Frightening time walking my dog
I have just returned from walking my dog in Western Park. That's right, walking my dog. Not standing in one spot letting dogs run wild, and fouling everywhere, which is what one women was doing on Tuesday afternoon.
It's not an uncommon sight on that park, but this incident not only upset my dog, it distressed me.
As I was walking towards the path that leads towards Glenfield Road, I saw a women in the distance with two large dogs running around.
I decided to put my dog on the lead and go in the opposite direction. Before I could get on to the path, her alsatians came at full tilt towards me.
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She saw them coming, but turned her back and looked the other way.
I picked my little dog up before she could get knocked off of her feet. As they couldn't get to her, they was jumping up at me.
I could feel one of their mouths on my hands. Fearing the worst – and here I was on my own, a mere 5ft 2in with no one else around other than the ignorant dog owner, I began shouting at the top of my voice for the owner to call her dogs back.
She turned around, ignored me and them and carried on talking on her phone.
My shouting seemed to frighten the dogs away, thankfully.
This incident frightened me. She should be thankful that I'm young and steady on my feet.
It's about time owners stopped letting their dogs run riot in parks.
Not only does it make owners who are trying to walk their dogs in peace have an unpleasant walk, it gets responsible dogs walkers bad names and that, no doubt, will one day end up getting dogs banned from parks.
If the ignorant dog owner in question is reading this, my dog is fine, thanks, though I got back from my quite walk with a dirty coat and a very sore throat from shouting.
Liza Patterson, Glenfield.
I am a descendant of Ernest William Nicol's second marriage. He was my grandfather.
I believe there may be descendants of his first marriage to Margaret Wilkinson living in the Leicester area.
If you believe this may be you, I would welcome having e-mail contact. This is purely for genealogical purposes.
Can anyone please explain to me why it is at all necessary to fill in what is called a "captcha" when filling in details for a petition etc on the internet?
For those like me who had not heard of a captcha before, it is the little box with jumbled-up letters and numbers that have been distorted and made difficult to read.
It sometimes takes me two or three attempts before I get it right and it can be very frustrating, especially if I have a lot of entries to make for a worthy cause.
I cannot see it providing any form of security or other useful service.
Art Zarb, Oadby.
I was reading last week about the proposed plans for the cathedral gardens and also Jubilee Square.
As a taxpayer, I would like to know where they get the quotes for how much it is going to cost for the work to be done.
Before they go ahead with the work, I think they should publish in the Mercury all the costs and quotes for each individual job.
I for one would be very interested to know how they get the figures.
G Singh, Leicester.
I totally agree that the death sentence should be reintroduced. There are more murders now than I can remember in my life of 70 years.
These people are usually given small sentences and a life of luxury in jail.
Can we please have a vote on this subject?
Michaerl D Kitchener, Leicester.