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You see one or two of these stories every year, because there's an unfortunately large overlap in the Venn diagram that includes "hunters" and "idiots," but here we go anyway: a Texas man out hunting was killed when his retriever stepped on his shotgun.  How does a dog fire a weapon, you ask?

Perry Price, a 46-year-old math teacher, shot a goose on Saturday then put his gun in the back of the truck where the dog was waiting to retrieve the bird… Investigators found paw prints and mud from the dog, a chocolate Labrador retriever named Arthur, on the shotgun.

"Bad dog!  Bad dog, Arthur!  Gosh, I'm sorry.  I don't know how many times I've told him not to shoot people.  Say, do you mind if I rub his nose in the wound?  I really want to break this habit."

(Captain Ufford says… Treat every weapon as if it were loaded.  Never point a weapon at any thing you do not intend to kill.  Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you are ready to fire.  Keep the weapon on safe until you intend to fire. Those are the four safety rules for handling firearms.  Screw up one of those rules and it's possible that no one gets hurt.  Fuck up on three out of four, and you fail at life.)

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