Dec. 14 American Oddities

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Rookie bomb-sniffing dog at airport has pooping problem

CHICAGO (AP) — A rookie bomb-sniffing dog at Chicago’s Midway International Airport is having a little trouble waiting to poop in the proper place.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the dog has been pooping in the terminals and concourses.

Kevin McCarthy, who heads up Transportation Security Administration operations at Midway, says it doesn’t impact the dog’s ability to do her work looking for contraband. The dog is four months into her job and McCarthy says he’s confident the problem will eventually stop.

The newspaper says the 2-year-old dog has been getting jittery in crowds, but any mess she leaves is quickly cleaned up. Of the issue, McCarthy says: “It’s not going to ruin her career.”

 

Holy cow! Wandering bovine returned to Philly nativity scene

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A cow that escaped twice from a nativity scene in Philadelphia is back in place.

The cow, nicknamed “Stormy,” wandered away from the nativity scene at Old First Reformed Church of Christ Thursday and ended up on Interstate 95.

Philadelphia police eventually boxed in the cow with their cruisers before walking it off the interstate and returning it to the church. However, WPVI-TV reported it was not long before the cow took off again despite efforts by the Rev. Michael Caine to stop the animal.

The bovine was found on the fourth floor of a parking garage before it was taken back to the nativity.

 

C-A-T named D-O-G is star canine trainer

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A cat with an unlikely name has an important job at a training center for dogs.

Support Dogs, Inc. in St. Louis took in the black and white cat over the summer and named him D-O-G. He’s more than a mascot - officials say he plays a key role getting the dogs comfortable around other animals. Assistance dogs need to be well-behaved and not be distracted in their job helping people who are deaf or have mobility problems.

Support Dogs president and CEO Anne Klein says D-O-G is “fearless” around the larger canines and plays with their tails, sleeps in their beds and eats and drinks from their bowls instead of his own. The dogs go through a two-year training program before they’re given to clients for free.

 

Expecting dad stages own pregnancy photo shoot

PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — An expecting father in Massachusetts has shown off his paternal glow with a pregnancy photo shoot.

Peabody resident Nick Roberts surprised his pregnant girlfriend with the photos at their gender reveal party in June before their son Logan was born. Some of the photos show Roberts posing at a beach in the town of Nahant, cradling his visible belly.

The couple’s son has since been born.

Roberts says he and his friend, who is a photographer, grabbed some fast food before the shoot to “try to look a little pregnant.”

Roberts’ girlfriend, Brianna Magee, tells WHDH-TV she flipped through the pictures and “just started laughing harder and harder.”

Roberts says the photo shoot was “extremely difficult because we just kept laughing.”

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