Yes, at the same time that she's been with us - some three months now - 58,000 stray dogs have been shot in the country's capital. And the shooting isn't over.
Now strays - along with members of various ethnic and political groups and people who parted their hair the wrong way - were routinely rounded up and summarily executed
At least no one's been paying much attention to the dogs until now.
Residents claim that the dogs are attacking and killing children - which may or may not be true. Dogs get such a bad rap here that it's difficult to say what's what. Certainly, many children Celeste (the Dog) routinely encounters taunt her, only to elicit a toothy growl and lunge from her.
For the love of God.
Are strays a menace in Baghdad? - I have no doubt. But killing 58,000 in 90 days? Isn't that a tad draconian? Can't they be rounded up, inoculated, and neutered - and then released, never to have doggie sex again? Of course the response to this is that in the Grand Order of Things, providing a safe environment for Baghdadians is the government's one and only priority - although I would add that in a city where people have died protesting the expense and/or lack of electricity, the future looks dim.
I would also add that the funds to shoot the city's dogs only just became available - could that money not be used to neuter them instead? Yes, I know: bullets cost less than sutures and anaesthetic.
But it doesn't mean I have to like it.
By the way, because I am by nature an inordinately sensitive individual, I have elected not to post to this blog the photo which accompanied the original news article. You're welcome.