Dog Bites Man

The First Pooch bites a Reuters reporter:

32 replies
  1. 1
    Shibby says:

    Wow, even his dog is an asshole.

  2. 2
    Comrade Napoleon says:

    Barney is yesterday’s news. Lets start talking about the next first dog.

  3. 3

    Are you sure it wasn’t Palin?

  4. 4
    MeDrewNotYou says:

    Go easy on Barney! He was tired and wondering, "Why the hell are these people bugging me?!" He obviously had the "Leave me alone," look. Dogs aren’t the most subtle of creatures.

    Besides, the little guy is adorable. I would go so far as to say that Barney is the only good thing in the Bush White House.

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    maxbaer (not the original) says:

    You go Barney! Hope you didn’t catch anything.

  6. 6
    Atanarjuat says:

    Bush Derangement Syndrome becomes Barney Derangement Syndrome.

    You liberals are worse than any vicious dog; you just won’t let go of your hate.

    – A Country Under Fire

  7. 7
    John S. says:

    Those fast running tears are delicious.

  8. 8
    Conservatively Liberal says:


    I have DDS, Democrat Derangement Syndrome, and it’s terminal.
    Wingnuts like me are worse than any rabid dog; we just won’t let go of our hate. It’s what makes us what we are. Assholes.
    – My Brain is on Fire

    Your brain is on fire? Piss on it.

  9. 9
    Rick Taylor says:


    First a country under siege, now a country under fire. Does that have anything to do with the election of Obama?

  10. 10

    In Barney’s defense, I saw how that dumbass stuck his hand in the dog’s face. That is not the way you approach a strange dog. Asstard pretty much asked for it.

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    PaulW says:

    Harlana beat me to it. Yeah, that reporter was an asstard. You’re supposed to put your hand about 2-3 feet away, keep it steady, and let the dog sniff you. Then you can reach out and pet him.
    I’m totally defending Barney on this one. Damn librul media.

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    NonyNony says:

    Aw, leave the poor dog alone. He’s having a stressful day. Someone should tell him that he’s never going to have to do one of those awful Christmas videos again – that’d probably cheer the little guy up.


    You, my friend, remain hysterical. You need your own blog. "Barney Derangement Syndrome" – heh.

  13. 13
    Tom65 says:

    Scottish Terrier + Strange Man + Shoving A Hand In The Dog’s Face = LULZ

    Team Barney!

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    Tattoosydney says:

    @harlana pepper:

    Hell yes – you could tell that Barney had his grumpy, "why the hell am I here" face on, and then the dickhead reporter thrust his hand at Barney’s face … the reporter is lucky he still has all his fingers…

    We have an Australian red cattledog (who is very cute, but can’t get on the front page of Balloon Juice no matter how adorable the photos I send Cole are), and people constantly walk up to him, lean over and stick their face close to his…

    HINT TO THESE PEOPLE: A dog interprets you thrusting your hand or your face at him as a threatening act. Dogs don’t thrust at each other unless they are attacking (or mating, but that’s usually from a different direction). You are going to get bitten – and deserve it.

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    Xenos says:

    – A Country Under Fire

    Wow, looking down the barrel at a 3% marginal income tax increase and the dude flips out. Scary, eh?

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    Geeno says:

    You ALWAYS approach a strange dog keepin your handat least 1.5 feet away with hand palm up BELOW the dog’s snout level. Almost anything else is liable to regarded as threatening, and if you’re lucky, the dog will run away. If you’re not, well….
    What an idiot.

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    Shinobi says:

    Poor Barney dealing with incompetant fool reporters all day. I hope he went back inside and chased Mrs. Beazly around to blow off some steam.

  18. 18
    Ben says:

    About the only thing I like about George W. is that he has a dog named Barney.

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    The Pale Scot says:

    Sure they’re handsome and photogenic,

    But Scotties are;


    as has been noted, Barney was wishing very hard that those fools would go away, they were interrupting his walk.

    Terriers aren’t golden retrievers, scotties have no problem making a snap decision that someone is an asshat.

  20. 20
    jakester says:

    How does one send an email to Michael D.?

  21. 21
    The Pale Scot says:

    Death From The Ankles Down!!

    Terriers aren’t golden retrievers, scotties have no problem deciding someone’s an asshat and letting them know it, especially since Barney is probably sensing George’s mood and catching it.

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    Comrade Darkness says:

    Antibiotics? What kind of pussyshit is that? Barney lives in the trash dumpsters, or what?

    That is one unhappy dog, and one stupid reporter. But threatening move or not, I’ve seen well-adjusted dogs happily take far more crap from kids.

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    Krista says:

    Scottish Terrier + Strange Man + Shoving A Hand In The Dog’s Face = LULZ

    Team Barney!

    Exactly. Some people have absolutely no common sense and no idea as to how to approach a strange dog. You don’t just thrust your hand towards its face, not unless you want to seriously annoy the dog.

    Blaming Barney is like when people get pissed off that their 7-year-old got nipped after tormenting some poor pooch to the point of insanity.

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    Shinobi says:

    It was also the dog walker’s fault. They should have prevented him from approaching Barney. They even said he’d been biting people all day. It sounds like he is NOT a well adjusted dog and that this is pretty well known. (All the more reason not to try to pet him.)

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    Jay in Oregon says:

    That reporter was a dumbass.

    I concur with everyone who said that you don’t approach any strange dog that way unless you want to get bitten.

    It sounds like he is NOT a well adjusted dog and that this is pretty well known.

    I feel sorry for Barney; the rest of us will get to see Bush’s back on 1/20/09, but Barney is stuck with him.

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    Duros Hussein 62 says:

    It sounds like he is NOT a well adjusted dog and that this is pretty well known.

    Well, sure. Look who he pals around with.

    I’m totally on Barney’s side. Too bad it wasn’t Hugh Hewitt, though.

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    The Pale Scot says:

    If by "well adjusted" you mean idiotically happy to see anyone who says his name, Scottish Terriers aren’t, they have very victorian attitudes about propriety and introductions, you don’t make friends with a scotty, they chose you.

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    JHD says:

    Barney has just had it with the endless competition from the press lapdogs. Time to stake out his territory before he goes up for adoption when the play ranch is sold off.

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    Quaker in a Basement says:

    Scotties in general–and Barney specifically–have a reputation for crankiness. The reporter got what he deserved.

  30. 30
    The Pale Scot says:


    more like aloof, reserved, standoffish,

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    Pat says:

    brings a whole new meaning to the term…"Screwin’ the pooch"

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    Nillin says:

    Yes, the reporter was an idiot, but he was the normal sort of idiot that tries to pet strange dogs. Most dogs are socialized to meet new people, including the idiots. Some dogs aren’t cut out for meeting lots of people, but most dogs are somewhat social. Scottie or not, a professional dog trainer can teach a normal, healthy dog to be social.

    I’m mad at the handlers for Barney. His handlers (directly or indirectly) encourage territorial behaviors.

    Signs the handlers are fail:
    They didn’t tell the reporters to stay away from Barney.
    They had Barney on a choke collar. (Seriously?! He’s only 15 pounds!)
    They didn’t tell Barney "NO".

    What kind of hacks are inside the White House anyhow?

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