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Dog owner answers back; Mailbag letters also appear online at Mailbag.

WHILE I respect the right of freedom of speech I would ask you to consider the equal right of reply. My main purpose for writing is to redress the untruth which appeared in the letter 'Dogs Off Leads', in Mailbag, July 7. While walking on Longwood Edge I was responsible for two unleashed dogs - one a sedate 13-year-old mongrel and the second a younger, more boisterous Alsatian. They are both very sociable dogs and, in spite of the Alsatian having a predisposition to go towards people, she doesn't approach nearer than a couple of yards.

She has never growled at nor bitten anyone and only barks when people try to intimidate her. I was assailed by loudly shouted orders to "put that dog on a lead" and "I'm going to call the police.'' I sought not to add to these people's obviously disproportionate and inappropriate hysteria, aiming instead to keep the situation as calm and controlled as possible.

Therefore, as my witness will attest, I said absolutely nothing.

We went on our way, pursued by more haranguing.

I don't like being called ignorant nor being alluded to as someone who is old enough to know better as though it were a pejorative term.

Indeed, I do know better than your original correspondent because I knew that responding to such verbal aggression would gain nothing. I was careful to set an example of moderate, mature good behaviour.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jul 13, 2010
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