A happy dog story for those of you who like happy dog stories. It’s from The Times (£)
A German shepherd in the South of France has kept its owner from committing suicide by knocking aside the rifle that she was about to use to shoot herself in the heart.
The dog’s owner, 63, had gone into the garden of her home in Sorgues, near Avignon, with the intention of taking her own life with a .22-calibre rifle.
She fired a few test shots to make sure that the weapon was working and then turned it round and pointed it at her heart, a local police officer said.
“Just as she pulled the trigger, her dog jumped on her and diverted the shot,” the officer said.
She did wound herself in the chest but did not lose consciousness and was found by her husband.
She was taken to hospital but the injury is believed not to be life-threatening, police said.