Friday, August 04, 2006

The temptation was unbearable

Did you see the news about Barney, the doberman who tore up a teddy bear once owned by Elvis? I saw it on the Today Show the other morning, and I don't know which was funnier--the look on Barney's face as he stood among the ruins, or the laughter that the show's off-camera people couldn't hold back.

Here's a link to the Today Show segment. You'll have to click on the "Launch" button and sit through a short commercial, but it's worth it.

Then, if you're interested in more details, try this link to the CBC interview. This time, click on the Lucy Van Oldenbarneveld video.

If you own or have ever owned a dog, you can almost imagine how something like this could have happened. I would have loved to have been able to read Barney's mind right about the time he began to think this would be a good idea.



  1. It baffles me how anyone could have thought it would be a good idea to have a dog guard a room full of stuffies. Dogs love to de-stuff stuffies, it's just a fact. I find the whole story hilarious and a testament to the nature of the beast.

  2. Don't you just love this comment they made....“He just went berserk,” said Daniel Medley,

    Really he just acted like an animal which he is....could we not have suspected this....I still remember my "Pillow Case" dog chewed one of my $80.00 pair of shoes to death....actually just one shoe... I was mad but not surprised..

  3. Barney had a boring job and just had to have a little fun. Hey it's only stuff, er . . . stuffings.

  4. i would suspect that the bears were insured for a lot of money and perhaps maybe someone smeared a little alpo on the bear. then turned loose a very hungry dog.

  5. When I saw the story I kept picturing that 'mad' look our dogs get in their eyes when they are desperate for a play attack. Can't you see it? The dilated pupils, panting, ears forward, body tense...then SPRING! Dog bliss and death to a room full of stuffies. Carmon

  6. I used to have an English Bulldog named Tooter. If I left the house, I had to lock her in her crate or
    she would pee on the couch. I kept a blanket on it. I guess she
    was mad because we did not take
    her along.

    I have only gotten two tickets in my life (oh, dear my sisters did not know). One was near Fayetteville when my husband worked up there. I had Tooter with me and she tried to attack the Trooper. I could have given him the speech about...being a little old teacher and never having a ticket before in my life...but I was desperately trying to keep my dog from biting him. I just smilingly accepted the ticket through a inch crack in the window!

  7. I thought that was hilarious when I read about it in the newspaper. That sounds like something Spot would do. I bet Barney had a high old time!

  8. I thought it was funny too been through that myself, they said Barney
    may have got jealous when his handler petted one. Maybe they shuld have said "unbearably" jealous. :)

  9. Thanks for sharing your dog stories, everybody. Seems like we all agree that a human security guard may have been a wiser choice.

    In the 80s we had a dog named Radar who would take all the throw pillows off the furniture and pile them in the middle of the floor every time we left him alone. He didn't tear them up, but we'd come home to find him sitting in the midst of the pillows, looking up at us with eyes that said, "Now, see what you made me do?"

    Ya gotta love 'em.


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