CANINE VISUAL CHALLENGE: Find the sleeping Pluto


Now here’s a Bank Holiday challenge for you here at the Half-Eaten Mind. We took an unscheduled trip to Disneyland and enlisted the help of the ever excitable Pluto. All you need to do to pass this challenge is to look at the sea of happy dog faces above. However, one of the dogs appears to have fallen asleep in the parade. We can’t seem to figure which one of these adorable cartoon pooches has dropped off to Noddyland, so can you find it?

Feel free to leave your answer in the comments section. All the best!

Via Annie Wiebe and Marie Hiles.

HUMOUR MOMENT: The chilled-out pooch you can chill with


As a news blog, this would be a very appropriate Humour Moment to feature today. The world’s coolest dog quits his lame-ass town to hit the road in a quest for a ‘chill place and even chiller owner to chill with’. It seems even the news channel has gotten chilled so much that they’ve let their proof-reading slip. There’s two ‘ands’ in the yellow ticker at the bottom of the image.

I wish this totally cool dog finds the chillest place to chill out at, and maybe even a warm dish of chilli con carne waiting for him too. Chillaxtastic!!


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PHOTO MOMENT: Will the real Scooby Doo please lift a paw?


“Is it just me or does this dog look like a real life Scooby Doo?”

Relp!!…I think someone’s blown my cover. Retter find me some Scooby Snacks. Roh-ruh!!!


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NEWHAM GUIDE DOGS: Residents offered chance to train up puppies

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in the east London borough of Newham is offering local residents a unique opportunity to bring some puppy love into their lives by helping train the next generation of guide dogs (seeing-eye dogs), the Newham Mag reports.

The charity, which helps procure and train up dogs to assist blind and partially-sighted people in their day-to-day lives, is currently appealing for Newham residents to help give a temporary home to guide dog puppies. This volunteering role, known as Puppy Walking, also involves training and socialising of the young dogs, so as to prepare them for new careers living in owners’ homes. They can also learn to be comfortable around people and carrying out activities like crossing the road. Puppy Walking enables the puppy to be socially well behaved, affectionate and responsive to their future owner’s needs.

Would-be Puppy Walkers are needed to provide full-time care and education to a puppy from the ages of seven weeks to between twelve and fourteen months, when they will be returned to the Guide Dogs Association for advanced training to graduate as fully fledged guide dogs.

English: Golden Retriever Puppy
English: Golden Retriever Puppy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One resident from West Ham, Jackie Palmer, who already is an experienced Puppy Walking volunteer, told the magazine: “I have enjoyed every minute with my guide dog puppy. He is a joy to have and the kids love him. I have met so many people since becoming a Puppy Walker and I have seen and heard first-hand the benefits a trained guide has in the life of a visually impaired person”. Ms Palmer is looking after a black Golden Retriever puppy named Wolf.

Looking after a future guide dog requires a lot of time, commitment and love from volunteers and their families, but will result in a very special animal indeed, according to the Guide Dogs Association website. The charity advises volunteers to care for the puppy in much the same way as they would care for a young child, giving the puppy lots of love, affection and attention. Volunteers will need to be at least 18 years of age, due to the responsibility required. They must be able to commit the time needed to look after a puppy, with very young trainee guide dogs needing up to three hours of full-time care a day. Volunteers must also have suitable space in their homes including provision for a special hard-surfaced or gravelled toilet area, and be willing to take the puppy outside around busy places on a regular basis.

If you live in the United Kingdom, and you have what it takes to be a Puppy Walker, you can call the Guide Dogs hotline on 0845 371 7771. Alternatively email the charity at volunteer @, visit the Puppy Walking information pages online at or visit the links listed under ‘Sources’ below this article.

“Help train guide dogs” – The Newham Mag <Issue 313>, Newham Council (10 April 2015)
“Puppy walkers” – Guide Dogs, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
“Essential criteria for puppy walking” – Guide Dogs, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
“File:Golden Retriever puppy 2010.jpg” – Mtlchung, Wikimedia Commons (5 February 2010)


SMOKEY: Dog saves three people from West London apartment fire

A family’s pet dog, ironically named Smokey, has been hailed as a four-legged hero after saving three people from a fire in a block of flats in the west of London, the city’s Evening Standard newspaper reports. The fire broke out at a residential complex in the prestigious Shepherd’s Bush area and the local fire brigade have said that Smokey was partly responsible for helping save the three occupants from the flames.

Smokey, who was given his name by local firefighters, smelt smoke while with his owners at a ground floor flat in Stanlake Road. The smoke alarm in the property failed to go off as the flat began to fill with noxious fumes. The canine hero immediately awoke the two men and one women present at the property at the time, who got up only to find themselves surrounded by smoke and flames. Thanks to Smokey’s rapid actions, the occupants were able to call the emergency services who talked them over the phone as they struggled to stay alive until fire engines could reach the scene. They and their pet dog were eventually rescued and brought out of the flat with no ill-effects apart from shock and smoke inhalation. Five other people in neighbouring flats were also evacuated as a precaution, and all were treated by crews from the London Ambulance Service at the scene.

Dog and human posed by models.

It is not known what caused the fire, but pictures taken by the London Fire Brigade at the flat show a living room with heavy smoke damage. One small red armchair is seen almost completely burned to ashes, with only the front of the armrests still untouched. The smoke alarm installed in the flat, which should have gone off as the smoke took hold, did not operate as the battery was dead. Fire crews have warned London residents to ensure they check their smoke alarms.

A spokeswoman for the brigade said: “The residents of the ground floor flat – where the fire started – were lucky their dog alerted them to the fire as a smoke alarm fitted in the property had no battery in it and did not sound.

Fire engines and crews from stations in Kensington, Hammersmith and North Kensington managed to bring the blaze under control within an hour, preventing flames from spreading to other flats in the Shepherd’s Bush complex. Station Manager Nic Myatt said: “The firefighters’ hard work and quick thinking saved the lives of those they rescued.

Smokey, who appears to be a greyhound cross, also escaped from the flat without coming to harm. It is not known what reward he will receive for his act of bravery.

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“Quick-thinking family pet dog ‘Smokey’ saves three from fire at flat in Shepherd’s Bush” – Rachel Blundy, London Evening Standard/Evening Standard Limited (18 November 2014)
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HUMOUR MOMENT: The dog and the donkey

with Noor Malick Akbarali (contributor)

Today’s Humour Moment comes from a submission volunteered by my friend and colleague Noor. He works with me at our events and conferences company based in Euston, London. He originally comes from India and is a graduate in computer sciences and engineering from the University of Madras, in the south Indian city of Chennai. He speaks fluent Tamil and is a big fan of cats. He is also a technological whizzkid and once hacked into his Farmville account on a social media site and awarded himself $2 million. I have known him for around five years, since his branch of the department I currently work in relocated from their old offices in Oxford Circus, also in London, and merged with my division. He is an awesome friend, always smiling and yet still working as hard as ever. I dedicate this article to him. He loves to tell and share jokes…although granted some of them are not really to my taste, he certainly knows how to tickle a funnybone.

This Humour Moment is a lightly amusing story of a washer man and his dog and donkey. One night the animal duo are confronted by a thief while their owner is sleeping. There is a valuable lesson in the story which might be applicable to certain employees and their managers in the working world.

(c) werner22brigitte
(c) werner22brigitte

A washer man had a dog and a donkey.

One night when the washer man and his family was sleeping the dog and donkey happened to be awake, when a thief managed to sneak in.

The dog decided not to bark as he thought that the washer man was not taking due care of him anyway and this was his perfect chance to teach his master a lesson.

The donkey, indefatigably loyal to the master, could not remain a mute spectator to the thief’s arrival and advised the dog to bark, but the dog wouldn’t. The dog refused to change his mind and insisted that he would not make even a whimper as the master was not treating him well and this was the right time to take revenge on the master.

The donkey soon realised that he had to do something about this himself and started braying. This made the thief flee the house in fright however it woke up the washer man and his family.

The master did not find any reason for the donkey to be braying in the middle of the night and hence started telling off the donkey.

Moral of the story: One must not engage in duties other than his own


Another Version of the Story:

The washer man is an MBA graduate from a premium management school. He wants to investigate the reason behind the braying of the donkey as it seemed very unusual to him.

He finds some footprints and concludes that there was an intruder, probably a thief. Satisfied with his investigations, the washer man rewards the donkey with some lush green hay in gratitude.

Life does not change much for the dog, but now the washer man starts liking the donkey more and starts expecting more from him in exchange of further gifts of green hey which keeps enticing the donkey into being more responsible. The washer man starts giving the donkey some more tasks, thus increasing his burden of work.

The days pass on and the donkey one day discovers that he is doing most of the tasks for the washer man whereas the dog is just lazing around. But now he couldn’t really complain because he has to maintain his rank of being the best and favoured of all the washer man’s pets.

The donkey is now known to be thinking of quitting the washer man’s duties and relocating to the local animal shelter…

(story adapted for publishing by Vijay Shah)


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