DOGS: We’ve been driven away from beach

Tynemouth Longsands at dusk. GM024199
Tynemouth Longsands at dusk. GM024199

We have heard about seeing life through the eyes of a child. Now your correspondent has invited us to see life through the eyes of their dog, (News Guardian, March 17).

I wonder if the writer re-read the letter before his/her dog licked the stamp and posted it.

Children were being chastised for not standing still when a dog bounds over to them as it makes them worse when a child runs.

Now, if a child were to jump up on you on the street, sniff you, wipe its face on you, possibly knock you over and if you ran away, chase after you and bite you, would that be OK?

I agree with a previous writer, I have long stopped taking my kids to the beach.

We are neither scared of dogs nor dog haters, but after footballs were bitten into and clothes/goalposts urinated on, we drew the line and haven’t ventured on the beaches here in Tynemouth for several years – because of dogs.

There were rumours of a dog warden in North Tyneside, but this is perhaps wishful thinking.

Perhaps the answer is to segregate the beach all year as in summer, but based on observations of thoughtless individuals who all love their dog and don’t see why they should control them, pick up after them, or even pull them in when pedestrians pass on the pavement.

I don’t hold out much hope of people sticking to the rules.

Tynemouth has a dog problem and has become a dog’s toilet.

It has quite literally ‘gone to the dogs’.

Mark Holmes

Tynemouth