Monday, February 25, 2008

News You Need to Know

AP News
German Police Dogs to Wear Shoes

Police dogs in the western city of Duesseldorf will no longer get their feet dirty when on patrol — the entire dog unit will soon be equipped with blue plastic fiber shoes, a police spokesman said Monday.

"All 20 of our police dogs — German and Belgian shepherds — are currently being trained to walk in these shoes," Andre Hartwich said. "I'm not sure they like it, but they'll have to get used to it."

The unusual footwear is not a fashion statement, Hartwich said, but rather a necessity due to the high rate of paw injuries on duty. Especially in the city's historical old town — famous for both its pubs and drunken revelers — the dogs often step into broken beer bottles.

"Even the street-cleaning doesn't manage to remove all the glass pieces from between the streets' cobble stones," Hartwich said, adding that the dogs frequently get injured by little pieces sticking deep in their paws.

The dogs will start wearing the shoes this spring but only during operations that demand special foot protection. The shoes comes in sizes small, medium and large and were ordered in blue to match the officers uniforms, Hartwich said.

"Now we just have to teach the dogs how to tie their shoes," he joked

Today in Congress: February 25, 2008, our elected officials at work:


Meets at 3 p.m. and immediately proceeds to the reading of President George Washington's farewell address. (Gee and I missed it!).

Following the reading, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1200, the “Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments of 2007.” (Under old business).


Meets at 4 p.m. to consider H.Res.978, expressing support for the designation of the week of March 3-7, 2008, as “School Social Work Week”; H.Res.930, supporting the goals and ideals of “Career and Technical Education Month”; H.Res.961, commending the Alaska Army National Guard for its service to the State of Alaska and the citizens of the United States; H.Res.944, honoring the service and accomplishments of Lieutenant General Russel L. Honore, United States Army, for his 37 years of service on behalf of the United States (this is the guy that led task force Katrina - he did a fine job there????); and legislation to provide for the continued minting and issuance of certain $1 coins in 2008.

Important work on our behalf :(


david mcmahon said...

So the dogs will have blue `swayed' shoes?

mielikki said...

ah, I had a good comment until I read david's up there. Can't top that...

DaddyKaos said...

No, I doubt if anyone will be able to top that one, it has to be one of the best comeback I've seen/heard in ages.