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Dogs attack Swedish women on horseback

Three female horseback riders were attacked by a pair of loose dogs while out for a ride on Sunday afternoon in eastern Sweden, with one woman suffering severe bites in the face and neck.

Dogs attack Swedish women on horseback

The incident took place northwest of Norrtälje when two women, ages 28 and 67, were out for a horseback ride with a 12-year-old girl near Rekinde, outside of Edsbro.

“Two dogs that were running loose showed up and started to chase the horses, which then galloped off,” Håkan Brolin of the Norrtälje police told the TT news agency.

After being chased a few hundred metres, the 12-year-old girl jumped from her horse.

Shortly thereafter the 67-year-old woman attempted to dismount from her out-of-control horse, at which point she tumbled violently to the ground, injuring her back.

Meanwhile the two dogs, Alaskan Malamutes, continued their pursuit of the 28-year-old woman and her horse.

“Then the 28-year-old jumped or fell off. Then the dogs attacked, biting her badly in the face, as well as in the neck and the rest of her head,” said Brolin.

At the same time, Jan-Erik Hägglund was out on his terrace having coffee when he heard the galloping horses and went to investigate.

“I ran over and saw a woman in the ditch with two dogs on top of her. She didn’t call for help, I just heard cries,” he told the Expressen newspaper.

Hägglund was eventually able to chase the dogs away before attending to the injured woman and calling emergency number 112.

The 28-year-old was taken to Karolinksa University Hospital in Stockholm via helicopter, while the 67-year-old was taken to hospital in Norrtälje.

While the 12-year-old girl was physically unharmed, she was left exhausted and traumatized by the dramatic dog chase.

The dogs were put down late Sunday evening, while their owner is now suspected of violating Sweden’s laws regarding the oversight of cats and dogs, as well as for causing bodily harm to another.

“He’s very upset about what has happened. He said that his dogs have never shown behaviour like this before,” Brolin told Expressen.

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DOG

Swedish racing dog does poo and then takes gold

It takes a special kind of athlete to pull far ahead of the rest of the other runners, and then, just three metres from the finishing line, stop and take a gigantic dump.

Swedish racing dog does poo and then takes gold
Cajsa Grape and her dog Norton competing in December. Photo: Cajsa Grape/Facebook
But that’s exactly what Norton, a short-haired German pointer, did on Thursday seconds before he took gold in the Swedish national sled dog (draghund) championships. 
 
“He really, really needed a poo,” his owner Cajsa Grape told The Local. 
 
“At first I tried to make him run, but I know that when he runs, he poos very quickly and he was a long way ahead of the next racer, so I just let him do it. It was lucky that it wasn’t a neck-and-neck race.” 
 
In the competition, highly trained dogs drag weighted sleds, with their handlers following behind on skis shouting out instructions. 
 
According to Grape, 24, who is training to be a vet, handlers encourage their dogs to defecate before the races begin by inserting matchsticks into their anuses. 
 
“It didn’t work this time, because he was a little bit stressed before the race,” she explained. “He wanted to run so much that he didn’t have time.”
 
“During the race, his stomach started working and then a few hundred metres before the finishing line, I saw him go out to the side, and I knew that he wanted to poo.” 
 
 
According to Grape, Norton is one of the best sled dogs competing in Sweden today.  
 
“He is very easy to train. I just need to focus on making sure that he doesn’t get too tired, because he thinks it's such fun. His brain is the strongest part of him.” 
 
“I think maybe I will get a dog like him once in a lifetime.” 
 
Christer Ornby, a sled dog expert, told Sweden's SVT broadcaster, that, pooing aside, the race was the best he had ever seen. 
 
“I have not seen such an impressive run ever before,” he said.