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Seppo Ranki of Glenhaven reports: “A cousin has alerted me to the fact Finland’s presidential family has a new ‘First Puppy’ with an Australian connection. It is a Tenterfield terrier named Osku.”

Still hounding, Joan Dalgleish of Ballina “thought pet sofas were a bit over the top until I came upon a section of the pet food aisle in our supermarket looking exactly like the self-serve dried fruit and nuts selection for humans. In this case, the containers were devoted to doggie snacks. You could choose from joint mobility biscuits with added glucosamine, inner health with added charcoal, hemp-infused ones and yoghurt drops. Training treats came in kangaroo, liver, beef, chicken and, for pescetarian dogs, salmon. Other delights included smoked-lamb bone, pork-trotter discs and chicken necks. In my childhood days our dogs were fed scraps and the occasional bone from the butcher. No doubt about it, the world is definitely going to the dogs.”

Ice age or pandemic? Helen Gregory of Penshurst says: “My two-year-old grandson’s first string of words together was ‘Hey, Google, play Into the Unknown on Spotify.’ A sign of the times maybe? Admittedly, the song is from Frozen 2.”

“The stories relating to fishing line knots (C8) reminded me of fishing with my brother using bamboo rods made by my grandfather,” writes Doug Conkey of Wagga Wagga. “We were beach fishing at North Narrabeen and there was no one fishing between us and Collaroy about 4 kms away. My grandfather was highly amused when my brother’s fishing line and mine became tangled.”

We were going to save this offering from George Zivkovic of Northmead for Christmas, but we didn’t want to be scooped: “Both male and female reindeer grow antlers. However, males drop their antlers in November, leaving them without antlers until the following spring, while females keep their antlers through the Northern Hemisphere winter until their calves are born in May. Therefore, all of Santa’s reindeer, including Rudolph, must be female, or transgender?”

Rob Baxter of Naremburn asks: “Is it becoming more common for politicians to make statements in the form of questions that they answer themselves? Yes, it is! Is their favourite answer ‘absolutely’? Absolutely!”

To keep the mind and body in tip-top condition, Col Begg of Orange suggests the Column 8 Most Boring Domestic Lockdown Activity Competition. His submission: So bored he cleaned the venetian blinds.

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