Sunday, January 4, 2009

Associated Press Prints Fighting Words

The following piece of . . . writing appeared today from the Associated Press, a group of Plonkers better know for their work in believing what comes out of the mouth of the Bushman.

Leonberger Dogs 'A Lifelong Commitment'

Associated Press - January 4, 2009 2:25 PM ET

"POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - Horses are a familiar site at many Wyoming homes. But dogs as large as small horses aren't.
"A Powell family has two Leonberger dogs that stand chest high to most adults.
"The smaller of the two big dogs owned by Paul and Mary Ann Smith is 4 years old and weighs about 100 pounds. The bigger one is 20 months old and weighs 140 pounds.
"The European breed is uncommon in the United States. Leonbergers are descended from Newfoundlands and St. Bernards, with great Pyranese added to breed out the problem of drooling.

"Like their Newfoundland ancestors, Leonbergers love to swim and are used as water rescue dogs. But they also love to run and are more energetic than Newfoundlands.
"In addition, they are very protective of children."

(Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Now, we have no issue whatsoever with the Leonberger, except for the name of the poor breed. "We'll have two Leonbergers and two large fries!!!"
That aside, what is "the problem with drooling"? It's common in humans, but you don't see them manufacturing a "Humanberger". And of course it's necessary for health reasons that the AP didn't bother to think about.

Second, where is the proof that Leon is more energetic than Newf? That's just nonsense. Why today I ran at least 20 yards without stopping. But all kidding aside, what the heck does it mean to be "more energetic"? Can they swim for hours in almost freezing water. Are there accounts of them saving lives? Do they cart? Come on AP, let's see some evidence rather than baseless conclusions. And while you're at it, put your spellchecker on because it's the "Great Pyrenees" -- that's P Y R E N E E S. What a group of toe-rags.

For the love of dog, this is going to be a long year.