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dateline: 24 February 2016

Chinese Dog Thieves Return Guide Dog With Note

Listen to the news in English with Tara Benwell

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • thief: one who steals something
  • public outcry: a strong expression of disapproval by everyday people
  • Weibo: a Chinese microblogging site
  • register: to officially record something for a list or directory
  • guide dog: a trained dog that helps a blind person

Chinese Dog Thieves Return Guide Dog With Note

A guide dog that was from a blind man in Beijing has been returned after a public outcry on Weibo. An note that was attached to the dog’s collar asked the owner for . The black Labrador is one of a handful of registered guide dogs in the city. In Beijing, pet dogs are commonly stolen from the street and sold for .

Comprehension Questions

  1. What was stolen and returned?
  2. How did this story gain so much attention?
  3. Why are dogs commonly stolen in China?

Discussion Questions: The lack of service animals in Beijing highlights the fact that more needs to be done for disabled citizens in China. What can be done to make streets and buildings more accessible for the visually impaired?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

6 Comments on Chinese Dog Thieves Return Guide Dog With Note

  1. Andres Felipe says:

    Thanks a lot .
    Good job , It is so helpful.

  2. Cheng Qian says:

    i like this article which is easy to understand and remembered.wishing more similar article will be published.

  3. Tara Benwell says:

    Thanks for your feedback, Sorosh. We’ve had some requests for lighter news and happy news! We try to mix it up, so that it’s not always bad news or headline news. There is actually a lot to discuss based on this short story (e.g., guide dogs, animals with jobs, making life easier for the disabled, caring for the visually impaired, dog meat, pet theft, social media posts going viral…). See you next week!

  4. sorosh says:

    Explain more about them with more details.please choose the important news.I always use your news thanks.

  5. sorosh says:

    please putting news longer.information about your news are so weak.Thanks

  6. Jeong Hojin says:

    China needs more guide dog for disabled citizen

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