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First Dog bites Reuters reporter

Barack Obama called himself a mutt and John McCain got a mauling but it was Reuters TV reporter Jonathan Decker who got bitten in the US presidential election.

Barney, a Scottish terrier that has had the run of the White House as President George Bush’s First Dog, growled and snapped at Decker’s finger when our man bent down to pet the dog in the Rose Garden.

A White House doctor bandaged Decker’s index finger. Barney is known to be a serial offender: he has bitten other visitors in the past. ■