Emotional prop or man’s best friend?
I have to take issue with Stuart Barton’s comments in his column last week regarding, among other things, spraying dog poo bright colours.
The paint draws attention to its presence and hopefully saves other dogs, children and adults from unwittingly standing in it.
Is he seriously suggesting it would be “joyful” to clear dog poo, spray the site and then leave a flag with a notice regarding the behaviour of the offending dog owner?
Our local dog-walking route is not known as ‘**** alley’ for nothing, and anyone thinking of removing the stuff, as he suggests, would need rubber gloves, at least two large carrier bags and possibly a decontamination suit!
I found his remark about “emotional props” offensive. Does he mean the loyal and loving companions to many people who, like me, have lost their partners? Or those who need several walks each day – meaning dog and owner get exercise and interact with others socially, and less people are lonely and isolated?
My dogs have always been part of my family, and there’s nothing better than the happy greeting one gets from a dog when you return home. I feel sorry for Mr Barton – he has obviously never felt that love.
Reading further down his column, I noted that last week he “made a lighthearted remark to Mrs B”. Wow. That must have been one of his good days. D Collins South Willesborough