SAM CURTIS: Taking a game of 'fetch' to another level
One of Mr C's good friends has directed me via Facebook to a video on You Tube.
It is entitled 'What Happens When Engineers Own Dogs'. It shows a dachshund chasing a ball. Nothing very exciting there I hear you cry! Except the ball is fired out of a homemade machine.
It is quite ingenious. I'm not sure what impressed me the most. The fact that someone has taken the time (a lot of time) to build this ball-throwing machine for their dog, or the level of intelligence the short-legged pooch exhibits when using it.
If you watch the footage, you will see why Mr C's friend made a point of saying, 'If Leigh was an engineer, he'd lose concentration before it was finished and Bertie basset would eat the machine'.
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I agree that Mr C might find the engineering feat a challenge too far (most people would) but I'd be more concerned that Bertie would do himself, or our house, some serious damage hurtling down a hallway with a wall at the end. He weighs four stone and with his low-lying physique it would be the equivalent of sending a breaking ball rolling through the lounge.
Plus, the little dog in the video has mastered dropping a tennis ball into a chamber, waiting for the machine to draw back and hit a certain angle before firing it through the air. That's a lot to ask of a basset hound who once bit a chunk out of its own ear.
To watch the video visit www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk and search for Sam Curtis.