BE A GOOD OWNER

Countryfile Magazine - - Lazy Days -

What a stroke of luck. I have just sub­scribed to BBC Coun­try­file Magazine, which co­in­cided with our fam­ily adopt­ing a lovely black labrador from a res­cue home and my first is­sue (March) hap­pened to be dog-themed.

Henry, our labrador, is mid­dle-aged. He has a few health issues, some treat­able, some sadly not. Al­though he has only known us for a short while, he is to­tally loyal and lov­ing. He adores his walks and the ar­ti­cle by Gwen Bai­ley was most use­ful as were the other dog­gie ar­ti­cles.

Many years ago Barbara Wood­house (dog trainer) fa­mously stated “there are no bad dogs, only bad own­ers”. How true that is. One of your read­ers, Jan Bate­man, men­tions “deer-chas­ing dogs and bags of dog ex­cre­ment” in the countryside. Since ex­er­cis­ing Henry, I have dis­cov­ered some lovely walks lo­cally and met many re­spon­si­ble dog own­ers who all pick up after their dog.

How­ever, I do see ev­i­dence of dog own­ers be­ing ir­re­spon­si­ble which angers me as it gives all of us a bad name. John Gor­don Williams, Black­pool

Ed­i­tor Fer­gus Collins replies: I’m glad the March is­sue was so timely. Good luck with Henry. You’ll find more dog-re­lated ar­ti­cles on coun­try­file.com

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