Grand Canal, Portobello Harbour, Dublin yesterday.

Cristin Larkin writes:

This idiot just let his dog chase the swans off the bank. He let the dog do it to the swans to the left of the wooden jetty first. He turned around after I stopped recording to let the dog chase those swans (who had gotten back out) back in again. Who is this dickhead dog owner?

85 thoughts on “Swan Hate

  1. Surely They Wouldn't Lie To Us

    There is more to this story than you see in this video.
    What you didn’t see was them swans have bullied that dog for years they had it coming

    1. Atlas

      We’ll be seeing a concerned article from Una Mullally in next weekend’s Irish Times about how internet hate mobs target and oppress harrassed dogs fighting the evil swan patriarchy in Grand Canal society #yesalldogs

  2. Richard Faraday

    Arrest that man!

    FFS. what would have happened if the dog had caught one them, Cristin?

    ‘Who is this dick head dog owner’ – it’s a man hunt now?

      1. GG

        Or the dog would have been seriously beaten by the swan. I know for sure that I wouldn’t want to be hit by their wings.

    1. well

      “dog chases swan is news now?”

      Broadsheet is localized to Ireland and often Dublin in particular and doesn’t necessarily focus on what would be considered news to more mainstream media e.g missing bikes, things that look like Ireland.
      Suggest you try TMZ if you want to hear about Kardashians arse.

    2. Nigel

      I have lived in important places, times
      When great events were decided, who owned
      That half a rood of rock, a no-man’s land
      Surrounded by our pitchfork-armed claims.
      I heard the Duffys shouting “Damn your soul!”
      And old McCabe stripped to the waist, seen
      Step the plot defying blue cast-steel –
      “Here is the march along these iron stones.”
      That was the year of the Munich bother. Which
      Was more important? I inclined
      To lose my faith in Ballyrush and Gortin
      Till Homer’s ghost came whispering to my mind.
      He said: I made the Iliad from such
      A local row. Gods make their own importance.

  3. Deebo

    You my friend have way too much time on your hands, extra long Xmas break making you cranky? To be fair, the dog could have gotten loose from it’s leash, and even if the owner was standing there laughing, I still wouldn’t brand him a dickhead, the swans are twice as big as that dog… This is NORMAL DOG/SWAN behaviour. Maybe the dog owner recorded you recording him and soon we’ll be treated to a “dickhead camera owner” video?

    1. well

      ” This is NORMAL DOG/SWAN behaviour. ”

      why is this ok to you? we wouldn’t tolerate a humans doing this to the swan but it’s ok let dog do it?

  4. Nikkeboentje

    I thought dogs must be kept on a leash in all public places except designated dog parks?

    1. Deebo

      Correct, that’s why I figured it more likely that the dog got away from his owner and had a go at the swans.

      1. Anomanomanom

        Really!!! So the only reason the dog ran up and down beside swans, it didn’t actually go for any of them, is because it got of its leash…. Sit down because I’m about to blow your mind. People walk dogs of leash every day. It’s a little thing called training. The dog in the video is clearly not aggressive, my dog does this with almost any bird, it’s just harmless play. If it was a big dog being set on the Swan then it would be different

      2. Easy Tiger


        Only certain breeds must be kept on a leash at all times. Dogs must be kept on a leash in public parks unless otherwise indicated.

        1. The Old Boy

          Quite so. In a public place, apart from the list of designated dogs, which must be kept on “a short, strong leash” and muzzled, dogs must be accompanied and “kept under effectual control” per the Control of Dogs Act.

          1. All the good ones fly south for winter

            Smaller breeds may also be housed in tiny hot air balloons, hot air balloons which remain connected to the owner’s belt buckle.

  5. Sidewinder

    Useless little terrier wouldn’t make a dent in any of those swans without getting a battering from one of them. A proper dog would have jumped into the canal to go after them. That little runt didn’t want to get his pretty coat wet.

  6. Bingo

    What if dickhead dog owner had let a pitbull off its leash?
    Might have ran past the swans and mauled a child.
    Point is, people need to be responsible for their dogs, whether they’re yappy little terriers or a more dangerous breed.
    Even a yappy little terrier on the loose can cause traffic accidents…

    1. well

      “Might have ran past the swans and mauled a child.”

      yeah but that would be ok, as Deebo would have said ” This is NORMAL DOG/CHILD behaviour. ””

      1. Deebo

        Yep, totally normal.. As is filming every little incident you see and sending to to broadsheet all wrapped up in social outrage… Next week, horse eats public grass…

    2. LiamZero

      Good point, Bingo. But I would even go further and ponder this: what if dickhead dog owner had let a rabid tiger off its leash?
      Might have run past the swans and mauled a gathering of twenty children in wheelchairs.
      Point is, people need to have a sense of perspective and stop yapping mindlessly on the internet.

    3. Draxx Ltd II

      Pitbulls are extremely affectionate dogs. The image of them mauling children was only perpetuated through red top rags years ago and has unfortunately stuck.

      1. CousinJack

        Draxx Ltd II = a dickhead dog owner, if not the dickhead dog owner
        The red tops murder the children and blamed it on the poor dogs that had been specifically breed to fight

        1. Draxx Ltd II

          Ha I’m not a dog owner. Nor a dickhead thanks. I just know of a few pit bull owners and they are lovely dogs.
          When you think of pit bull owners you probably think of some track suit clad mad men but such is the power of the media. That and your feeble intellect.
          Also any dog that is breed to fight will obviously be dangerous. What a utterly moronic thing to say.

    4. Tibor

      Ah, there’s the first tool to use the “what if it was a pitbull?!”
      Really depends on the pitbull, really depends on the terrier, really depends on so many factors other than breed of dog, not this false equivalency you’ve pulled out of your arse and smeared across the toilet wall of the internet.
      What if it was another swan?
      What if it was a couch?
      What if it was actually the person who shot the video’s dog?
      What if it was all an optical illusion?

  7. gav

    The swans were raped by the dog and are psychologically damaged for rest of their lives. According to their annual (grant funding/director wage increasing imaginary) report the rape crisis center recieved over 6 million calls from swans last year.

  8. SADDo

    The social media stasi in action on Broadsheet in 2015 already. Well done Ciaran Larkin. You’ve been awared the Irony Cross with No Nuts and Fig Leaves for your valour in doing jack sh**.

    1. SADDo

      The issue is social media Stasi surveillance. Cristin, instead of putting down the mobile phone and acting the See You Next Tuesday concerned, could have walked around on the lock and and addressed the issue at hand to the dog owner. But nah…. #loookatme more important.

      I am surprised a hashtag hate campaign hasn’t been started to accompany this.

  9. sniffer

    Haha don’t be ridiculous. The dog was only having fun, look at his tail wagging…it’s nature, it’s how it works.
    Doesn’t do the swans any harm, no doubt it happens to them all at least once a day.

  10. dhaughton99

    Just remembering that I did see a dog drown while chasing ducks in the local park. Thing took off into the water and just kept after them and wouldn’t let up. Went around in circles. Locals even got a small boat to try rescue the poor thing. Died of exhaustion.

    1. CousinJack

      hahhhaha do you have avideo, sounds great, more of this for dogs and their ‘caring’ owners

  11. Miami Dolphin's Barn

    Famine sitcoms, dog the swan bounty hunter & sausageless rolls. I despair! The world has gone insane

  12. Soundings

    Finally! A dog with a wagging tail on BS.

    After the depressing conveyor belt of lugubrious doggies in elf-costumes in the last month, at last, a dog having the time of its life. Well done BS!

    And videographer, you’re the d*ckhead here (no swans were harmed in the making of this video, and both dog and swans got some quality post Christmas exercise). Gwan, the waggy-tailed dog!

    1. Canal Bank Dog

      A wool coat, if you don’t mind.

      Considering what other dogs have worn on this site over the past month or so (reindeer horns, anyone?), I think it’s a bit much to comment on my outfit.

      Also, what about my privacy? Can’t a dog chase swans in peace these days?

    2. Soundings

      Looks like a warmer to me, which for toys, terriers and in fact any short haired or coating dog in winter can be a gift, dogs do feel the cold, the warmer fits like a saddle and doesn’t confine the front legs (which seems to upset some dogs). And bottom line, that dog looks like it’s having the time of its life above, so whether it’s a warmer or an elf suit, it’s not bothering it. Gwan the waggy-tailed dog!

    1. Canal Bank Dog

      I’m doing an exclusive in next month’s ‘Dog and Swan’, if anyone’s interested…

      1. Canal Bank Swan

        Obviously not.

        You wouldn’t be news without me.

        Terrier snaps at anything but swan. No dice. Even if terrier wearing sissy coat.

        Terrier snaps at SWAN. 70 plus comments on broadsheet.


  13. Mort

    My dog chases the following animals: pigeons, rats, squirrels, foxes, ducks, cats, other dogs but not a swans, a swan would f*ck a dog up. Also there is a huge difference between chase and attack. My dog has never successfully caught any of the above animals apart from other dogs and then they just sniff each others arses. I’m sure the swans of the Grand Canal have seen it all.

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