Fenton the Dog (oh, and Happy New Year…)

By skepticlawyer

Most people are not capable of staying posh whilst simultaneously shouting and swearing at their naughty dog. Fenton’s owner, however, managed the task with aplomb. His adventures in Richmond Deer Park have since gone viral.

The original video:

The poor beleaguered deer:

This is Fenton!

Fenton is, of course, now turning into the British version of the bunker scene in ‘Der Untergang’.

Liability for animals, anyone, in both Roman and common law? Remember, to the Romans, what matters is whether the animal is genuinely ‘wild’ (when escaping your property), while to the common lawyers, it’s only the damage that counts, and proximity to a highway…

And Private Eye‘s final word:

















Perhaps, at this point, it would be worth mentioning that Fenton is a black labrador…


  1. Posted January 2, 2012 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    The Downfall mashup is sensational. There’re so many of those that it’s been a while since I really laughed at one.

  2. kvd
    Posted January 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Should’ve been put down at birth. Or at least one hopes that he is desexed, so that such stupidity cannot be passed on to future generations. And if he’s earlier been let off-leash I’d suggest bucketing any progeny to save on future grief.

    The dog, on the other hand, is simply (though rather badly through incompetent training) attempting to fulfil its role.

    But I just wonder why you feel it worth mentioning that he is a ‘black’ Labrador? There are three colours: yellow, chocolate, and black. The blacks are, to a dog, the most noble, intelligent, and wisest; the others exist merely to provide counterpoint, I’ve always thought.

  3. Davo
    Posted January 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    mm, thinks .. mebbe i should put my cat .. on a lead (or in a cage).

  4. kvd
    Posted January 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    LE Fenton is not a black Labrador. His coat is far too long. His lineage may well include some behind the bicycle shed dalliances of the labrador variety, but he is far more setter-ish in appearance – outline, earset, length to height and coat.

    Fenton http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3963272/Fenton.html

    Example Lab http://www.moonlitlabradors.com/jagger.html

    And I knew about DEM’s friend; always thought that a point in DEM’s favour that he chose her.

  5. Posted January 4, 2012 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    Ahem, I believe the expression is “once you’ve had black…”

    The Behinderhund would just like to make it entirely clear that the closest he has come to harvesting wild game was taking surreptitious possession of a rugby player’s pizza on The Meadows (to which he was fully entitled under the Roman Law principle expressed by Ulpian, Vigilantibus Et Non Dormientibus Jura Subveniunt best loosely translated as “those who snooze, lose”)

  6. Ripples
    Posted January 6, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Is it wrong that I adore the bunker rewrites? I usually laugh myself stupid (especially this one) but feel some strange guilt afterwards.

    As for the dog, well there is a definite training issue involved here. I support the idea that owners of companion animals should be liable. Good thing the deer and vehicles don’t appear to have collided.

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