Bridget the Scottish Terrier eats a foot — or two

Today at the park, Bridget the Scottish Terrier, who has a reputation for foot biting, stole one of those little dog balls with feet from another dog. She has a larger size green one of her own but seemed to much prefer the other dog’s small orange version.

Now, the main reason Bridget loves balls is so that people and dogs will chase after her and try to get them away. And since she can move pretty fast when she wants, this means it’s next to impossible for humans who aren’t track stars to catch her, and a fun game for dogs who are interested in that type of thing but aren’t scared off by a possessive snarl or two.

The best technique to get the ball back if you don’t fall into either of those categories is just to wait until she loses interest.

Well, this morning, as I was waiting, with the owner of the dog with the ball, one of the feet disappeared. “She must have sallowed it,” he said.

“Oh no,” I said. “It must be there somewhere.”

And then another foot disappeared.

“Gone,” he said.

“I’m so sorry,” I said.

“It’ll roll better,” he said.

I surveyed the terrain around Bridget. There was not a foot in sight, but things — namely dog poops — have a tendency to fade into the background at the park.

And besides, it was my birthday so I decided not to worry about it.

Later in the day, however, I heard the sounds of a dog vomiting. And suddenly, there was a rubber orange ball foot waiting to for me to clean it up.

We’re still waiting to see if another one emerges.

Isn’t this a bit of a health hazard?

Illinois politician defends her Scottie dog

Former Illinois treasurer Judy Topinka took issue with the claim that her dogs caused any damage to her old office in the state capitol.

“The Scottie does not shed, and it was not a problem,” Topinka said, in reference to Mollie McDoo, her Scottish terrier. “Other people had brought in dogs as well. Gov. Jim Edgar had brought in his, too.”

Here’s a photo of Mollie.

Scottish terrier spanked, tied to D.C. sex scandal

Poor old Barney the first dog seems to be suffering one indignity after another as of late. Dissed first by Vladimir Putin and then by Karl Rove, it now comes to light that he has also been spanked by long-time Bush buddy, Clay Johnson.

“Barney was on the oval carpet making a nuisance of himself,” Johnson told me. “So I spanked him and told him, ‘No!’ and I put him on the sofa with me. I think that’s the only time he’s been spanked.”

“That shows what a close friend Clay is,” said Logan Walters, Bush’s former personal assistant, who witnessed the event. “He’s the only person I know who could spank the president’s dog, inside or outside the Oval Office.”

Barney’s recent troubles are sparking all sorts of tasteless Scottish Terrier “jokes” so you’ll be relieved to know that the Scottish Terrier and Dog News registered an official complaint in the comments.

Nov 6, 2008 Update: See video of Barney Bush, the first dog biting a Reuters reporter.