In the dog house
PUBLISHED: 10:35 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010
SIR, — On Christmas day morning my wife and I decided to take a walk around the lake at Verulamium Park which proved to be more eventful than one might have expected. We walked along the footpath at the side of the River Ver in the direction of the boatin
SIR, - On Christmas day morning my wife and I decided to take a walk around the lake at Verulamium Park which proved to be more eventful than one might have expected.
We walked along the footpath at the side of the River Ver in the direction of the boating lake. In the distance we were surprised to see formations of geese flying towards us in a very agitated state and quite low in the air. As we got nearer to the boating lake the reason became very clear to see - a very fit and out-of-control Golden Labrador was doing his utmost to clear the boating lake of every bird in sight.
His method was faultless - he circled the pond until the offending birds were in his sights and then he ran through the water (pictured above) which was at his shoulder height causing the frantic geese (and swans) to attempt to take off. Some of the birds made their escape by flying/paddling under the bridge separating the two lakes. We were able to see that the dog was at least muzzled. I hate to think what would have happened to the birds if he hadn't been.
Where you might ask was the owner of the offending animal? Well the good lady was continuing her walk up the slope towards the Inn on the Green as if all that was going on behind her was nothing whatever to do with her. Halfway up the slope she started to call the dog that had not the slightest intention of interrupting such a great game. The lady then returned to the edges of the boating lake to try to collect her pet from the water.
At this point I remonstrated with her saying that the dog should be on a lead and was out of control to which she replied that the park keeper had said it was "all right for the animal to be off the lead". Which park keeper that was I cannot imagine. I can only think this person was unaware of the temperament of the offending dog, I got the impression that the lady thought her dog was only doing what came naturally and hadn't given a second thought to the distress caused to the wildlife and passers-by.
Pondfield Crescent, St Albans.