The onslaught has come to officially mock those damn dogs, we are in the lead up to the book release after all. Most probably there's a whole chapter devoted to dismissing the creatures who scented cadaver odour and blood in Apartment 5a and on various items belonging only to the McCann family. The cull has begun on those creatures whose noses are a million times more sensitive than our own and who can sniff out dead bodies and spilled blood at the drop of a hat.
A recent review uses a kidnap investigation to highlight how dogs have tied up valuable police time and gives details of the Shannon Matthews case in which a cadaver dog was used. During the search the dog identified the odour of 4 dead bodies and although thankfully it wasn't the scent of the child, the dog had indeed been successful. Where indicated, it was established that the furniture was second hand and had actually come from the home of a deceased person. Amazing!
Maybe the book will reveal that the McCanns are keen visitors to their local charity shop and that all of the items which were smitten with eau de cadaver actually came from the home of a deceased person. All perfectly innocent and a lot more credible than Dr Kildare straddling 6 dead bodies, in her chef's pants with her daughter's cuddly toy in the weeks prior to the fateful holiday.
How do we explain the dog indications in the apartment? They can't be attributed to a deceased person's second hand furniture. The dog clearly marked unmoveable objects - inside the wardrobe and on the tiled floor. Maybe we'll hear that the cadaver odour is different in Portugal, it sticks to places it shouldn't or that it's fused with sardine oil. Be prepared not to be surprised.
The review also claims that there is no national standard for accrediting dogs and handlers or record keeping of the success rate they achieve. I beg to differ, Martin Grimes kept a very accurate record...
Woof woof. Ask the dogs.