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Another wag of the tale

SoVaNow.com / January 15, 2014


Dear Viewpoint,

In response to Jan. 8 letter, “Of Dogs and Men,” by Calvin Clark: I am glad, and happy that Mr. Clark’s dogs are so well loved, they are truly very lucky dogs. There are many dogs that aren’t so lucky. I speak of the lost, hungry dogs that can be found wandering down roads. I also speak of the cramped, dirty pens that SOME dogs live their life in. It would be a good thing if responsible dog owners can do something about this. Can lost dogs or dogs in trouble be rescued?

It is true that current laws allow hunting dogs to cross private property (within town limits?). I, however, do not agree with this. I believe this makes private property, in part, public domain. I also support an establishment of a buffer zone around town limits. Of course, it won’t solve or prevent all incursions, but it will give hunters more room to retrieve their dogs before they run into town. If the dogs are so well trained, they should drop their pursuit and come when called.

I will now speak to my behavior during this incursion onto my property.

Everyone has past experiences that shape responses, especially when surprised. I certainly won’t stand between a pack of dogs and my critters with my bare hands. As a proportional response, it was purely defensive in nature. Remember, I was the one being pressed.

As to the use of the word (delete), I now believe it was not called for and here by apologize for. The conduct of this particular group of hunters was beyond reproach.

I do believe we can all get along. We are all individuals with individual life experiences. All I ask is that I am not surprised. With that, I pluck the first branch of the olive tree, and offer it to thee. Accept it, or not, the choice is yours …

Michael Cochran
Boydton



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