Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Thursday, 7 November 2013
Babe On Board
They stuck this onto the windscreen of a friend of mine's car this summer, when he took his dog on a tour of Italy. He liked it so much that he decided to leave it there for a while, in the same way that others leave their Glastonbury Festival pass stickers.
These days, we in the UK can take animals over to Europe fairly freely, but only if they have medical records and an up-dated chip implanted somewhere under the fur, ready for scanning at the ports. This dog has a chip on her shoulder - literally.
Every time he took his Border Collie through security, the person whose duty it was to scan her asked him to pass the dog through the window and offer up the implanted part of the body, rather than open the door and reach in with the device. Maybe they were afraid of getting bitten?
The sticker reminds me of the trend - some years ago - to have a sun-visor strip stuck on the top of the windscreen which had the first name of the driver over his seat, and the name of the passenger girl-friend over the other.
Pathetically, you would sometimes see the girlfriend's name had been torn off, leaving only the name of her ex, who drove around alone until he had a new sun-strip fitted.
I saw one unappetising bloke once who was driving around in his little hatch-back, and his name - let's call him 'Kevin' - was above his head, written in big white letters. Over the empty passenger seat was a big, white question mark.
My friend is - at the moment - 'between relationships', as they say, but the word 'PET' might be appropriate if he finds someone to share his car and life with. I'm not sure about the image of a dog, though.