Lucky -- recurring nightmare material
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 93 15:35:04 PST
Subject: Lucky -- recurring nightmare material
"We will not have him put down. Lucky is basically a damn good guide
dog," Ernst Gerber, a dog trainer from Wuppertal told reporters. "He
just needs a little brush-up on some elementary skills, that's all."
Gerber admitted to the press conference that Lucky, a German shepherd
guide-dog for the blind, had so far been responsible for the deaths of
all four of his previous owners. "I admit it's not an impressive record
on paper. He led his first owner in front of a bus, and the second off
the end of a pier. He actually pushed his third owner off a railway
platform just as the Cologne to Frankfurt express was approaching and
he walked his fourth owner into heave traffic, before abandoning him
and running away to safety. But, apart from epileptic fits, he has a
lovely temperament. And guide dogs are difficult to train these days."
Asked if Lucky's fifth owner would be told about his previous record,
Gerber replied: "No. It would make them nervous, and would make Lucky
nervous. And when Lucky gets nervous he's liable to do something silly."
Europa Times. October 1993.
© 1993 Peter Langston