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Lego when you’re told & a new view.

I’d like to thank Stonehead for this, a nice new idea about the world of police dogs, less to feed and will not leave a nasty mess in the garden when they’ve gone. The sniper rifle might be a good idea.

 Also another view of the world from the dog perspective.


3 Responses

  1. Loved the take from the dog’s perspective. That ending made me chuckle. Nothing like “taking back the night.”

  2. Good piece! I really liked the ‘human marking his territory‘ bit. I wondered if I was in the position of Scrote At Bay would I do the same? Certainly yes, probably sooner. To be honest, I sometimes even do it when the phone rings.

    Not that I haven‘t fought against dogs before and won, but they were puppies and only playing. My closest experience of being in such danger is probably in my early teens, when an energetic dalmatian called Satelite tried to mate with me. It was a nasty experience, and the fact his owner apologised by saying ‚he doesn‘t do that to everyone‘ made it even worse.

    In light of this, might I suggest that police dogs are trained to do this as well? It would give the dog‘s force continuum an additional option between snarling and biting an arm. From what I read, you are encouraged to think in terms of offering the customer a service, after all. Also, the recipient might well be reluctant to lodge a complaint.

    Regarding a dog‘s sense of smell, an odd thing is that many are so whiffy themselves. The world to them must smell overpoweringly of dog. Like the Queen and fresh paint perhaps.

    (I don‘t know if you read my comments, but in a previous posting I addressed you as notellin by mistake. Sorry. This was of course the blog I‘d been reading moments earlier and I muddle easily. In fact, my dog‘s generally less muddled than I am, and she‘s the only dog I‘ve ever known who actually steps in dog poo. Worse, without even noticing.

    I fear neither of us would ever have been admitted to the Service. The dog would certainly be way ahead in the ‘of good character‘ bit. For example, whilst it has to be admitted she drags her bottom across the carpet more often than I do, she‘s never actually done it during a job interview).

  3. WEB

    Have been reading your blog for a while now and love evry post but can I just say as an ex GP handler myself the new blog TEB is even better and more entertaining than your original.

    More please from both viewpoints

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