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Has Kay Burley’s dog obsession gone too far?

Has Kay Burley's dog obsession gone too far?
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In the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, Kay Burley became the subject of much mockery online after she tweeted a photo of a dog in the French city, with the caption 'sadness in his eyes'. Readers were quick to question whether it was an appropriate message in the wake of 129 deaths.

https://twitter.com/KayBurley/status/665807478060392448

Since then, Burley has done her bit to try and justify the tweet. Last month she presented a section on dogs being able to read human emotions, concluding that the dog on set had 'happiness' in its eyes -- as Guido noted:

https://vine.co/v/iMPPFJMrJqP

However rather than draw the whole episode to a close, the segment appears to have simply spurred a frenzy of new canine tales. These days, barely a day goes by on Sky News without mention of a dog. Recent pooch stories on the channel include Kay Burley -- who has three dogs as pets -- asking: 'Can dogs fly?'

https://twitter.com/MrPaulRobinson/status/699620462083579904

Burley also chaired a debate after a foxhound was run over by police:

https://twitter.com/marcthevet/status/702492100600930304

Just yesterday she interviewed the writer Joanne Roberts about her new book 'Confessions of a Guide Dog':

https://twitter.com/uskadog/status/703140805829988352

In fact, Burley's commitment to running dog stories has even attracted the attention of dog-inspired businesses:

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Given that Sky News aims to focus on 'top stories from business, politics, entertainment', Mr S suspects that they ought to either change their mission statement -- or tone down the dog content.

Written bySteerpike

Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

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