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June 8, 2007 at 5:36 PM
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Goose sent into exile after attack

COLLEGE PARK, Fla., June 8 (UPI) -- A goose that had been living on a lake in a residential neighborhood in central Florida was exiled to an animal sanctuary after breaking a woman's foot.

Tracy Wise told the Orlando Sentinel that the goose, nicknamed Mr. Goose, attacked her two Weimaraners while she was walking them. The dogs, responding to the attack, dragged her into Little Lake Ivanhoe.

"That bird spread its wings and started spitting on my dogs, and, honey, that's all she wrote," Wise said.

After learning that Wise was making a formal complaint, the goose's fans moved the bird to Fallin' Pines Critter Rescue in Christmas, about 30 miles from College Park.

The goose had been living on Little Lake Ivanhoe for several years, dumped there with his mate by an unknown owner. The female was killed and her eggs broken by a nest invader. Mr. Goose later developed a strong attachment to a buoy in the lake.

"He was just this little bachelor living on the lake and then he got imprinted on that buoy, and wherever the buoy went he would go," said Sara Flynn-Kramer, one of the goose's advocates.


New bill proposes bathroom door regulation

BELLINGHAM, Fla., June 8 (UPI) -- Bellingham, Mass., resident Douglas Flavin has proposed a law that would require public bathroom doors to open outward rather than inward.

Flavin's idea was presented to the Legislature's Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight by Democratic State Representative James Vallee, WCVB-TV, Boston, reported Friday.

"(Think) how easy it would be to prevent germs and disease if state residents could open bathroom doors with a knee or elbow instead of a handle," Flavin's wife, Tracy, told Boston Now.

Flavin also believes that bathroom doors opening outward would reduce the litter left by people trying to protect their hands from the door handle with paper towels.


Florida city eyes smart beach toilet

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 8 (UPI) -- Fort Lauderdale, Fla., city commissioners have approved plans for a high-tech automated toilet to be tested on a city beach.

The commissioners voted Tuesday in favor of paying $25,259 to an engineering firm to design the site and take care of state permits required for structures close to the ocean, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Friday.

However, the commission has yet to choose a manufacturer for the computerized commode, which is expected to cost between $250,000 and $350,000 for a single-toilet restroom.

The high-tech toilet includes a self-cleaning mechanism, polite greetings and ambient music to sooth users and a system that opens the doors and sets off a siren if a user collapses while doing their business. The door also opens automatically after a designated time period.

Louis Herrera, president of smart-toilet distributor Public Facilities & Services Inc., said the toilet would be a Florida first, but the intelligent commodes are already common in other countries and are currently being used in Atlanta, Seattle, Boston, New York and San Francisco.


5-inch Chihuahua may be smallest dog

LEESBURG, Fla., June 8 (UPI) -- The owner of a 5-inch long Chihuahua in Leesburg, Fla., said it appears to be the world's smallest dog and Dancer celebrated its first birthday Friday.

The dog was measured by Dr. Jay Allen, a veterinarian at the Animal Clinic of Leesburg, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

"As close to the skin as you can get it, Doc," Jenny Gomes said as Allen held the little dog up by its hind legs.

The current holder of the Guinness record for smallest dog measures 5.4 inches. Gomes told the Sentinel that she plans to petition to give Dancer the bragging rights.

Dogs must have turned one to be eligible for Guinness records.

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