It’s an old joke, I know, but I’m gonna tell it anyway.
A: Does your dog bite?
A goes to stroke dog and nearly gets hand bitten off
A: I thought you said your dog doesn’t bite.
B: That’s not my dog.
In a conversation today I was told that signs in Germany which announce Achtung! Bissiger Hund! (Warning! Dog that bites!) have been criticised, if not actually banned, on the grounds that they are threatening to the public. Should we be heartened or depressed that health-and-safety mania is as rampant in Germany as it is in the UK? Anyhow, at least some Germans have struck back by putting up signs which say Achtung! Pflichtbewuβter Hund! (Warning! Duty-conscious dog!).