Something for our guide dog readers
It's Guide Dog Day on Ouch's weblog! Well, OK, that's not strictly true - it's more the case that a couple of guide dog stories landed in my lap, and in typical Crippled Monkey journalistic styleee that was enough to make me decide to call it Guide Dog Day. Look, it's Friday, and it's been a long week . . . OK?
First up, if you're a guide dog user thinking of trying your luck on the hideously inaccessible Underground network, be careful that you don't get stopped on the suspicion of being accompanied by a bomb dog - or, if you prefer, the world's first suicide pooch. That's what happened to Lynn Zelvin and her German Shepherd dog Kona on the New York subway. Be careful out there, folks: your fluffy mobility aid could be viewed as a potential security risk. Blimey, whatever next?
And now to possibly the most famous guide dog user in the country - yes, it's the man who's had more resignations than you've had hot dinners, David Blunkett! Now, I will confess to getting unreasonably excited this morning when it appeared that the Blunkmeister had given his first post-resignation interview to K9 Magazine - "the UK's leading lifestyle magazine for dog lovers". Sadly, however, checking the small print at the top of the article revealed that it was actually a rerun from 2002, when Blunkett was still accompanied by the lovely Lucy. Still, that didn't stop the magazine from being everso cheeky in light of more recent events and giving the piece the following title: David Blunkett - Former Cabinet Minister Talks to K9 Magazine About The Favourite Female In His Life. Arf. Nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more.