffy came back. All I could hear was about six yelps.’
Mr Kirby eventually found Wilma with a gunshot wound and covered in blood.
‘I was just devastated. It was awful to be honest – how could you shoot a dog?
‘I want to speak to the person who did it and just ask “why?”. How could you mistake it for anything else?
‘She was just a whippet and a really nice dog who was like a member of the family.’
Police were called in following the incident, which happened at around 9.15pm on Tuesday.
A spokesman said yesterday: ‘I can confirm that we are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a dog within the grounds of the Marriott Hotel at Shedfield.
‘A man has been spoken to in connection with the incident but no arrests have been made.’
Pest control has now been suspended at all of Marriott’s UK hotels while the investigation takes place.
A hotel spokesman said: ‘We are deeply sorry for the distress this unprecedented incident has caused the dog’s owners and we will do all we can to assist the police investigations.’
Is Mishka really speaking? I am not not sure. Worth a watch though:
An interesting reflection on “squirrel power”…
From The New York Times: A single squirrel can disrupt and frustrate thousands of people at a time, switching off our electrified lives for hours.
And an insult perhaps to dogs but a perennially popular video clip with humans:
The good people at Momus Report (an Australian institution I have been told) have reviewed A Dog About Town. A liberal and favorable quote:
It is a fun notion, executed well by Englert. This is a world of wealthy eccentrics, manipulative frauds and even a sly Miss Havisham of the Upper East Side. Randolph as our guide introduces a bestiary of canines, grouped by their particular method of excretion.
There is sharp wit and humour here, but Englert has also delivered a tender story of a dog and his human trying to care for one another. A scene late in the novel with a visiting policeman is quite touching and there is a persistent offhand sadness to the proceedings which pulls on the heart-strings. A Dog About Town is the first in a series about this unusual crime-solving duo and is an effortlessly charming read.
Read more at: The Momus Report
Thought this article worth passing along.
For readers of my books, you know how important smell is…but sound is also vital!
Here is the link: http://nyti.ms/13MyPxC
This sad story speaks for itself, reminding us of the many dangers of the natural world. The alligator pictured above is named Mister Teeth. Here’s the link.
I wouldn’t mind some day trying one or all of the 99 dog-friendly hotels I found on a list (these are human hotels by the way, not the dog-only types pictured above). Perhaps a start would be for hotel guests to have a copy of A Dog About Town in their bedside tables?
Here is the story link. A brief top ten list includes these (a lot of Affinias, they must have a particular affinity for my kind):
The Muse - Kimpton
70 Park Avenue Hotel
Tribeca Grand Hotel