Walking The Dog

I don’t have a dog. I don’t like dogs and they usually don’t like me. I’m a walker. On my walks I’m often accosted by dogs being territorial, despite the municipal by-law stating dogs must not demonstrate aggression on or off their property. Several times I’ve been attacked right on the roadway…

Anyway, yesterday I was walking to check the mailbox when I approached a young lady walking her dog. As usual, I switched to the other side of the road to give them a wide berth. As we met, she spoke to me and asked me to help socialize her dog so I walked across the road to within a couple of metres. The dog was excited but did not snarl, bark or show aggression. Eventually the dog approached, sniffed my shoe and retreated. I thanked the lady for taking care of her dog and carried on. I wish all dog-owners were as considerate. Last year, I changed my route simply because one owner went berserk every time his dog came after me. I wonder where his dog learned that behaviour? That owner didn’t even want to have his aggressive dog on a leash. I had the Animal Control Officer educate him but the dog continued to bark and charge towards the property-line.

I received three more items made in China, my post-Christmas gifts to myself. One item was a clamp-on ammeter. Except for difficulty opening and interpreting the diagram for insertion of batteries it was perfect. The battery-compartment was non-polar as was the cover except for a diagram impressed in the cover. It turns out the cells are to be inserted into the cover of the battery compartment before covering. RTFM didn’t help. It was a hands-on learning experience. Another item was a wad-cutting tool so I can make wads for shotshells. The supplier was one of the few selling a 17mm hollow punch. Everyone else, even locally, wanted to sell me a set of every size known to man except the one I wanted. The third item was a bunch of high-voltage power-transistors. Years ago when I wanted these they were over $10 apiece. My price was less than $1, delivered. Audio power-amps, battery-chargers and an inverter are on the way… Thank you, China.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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