Oui oui: France’s presidential pooch leaves palace puddle

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French President's wife Brigitte Macron (C-L) speaks with colleagues, next to the president's dog Nemo (R), at the Elysee Palace in Paris, in this October 12, 2017 photo. (AFP)
Updated 23 October 2017
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Oui oui: France’s presidential pooch leaves palace puddle

PARIS: President Emmanuel Macron’s dog Nemo has been filmed casually peeing on an ornate fireplace at the Elysee Palace as the French leader met with members of his government.
Macron’s meeting with the three junior ministers was interrupted by the sound of Nemo relieving himself noisily and at length behind them, much to their amusement.
“He is doing something quite exceptional,” says Macron in the video recorded by the LCI news channel.
“It happens often?” asks one of the ministers.
“No,” Macron replies laughing, “You have triggered a totally unusual behavior in my dog.”
Nemo, a black two-year-old labrador-griffin cross, is regularly photographed accompanying Macron and his wife Brigitte on official duties.
The Macrons adopted the dog from a rescue center in August.
Nemo is not the first presidential pooch to misbehave.
Nicolas Sarkozy’s dogs reportedly caused thousands of euros (dollars) worth of damage to furniture in the palace.
And Jacques Chirac’s Maltese Bichon Sumo, apparently unable to cope with a return to the humdrum life after leaving the gilded splendour of the Elysee, had to undergo treatment for depression after biting his master three times.


Woman refuses flood rescue unless her 25 dogs go too

An aerial view shows partially submerged houses at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala, India, August 17, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 19 August 2018
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Woman refuses flood rescue unless her 25 dogs go too

  • Dozens of military and coast guard helicopters took troops to high risk areas seeking people trapped on the roofs of submerged buildings
  • One a heavily pregnant woman Sajita Jabeel, 25, gave birth just after her rescue

KOCHI, India: A woman refused to leave her flooded house in India’s Kerala state without her 25 dogs, a rescuer said Saturday, as the death toll continued to rise.
The dogs were found cowering on beds in the flooded house with water rising when an animal welfare group arrived for a last-gasp rescue, said Sally Varma of Humane Society International.
The woman, who uses only one name Sunitha, was found by rescuers in Thrissur, one of the districts worst hit by floods in Kerala that have left at least 324 dead.
But she refused to leave her house unless her dogs, all strays or abandoned pets, were taken too, Varma told AFP.
“She sent back volunteers and rescue officials because they said they could not evacuate her dogs.
“She was just not willing to leave her dogs behind. She then managed to get in touch with us,” Varma added.
“When the rescue team reached her house, it was completely flooded and the dogs were huddled on beds.”
Sunitha, her husband and the dogs are now staying at a special shelter as the relief camps set up for the disaster refused animals.
Varma said she has started a fundraiser for Sunitha and her pets so a kennel could be built at her home after the floods recede.