Lazy Dog Walker!

Laziness knows no boundaries. This dog is being walked clear across the pond from England, where the dog “walker” in the story below lost his license, thanks to a similar act of sloth.

Talking on the cell phone while driving? Not the best idea. Texting? Way worse. But walking your dog while driving? There ought to be a law!

Turns out there is. Paul Railton, of England, has lost his license because he got three points added to his driving record for “not being in proper control of his vehicle,” according to a UPI story. He was going only 5 mph on a very quiet street, but he ‘fessed up to the charge, which put his points — already teetering at 9 — in the lose-your-license limit.

Railton won’t be allowed to drive for six months. That’s good news for his dog. And even Railton is trying to look on the bright side. “I might save myself some money not having a car.”

Slow Motion Dogs

Slow motion does wonders for letting us see the nuances of our dogs’ movements and expressions. This gorgeous slow-mo video — as it turns out, a commercial for Pedigree — has an interesting story behind it.

Director Bob Purman used a Phantom camera at 1,000 fps (frames per second) to capture these expressive canines in action.

The director was initially charged with shooting two spots, a “Catch” and a “Jump” execution. The director says: “The ‘Catch’ spot was to be a series of shots of dogs looking with anticipation as a piece of dog food is flying through the air towards them. We shot close-ups of the dogs at 1000 fps. The result was really wonderfully anthropomorphic. The super slow motion really captured this intense sense of desire in the dogs’ eyes. To me it was equal parts awe inspiring and hilarious to see so rich a palate of personality in a dog’s facial expressions.

A few days after the shoot I started to get emails…with the different iterations of the spots cut to different music selections, all of them interesting for different reasons. But then they put footage from the two spots together to form this new greater whole that really exploits the dynamics of the dogs’ athleticism and their emotive personality in slowed time.”

Ten Commandments for a Responsible Pet Owner

  1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
  2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
  3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
  4. Don’t be angry with me for long and don’t lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainments. But I have only you.
  5. Talk to me. Even if I don’t understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
  6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
  7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I have teeth that could easily crush the bones in your hand, and yet I choose not to bite you.
  8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I’m not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long or my heart might be getting old or weak.
  9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too will grow old.
  10. On the difficult journey, on the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can’t bear to watch. Don’t make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there. Because I love you so.

Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less  joyful thing without God’s critters. Please pass this on to other pet owners.