The story of a certain roof-top dog's bowel movements has gained some traction on my side of the pond lately. Which led me to wondering what risks would be presented to children by being kept for hours in a confined space with a hound suffering from diarrhoea? Is there any risk of infection, or psychological disturbsnce? Or would it amount to nothing more than acute discomfort for the kids, soon forgotten after a good scrubbing? For the record, when asked in a totally apolitical and hypothetical manner my wife and kids all voted to leave the dog outside.