Yesterday we posted the story of the dog who came back from war to live with his handler and I think everyone oohed and aahed over what a lovely, heart-wrenching story it was. So today, the first anniversary of compulsory microchipping for dogs, why are there so many dogs still unchipped? Hundreds of local dog owners are still breaking the law one year on from the introduction of the act. Figures released to mark today’s anniversary of the implementation of the scheme reveal 80,000 people in the North West are still flouting the rules.
We received an e-mail the other day from the UK Government. Here at Jammy Toast we are not usually in the habit of receiving messages from the government but this e-mail was concerning Finn the Police Dog. We signed the online petition calling for police animals to be given the same status as officers if they are injured at work and the e-mail was to tell us that this will now be debated in Parliament. The Finn’s Law campaign is named after the Hertfordshire police dog who, along with his handler, was stabbed in Stevenage while chasing a suspect. Finn’s Law wants people who attack police animals to face charges similar to those for attacking a person. It will now be debated on 14th November after topping 100,000 signatures in a month.
We have run a couple of cat stories during the past week so we thought we had better level out the playing-field by telling a dog’s tale – in particular the Bulldog’s tale. The English Bulldog has that many health problems that they are going to die-out unless they are cross-bred with another breed, scientists have argued. Due to centuries of selective breeding for physical traits, the Bulldog has become so inbred it cannot be returned to health without an infusion of new bloodlines, a genetic study suggests. The US researchers say the Olde English Bulldogge, a related breed from America, is a viable candidate for cross-breeding.
Here at Jammy Toast we sometimes wonder just how clever scientists are. For years they have maintained that jealousy is a human characteristic as it requires complex cognitive skills which are unique to people and that these skills are not present in other animals. However, they have now changed their minds and accept that dogs are also jealous and it appears to be hardwired into their brains – something which most dog owners have known for years.
Here at Jammy Toast we love dogs. We have had a number of dogs over the years and currently Rico lives with us. Rico didn’t have the best start to life after his first owner died and he ended up needing rehoming via the Dogs Trust. Unfortunately, following an accident, Rico’s second owner ended up in a wheelchair which Rico thought would make a great target for his playful attacks – hence, he ended up back at Dog’s Trust looking for his third home and that’s when we stepped in. He has ended up in a happy home in the end but, alas, not all stories end the same way…