Wednesday, October 31, 2007
However, some watchdog groups have claimed that there are other secret canine "mercenaries" who operate in the shadows, and whose missions are highly classified.
These stealth operatives are highly trained in a variety of unorthodox arts of war including sabotage, assassination, and espionage. If you believe that your dog is part of this elite group, you may consider honoring and identifying them with this intimidating new apparel. The apparel is lightweight and aerodynamic so that your dog will achieve maximum success in their missions, and remain virtually invisible in snowstorms.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Turkey has been threatening to launch cross-border operations to seek out rebels from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), who are hiding in the rugged Qandil Mountains of northern Iraq and attacking Turkey.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Two men are in custody, wounded in a shootout after they allegedly came to pick up a ransom. The victim is safe and doesn't seem to be all the worse for his terrifying experience. It sounds like a movie plot or some fiction novel. But it really happened in Bogota, Colombia - and it's even stranger than the scenario would suggest.
Because the cause of all this violence and gunplay is a family dog.
Kidnappers snatched the animal from a rich neighbourhood in Bogota last month while the owners were away and demanded US$350,000 for his safe return. When the abductors made contact with the owners of the German shepherd (similar to the one pictured in the file photo, top left), they contacted police. Authorities then arranged a sting to lure out the pooch-takers, which ended when two men were shot last Tuesday after they apparently came to pick up the ransom.
The story moved between high drama and outright farce, after his captors sent the family a video of their pet to prove he was still alive. It was accompanied by a note that read, "This is how your dog cries at night."
The standoff finally ended when the hostage - named Aldo de Fescol - was dropped off at a veterinarian's office on Friday, with the remaining members of the conspiracy leaving a note saying he needed a bath. The animal wasn't hurt and was returned in good condition, apparently none the worse for wear.
Kidnapping is unfortunately common in the country, a favourite tactic of drug runners and guerillas trying to raise quick cash. But in this case, the effort went unrewarded. Police confirm no ransom was paid for Aldo, who's happily back with his family after their dogged pursuit of justice.
citynews.ca File photo credit: Rob Elliott/AFP/Getty Images
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
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Monday, October 15, 2007
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007
After WWII, in 1950, the Chinese People's Liberation Army invaded the Lhasa Apso's native country of Tibet, crushing a resistance of monks and farmers armed with pitchforks and swords. China then claimed sovereignty over the area, making it official with an agreement ratified in the city of Lhasa later that year.
After the brutal invasion, China began a campaign of state terrorism which led to the death, torture, or disappearance of over 1 million Tibetans. (an accusation that the Chinese government denies) Fearing for his life, the current Dalai Lama fled to India where he still remains in exile today. Canine calls to "Free Tibet," demand an end to the violent Chinese occupation of this peaceful country.
The Lhasa Apso have been given a prominent role in the Tibetan flag, (above) because of their fearless, resilient nature. - Qualities that they share with the Tibetan people, as well as the "Seng-Kyi" - the mythical snow lions of the Himalayas for which they were named.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Police say that the dog was in disguise, attempting to gain entrance to the athlete's home by impersonating former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders.
Witnesses described the animal as "cold and calculating" and speculate that the dog was out to seek revenge against Vick for a recent animal cruelty conviction.
Although formal charges have not been brought against the animal, Vick has reportedly obtained a second bodyguard as a precaution.