Sympathy for the postman

PUBLISHED: 11:34 29 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:23 06 May 2010

I write with reference to your article in last week s Comet Posties hot under the collar over dogs . I actually like dogs, but a couple of recent experiences illustrate their unpredictable nature when approached on their own territory and consequently, m

I write with reference to your article in last week's Comet 'Posties hot under the collar over dogs'.

I actually like dogs, but a couple of recent experiences illustrate their unpredictable nature when approached on their own territory and consequently, my sympathies lie entirely with the poor postmen and deliverymen who have to go to dog-owning households.

I undertook a resident's survey recently and I approached one particular house in which the householder was in conversation with a neighbour on her doorstep. A huge German Shepherd stood next to the woman and before I approached, I asked her if it were safe to do so. Yes was the reply so I approached gingerly, whereupon the dog lunged at me, barking furiously! Oh, he has never done that before was the response of the surprised householder!

Another incident relates to my nephew who was delivering newspapers. The householder's door was ajar and a huge German Shepherd rushed out and actually bit into his groin. Very luckily, the dog only managed to tear a hole in his clothing, but he could be talking a few octaves higher if the dog had bit its intended target!

Due to their unpredictable nature when deliveries make it necessary to enter their territory, it must be every dog owner's responsibility to ensure the comfort and safety of delivery men by keeping their dogs securely behind a locked door in areas where the two may meet.

MARION HALL, Nash Close, Stevenage

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