The first is the story of a man who lost his shih-tzu. He is reportedly the serjeant-at-arms of the Hells Angels bikie gang. A local woman found his lost dog and put up posters, but when he rang her he seems to have lost his temper and abused her verbally, which perhaps made her wonder if he was the real owner. (We've all heard the stories about dogs being falsely claimed so they can be used as fodder for dog fights.)
He then came to her house and is alleged to have punched her. After this, the woman and her husband say they suffered three months of intimidation and threats.
The dog owner has been remanded in custody. Which begs the question: where is the dog now? The Age report says:
Fairfax Media has been unable to ascertain the present location of Skitzo's shih-tzu.The second report was in the paper this morning. It's a confronting but interesting story about an 83-year-old woman, Beverley Broadbent, in reasonable health, not depressed, who decided to end her own life on the night of 11 February.
She's shown speaking to a reporter about her decision, and on her lap, comfortable and relaxed, is her dog, Lucy. On the night in question, Ms Broadbent had Lucy to stay with a friend who had previously said she would keep Lucy if needed. I presume the friend did not know what was to happen that night, because she was to bring Lucy back the next day.
I felt sad for Lucy when I read this, but I hope she has a good life with that friend, and copes without Beverley.