If you are out walking your dog and it goes out out of sight have you have really any idea it could be up to? On my Facebook page over the last few days I have seen all of the following stories:
- A dog was shot by the farmer because it had been worrying sheep, one of which died and one of which may have to be put down. The owner insisted the dog had only been out of her sight for a few moments. That may be true but remember, ALL dogs are still 99% wolf and all are capable of worrying or killing farm animals.
- A dog with no owner in sight ran up to a friend who is a bit unsteady on her feet awaiting a knee operation, causing her to almost fall. The owner, when he finally got there, assured her that the dog was friendly but that was the problem. He was too friendly and she could have fallen when he jumped up.
- Being stolen - how many stories do we hear of dogs who have been stolen? Some may be stolen from unlocked cars or insecure gardens but think about it - how long would it actually take for someone to take your dog, have them in a car and be away before you know what happens? Hours? Minutes? Seconds?
Maybe you don't think your dog is capable of killing sheep. Maybe you don't think they would ever knock anyone over. Maybe this will make you realise that when walking your dog, you really do to keep them in view at all times:
It felt so good hurtling along the sand with the salty wind ripping through her soft ears.She was surprised to see, when she turned back, how small all that was familiar to her had become.Her legs were tired and when the firm hands scooped her up she was grateful not to have to gallop further.
Months later, as the last of the faded posters was ripped from the lamp post, with it, all hope for her was also lost.
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