Thursday 26 April 2018

Sniggering at Twink is easy but cruelty to animals is never a joke

Twink and Teddy
Twink and Teddy
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

It was the curious incident of the missing dog and the ubiquitous entertainer. Twink's dog had been napped and the entire nation was talking about it. Or, to be more accurate, Twink had been talking to the entire nation about it. Endlessly.

Twink being Twink, of course, the whole saga soon went from pantomime to farce as she kept her innumerable and much-mentioned "friends in the Irish media" posted on every development. Then, once "Teddy" was returned, she was finally able to step back from the media glare. But not before a raft of photo calls, interviews and, of course, that TV appearance over the weekend.

Even the most ardent animal lover had become heartily sick of the Twink and Teddy show and that's quite the achievement, given how indulgent they can be. Her antics last week, culminating in eight minutes of television that none of us will ever get back, may have provided the nation with a bit of a laugh but one important issue was overlooked - dogs are stolen every day. And some of them aren't even Twink's.

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