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Automatic dogwash opens

A gas station in Herefordshire, England has set up an automatic "dogwash".
 
The $23,900 system has a 12-minute cycle, including shampoo, rinse, delousing and blow-dry features.
 
Stephen Morgan, who runs Newtown Cross Garage near Ledbury, invested in the height-adjustable platform after spotting the devices in Spain.
 
Mr Morgan said it had attracted about 30 customers in the few days since it opened.
 
He said: "Washing a dog at home can be a nightmare and this is proving to be a popular alternative."
 
March, 2003

 
Barking dog forces New Zealand plane to
    turn back
 
An Air New Zealand aircraft was forced to turn around after a dog chewed its way out of a box in the hold and began barking.
 
The plane was 10 minutes into a flight from Invercargill to Christchurch when the pilot decided to turn back.
 
Air New Zealand spokeswoman, Rosie Paul, said: "The pilot went to check on the dog and it was distressed."
 
The airline hasn't confirmed a police report that the captain hit the dog with an axe when it snuffled its nose under the cockpit door. The cargo hold on ATR aircraft is directly behind the cockpit.
 
When the plane landed and the cargo door was opened, the dog jumped down and fled towards Invercargill.
 
The 17-month-old dog, named Puhi, was eventually caught by police and handed over to animal control officers until owner Dennis Ututaonga collected her.
 
Mr Ututaonga wasn't surprised Puhi had chewed her way out of the box, saying: "She manages to chew through golf balls."
 
Puhi will try again to make the journey to Christchurch and then on to Nelson, next week, says the New Zealand Herald.

March, 2003


 
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Dog groomer reported to police over bad
    haircut
 
A dog groomer has been reported to police in Nebraska for giving a poodle a bad haircut.
 
The dog's owner has made a complaint for 'destruction of property', saying her pet's appearance was ruined.
 
According to the woman, the groomer nicked Shadow's skin, cut off its topknot and poked the dog in eye.
 
She told police in Omaha Shadow has been so traumatised by his trim that he won't come when he's called.
 
March, 2003

  
German artist plans brothel for dogs
 
A German artist is planning to open the world's first brothel for dogs in Berlin.
 
Karl-Friedrich Lentze from Euskirchen has already applied for permission from Berlin's business authority.
 
Mr Lentze, 54, says dogs like his own Jack Russell mix Karlchen are finding it increasingly hard to satisfy their desires while being taken for walks.
 
Dog-owners will have to pay $32 if they want their pets to have sex at the new canine nightclub.
 
Mr Lentze says Karlchen will work as a door-dog to make sure there is no trouble with unwanted guests.
 
"Of course, we'll be happy to receive female and gay dogs, too, it's a democratic thing," he told the Express newspaper.
 
Even if he does not receive permission from Berlin authorities, Lentze says the exercise will be good for his artwork, as long as it creates public interest.
 
"It's a form of satire that criticises society," he said. "I used to paint and create sculptures, this is just the next step."
 
 
March, 2003

 
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