Nova Scotia

Dog bite doesn't keep politician from campaigning

Politicians knocking on doors in Nova Scotia have kissed babies and shaken hands — but one also has been bitten by a dog.

Politicians knocking on doors in Nova Scotia have kissed babies and shaken hands — but one also has been bitten by a dog.

Dr. Stan Kutcher has been wearing out his shoes walking through the streets of the Halifax riding he's seeking for the Liberals in the upcoming election. On the weekend, he encountered a small dog, which promptly bit him.

"Thank God it was not a 25-foot dog," Kutcher joked. "It was below the knee, which is probably why it attached itself to my calf. It was a huge dog bite. It was a real bite bite, not a scratch scratch."

Kutcher said he did not see this attack coming, though he travels prepared for canines.

"Look, here are my dog treats," the rookie politician said, showing a bag of bacon bits he carries with him.

Kutcher said the bite was serious, but he was back on the campaign trail despite the rain Monday. In fact, the doctor was running from door to door to keep up the pace.

He said he has a plan for the owners if another dog takes a dislike to him. "I didn't think of asking for the vote, but I tell you something: if that happens again, I will."

Barking dogs, crying babies

Incumbant NDP Megan Leslie, who's seeking re-election, is hitting the trail with water and snacks to keep herself going, as well as a supply of pencils for note taking because she knows a pen's ink can freeze on the coldest days.

"I don't carry dog treats, because then you actually have to hold your hand out to them," she said.

"I would rather just give the dogs a lot of respect and stay out of their way. I've not had a lot of problems with dogs yet because I tend not to interact with them too much."

Conservative candidate George Nikolaou said his trail has been smooth so far, and he's only inadvertently disturbed a single person.

"It was a Saturday afternoon around 1 o'clock. I rang their doorbell and woke their baby. I felt bad about that," he said.

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