Julie Stalmer 8:30 a.m., May 1
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Dog Eat Dog...Or, Prisoner
I got so lucky with my dog. I got a little guy from the pound that's already house trained.
I'm used to sleeping in, but he'll wake me up at 6:30 a.m. wanting to go out and do his morning thing.
This morning it was at 4:00 a.m. He climbed onto the bed, started licking my face and pawing at me. So, we went for a 30 minute walk. Nothing like trying to find dog poo when it's pitch black out there, and you need your cell phone to illuminate the grassy area.
Anyway, there were a few dog stories in the news, so I thought I'd write 'em up. One was during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Races in Alaska. A musher died. It was the 5th dog to die this season, which shocked me. I'd never heard of dogs dying during this. It seems like they're pushed to extremes, though. I'm not sure why PETA isn't all over them.
I remember the first week I was doing sports for a morning show in town. The Iditarod was going on, and I wondered if it was even worth covering. My first sportscast, I didn't. And a few people called asking why I didn't at least mention who was in the lead. Geez...are we in San Diego or Fairbanks?
Well, I had found a story that said that Topps was making Iditarod trading cards. So I used that in my sports, with my punchline being "I wonder if, instead of a piece of bubble gum in each pack, there will be a Kibble and Bits?"
I looked at my news director. Just a blank stare. My program director had a slight smile, so that was encouraging. But not hearing people laugh makes you think your jokes are falling flat.
Anyway, the AP had a story today about a prison in Boise, Idaho. They haven't had a prisoner escape in 20 years. Ya know why?
They have dogs guarding the area. Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and a few other scary breeds; many of them are dogs that have been used for illegal activity, and wouldn't make good pets for anyone.
A few prison guards have been bit when they didn't properly secure the area.
But, when a prisoner gets close to the fence, they start barking, growling, and getting read to attack from the other side.
It's a perfect system.
Although, I can just see it now. The first time a prisoner escapes, he'll be run down by a dog, receive a bunch of bites, and he'll sue the prison. He'll claim that he was just fetching the soccer ball that went over the fence and not trying to escape.
And he'll win a few hundred thousand dollars.
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