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the dogs in the car go round and round

I find it tastes of nothing, he confides, and it's so overpriced. We were talking about coffee in bookshops. I sip at £1.20's worth of "Mull's favourite coffee" and make no comments about glass houses, while we wait for Jen to find a Barbara Vine novel she hasn't read while the smell of petrol and grass clippings and the distant sound of barking dogs drifts through the gaps around the windows. It's been a quiet summer, but then, it's been rather quiet here since the 70s, in the village where the road ends. By the time we get back to the car, the human seats are all covered with dogs. Jen explains the history of this lost little row of houses as we go to turn around but Jerome (the dog I've met who most needs Dog Island) is getting fractious and all I hear is, "... and that was before the clearances, of course," while a local delivery man pisses himself laughing at the sight of me wrestling a white Alsation bigger than I am.

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marstokyo
1st Oct, 2003 17:04 (UTC)
Dog Island, what a strange concept. Are they serious? doesn't the place just end up reverting to jungle law with dogs attacking each other? they are, after all, carnivores.
cleanskies
2nd Oct, 2003 02:28 (UTC)
internet consensus is that it's a fraud
albeit an almost disturbingly well-done one.

They answer the whole carnivore/jungle law question in the FAQ, though:

"Every now and then some dogs gang up and kill and then eat another dog, but this is just natural, and it's okay for it to happen now and then"

-- there are also separate islands for large, medium and tiny dogs.

And rabbits. Lots of rabbits.
damiancugley
2nd Oct, 2003 09:11 (UTC)
I wish it were real
In principle there is no reason why dogs should attack each other any more often than, for example, wolves do. Apart from the fact thet many of the dogs would be a little crazy as a result of being raised badly by humans. There would be a lot of yapping and aggression as they establish dominance hierarchies and then they would get on with harassing the rabbits...

I kind of wish Dog Island really was real. I could then challenge the various dog rescue charities to explain why they don't send all their dogs to the island rather than moving them from one human household to another.
marstokyo
2nd Oct, 2003 10:58 (UTC)
Re: I wish it were real
But wolves are all the same breed, and domestics are so different from each other. Well, anyway, I have one of those dog-unfriendly dogs. She loves humans but hates other dogs.
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