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Swedish baby wins TV fame in US

A Swedish baby and her King Charles Spaniel scored more than three million views on America’s Funniest Home Videos in just one day, after the baby's father sent a video of the then six-month-old being bowled over by the puppy.

Swedish baby wins TV fame in US
A screenshot of Alma and Maja before the collision from America's Funniest Home Videos
The child's father Viktor Johansson was at a friend's house in Gothenburg when his partner Sara Sandstig sent him a video clip of Alma, now 14-months-old, being knocked for six by their dog Maja. 
 
“At first I was terrified, but when I got home, I saw that all was well,” he told his local Göteborgs-Posten newspaper
 
The family found the clip so funny that they sent it to America’s Funniest Home Videos, the long-running US reality show aired by the American Broadcasting Company (ABC). 
 
On Friday the clip made the top of the program’s Facebook page, since when it has gained more than three million views. 
 
“The video seems to have aroused a lot of thoughts and feelings,” Johansson said. “Some people accuse my partner of being a bad mother, but others defend her. I really hadn’t expected such a response. I’m almost a little shocked.” 
 
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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.