Friday, January 23, 2009

Sumo the Depressed Poodle Bites Homme Sacre Bleu!

More in the "You Couldn't Make It Up Department" courtesy of the Daily Mail via Alex Massey

Former French president Jacques Chirac was rushed to hospital after being
mauled by his own 'clinically depressed' pet dog.
The 76-year-old statesman
was savaged by his white Maltese dog - which suffers from frenzied fits and is
being treated with anti-depressants.
The animal, named Sumo, had become
increasingly violent over the past years and was prone to making 'vicious,
unprovoked attacks', Chirac's wife Bernadette said.

My family are always talking about getting a poodle. I hate them. My grandparents had miniature poodles and they were a pain in the neck to look after and look silly. I would be the one who would have to take it for walks and I will not do that. It would make me even more depressed.

I wonder how they evaluate depression in dogs? Recently I was listening to a radio programme about all the humanising of dogs and the development of specialty services for dogs including socialisation coaches, dog psychiatrists, dog hypnotists, dog nutritionists, dog manicurists and the like. Don't get me started on dogs going to bed with owners. Enough. They are dogs and should be allowed to be so.

During our holiday here in Canberra I was forced to endure Hotel for Dogs with the kids. Very annoying movie.

All this is depressing as I hear more and more requests from the kids for another dog. Don't they know how much work they are?

Rant over.

So thanks Sumo for lighting up my day. Can't say I blame you living with that Pompous Arrogant Frog and I am keeping this article for future defence against eager requests for poodles.


Tony.T said...

True story. The dog is actually Snowy from Tintin.

Tony.T said...


"My family are always talking about getting a poodle. I hate them."

Possibly calls for a re-bore and tyre change.

bigrab said...

For a politician wishing to have an obedient and loyal dog, they could do worse than emulate the example of the loving relationship between George W Bush and his poodle Tony Blair.

Colin Campbell said...

John Howard too. And did they bite him? No. Just their own constituents. Well they are not coming back to bite us any more.

I was thinking of sending the dog a present.

jmb said...

Did you know that poodles are number two on the list of the fifty most intelligent dogs? Yes number two. Did you know that they have hair and not fur and it grows continually and they cost a fortune at the groomers? And imagine hunting for ticks in that thick hair. Yes the small one are a bit yappy. But in my opinion a standard poodle is one of the finest dogs one could own, however I'm a small dog person as an owner myself, since they are indoor creatures here.

Tony.T said...

Dogs: The dumb and the smart of it.

Ann oDyne said...

Chirac's doglet has my support, as does JMB above. I have had the pleasure of poodle ownership. They are second only to the border collie for intelligence, and BCs also go mad crazy when owned by dumb people who put them in the wrong environment for their nature.

There are no 'bad' dogs, only really stupid owners.

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