Hilarious moment a dog climbs tree in New Mexico to catch a roadrunner

Meep Meep! Hilarious moment a dog attempts to climb a tree in pursuit of a roadrunner before he is outsmarted by the bird – just like in the Warner Bros cartoon – and goes crashing to the ground

  • Toby, the ‘looney’ dog, was caught on video trying to catch a roadrunner 
  • The pup is seen breaking several branches as he scrambled up the tree  
  • Once he got to the top, Toby lost his footing and came crashing down into a bush
  • The hilarious moment took place on February 3 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

This is the hilarious moment a ‘loony’ pooch tried his luck at catching a roadrunner perched at the top of a tree. 

In the video, Toby the dog spotted the bird sitting up in a tree.

Withing a matter of seconds, Toby was scrambling up the tree as the weight of his body broke several branches. 

‘Are you serious right now?’ Toby’s owner yells at him. ‘Aye, come down!’ the pup’s owner says as he records. 

This is the hilarious moment ‘looney’ pooch, Toby (left), tried his luck at catching a roadrunner perched at the top of a tree in Albuquerque, New Mexico

In the video, Toby the dog spotted the bird sitting up in a tree. Withing a matter of seconds, Toby was scrambling up the tree as the weight of his body broke several branches

But the determined dog just knew he had a chance at nabbing the roadrunner, which seemed unbothered as it carefully hopped from one branch to the next.  

That’s when the pup lost his footing and came crashing down into a bush below. 

His owner is heard laughing in the background at Toby, who gets back up to try again. 


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‘That’s what you get! You’re an idiot,’ the man says followed by a chuckle.

In other words, Toby got a little taste of what Wile E. Coyote went through during the the Looney Tunes series: he was outsmarted by the roadrunner 

The moment took place on February 3 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 


The determined dog just knew he had a chance at nabbing the roadrunner, which seemed unbothered as it carefully hopped from one branch to the next

That’s when the pup lost his footing and came crashing down into a bush below. The moment took place on February 3 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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A dog WHISPERER reveals he only uses gentle touch and body language

Dog whisperer who can walk unleashed German Shepherds through busy cities reveals he controls them with gentle touch and body language – and insists his methods have saved thousands of canines from DEATH

  • Augusto Deoliveira, 27, from Sharon, South Carolina, trains dogs to behave
  • The trainer, who owns 20 dogs, grew up surrounded by them on a farm in Brazil
  • Uses both positive and corrective reinforcement techniques to train the dogs

A dog whisperer, who became famous for walking a pack of unleashed German Shepherds through busy cities has revealed the techniques he uses to train canines. 

Augusto Deoliveira, 27, from Sharon, South Carolina, admits that he doesn’t use any ‘harsh devices’ to correct the dogs, instead guiding them with a gentle touch or tug. 

The professional dog trainer, who also says that he gets the dogs’ attention by using body language, grew up surrounded by dogs on a farm in Brazil.

Augusto, who owns 20 German Shepherds, calls himself a ‘balanced trainer’ and says that he uses both positive and corrective reinforcement techniques to train the dogs.

Augusto Deoliveira (pictured in September) who is an expert dog trainer, gives commands to his dogs in Sharon, South Carolina

A group of four German Shepherds walking down the street without leashes as Augusto Deoliveira walks beside them

He said: ‘I have always liked the idea that humans are able to train animals and communicate with them in a certain way.


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‘When I was three years old I used to play with the dog in the house trying to communicate with them. From that point, I knew I wanted to be a dog trainer.’ 

‘I consider my correction techniques to be extremely effective and the gentlest corrections available.’

Augusto Deoliveira, who is an expert dog trainer, giving commands to his dogs in a park in South Carolina

Augusto Deoliveira, who is an expert dog trainer, relaxing at home with his dogs in Sharon, South Carolina

‘I don’t use abusing, harsh devices to correct dogs – a gentle touch or a gentle tug at the leash is enough.

‘It has a lot to do with the energy I let out, and my body language, that’s really what gets the dogs attention.’

Augusto has started training his dogs off leash in a group but using a simple leash to guide the dogs into the position he wants them to be.

He explained: ‘It’s a matter of being consistent and being very strict about what you want from your dogs.’

Augusto, who cuts a striking figure as he walks along with his dogs, says that he doesn’t use any ‘harsh devices’ to correct the canines, instead using a gentle touch or tug

The professional dog trainer outside with his German Shepherds – which he walks down the street unleashed 

‘You can’t just have one set method to train different dogs,’ Augusto said. You are going to need to try different things’

Augusto with the dogs at his home, while he reads. He claims that the best trainers are alway those with the most open minds 

 ‘It’s a matter of really understanding the dog and having the dog be able to understand you.

‘You can’t just have one set method to train different dogs. You are going to need to try different things.’

‘I believe a trainer will fail the majority of the dogs they train if they only use one method, such as an only treat, or only correction,’ he added.

He says: ‘You can’t just have one set method to train different dogs. You are going to need to try different things.’

A group of four German Shepherds walking down the street without leashes, while the dog trainer walks beside them

Augusto demonstrating his training techniques without the leash on in Sharon, South Carolina

‘The best trainers will be the ones with an open mind. I’m willing to try any ‘method’ to train as long as it’s not going to hurt the dogs and will be effective.’

The trainer says that the most rewarding part of his job as an expert dog trainer is the ability to save lives of dogs who otherwise would have been put down by their owners for their aggressive behaviour.

Augusto said: ‘I have never had to use a shock collar to train my dogs.

Augusto Deoliveira, who is an expert dog trainer, standing next to his dogs on the street in Sharon, South Carolina

The group of German Shepherd sits quietly on the pavement while a little child looks at them in the background

Augusto letting his dogs to rest on the grass, he says: ‘My job as a trainer goes a lot beyond what most people think of a dog trainer’

He says: I’m willing to try any ‘method’ to train as long as it’s not going to hurt the dogs and will be effective’

 ‘I actually believe that the methods that I use to train them are a lot more effective than a shock collar and a lot safer.’

Augusto’s client, Jerrica Brown, who owns one of his dog’s puppies said: ‘Augusto is probably the best thing ever because anytime I have an issue I can message him, anything that I need from him he always gets back to me right away.’

Augusto said: ‘My job as a trainer goes a lot beyond what most people think of a dog trainer.’

Augusto Deoliveira, posing for a photo with his dogs in the road, while locals admire the German Shepards

Augusto training his dogs in a park in Sharon, South Carolina – he uses touch and body language to control them

The trainer says that the most rewarding part of his job is the ability to save lives of dogs who otherwise would have been put down by their owners for their aggressive behaviour

‘I believe a trainer will fail the majority of the dogs they train if they only use one method, such as an only treat, or only correction,’ he said

‘I’m usually the owner’s last hope so I am pretty used facing dogs that have a lot of aggression issues.

‘I have trained dozens of dogs that would otherwise have been put down.

‘And to be able to turn those dogs around and just see the hope in the honest face and just the joy of knowing that they do not have to put the dog down because they found a solution is very rewarding to me.’ 

Augusto at home with his dogs – the trainer grew up surrounded by dogs on a farm in Brazil

Augusto on a walk with his dogs, who has said: ‘I have trained dozens of dogs that would otherwise have been put down’

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Emiliano Sala’s dog waits for his owner to return home in moving photo

Emiliano Sala’s loyal dog waits for its owner to return home in moving photograph posted by the footballer’s heartbroken sister after the star’s doomed plane is discovered

  • Emiliano Sala’s sister Romina shared the image of Nala staring into the distance
  • The Cardiff City striker’s plane was found at the bottom of the English Channel
  • It contains the body of either Sala, 28, or his pilot David Ibbotson, 59 
  • The pair left Nantes for Cardiff on January 21 and disappeared over the Channel

Emiliano Sala’s sister has shared a heartbreaking picture of the footballer’s dog waiting for her owner to return home after the plane carrying the Argentine striker and his pilot was found at the bottom of the English Channel.

The piper malibu aircraft was discovered on Sunday morning by a specialist search party off the coast of Guernsey, with the Air Accident Investigation Branch revealing it contains the body of either Sala, 28, or his pilot David Ibbotson, 59, who are both missing presumed dead.

The Cardiff City striker’s sister, Romina, shared the moving image on Facebook of the footballer’s rescue dog Nala staring out into the distance.

Emiliano Sala’s sister has shared a heartbreaking photograph of the footballer’s loyal dog waiting for her owner to return home

She captioned the photo on Saturday: ‘Nala is waiting for you, too.’

The dog is believed to be one of the reasons for Sala’s return to France, with the pair sharing a close relationship.


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He was understood to have taken the beloved pet to the kennels before starting the process of moving her to Wales to live with him.

Sala and pilot Ibbotson left Nantes in France for Cardiff on January 21 – after the star signed for the Welsh Premier League team – and disappeared over the Channel.

The dog is believed to be one of the reasons for Sala’s return to France, with the pair (pictured) sharing a close relationship

This is the first picture of the wreckage of Sala’s plane found on the bottom of the Channel

The piper malibu aircraft was discovered on Sunday with the Air Accident Investigation Branch revealing it contains the body of either Sala (pictured), 28, or his pilot David Ibbotson, 59, who are both missing presumed dead

The official search was called off after four days but Sala’s friends, family and fans clubbed together to hire a private search to continue with renowned shipwreck hunter David Mearns.

On Sunday morning, their efforts paid off.  

Geo Ocean III left Ostend in Belgium at 9am and began combing the area. Within hours it was search vessel FPV Morven which picked up a sonar signal from the depths.

The wreckage of the Piper Malibu was formally identified by officials from the Air Accident Investigation Board. 

Sala was understood to have taken the beloved pet to the kennels before starting the process of moving her to Wales to live with him

The Piper Malibu carrying Sala from Nantes to Cardiff vanished over Alderney on January 21

The AAIB’s vessel deployed a remote-controlled submarine to examine the plane and confirmed it was the craft carrying the striker.

Families of both men have been informed of the discovery. 

It came just two days after cushions from a plane were found on a beach near Surtainville in Normandy, France, directly east of Guernsey where the plane disappeared from radar.

Mr Mearns, the ‘shipwreck hunter’ who found Sala’s plane has said it is ‘imperative’ to retrieve the wreckage from the English Channel for his ‘desperate’ family. 

The specialist FPV Morven ship, pictured in Guernsey, was being used in a privately funded search for the plane 

Sala’s father Horacio, speaking after his son’s disappearance said how he was ‘desperate’ and in a ‘bad dream’ after the plane’s wreckage was found on the sea bed

Sala’s mother and sister arrived at Guernsey Airport following a flight out to the search area west of Alderney on January 28

He added: ‘(The AAIB) will be able to rule things out or rule things in, that’s the normal investigative process for any crash, so I think it’s imperative that the plane is recovered, and now even more so now we know someone is down there.’

An AAIB spokesman said: ‘Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage. The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot and passenger, and the police’.   

The image of the plane shows the rear left side of the fuselage, including part of the aircraft registration, N264DB.

A decision has yet to be taken on whether to raise the wreckage to the surface.

Sala’s bereft father Horacio, who has not joined his ex-wife, son and daughter in Britain, told reporters in the Argentinian town of Progreso: ‘I cannot believe it …. this is a dream … a bad dream … I’m desperate’. 

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Stray dog repays his owner 16 years later by saving his life in India

Stray dog taken in as a puppy on the streets of India repays his owner 16 years later by saving his life

  • Ramesh Sancheti took dog into care in Pune, India, in 2003, naming her Brownie
  • 16 years later, the stray animal has helped save the man who looked after her
  • Dr Sancheti collapsed in his home and a neighbour saw Brownie looking agitated
  • She stretched her paw towards her owner’s window and the neighbour soon raised the alarm

A stray dog taken in as a puppy on the streets of India has repaid his owner 16 years later – by saving his life. 

Dr Ramesh Sancheti took the dog into his care in Pune, India, in 2003 and named her Brownie.

But the 65-year-old’s kindness has been repaid years later after he collapsed in his home and the dog helped to raise the alarm.

Neighbour Amit Shah saw Brownie looking agitated and pacing up and down outside her master’s ground-floor window, according to reports in India.


Dr Ramesh Sancheti (right) took a puppy into his care in Pune, India, in 2003 and named her Brownie (left with Sancheti’s neighbour) . But the 65-year-old’s kindness has been repaid years later after he collapsed in his home and the dog helped to raise the alarm

She could be seen stretching out her paws to reach the window sill – prompting Mr Shah to take a closer look.

Inside, he saw Dr Sancheti slumped on the floor and called for immediate medical assistance.


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The patient was rushed to hospital and was diagnosed as having suffered minor cardiac arrest.

His wife was away in Mumbai and his children away from home when the drama unfolded.

Son Amit Sancheti told Pune Mirror: ‘It was only the dog who alerted Shah and saved my father’s life.’

Neighbour Amit Shah (pictured playing with a group of dogs) saw Brownie looking agitated and pacing up and down outside her master’s ground-floor window, according to reports in India

Mr Shah who raised the alarm seemed certain that Brownie was showing gratitude for being cared for by Dr Sancheti for so many years.

‘Some two years ago, Brownie’s health was critical after suffering from kidney ailments. After her treatment, the Sanchetis took special care of her, helping her recover from a 50 per cent kidney failure,’ Mr Shah said. 

‘Her senses made her aware of sounds of heavy breathing and and collapse despite not being inside the house. Canines also have an extremely advanced sense of smell.’

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Shocking pics show dog so neglected its hair fell out leaving it with 'elephant skin' but owner walks free from court

Bobby had almost no hair and “elephant-like” skin when he was found.

He was spotted by a district nurse in a dirty and flea-infested cage under the stairs during a visit to owner Yvonne McAllister's home.

The dog was in a horrible condition and indistinguishable as to what breed it was, Blackburn Magistrates' Court heard.

It later had to be put down.

RSPCA prosecutor Paul Ridehalgh said Bobby's skin was pink with ears "twice the size" as normal and his paws were "overgrown and had begun to twist".

The court heard how McAllister, 55, told the nurse Bobby had a skin condition and had bought shampoo but hadn't taken him to the vet.

She had also bought clippers but Bobby "wouldn't let anyone near him to cut his nails".

Mr Ridehalgh said during the visit Bobby "didn't lift his head up at all, wag his tail or move".

An RSPCA officer later attended the property and said he was unrecognisable to him as a West Highland Terrier with grey skin which was leather-like, thick and dry.

The officer said Bobby must have had the skin condition for an extended period of time and he was subdued, lethargic and reluctant to move.

When he asked to take the dog to a vet, McAllister refused and said she wanted an independent assessment.

Police were called to the property and Bobby was taken to the Myerscough Veterinary Group in Blackburn, Lancs.

Mr Ridehalgh said Bobby had to be carried into the consultancy room because he was unable to walk and so weak he could not stand.

The vet said his nose was dry and cracked and she couldn't examine his ear canal because it was too inflamed.

His eyes were also covered with a thick green discharge.

The prosecutor said: "The vet observed that she had never seen an animal in such a condition previously."

The court was told that Bobby highly likely had an underlying systemic disease which led to a secondary bacterial infection.

Mr Ridehalgh said the dog had suffered for a period of at least several months and possibly longer.

McAllister, 55, of Oswaldtwistle, Lancs., admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal.

She was given a 12-month community order with 50 hours' unpaid work, a three-month curfew, ordered to pay £600 costs and banned from owning or keeping animals for five years.

Representing herself, she said: "I just didn't have the money for him. I was just living on my wage.

"There was no way I could afford a vet. I have always had animals. Nothing was done on purpose.

"If I had the money I would have taken him. We tried to look after him ourselves but it didn't work."

Deputy District Judge Steven Jonas gave credit to McAllister for her early guilty plea and no previous convictions but warned her actions could have led to a 12-week jail sentence.

He told her there was a "high degree of fault" with Bobby suffering for a prolonged period of time and the harm causes was greatest where the animal dies as a result.

He said: "You have not acted deliberately. You have acted negligently and that has put yourself in danger of going to prison."



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Snoop Dogg offers home to a dog who was filmed being abandoned

Snoop Dogg offers home to Snoop the dog who was filmed being abandoned in the road before Christmas

  • The rapper joins thousands of people who have offered a home to Snoop the dog 
  • CCTV shows his owner leaving the staff behind and driving off in Stoke-on-Trent
  • Rapper called the video ‘heartbreaking’ saying he ‘always had room’ for dogs
  • Do you know Snoop’s owner? Email [email protected] 

Snoop Dogg has offered to take in a dog that shares his name, who was abandoned by his owner just days before Christmas. 

The rapper joins the legions of people who have offered a home to Snoop since the staffie was dumped in the street by an unknown man. 

Footage released by the RSCPA showed Snoop desperately chasing after a car as it drives off without him in Stoke-on-Trent. 


Rapper Snoop Dogg, pictured left performing in New York to celebrate the New Year, has offered a home to the dog that shares his name, right, who was abandoned in the street

Snoop Dogg – who last night performed in New York to celebrate the start of 2019 – told the Daily Star the dog’s fate was ‘heartbreaking’. 

He said: ‘There is always room for another dog in Casa de Snoop. If he really needed a home then he has one with us.

‘But I don’t think there is going to be any shortage of loving homes after all the exposure he has got.’


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BBC presenter Sue Perkins and political journalist Andrew Neil are among the other celebrities to have offered the dog a home with them.    

The pet was fussed over by ITV presenter Charlotte Hawkins during an appearance on Good Morning Britain.  

RSPCA inspector Natalie Perehovsky revealed that the dog was in good condition and was an ‘attention seeker’ who loved to be stroked.

Snoop the dog appeared in much better spirits during an appearance on Good Morning Britain, where the pet was fussed over by presenter Charlotte Hawkins

Speaking about the owner, she said: ‘This is heart-breaking, it’s the way he runs after the owner; he clearly loved who was there. He was obviously distressed.

‘I don’t know what was going through their mind when they did that. It could be the expense, it could be family changes, there’s hundreds of reasons.

‘But there’s places that help people, you can take him to charities or dog homes; there’s no excuse.’

Ms Perehovksy said the dog was ‘not for rehoming yet but soon as he is we will let people know’.   

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Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Share Heartfelt Tributes to Late Dog: ‘I’ll See You Again Baby Girl’

AceShowbizChanning Tatum and Jenna Dewan are mourning the loss of their dog, Lulu. After the dog fought a losing battle with cancer, the “Step Up” star and the former “World of Dance” host let it go across the rainbow bridge with tributes on Instagram.

Alongside a black-and-white image of himself and the pitbull mix dog running across the beach, the “Jupiter Ascending” actor wrote a heartbreaking caption. “I’ll see you again baby girl. But you’ll always be with me. Always,” he wrote. “Thank you Norman jean Roy for this memory.”

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Aside from the picture, the “Smallfoot” actor also posted Instagram Stories in honor of Lulu. In one of his posts, Tatum posted a collage photo that featured a snap of Lulu sitting on a couch as well as a photo of the dog wearing a cute costume. He captioned it, “The bAdest b***h.” Meanwhile, another post was a picture of a yellow motorcycle with a caption “Rippin’ some laps in honor of Lulu. Lulu laps! Let’s go!” and “Rip Lulu Bama.”

Dewan also posted a series of pictures and videos on her instagram to honor the furry friend. Alongside the pictures, she wrote a message to her dog. “To our sweet and fierce Lulu… Thank you for being the best dog in the entire world and for fighting cancer for as long as you did,” she penned. “Thank you for your tireless love, protection and humor. Thank you for the adventures. Heartbroken doesn’t even come close to how it feels. But you will live on forever in our hearts and our memories… fly sweet angel.”

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Back in April 2017, “The Grudge 2” actress had told PEOPLE that she and Tatum had spoiled their pets rotten. “They have every treat, every bone,” she said. “We’re always like, they won the lottery, especially Lulu. He came from the pound in Alabama to living with us.”

In that same interview, Tatum’s ex-wife also opened up about how close Tatum was with Lulu. “Lulu is like a fur Chan,” she said. “They are the same person. She’s wild, she loves adventure, she’s always like, ‘Where are we going? What are we doing?’ She’s a big baby, but she’s kind of vicious and also just ready to go all the time.”

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MailOnline inundated with delivery stories as dog rips apart parcel

Santa paws! Labrador rips apart pack of Christmas party dresses ‘flung over gate by Hermes courier’ as MailOnline is besieged with horror stories from ‘shocking’ delivery services

  • Rebecca Cummins says her parcels were chewed up by her dog when a Hermes delivery driver tossed them over the gate rather than ringing the bell
  • Office worker, 27, from Merseyside, said she paid for next day delivery of three dresses as she wanted to chose one to wear at her work Christmas party
  • But courier threw them into garden her rather than leave them at the front door before they were torn to shreds by her pet dog, Jack 
  • MailOnline has been inundated by stories of lost, damaged or undelivered goods
  • Paul Collier’s parcel was ‘scanned’ 8km from his house in a nature reserve 
  • Sally Salisbury was told her parcel was ‘on her porch’ – which she doesn’t own

A Labrador tore a pack of party dresses to shreds that had been flung over a side gate by a courier driver – as Mail Online was inundated with horror stories from ‘shocking’ delivery services.

Rebecca Cummins said she paid for next day delivery of three dresses as she wanted to chose one to wear at her work Christmas party.

But the Hermes courier threw them over a side gate and into her rather than leave them at the front door before they were torn to shreds by her pet dog, Jack. 

Rebecca, 27, is one of thousands of online shoppers who are having their Christmas ruined by courier firms failing to properly deliver their presents. 

She told MailOnline: ‘The Hermes driver just threw the packages over the side gate and left a note saying they were by the gate.

‘Both of them were torn to bits by Jack. I had paid extra for next day delivery as I wanted one of the dresses for a work do. It is just ridiculous that the driver did not knock at the door. My parents were home and would have collected the packages.

She added: ‘This is not the first time Hermes have messed up. On another occasion they just left my package by the rubbish bins left outside. I can’t understand why they don’t bother to knock at the door rather than just leave them anywhere they want.’

Rebecca filmed a short video showing the damaged goods and cheekily asking her boisterous Labrador, ‘Who’s a naughty boy?’

A Labrador tore a pack of party dresses to shreds that had been flung over a side gate by a courier driver where the dog was waiting in the back garden

Rebecca Cummins said she paid for next day delivery of three dresses as she wanted to chose one to wear at her work Christmas party, but they were destroyed by her pet dog, Jack


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Rebecca said she has been offered a refund for the ruined dresses, but has yet to receive any money. 

Customers like the office worker from Merseyside are seeing their parcels delivered to the wrong place, go missing or facing an anxious wait before Christmas to see if their presents will arrive on time.

Many have complained delivery drivers are using ‘sorry we missed you’ notes to avoid having to drop off Christmas parcels during the busy festive season.  

Frustrated consumers then face a £3.60 a minute charge calling a premium telephone number for customer service to try and track down their goods.

The major delivery firms Hermes, DPD and Yodel have all been slammed by Mail Online readers for their poor service. 

Paul Collier, from Aberdeen, Scotland, waited in all day for a delivery – only to be told it was 8km away from his home in a local nature reserve.

He said: ‘I had a parcel I was expecting to be delivered. Hermes had told me between 10 and 12pm, then it changed to between 2pm and 4pm and finally 4pm and 6pm.

The Hermes courier threw the packages over a side gate and into her rather than leave them at the front door before they were torn to shreds by her pet dog

Rebecca said she has been offered a refund for the ruined dresses that she was going to wear to her work Christmas party, but has yet to receive any money

Rebecca, 27, an office worker from Merseyside, filmed a short video showing the damaged goods and cheekily asking her boisterous Labrador, ‘Who’s a naughty boy?

Rebecca told MailOnline: ‘The Hermes driver just threw the packages over the side gate and left a note saying they were by the gate. ‘Both of them were torn to bits by Jack’

‘I was at home and checked the online tracker and it said they’d attempted delivery but no one was in and they’d try again in two days!

‘I contacted Hermes and they told me it was a new driver who wasn’t coping with the amount of parcels.

‘He had scanned my parcel 8km away in a local nature reserve car park saying I wasn’t in! Hermes had to send someone else out to make the delivery.

Sally Salisbury told how she fears her Christmas has been ruined after DPD failed to deliver her orders.

Customers are seeing ‘sorry I missed you’ cards delivered by couriers when they are in

She said: ‘I took time off work to be at home, on receipt of an email from DPD confirming their delivery time. 

‘I was at home, doorbell fully functioning. No doorbell was rung, no knock. I then get an email from DPD stating that my £151 parcel had been left in our front porch – but we don’t have a front porch. 

‘DPD attached a photograph of where they had left my parcel. It was not my house.

‘I contacted the retailer who fobbed me off, stating it had been delivered to my front porch. I advised them that I do not have one and that the photograph of the parcel was fraud as it is clearly not my house, nor any of my neighbours. I am now £151 worse off, no compassion, understanding nor assistance. ‘What do I do? I have no Xmas presents, no acknowledgment, no accountability or refund.

Mail Online was flooded with messages from irate shoppers who have fallen foul of lazy delivery drivers who leave ‘ sorry we missed you’ cards rather than wait to drop off goods.

Plumber Richard Dewall almost lost a building job due to one of the cards being left by DPD driver.

He was expecting a shower to be dropped off for a job he was working on and waited home for the delivery.

No one called, but when his girlfriend returned she found a card with the ‘sorry we missed you’ message left in a communal hallway.

‘I rescheduled the delivery to have it sent to an alternative address as I was due to go on holiday the following day.

‘While I was away I received an email from DPD telling me my parcel was delivered and signed for on 12th December 2018.

‘However. my friend had not received a knock at the door or a slip to say they missed him.

‘Two days later my friend found the parcel in an outside communal area where he lives. The packaging was damaged, outer and inner and the shower inside was broken.

‘Their service is shocking. They made a complete mess of a simple order and almost cost me the job it was supposed to be for.

‘I have emailed DPD to complain about it. A guy responded and asked me to confirm the order number. I confirmed the order number and demanded a refund and compensation and I still haven’t heard back.

Stephen Fu had his Christmas present Hermes delivery containing gin, toiletries and decorative lights ruined recently after it turned up with items missing and covered in liquid 

One unfortunate incident saw a Hermes delivery driver put a customer’s package down the toilet in Matlock, Derbyshire 

Ashlie Flanagan’s delivery from Smyths toy store was ruined after the driver threw it 9ft over her garden fence

Between November and December, 387 million parcels are expected to be delivered by retailers, according to online retail association IMRG.

It is the popularity of online shopping that has been blamed for slowly killing off traditional high street stores who face spiralling rent bills and staff costs

While stores like Marks and Spencer and Debenhams pay millions in rates, online retailers such as Amazon pay much less as they are based on the outskirts of town centres and are charged much less.

Latest figures show that this year 14 stores a day are closing on Britain’s High streets as consumers switch to online shopping.

The growth in internet orders has led to an explosion in the number of delivery drivers needed to cope with the demand.

Many of the drivers are self employed and face a crippling schedule each day to drop off the packages.

Drivers have complained about starting work at 4.30am and not finishing until 11pm with their final drop off.

One driver told Sky News he had to deliver over 150 parcels day with the week before Christmas the busiest.

Waiting for a customer to answer the door eats into valuable time and many choose to leave a ‘sorry we missed’ you card as a way of saving time. Shoppers have to call customer service to re-arrange delivery.

Robert Moore racked up a large phone bill calling a premium telephone number in an attempt to track down his missing packages.

He called Yodel, who use a premium 0900 number and was charged £3.60 a minute in a failed attempt to find out what had happened to his goods.

Social media has been was flooded with complaints about the delivery firms.

Zoe Chantelle wrote on Twitter that when she called Hermes to complain she was told she was number 900 in the queue.

When she got down to the final 100 the automated message suddenly told her she was back to 900.

Others complained in Twitter that they refused to order from online retailers who used Hermes to deliver goods.

A spokesman for Hermes sid: ‘We successfully deliver more than 330milion parcels each year and our couriers are required to operate strict delivery guidelines. The types of incident highlighted in the report are unacceptable and we apologise to anyone who has received poor service from us.’

A DPD spokesman added: ‘While things can occasionally go wrong in our sector, we certainly don’t recognise the figures from the Which? survey. DPD deliver millions of parcels successfully every week and has been voted the UK’s favourite parcel delivery company five years running. We take customer service very seriously indeed and our number one aim is to deliver every single parcel right first time, safely and securely.

‘We’ve invested more than any other parcel delivery company in our people, our network and our technology. With DPD, every customer is notified of their one-hour delivery slot in advance to ensure that they are either at home or they can use one of our unique in-flight options to redirect the parcel to a specific neighbour or their local DPD Pickup shop.

‘In addition, we now have close to 4 million customers using the Your DPD app which gives them even greater control over their delivery.’

A spokesman for Yodel said their customer service number charges 1p and minute and it appears Mr Moore dialled a third party organisation on a 0900 number that routed them to the courier company. He was charged £3.60 a minute by the external company rather than Yodel.

They added: ‘We would like to apologise to Mr Moore and have requested further information so that we can investigate and resolve his complaint.’ 

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Dog The Bounty Hunter's wife Beth Chapman insists on celebrating 'Christmas traditions' amid cancer battle

The 51-year-old, who is married to Duane ‘Dog’ Chapman, shared a picture of herself at the theatre and having dinner with her children last night.

She wrote alongside the snap: “Family Tradition. Theater with the kids for Christmas .. And Churchill’s for dinner.”

In the images Beth appears in good spirits not long after she was rushed to hospital after struggling to breathe.

Doctors at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre later discovered a cancerous growth that block her throat and air flow.

Dog later revealed that Beth’s incurable cancer had spread from her throat to her lungs.


Dog, 66, recently admitted that his wife was "not doing good" and was "facing the facts" of her illness.

He said that he’s determined to “keep everything positive” despite it getting more difficult to do so each day.

In an interview with US Weekly he said: "I don't listen to the bad news, I don't want to hear it.

"I pray a lot, anywhere. I cry all the time. I'm a sinner. I pray a lot. I have done double that. I constantly ask God to heal my honey and make sure he takes care of it.

"I've been telling him that I'm going to try and quit smoking and cursing. I'm a deal maker, and I'll do anything."

The reality TV star recently confirmed his wife is once again battling the disease after doctors found a lump in her throat that was twice the size of the mass they discovered in 2017.

The husband and wife are stars of Dog The Bounty Hunter and known for catching 6,000 criminals who've broken their bail terms.


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Your Dog Has Seen Me Naked

The women I’ve slept with this year have had two things in common: dogs and studio apartments. I never considered the awkwardness of this combination until it was too late.

Josie was first, a Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix and an emotional wreck. In her defense, she was often left alone for long periods of time and, well, anything that small is justified in its mania. When her owner finally did come home, Josie would yap incessantly until someone petted her. She was like a furry alarm clock. Ring, ring, ring, and then silence the moment you rolled over and laid a hand on her.

That’s all she wanted. One hand. You didn’t even have to pet her. Any contact would do.

I did not hate Josie. She wasn’t mean or snobbish as some small dogs tend to be — just in a constant fight for attention. And in that fight, neither of us was doing very well.

The chemistry between her owner and me was less a firework and more an old lighter that works every sixth flick, but that didn’t stop us from entering into a lazy singles agreement to end up at each other’s apartments a couple nights a week.

The first time we slept together, things went smoothly with one exception: Josie wouldn’t stop barking. So her owner reached down, plucked her up and sat her on the bed, where she became more uncomfortable as she realized what was happening. By the end, she had gone silent, peeking over a pillow every few minutes to see if we had finished.

I barely noticed her that first time. My attention was elsewhere, and having her on the bed seemed preferable to her soundtrack of high-pitched yapping. But when it happened a second, third and eighth time, Josie grew harder to ignore. I imagined things from her perspective, especially in those horrifying moments when we made eye contact.

I may not have minded as much if she was simply in the room. But on the bed? That felt too close. Plus, Josie was too small to get down on her own so it was somewhat of a hostage situation.

One night, as Josie’s owner and I were switching positions, I accidentally kicked her off the mattress; I looked over my shoulder in horror to see a nose and two tiny paws fall out of sight. I was mortified. Her owner looked over and shrugged.

“It’s O.K.,” she said. “She’s real fluffy.”

And we went back at it.

I could have suggested to Josie’s owner that we take her off the bed or at the least put a tiny blindfold over her eyes, but I didn’t want to further intrude on the intimate bond between pet and owner (a relationship stronger than the one we shared, after all). And I figured she knew Josie better than I did. Maybe that forsaken look in her eyes was, uh, normal?

Two months in, the momentum started to slow between Josie’s owner and me. Things ended as they so often do in this era, with an unanswered text. Josie wasn’t the only one in the room with communication issues.

The next couple months of solitude took some adjustment. The type of reliable hookup I had with Josie’s owner was a rarity for me. Losing it was like having the restaurant around the corner go out of business. Now, on quiet nights when my relationship refrigerator was bare, I had to figure out something else or go to bed hungry — usually the latter.

I was relieved when I met someone months later, and even more relieved when I met her dog, Rigatoni. Like Josie, he was part Chihuahua, but he had none of her emotional hangups. He was a good boy and he knew it. His strut had bounce. If I had an eighth of Rigatoni’s confidence, I’d be president tomorrow.

His owner and I met on a dating app, and that’s how she met Rigatoni too, on some sort of pet adoption app where you swiped yes or no on animals. Under normal circumstances, being virtually selected alongside a pet may have felt unsettling, but clearly she had great taste in dogs and it was flattering to be in such good company. Whatever quality caused her to swipe yes on Rigatoni, I hoped, was also visible in my profile.

He chaperoned us on nearly every outing and I didn’t mind a bit. He came along on one of our first dates, a trip to the beach, and guarded our towel while we swam. He nestled up to my chest afterward — all sandy and warm — and I was thrilled at his approval.

We ended up back at her (tiny) place later and had only been kissing for a few seconds when she pulled back, gasped and said, “You’re so weird!”

I was horrified until I realized she was talking not to me but to Rigatoni, who had suddenly appeared over my shoulder with a menacing look.

That became the theme of our next few dates. We would be kissing and then I’d hear, “Toni!” and turn around to see her dog looking like he wanted to punch me in the nose.

There was nowhere to hide; the apartment was too small. I would never suggest locking him in the bathroom; she would have sooner locked me in the bathroom. And I understood. He was special.

When we moved from the couch to the bed, I was disappointed to learn he could jump up on his own. Rigatoni was an agile fellow and, unlike Josie, was not afraid to intervene. He would never bite, but he would try to grab me with his little T-rex arms and wrestle me away from his beloved master.

“You’re making everyone uncomfortable!” she would shout as he had me by the ankle like a little Greco-Roman wrestler. You could see the conflict on his face, the push and pull between obedience and protection. Right when we thought we had successfully distracted him with a toy, he would leap onto the bed like a secret service agent and position himself between us.

But even Rigatoni had his price — a meat-flavored bone — that could usually buy us 20 minutes. Afterward, he would leap back onto the bed and cast disapproving looks our way until he got sleepy.

Rigatoni wasn’t exactly an aphrodisiac, but his heart was in the right place. If someone was going to stop me from having sex, I was glad to know the effort came from virtuous intentions. It could have been worse. When my ex-girlfriend and I used to visit my childhood home, my family dog would run into the bathroom as if he were hunting truffles, snatch my used condoms from the trash, and then drop them in the most heavily trafficked area of our house.

Courtship has never been easy for me. I have found the process to be high-risk and emotionally exhausting. It hasn’t helped that nature itself seems committed to my celibacy. Lately, my sex life has felt like a reverse Snow White scenario; I’m scared I’ll unbutton my pants and every woodland creature within a 5-mile radius will come crashing through the window, clutching awkward middle school photos of me in their paws and talons.

Whenever I meet a woman, I can’t help but wonder what creature waits in her apartment, eager to make our encounter more awkward for me than it already feels.

I’ve been thinking a lot about a date I went on with a woman between Josie and Rigatoni. We had talked for hours, gone from one bar to another and watched the sunset over a pair of Moscow mules. We laughed. She snorted. I found myself listening to her instead of scrambling to think of a new topic to keep the conversation going. The hamster wheel of my mind actually stopped spinning, and when that happens I get excited because it signals something more serious is on the horizon.

I really wanted to see her again.



But she had to leave town for a couple of weeks. When she got back, I tried to set up another date, but something had changed. Or maybe it was never there. Either way, she read my final text but didn’t reply, and that hurt.

She had a dog, too: Bubba. In pictures, he was a tank. Shoulders like a linebacker and jaws like a bear trap. Bubba lived in a house, not a studio apartment, but I doubt that would have mattered. He looked like he could run through a brick wall like the Kool-Aid Man.

Maybe I got off lucky with Bubba’s owner. After all, she had the power to hurt me, and she did. Just imagine the damage he could have done.

Ryan Pfeffer is the associate editor at Time Out Miami.

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