One hospital saw 30 serious injuries in just one year.
Sausages containing nails and steel tacks have been left at a popular dog-walking spot, according to reports, sparking an
Yes, folks. A couple of months ago, we acquired a dog. A two-year-old boxer called Daisy, whose role was to shake our family out of its iPad-induced inertia, and get us out and about. Like the von Trapp family. But with poo bags.
Every summer these stories come out about dog walkers making vast amounts of money while enjoying the sunshine with the dogs, but they don't see the reality, the expenses, the days when we are blue with cold from being out all day, or clearing up vomit and diahorrea, or hoovering up the endless dog hair and spraying for yet more fleas.
London living with a dog has one exceptional joy and that is access to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, particularly during the months of meteorological misery when one can pretty much have this oasis to oneself.
Dogs need to exercise every day to make sure they're healthy, as well as being happy through mental stimulation. Dogs love exercise and play, and I've always felt it's a win-win situation: you both get exercise and, at the same time, build up a special bond with your dog.
If you can keep your dog in sight at all time, be aware of what they are doing and be confident your dog will come back to you promptly when you call, then there is no need to put them on a lead. But if you can not be confident they will return when you call, then a lead is the safest option for everyone.
In my opinion, the coffee cup owners aren't respecting others in the park. They just don't see what they are doing as wrong yet if a youth's dog ran up and jumped up at them trying to snatch a treat it would be totally abhorent. Yet when Phyllis the 5yr old Border Terrier does it, its either not noticed or just midly amusing.
As of 2 April 2013, London's Royal Parks (inc Bushy Park and Richmond Park) are licensing professional dog walkers and have
On my first induction day, I was quite overwhelmed. The centre seemed huge and overbearing with leads hanging up, dog treats on the side, sign-out sheets for when you take the dog for a walk and lots of barking!