THANKS FOR YOUR HELP

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Last Thurs­day I tripped and fell in Bees and But­ter­cups and I would like to thank the Lady and Gen­tle­man who, hear­ing the crash, rushed in to come to my aid.

She was St Johns Am­bu­lance trained and han­dled the mishap re­ally well. Her train­ing, pro­fes­sion­al­ism and sym­pa­thy were re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated, but I wasn’t re­ally think­ing and didn’t get her name. So thank you.

The young lady be­hind the counter was great too so thank you also.

For­tu­nately I es­caped quite lightly with only fa­cial cuts and bruis­ing and bro­ken glasses, no stock was harmed in the trip, phew.

-Sh­eryl Aber­hart

Buddy to take off.

Dog by-laws in Mata­mata are an anachro­nism. They are a throw-back to the days of patched gang mem­bers walk­ing around towns with evil look­ing dogs with stud­ded col­lars.

We are a dif­fer­ent so­ci­ety now. We are more mo­bile and we ex­pect towns to cater for our needs: such as qual­ity cafes, out­door din­ing and so on.

We have lots of traf­fic pass­ing through Mata­mata. Many of th­ese oc­cu­pants stop and spend money. In sum­mer as many as about a third of th­ese ve­hi­cles could be car­ry­ing pets. If you see dogs in the CBD in all prob­a­bil­ity their own­ers will be vis­i­tors who are obliv­i­ous to lo­cal by-laws.

The present by-law is not work­able.

Any changes need to be re­al­is­tic and aimed at al­low­ing re­spon­si­ble dog own­ers to have the op­por­tu­nity to so­cialise with their pets. Dogs need to be kept on a leash. That is non-ne­go­tiable. The by­laws would be bet­ter served to be aimed at this as­pect rather than spec­i­fy­ing a dra­co­nian blan­ket ban which can­not be ef­fec­tively en­forced.

-Del­yse Dowl­ing

FAIRFAX NZ

Buddy, the much-loved Ex­presso To Go cof­fee shop cat shot through af­ter beign at­tached by a dog in the CBD.

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