Emo­tional prop or man’s best friend?

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

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

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