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Sunday 15 September 2013

A message from both sides of the aisle (click if you can’t read).

Friday 13 September 2013

And what, I ask, is wrong with that?

Wednesday 11 September 2013

Click on the photo to read the sign.  Looks like a setup to me.

Note how neat everything looks.

Monday 9 September 2013

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.’

Friday 6 September 2013

Is Mishka really speaking?  I am not not sure.  Worth a watch though:

Wednesday 4 September 2013

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:

Sunday 1 September 2013

Here’s the story.

Thursday 29 August 2013

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

Tuesday 27 August 2013

Oops, I just missed National Dog Day:

Sunday 25 August 2013

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: