NEWS OF THE WEIRD

DOGGONE SAFETY NUTS

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By now, many in the United Kingdom have such exaggerated concern for "health and safety" they're sensitive to even the tiniest, most far-fetched risks. In June, dog show organizers in Keswick made a list of 25 tests for dogs to perform in competition, but two had to be scrapped (supposedly for fear of lawsuits): biscuit-catching by the dog (canceled unless sponsors can be assured dogs will try to catch biscuits only while sitting) and Frisbee-catching (canceled outright for fear dogs could injure their backs). Indeed, in a previous U.K. dog show, an out-of-shape dog did hurt its back leaping for a Frisbee.

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