Barking photos of canines dressed in pop star's most famous outfits

If you thought there was nothing more gaga than GaGa, you'd be wrong.

Decked out in blonde wigs, a space age mask and a red lace 'dress' accessorised with matching hat this collection of dogs are doing their best to be as avant-garde as the lady herself.

Not that any of them look particularly thrilled with their new outfits. Instead, each canine has put on his best poker face for the camera.
The Doggie GaGa project was dreamed up by Jesse Freidin, an award-winning pet photographer based in San Francisco.

He was inspired by the pop star's extraordinary costumes and outre personality.
'I took two of the last remaining packs of Polaroid film in the world and created an original celebration of creativity, originality and fearlessness,' he said.

'This is a toast to instant photography. Oh, and dogs.'
Freidin has not met Lady GaGa - yet. 'I'd love to,' he said. 'I hope she enjoys the pictures.'

The photographer dressed his dogs in five of Lady GaGa's most iconic outfits.

His models were a Boston Terrier, a Mexican hairless, a Shiba Inu and two Pit Bulls and each outfit was custom made.

Lady GaGa has recently been named as creative director for a new line of Polaroid products.

One million baby slings are recalled over safety fears

More than a million baby slings were recalled yesterday by their manufacturer over fears that they pose a threat of suffocation.

The SlingRider and Wendy Bellissimo slings, made by Infantino, have been implicated in three deaths in the U.S. in the past year.

Last night a spokesman for the company said consumers should stop using the slings 'immediately' and contact the company for a free replacement.

About 10,000 of the suspect slings have been sold in the UK while more than one million have been distributed in the U.S.

Baby slings have become fashionable with celebrities and so-called 'yummy mummies' and have been hailed for apparently helping to cement the bond between mother and child.

They are presented as a natural way to carry a baby, based on the notion that the warmth and closeness to the parent's heartbeat creates a feeling of security - and the parent can keep their hands free.

However, a sling's fabric can press against a baby's nose and mouth, blocking the breathing and causing suffocation within a few minutes. Very young babies have relatively heavy heads and weak neck muscles which leaves them unable to free themselves to breathe properly.

There is also a danger that the baby is cradled in a curved or 'C-like' position, nestling the baby below the mother's chest or near her belly.

That curved position can cause a baby who does not have strong neck control to flop its head forward, chin-to-chest, restricting the ability to breathe.

It is thought the suspect slings were sold in the UK through Halfords and various baby product websites.

The safety alert was issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC). This triggered follow-up action by trading standards officials in the UK.

The CSPC is investigating a number of sling designs and manufacturers after 14 deaths in America over the last 20 years. It was not known last night whether there have been any deaths or problems in the UK.

Infantino president Jack Vresics said yesterday: 'Our top priority is the safety of infants.'

Officials at Infantino's UK office in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, were liaising with local trading standards officials yesterday.

The U.S. has a central product safety body. However, the situation in Britain is more haphazard and left to individual council trading standards bodies. The recall relates to all SlingRider models, which includes a variant called the Wendy Bellissimo.

Infantino has sold 14,000 of the SlingRider baby slings in Europe, including 10,000 to parents in the UK.

An Infantino spokesman said: ' Consumers should stop using the recalled slings immediately and contact us to receive a free replacement product.'

Girl 2, whose jaw was ripped off in horrific attack by family dog before father kills it with a kitchen knife

A two-year-old was in a critical condition tonight after she was horrifically attacked by her family dog.

Taylor Leadbeater has undergone facial reconstruction surgery and tissue from her cheeks following the vicious mauling.

The French Bullmastiff dog suddenly turned on her while she was playing with toys in her bedroom.

Her distraught father wrestled the dog off her, dragged it into the back garden and stabbed it to death with a kitchen knife on yesterday afternoon.

Taylor was taken to hospital and has had 70 stitches put into her face after an operation today. She is due to undergo another operation to deep wounds below her eye tomorrow.

Her parents, Gareth and Charlene Leadbeater and brother Ronnie, six, were at her side last night.

The male dog is not an illegal breed but had been kept at the family’s home with a female French Bullmastiff who is in season and an Alsatian.
Her grandmother Alison Leadbeater last night said her daughter had asked vets to put the dog down two weeks ago after it bit her brother Gary’s hand, but they had refused.

She said: ‘Taylor was playing with the drawers and toys in her bedroom and the dog suddenly snapped.

‘Her father Gareth heard him growl and grabbed the dog off of her, but it was too late.

‘Taylor has serious facial injuries and has already had 70 stitches following one operation. Her bone structure is fine, but there is a lot of damage to her face. She will have to have a lot of operations.’

Mrs Leadbeater said vets had offered to ‘retrain’ the dog after her daughter had asked for it to be put down because of its recent aggressive behaviour.

She claimed vets told the family that the breed was not illegal and not normally aggressive.

‘The dog was a family pet and only had been fine for years’, she added.

‘He only started getting aggressive recently when he bit my son’s hand.

Charlene was worried about his behaviour and spoke to the vets as she was concerned about the children.

‘But they said they could retrain the animal and they could not put it down.

'The dog was lovely but turned into a killing machine because of how aggressive it was getting.'

A next-door neighbour told how his wife saw the incident.

The man told the Evening Standard: 'He was playing with the dog and he turned away and the dog bit the girl on the face.

'He chased the dog out into the garden and was punching and kicking it and that's where he stabbed it with a knife.]

'My wife saw that and started screaming. We haven't been living here very long and their dogs do bark a lot and don't get on with the other dogs in the street.'

The French Bullmastiff breed is not covered under the Dangerous Dogs act.

The family's other two dogs have been taken from their semi-detached house in Eltham, South London and placed into police care while they are investigating. They are not described as dangerous.

It is understood the police received assistance from the RSPCA, who are believed to have taken away two other dogs that were at the house.

The incident comes amid growing concern about the use of dangerous dogs as status symbols and weapons.

Last week, Chrisdian Johnson, 22, was jailed for life, with a minimum term of 24 years, after using his powerfully-built pitbull-cross dog as a weapon to savage 16-year-old Seyi Ogunyemi.

As his slightly-built victim lay helpless on the ground, Johnson carried out a 'vicious murder' with a knife before fleeing the scene covered in blood.

Judge Christopher Moss, sentencing, told Johnson the dog had been used as a 'fearsome' weapon - 'trained to attack and bring down your prey'.

The French Mastiff - also called the Bordeaux Bulldog - is a relatively short, stocky mastiff.

According to breeders it usually has a good and calm temperament. They are renowned for being extremely loyal, patient and devoted.

Fearless and confrontational with strangers, they make a first class watch and guard dog.

The French Mastiff can be aggressive to other dogs unless they are socialised from an early age. The breed is usually gentle with children.