Chinese Zoo Tries Passing off Dog as ‘African Lion’

Via Yahoo news:

The People’s Park of Luohe in the Chinese province Henan has an amazing “African lion” on exhibit for spectators. But the most amazing fact about this proud creature is that it’s actually a dog…

Now this is what you call taking a fat chance:

“The zoo is absolutely cheating us,” the visitor, Sharon Liu, told the paper. “They are trying to disguise the dogs as lions.”

Liu and other zoo visitors reportedly paid 15 yuan ($2.45) for the chance to see the dog and other substitute animals up close…

Indeed they are.

Rest here.



The ‘Vicious Guard Dogs’ of this Blog

Thanks Fr Chadwick… I’ve literally been loling the whole day!

So anyway, I tried to picture these ‘vicious guard dogs lurking in the background’ over here, and it conjured up an image that looks something like this:

Maybe having a guard dog or two around the blog isn’t a bad thing? Some have certainly quickly rallied around in my defence before. And many do so simply because they actually care. Which is appreciated. Always.

Are you one of them?



Dog Turns Up to Dead Owner’s Church Every Day

Two months after his owner died, a dog in Italy keeps turning up each day at the church she used to attend.

The Telegraph has the story of the faithful doggy:

Ciccio, a 12-year-old German shepherd, waits in vain in front of the altar of the Santa Maria Assunta church in the village of San Donaci in the southern region of Puglia.

He heads to the church as soon as the bells begin to ring each afternoon, just as he did for years when his owner was alive.

The woman, who was known in local dialect as “Maria tu lu campu” – “Maria of the fields” – died suddenly in November.

Ciccio attended the funeral, following his mistress’s coffin as it was carried into the church.

The dog’s devotion has so impressed villagers that they have adopted him as their own, giving him food and water and letting him sleep in a covered area outside the church.

The local priest, Donato Panna, allows him to sit in front of the altar during Masses, baptisms and other services.

He is now hoping to find a new home for the faithful hound.



British Army Dog Joins List of Animal War Heroes

The Associated Press:

British soldiers and military dogs gathered at a London army barracks Thursday to honor a fallen hero with selfless courage, nerves of steel — and four legs.

Theo, a bomb-sniffing springer spaniel who died in Afghanistan on the day his soldier partner was killed, was posthumously honored with the Dickin Medal, Britain’s highest award for bravery by animals.

Theo worked alongside Lance Cpl. Liam Tasker, searching for roadside bombs in Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold.

Tasker, 26, died in a firefight with insurgents in March 2011, and Theo suffered a fatal seizure hours later. Tasker’s mother, Jane Duffy, says the pair were inseparable. She’s convinced Theo died of a broken heart.

“They’ll be watching us, and they’ll be so proud,” she said. “I just wish they were here to get it themselves.”

More here.




A TV Advert that Talks to your Dog!

If you already think your pet is a fussy eater, be prepared for an even pickier pooch as pet food makers have launched a TV ad only dogs can hear.

Nestle has made an advert using a high-pitched sound, like a dog whistle, which is beyond human hearing range.

The commercial, which also includes an audible squeak like the sound of a dogs’ toy, will be screened for the first time in Austria this week.

Nestle said in a statement that the idea came from an award-winning campaign in Germany that featured ‘sniffable’ posters to attract dogs.

The company is one of the world’s biggest makers of pet food, with its Petcare division accounting for almost 12 per cent of the firm’s revenue.

The 23-second advert Beneful dog food was created using the help of U.S. experts in pet behaviour, who researched what would appeal to dogs.

‘The television commercial aims to reach both the pet and the owner, supporting the special one-to-one relationship between them,’ said Xavier Perez, brand manager for Beneful in Europe.

The advert shows a dogs pricking up its ears and ends with the words ‘So delicious, so healthy, so happy’ in German.

Georg Sanders, a nutrition expert at Nestle Purina PetCare in Germany, said: ‘Dogs’ hearing is twice as sharp as humans. ‘They can pick up frequencies which are beyond our range and they are better at differentiating sounds.’

Nestle’s Petcare division have this year reported first-half sales of £3.4billion.