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 May, 2015

Awaiting a doggie telegram

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

DSC02648MACBETH CELEBRATED his fourteenth birthday yesterday. If it’s true that dogs count seven years for every human one that makes him ninety eight, which elevates him to the distinction of being a grand old man. It can only be a couple of months until he hits the century when no doubt we can expect The Telegram, delivered by First Class Corgi.

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A retreat for contemplation

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

DSC02630TWO DIGNIFIED cast iron hounds guarding the front door and Isaac, the real-life whippet, welcome visitors to Hospitalfield House, on the outskirts of Arbroath. Hospitalfield was established in 1900 by the legacy of Patrick and Elizabeth Allan-Fraser as Scotland’s first art school and it continues today as a centre dedicated to contemporary art.

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The real black bird in a pie

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Sing a song of sixpence / A pocketful of rye / Four and twenty blackbirds / Baked in a pie …

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An awakening of the senses

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

COLOUR AND sound underscore spring for me. I used to wonder which might be the more important sense if, for instance, I lost my sight but retained my hearing – and vice versa.

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Hunter becomes hunted

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

INKA WAS guddling about in a dirty corner of an old walled garden we sometimes walk through. He was on the scent of something intoxicating and wasn’t for coming to heel.

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