Being out in the countryside with my dogs gives me time to think. I’ve learnt the pleasure of solitude without being lonely, and that’s a good feeling for me.

Welcome to "Man with two dogs" - the family website for dog owners and dog walkers.

This is my countryside diary which appears each Saturday in the Dundee Courier newspaper.

Life in the dead of winter

February 10th, 2018

Initial Import 689ESCAPING FROM the winter weather I took Inka for a walk in the shelter of the woods beside Capo Quarry lying just off the Lang Stracht, the long, straight road running from the Upper Northwaterbridge to the foot of the Glenesk road. The woods are criss-crossed with roe deer tracks and there’s plenty of interest for dogs. …read on »

Chilly finger’d spring again

February 3rd, 2018

022THE CALENDAR says it is winter, but spring doesn’t have a calendar and even if she did – and spring is a she, poet Hilaire Belloc writes of “our Sister the Spring” – she couldn’t read it. Anyhow, she doesn’t trouble herself with such man-contrived constraints. …read on »

Lines from days gone by

January 27th, 2018

Ribblehead viaductLAST SUNDAY the Doyenne and I set off to drive to Cumbria. In different circumstances we should have looked at the weather and postponed the visit. This one couldn’t be postponed as it was for a family funeral. …read on »

Poetry and peace for a perfect walk

January 20th, 2018

012GLENESK HAS been part of my life all of my life. My earliest memories of the glen go back to about 1946 when petrol became more available post-war, and of picnics at a favourite spot of my mother’s by the side of the River North Esk. …read on »

Parsons and egrets meet in The Basin

January 13th, 2018

03.12.17 Little Egret 5YOU MAY remember what a lovely morning Monday was. Inka and I went out soon after 8.30 and were greeted by a spectacular winter’s scene – the ground iron hard and the grass white with frost. …read on »

Snow may suit skiers but birds endure hungry gap

January 6th, 2018

IMG_20171225_105956_878_resizedTHREE WEEKS ago I wrote about the difficulties wildlife experiences during what is known as the hungry gap period. Frost and snow make foraging for food difficult, the hedgerow berries and wild seed heads in the ditches and the margins have been stripped and our wild birds need support. …read on »

Help for man’s best friend

December 30th, 2017

012006I HAD to fight my way through a proper bourach of wriggling, tail-wagging dogs to meet Carol Begg, founder and rescue coordinator of Perthshire Gundog Rescue. …read on »

The heather and the hedge

December 23rd, 2017

img037CHARLES EDWARD Louis John Casimir Sylvester Severino Maria Stuart – a bit of a mouthful, but that was Bonnie Prince Charlie. I wonder how well he’d have got on in the playground – at least the one I remember – if his school mates had known his full name. But I doubt if the Wee Academy at Montrose was ever graced by royalty. …read on »

Keeping warm in winter is a full time job

December 16th, 2017

Old boat St Cyrus beach 004THE WINTER morning sun colours the landscape an atmospheric buttery golden yellow. There’s less strength in the sun at this time and it sits low in the sky. Its trajectory from east to west never reaches summertime’s midday zenith. …read on »

Being dogmatic about dogs is barking up the wrong tree

December 9th, 2017

015THERE ARE seasons in the Doyenne’s year when her kitchen takes on the steamy atmosphere of the witches cave in Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth. Late summer and early autumn is the season for jams and jellies made from the wild rasps and brambles and other hedgerow glories that I pick for her. January is home-made marmalade season. …read on »