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Lucky and Flo

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These two collegues work as sniffer dogs for the Malaysian police. I was most impressed and very worried about their welfare when I read this article:

Malaysian mob orders $30k hit on two Labradors
KUALA LUMPUR (Malaysia)

Meet “Lucky” and “Flo”. Reportedly the Malaysian crime syndicate has put a RM100,000 (US$29,240) bounty on their snouts. In the past month, the two Black Labs have led police to over $3.5 million worth of illegal, pirated and child-pornographic DVDs.

L & F are specialized sniffer dogs, the only two in the world trained to detect the scent of polycarbonate, a chemical used in optical discs (DVDs). The pooches, trained in Ireland, were sent to Asia by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in an effort to uncover the piracy syndicate which costs the film industry an estimated $6.1 billion yearly.

Authorities have taken the threats on the dogs’ lives very seriously and have notched up security. “We move them around [to keep them safe],” says Nor Hayati of the MPAA. “They are in a very secure place.”

MPAA president Dan Glickman says, “The dogs are some of the greatest employees we have here at the MPAA.”

Wouldn’t it be interesting if someone would also train us dogs to sniff out fake designer bags, watches, shoes and jewelry? We K9s could help not only the design industry but would also embarrass the pretenders and the show-offs who love to flaunt their imitation jewelry at high-profile parties!

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This is one of the hottest days of the year so far. With my black coat, I get a bit too hot, and I wish I were a yellow Lab or at least a Golden Retriever.

I also would have liked to take part in the JettyDogs Championship yesterday, which seems to be just the right competition for me as a type of sea otter. I certainly would like to compete with Jumping Jack Splash, under the title Flying Floppy. Maybe next yea, that’s what Alpha Su reckons. Please feel free to book a ticket in advance.

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Dogs put their best paw forward in new canine sport
Dogs of every description have been beating the heat by having a go at new sport – JettyDogs. The canine competitors chase a ball or a favourite toy off a ramp and into a swimming pool and the dog who can leap the furthest wins.

Over 100 dogs took part in the JettyDogs display, which marked the last day of Dog Train and Behave Week at Ruxberry Farm, near Chertsey, Surrey. With temperatures soaring to 26 degrees, the 1500 people who attended could only watch on as the dogs plunged into the ice cold water.

The British JettyDogs champion Jumping Jack Splash – who can leap a whopping 17 feet – was on hand showing his canine rivals how it’s done. There was a serious side to the event as the dogs learnt important behavioural lessons organisers say.

Spokeswoman Anna Webb said: “It’s a way of promoting sensible dog ownership and showing people how to train their dogs. It teaches the dogs to obey orders and also lets them have fun with their owners. The point of JettyDogs is that anyone can do it, all you need is a dog and a ball.”

The sport was recently imported from the United States where it is known as DockDogs.

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future career as a paramedic?

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Well, I always knew that we K9s are far more clever than bipeds might think. This is our Secret Intelligence. They try to guess what’s going on in our mind, they interpret our winging and howling, but they are hardly ever right. Anyway, I appreciate their efforts.

Of course I do a good job as a guard dog, and I try my best to be good company . But life saving? I am most impressed by the following article telling how retriever Toby saved his Alpha’s life:

 

“Dog performs Heimlich on choking woman”

“CALVERT, MD (USA)
Mar 29, 2007”

“This dog doesn’t do tricks. He does tracheas.
When Debbie Parkhurst, 45, got a chunk of apple lodged in her windpipe on Friday, her dog “Toby” came to the rescue. The 2-year-old Golden Retriever pushed Ms. Parkhurst onto the floor and issued abdomenal thrusts (jumping up and down on her chest) until the obstruction was expelled from her airway. Toby’s actions, hailed as a canine version of the Heimlich maneuver, saved her life.”

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“The doctor said I probably wouldn’t be here without Toby,” says Ms. Parkhurst. “It was lodged pretty tight because I couldn’t breathe. I tried to do the thing where you lean over a chair and give yourself the Heimlich, but it didn’t work.

“The next thing I know, Toby’s up on his hind feet and he’s got his front paws on my shoulders. He pushed me to the ground, and once I was on my back, he began jumping up and down on my chest.

“As soon as I started breathing, he stopped and began licking my face, as if to keep me from passing out.”

A friend arrived in time to witness the canine CPR and drove Ms. Parkhurst to the doctor.

“I literally have pawprint-shaped bruises on my chest,” says Ms. Parkhurst. “I’m still a little hoarse, but otherwise, I’m OK.

“I keep looking at him and saying ‘You’re amazing.’ ”

Who would have guessed that this medical miracle mutt was once just a cast-away cur? Toby, as it turns out, was rescued from a dumpster by Ms. Parkhurst in 2005.

She admits that the pooch never seemed to be med-school material. “Of all the dogs in the world,” she says, “I never would have expected this goofy one here to know the Heimlich.”

But oddly, the dog’s rescue procedure was performed exactly the way it is suggested by the American Red Cross: “a series of five back blows and five abdominal thrusts.” 2

(The licking part was just improvisation.)”

I will apply for a training at Toby’s, I have decided. I always considered working as a paramedic, and this seems to be a good start. With my weight, I certainly could perform a “Heimlich” on a biped’s trachea as well!

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