Oh yes we are back to the dogs. I am asked many times why I changed my mind? Why did I start to doubt the dogs? Well to be perfectly honest, I started questioning the dogs the moment those videos appeared, albeit in private.
But when I started to open my mind to the fact that the dogs are only indicators to potential evidence and not evidence itself, then I started to see things in the files, that started to make me question a whole lot of things. Which, of course, left me with the firm opinion that the McCanns played NO PART in what happened to their daughter.
A little while ago on twitter someone asked me if I had the video of where Eddie, the cadaver dog, tossed cuddle cat, that is Madeleine’s favourite toy, in the air. I knew I had seen the video or read about it, but for the life of me I couldn’t find it. But by luck today, a fellow forum poster from StopTheMyths, posted up the part from the Official PJ Files that reported this action by Eddie.
In a written report dated February 2008, Inspector Dias says:
On one of the films, it’s possible to see that ‘Eddie’ sniffs Madeleine’s cuddle cat, more than once, bites it, throws it into the air and only after the toy is hidden does he ‘mark’ it (page 2099). Whys didn’t he signal it when he sniffs it on the first time’
The anti McCanns on twitter permanently deny this happened, but again myth busted becasue the official confirmation of this event comes from the Police Files. It did happen and Inspector Dias raises a valid point.
He previously states in the report, the following:
If the dog is trained to react when he detects what he is looking for, why, in most of the cases, we see the dog passing more than once by that place in an uninterested way, until he finally signals the place where he had already passed several times’
A clear example of this is the car searches, I have uploaded the relevant part when Martin Grime along with Eddie sniff the cars including the McCann’s hired car.
Here is the relevant clip:
My observation points are these:
- The time spent by Eddie sniffing the cars prior to the McCann hired car. It is evident that Eddie spent more time sniffing the McCann car than the previous cars in the search.
- The times that Martin Grime had to call Eddie back and point to where he had to search the McCann car. In the previous cars he just let the dog do his work.
- The McCann hired car still had the stickers of Madeleine McCann in the windows, so it was evident that this car was related to the McCanns.
- Eddie we are told, only barks when he alerts to something, so please tell me why Eddie barked whilst between the McCann hired car and the next car he was due to examine?
- Why was Eddie more interested in the wall between the McCann hired car and the green car?
And yes those posters are clearly shown in the McCann hired car, as shown below, by a screen capture from the dogs videos.
So the truth is, it isn’t just the people who support the McCanns questioning the dogs, an Inspector from the Polícia Judiciária was doing exactly the same.
Edited to Add
Whilst searching for something else I stumbled across this from the transcript of the video in which Martin Grime says:
What we should understand with this dog is that he only barks when he finds something, he won’t bark at any other times. He won’t bark at other dogs, he won’t bark at strangers, he won’t bark when somebody knocks on the door or anything like that. The only times I’ve ever known him bark since I’ve got him as a small puppy a) for his dinner and that’s just excitement and that’s one of the training methods we use to teach to bark when we want him to and when he actually finds something, he won’t bark at other dogs, he won’t bark at strangers, he won’t bark when somebody knocks on the door or something like that, so again I would say that’s a positive indication.
So again I ask what was Eddie alerting to when he barked in between the McCanns hired car and the other car he was due to inspect?