Friday, December 26, 2008

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Jack Russell in 'Lassie-style' mission to raise alarm of burglary

A Jack Russell fled from a house that was being burgled, and embarked on a "Lassie-style" mission to raise the alarm, crossing a busy dual carriageway and travelling over a mile to the home of his owner's relatives, where he began barking for help.

Jack Russell's are considered by some to be the most intelligent breed of dog

By the time Cody's owners managed to get back to the house, it was too late as the place had been ransacked and thousands of pounds worth of Christmas presents stolen.
Carli and Andy Jones, both 29, from Coseley, West Midlands, lost a wedding ring, an engagement ring, and a 50-inch TV but praised Cody for his actions which the family believe may have acted as a deterrent for the burglars.
The mother of one said thieves got away with £14,000 worth of their belongings and £2,500 worth of Christmas presents.
Cody left the house on Thursday afternoon and ended up at the home of Mr Jones's parents Malcolm and Jackie, one mile away.
Assuming something was wrong, they then phoned Carli who was out Christmas shopping but by the time she had got back home she found the front door kicked in and their prized possessions gone.
Mrs Jones said: "It was amazing what Cody did. He made it across the Birmingham New Road from the grass bank by our house, he didn't stop for traffic and I can't believe he made it.
"You worry about anybody crossing that road, and the dog is family.
"We wouldn't have even known we had been burgled if it wasn't for him."
She added: "He's a very clever dog, Jack Russell's are the most intelligent dog anyway, but he's very bright and he is a very loving dog as well.
"I was more upset by him crossing the busy road than anything else, because if I had returned home and the dog had gone I would never have got over that."

All he wanted for Christmas was a bone.

Murray, Utah -- Some people just can't wait to open their Christmas presents. That apparently was the case with a short and very fast thief who went to a store in Murray, grabbed a present and made a clean getaway on all fours.
At Smith's Food & Drug in Murray, a popular place these days is the manager's office, where they have the surveillance video. "You had to see to believe it, but it happened. So, it's crazy," said Tracy Jacobson, with Smith's Food & Drug.
A suspicious character entered through the front door. "I've never seen him shop in here before; brand new customer, didn't even have his Fresh Value card," store manager Roger Adamson said.
What happened next is already becoming legend. "I mean, how likely is that? For a dog to walk into a store, go down the pet aisle, get his bone and walk out?" Jacobson said.
Let's reconstruct the crime a step at a time: Entering at the checkout area, the dog approached a young girl. "He just kind of sniffed the customer up, and then headed down the aisle," Adamson said.
At that point, he had a decision to make: Left? No dog food. Right? Dog food. He turned right and went straight to aisle 16, the dog food aisle.
There are so many fun Christmas presents he could have picked, but he seemed to know exactly what he was after. He grabbed a rawhide bone and headed down the aisle, only to be confronted by the manager.
"I looked at him. I said, ‘Drop it!'" Adamson said. "I decided I wanted to keep all my fingers, so I didn't try to take it from him. He looked at me, and I looked at him, and he ran for the door and away he went, right out the front door."
Marshall Tanner with Alpha Dog Training says the culprit's sense of smell is 100,000 times better than the typical crook.
"[He] smelled the rawhide bone, grabbed it and walked out of the store, thereby being a shoplifting dog!" Tanner said.
At last word, the dog was still at large, presumably enjoying his Christmas gift. "He's enjoying the heck out of it," Tanner said.
The value of that bone is $2.79. Merry Christmas, Balto, wherever you are!
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