The village of Cocksend's local dog in a hat has asked for World Peace as a special gift for his 2nd Birthday.
Speaking through an interpreter, Sparky told a crowd of journalists that he appreciates all the bones and little furry toys with bells inside them he usually gets around Birthday time, but that this year he would love nothing better than a nice dollop of World Peace and love.
"Me want love. Me want Peace for Planet Earth. Woof Woof. Goodnight", he stated in a slightly hoarse voice.
"Sparky's never been quite the same since I bought that hat for him", said his proud owner, "he completely changed personality. It's almost as if he became more talkative and intelligent. He's become interested in social justice much more than before"
Indeed, Sparky is seen as Cocksend's answer to Bob Geldof or that other good-deed man, Chairman Mao.
A woman standing at the back of the garden where the interview took place was the first to pledge her undying wish not be be bad to anyone ever again.
She was joined briefly by the man who runs the local orphanage - but he changed his mind and said he would prefer being horrible and nasty and not giving the children any more gruel than their allocated amount.
Gahah! Look at that thing running up the curtains.
Sparky - who was previously featured in the farming supplement in the local paper after saving a little lamb from almost certain death from nasty old Mr. Wolf - urged every creature with a beating heart to do their best to make his Birthday wish come true.
He even promised not to bite the postman on the ankle.
So far there has been no word from the cat or the mouse, both of which have remained tight lipped.