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.

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Archive for January, 2009

The Patsy

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

EVERYONE KNOWS that there are no snakes in Ireland because St Patrick, the patron saint, drove them into the sea and banished them for ever. I was in the company of an Irishman recently who noticed mole hills in a field. He asked if I knew whether there were moles in Ireland because he couldn't remember ever seeing any of their earthy eruptions.

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Going nuts in the kitchen

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

CORNKISTERS AND Bothy Ballads come pretty much out of the same stable, so to speak. Cornkisters are the traditional songs of the north east of Scotland, sung by  ploomen' and bothy loons when their day's work was done, seated upon the corn kist or corn chest in which their horses' feed was kept.

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We went down to the woods

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

VIEWS ON zoos vary. Some people see no moral argument in favour of keeping animals in cages, believing that they are born to be wild and we humans have no right to incarcerate them for our ostensible pleasure.

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Cutting edge

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

WELLINGTON BOOTS aren't the most glamorous Christmas present, but for me they were certainly the most practical one that I received. My grumbles about cold feet when out walking were not lost on the Doyenne who gave me a pair of rocket science wellies with bamboo carbon thermal fleece linings that have transformed my walks with Macbeth.

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