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DOG. A well known domestic animal. In almost all languages this word is, a term or name of contumely or reproach. See 3 Bulst. 226; 2 Mod. 260; 1 Leo. 148; and the title action on the case for defamation in the Digests; Minsheu's Dictionary.
     2. A dog is said at common law to have no intrinsic value, and he cannot therefore be the subject of larceny. 4 Bl. Com. 236; 8 Serg. & Rawle, 571. But the owner has such property in him, that he may maintain trespass for an injury to his dog; "for a man may have property in some things which are of so base nature that no felony can be committed of them, as of a bloodhound or mastiff." 12 H. VIII. 3; 18 H. VIII. 2; 7 Co. 18 a; Com. Dig. Biens, F; 2 Bl. Com. 397; Bac. Ab. Trover, D; F. N. B. 86; Bro. Trespass, pl. 407 Hob. 283; Cro. Eliz. 125; Cro. Jac. 463 2 Bl. Rep.
     3. Dogs, if dangerous animals, may lawfully be killed, when their ferocity is known to their owner, or in self-defence 13 John. R. 312; 10 John. R. 365; and when bitten by a rabid animal, a dog may be lawfully killed by any one. 13 John. R. 312.
     4. When a dog, in consequence of his vicious habits, becomes a common nuisance, the owner may be indicted. And when he commits an injury, if the owner had a knowledge of his mischievous propensity, he is liable to an action on the case. Bull. N. P. 77; 2 Str. 1264; Lord Raym. 110. 1 B. & A. 620; 4 Camp. R. 198; 2 Esp. R. 482; 4 Cowen, 351; 6 S. & R. 36; Addis. R. 215; 1 Scam. 492 23 Wend 354; 17 Wend. 496; 4 Dev. & Batt. 146.
     5. A man has a right to keep a dog to guard his premises, but not to put him at the entrance of his house, because a person coming there on lawful business may be injured by him, and this, though there may be another entrance to the house. 4 C. & P. 297; 6 C. & P. 1. But if a dog be chained, and a visitor so incautiously go near him that he is bitten, he has no right of action against the owner. 3 Chit. Bl. 154, n. 7. Vide Animal; Knowledge; Scienter.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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After a bad fall due to her increasing sight loss, she applied for a guide dog and was matched with Ricky back in 2014.
"I have been a guide dog owner for just over two-and-a-half years and having her around has given me a new lease of life.
"And of course, there will be plenty of cuddles on offer from our guide dogs in training, plus the chance to name a guide dog puppy and follow its progress."
At Guide Dogs we want our wide range of services to support people through every stage of their lives so that everyone can do things like support their kids doing a hobby and feel the bond and joy that this can bring.
"Guide dogs are life-changing for those with sight loss.
Guide Dogs have a second site in Warwickshire, just outside Leamington Spa, which is the charity's national breeding centre, where up to 1,500 Guide Dog puppies are bred a year.
He was given his first guide dog, Nevin, 10 years ago, but he retired this year, so Roger was provided with a second dog, Peter, by Guide Dogs UK.
Getting a guide dog is not as simple as just waiting on a list, with the centre working to make sure the person and dog are the right match.
"It takes about 20 months from being a new born puppy right the way through to being a confident guide dog.
Sue Bushell, community engagement officer with the Guide Dogs for the Blind, Birmingham, Mobility Team, said: "We are so proud that one of our Sutton guide dog owners won the young person's achievement award."
"I'm retired and my three children have left home so looking after the guide dog pups fills my time and helps me get out to meet other puppy walkers.
One in five also thought that you have to be completely blind to qualify for a guide dog.

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