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