I've never quite grasped the appeal of big plastic bosoms...I think they look weird and must be terribly uncomfortable when lying down on one's side not to mention having back strain from lugging them about all day every day...
A news item caught my eye this morning...a girl in England has had breast implants because she wanted to be a Page 3 girl and was depressed because she couldn't be one with a flat chest. That's not really the point though...her operation, which cost £4-800, was paid for by the NHS. In other words it was the British tax payer who footed the bill...she didn't have to pay a penny towards the cost.
She did apparently have some genetically inherited pre-disposition towards having small breasts so it was a bit daft to want to be a glamour model in the first place...but there you are.
Anyway, she's thrilled to bits with her new plastic breasts and is looking forward to whipping her top off to show them off to whichever grubby magazine or newspaper pays her the most money...
The next news report was of a poor child who was savaged to death by four dogs...almost inevitably they were Staffies and an American Bulldog plus a Bull Mastiff...and once again it beggars the question as to why people keep those breeds of dog in a small house with a garden the size of a postage stamp on a housing estate...
Reading the many comments in the response to this tragedy are the usual..'I've had a Staffie for years and he wouldn't hurt a fly'...and that is probably perfectly true of one Staffordshire Bull terrier kept as a single pet and well-trained from puppyhood. But more than one dog becomes a pack...and when you have a combination of dogs who are known for their ultra protective instincts over their homes and families then you have an accident simply waiting to happen.
Micro-chipping, and bringing back the dog licence which was abolished some time ago, won't make one iota of difference. Having some sense and not keeping more than one dog of a breed known to be problematic if not very well trained, must be one answer...and perhaps having a special dispensation to keep such a dog in the first place might work.
Our Border Collie, Bobby, will bite strangers. If someone he takes a dislike to leans over the yard gate Bobby makes it perfectly plain that should they step inside the yard then he'll bite them. So when we take Bobby out anywhere he wears a muzzle...he doesn't like it much but that's tough. It's either wear a muzzle or don't go to the beach.
The little dogs will sometimes have a scrap...then all the other little ones join in...now that's easier enough for us to separate them...they are small and easily handled and can be yanked out of the way by the scruff of their necks and banished to the bathroom and kitchen until they've calmed down and are willing to be friends again.
But we couldn't possibly manage to call off four big dogs intent on doing each other or a human serious harm...it wouldn't be an option. I doubt it would be physically possible unless you happened to have a gun.
So what is the answer to the increasing number of attacks on children and adults by certain breeds of dog who are kept in inadequate surroundings by people who appear not to have trained them sufficiently.
Is good training the solution though or ought we to be approaching the problem from a different perspective and be asking exactly why do you want to keep a dog of a breed which requires highly specialised handling.
People do keep animals that they maybe ought not to...chimpanzees for one, who look so much like a human baby when small and grow into ferocious and savage animals once they reach adulthood.
Is it the age old 'humans have dominion over the beasts of the field'...the fact you can own an animal which was once bred to taunt tethered bears and rip them to pieces...does that make you a 'big person'? Someone to be reckoned with? But what about the dog...what happens when the pack instinct, which is still simmering just below the surface, comes to the fore.
Maybe a gradual elimination of those breeds which are known to be the most problematic is one answer by simply never breeding any of them again until nature takes its course and the breed simply dies out.
Until the time comes when people living in small houses with totally inadequate exercise facilities and without the knowledge or the wherewithal to train and control dogs of certain breeds we are going to see more cases of people who die awful preventable deaths.