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The Reptiles are Here!

Dr. Roger Mugford

One of Ferncake’s (see BLFP passim) favourite stories regards an aunt of his who works in a sub post office in a local council estate. One family had been all set to go on holiday and therefore Ferncake’s old relative was surprised to see the family’s 16 year old son. ” I thought you were off on holiday this week” she said. “Naw I hud tae stay at hame ‘cos we couldnae get anyone to look efter the iguana” came the reply.

However yesterday on Radio Scotland in the morning news there was a feature which claimed that reptiles had now overtaken dogs as Britain’s most popular pet with over 8 million in Britain’s homes. As the owner of a pet emporium, and one who has recently ventured into the sale of reptiles (bearded dragons and tortoises) I was interested in what the studio guest Dr. Roger Mugford of The Company of Animals had to say on the matter. Dr. Mugford is an expert in the training of dogs and we stock many of his products.

An adult bearded dragon.

I simply couldn’t believe it when Mugford, a man who makes his living from the companionship and fascination humans gain from pets, launched into a tirade on a subject he clearly knows little about. For anyone who heard the interview I’d just like to go through the points one by one.

1) “Most of these animals are imported illegally” – WRONG! in fact most are bred locally.

2) “Most only survive a week or two” – WRONG! In fact the lifespan of most of the creatures is extended due to the absence of predators.

3) “They are kept in totally unsuitable conditions” – well how does he know this? There may be cases of this of course and animal cruelty is a major concern but from what I know (considerably more than Dr. Mugford it would appear) dogs kept in unsuitable conditions account for a much higher proportion of animal charites’ work.

Dr. Mugford has in the past been associated with Crufts and the Kennel Club. Perhaps a case of people in glass houses?

4 Responses

  1. Dr Mugford whilst looking incredibly like the probiscus(spellchecker didn’t recognise that title) monkey appears to enjoy flipping this dog up on it’s back(hands,exactly where?), and so does the dog (with its smile adorned!) One wonders if Mugford has a closer relationship with quadripeds (only joking!)than we might think ?….(note to self)…too many closed brackets!

  2. Are you trying to say he’s a w****r Sneddy?

  3. To further endorse your reptile claim Ben-Lo, I was fascinated to read recently that there is always a ‘massive’ upsurge in enquiries about Komodo Dragons following any appearance on Question Time by Daily Mail columnist Ann Leslie.

  4. ahhh how cute. I love my dragon.

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