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 July, 2011

Beauty and the bird

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

YOU'LL SCARCELY believe it   I didn't until I saw the scars of the claw punctures in his skull   Photographer Bruce Robertson who has the Photo Centre at 177 E. High Street, Forfar is a keen cyclist, clocking up 100-150 miles per week as part of his fitness regime   Not long ago he was the victim of an extraordinary attack by a buzzard.

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Purple and fine linen

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

LUTHERMUIR WEEDS!   We were standing in a Luthermuir garden at the time and doubtless it could have done with a bit of redd up, but it didn't look too bad   It turned out I'd been over-hasty in decrying our host's gardening skills for he was pointing to the tall teazles growing at his front door.

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Butterflies and cockyolybirds

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

BEING ONE half of a team that wrote the story of an amazing dog I was intrigued by an e-mail from our daughter about another unusual dog that was born without front legs and has learnt to walk upright on its hind legs like a faintly Jurassic human   It lives a full life and obviously has adapted to its circumstances completely   Google  Faith the dog' and you'll get his official website and a YouTube film of Faith on the move.

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Generous Nature

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

THE ABSENCE of butterflies becomes increasingly worrying for yet another year   I walk the dogs in a variety of locations from woodland to open fields, and riverside and seaside – the sorts of places where butterflies ought to flourish   But no longer, not even in the garden borders.

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Mystery of words

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

RAW COURAGE in wild animals can be impressive and touching at the same time   The dogs were bowling on ahead of me along the side of a burn (for once Macbeth wasn't trailing behind looking for revolting things to eat which make him ill) and there was a tremendous commotion of splashing and urgent duck calls.

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