PATCH the dog has a bone to pick with us.
While the Daily Mercury's new-look flat-packed paper is a welcome change for many readers it's left Patch, and probably a few other dogs, feeling a bit (well) flat.
The Daily Mercury fielded a number of phone calls yesterday morning from dog owners, including Hilary Drysdale, whose nine- year-old collie-cross Patch has been been collecting the paper from her Chelona driveway since he was a few weeks old.
Patch was actually featured as a nine-week-old puppy in the Rural Weekly section in 2009.
But this week, for the first time poor Patch wasn't able to pick up the newspaper.
"Every day he goes to get the paper and then comes back to the verandah for a bone," Mrs Drysdale said.
"But today (Monday) he was perplexed and wasn't happy because the paper was different."
She said it all came down to the feel and taste of the new plastic cover.
"I had taken a rubber band with me because I had a feeling he might have trouble but even with the rubberband he didn't like it," Mrs Drysdale said.
Patch looks forward to his morning job and sits by the door whining until Mrs Drysdale takes him for the walk.
"It's a long driveway and I go with him because he used to get distracted by the cars," she said.
The duo will continue their morning routine and - Mrs Drysdale will have to wait and see if Patch can adapt.
"They say old dogs can't learn new tricks," she said.
"I may have to carry it back for him and he can still have his bone."
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