Rover Reporter rounds up Top Dog News of 2011

Rover, our news hound, loves a heart warming and funny doggy story. Here are five of his favourite news reports from 2011.

Pipper the Pooch Peppers Hunter's Posterior

It's nice to see animals working together to give a hunter a taste of his own medicine.

A 46 year old Utah man was out duck hunting with a friend and his friend's dog, a yellow Labrador retriever named Pipper.

The two hunting partners had stopped their boat in a marsh area where their duck decoys were placed to retrieve a duck they had shot, and the man laid his 12-gauge shotgun across the bow of the vessel and stepped into the shallow water.

"The dog jumped into the boat and was stepping over the shotgun and made it discharge somehow. The guy was still walking away from the boat and he took it in the buttocks," said Box Elder County Sheriff Chief Deputy Kevin Potter.

Medical personnel removed 27 shotgun pellets from the hunter's backside and he has now fully recovered. Better luck next time Pipper!

World's Oldest Dog still Learns New Tricks

Pip the terrier cross is believed to be the world's oldest dog at 24 and she still loves learning new tricks. The amazing dog still regularly performs in a dog display team. She only has minor problems with her hearing and eyesight so owner Tiffany Dyer has changed her commands to use more signals and clicks.

Tiffany of Brentwood, Essex, said: "She's a little old lady but still gives the younger ones a run for their money."

It just goes to show how important exercise and mental stimulation is for dogs. Rover wishes Pip and her owner a very Happy New Year.

See photos of veteran dog Pip:

Surfer Dude Dogs Catch Waves

The first dog surfing contest on Lahinch beach was held in County Clare this year and the BBC were there to take photos of the dishevelled dogs riding the crest of the waves. I like the photo of the cool canine wearing shades standing near the cliffs best. Maybe he'll have a go next year...

Dog-in-Boots because he's Allergic to Grass

Cute 8 year old Jack Russell Jaxs wears specially made boots for walkies and it's not a fashion statement. The poor dog suffers a painful allergic reaction causing clumps of his fur to fall out and sores on his feet if he comes into contact with grass.

But Jax's life was transformed after a vet had him tested and showed that he was allergic to grass and suggested that his owner Maria Domanic fit him with doggy boots. The boots are made of canvas and are attached using Velcro.

Jaxs was a little apprehensive of the boots at first but now enjoys running around the fields like any other dog. He is so attached to his boots that he picks them up in his mouth before walkies and even sleeps with them in his basket.

To see a photo of gorgeous Jaxs running in his boots click here

Greyfriars Bobby was a Scam to Lure Tourists

Historian Jan Bondeson hit the headlines when he claimed that the most faithful dog in the world, which kept a 14 year vigil at his master's grave in Edinburgh, was nothing more than a Victorian business stunt.

The 140 year old story of Greyfriars Bobby continues to draw tourists to the graveyard that was once inhabited by the Skye Terrier. A bronze fountain was erected in his memory in the cemetery and the dog was immortalised on the silver screen by Walt Disney in a 1961 film.

Bondeson, a senior lecturer at Cardiff University claims that Bobby was a happy little stray dog who would hunt rats in the church and was well fed by the locals. According to Bondeson, the story of Bobby's undying devotion was dreamt up by cemetery curator, James Brown and restaurant owner, John Traill, to drum up trade for local businesses.

The first Bobby, an old mongrel, died in 1867, leaving Brown and Traill with a problem on their hands, Bondeson said.

"A dead Bobby was no good for business, so they replaced him with a pedigree Skye terrier who lived for a further five years until 1872, after which time it did not take long for the fountain to be erected," said Bondeson.

What a famous pup-licity stunt!

Louise Dolan
Copyright 2011.

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