Tuesday, 26 June 2012

"The Rude Man with the dogs"

This is an open letter to the car drivers of Trelawnyd

To whom it may concern,
I am writing to you all to explain away my behaviour when I am out for a walk with my dogs between the hours of 6.45am-7.30 am and 9-00 pm-9.30pm.
You should recognise me as I am :-
-The only guy in the village that walks three dogs together
-I am a bit of a scruffy bastard
You should also remember me, because I am the chap that does not move too swiftly when you approach me in the lane.Please understand that I will make you slow down

I understand that sometimes you will become frustrated that I will hold you up somewhat before I amble to the side of the road to let you pass, but I must tell you here and now that I am not being "difficult" when I do this..... there is some method in my madness.

The reason I keep you all waiting is because of this little chap



His Name is Albert 
and he is four years old.

He is a small, difficult-to-see-in-the-dark cat who broke his right hind leg rather badly three years ago and the injury, which as mismanaged by the vet, has left him with a painful and stiff leg, a bad limp and healthy disregard for the local animal health care system.
It has also meant that when he accompanies us on our morning and evening "wee" stops, he sometimes finds it difficult to get out of the way of local drivers who occassionally act a little blasé when they use the lane as a cut through
So when you see me, lumbering in front of you, without a seeming care in the world, I am not being rude when I hold you up, I am , in fact, being a bit of a feline hero by preventing a funny little cat who resembles Sammy Davies Junior, from becoming another road kill statistic.

With Best wishes,
Happy Driving

John Gray
aged 50 ( and a bit)
Bwthyn-y-llan,
Trelawnyd

42 comments:

  1. You are a modern day Francis of Assisi. xxxx

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  2. My new kittens have urged me to tell you that you are a superhero and a lovely man to boot.

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  3. naw...... diane and steve
    just a bloke with not enough to worry about x

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  4. They bloody well should slow down.

    What is it with black cats...are they on a death wish ?

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  5. Nice one. He is a very cute little chap.

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  6. John - why not have an appropriate (not rude) sign on the back of your T shirt/anorak. I am quite deaf and have a similar problem with drivers on our lane - I don't hear them until they are upon me. I sometimes feel like pinning "Hard of hearing" on my back. I once told the postie to sound his horn after I realised he had been driving very slowly behind me for God knows how long - but he said he couldn't possibly do that "it was rude." Lovely little cat by the way and yes I do see the resemblance.

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  7. Gorgeous little cat and lucky to have you to watch out for him. Meanwhile, I am still wondering how you are able to take three dogs out together. I can't manage two without raising my blood pressure to dangerous levels. ;)

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  8. John, protector of the small and vulnerable.

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  9. I am going to knit Albert a reflective waistcoat in the interests of road safety :-)

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  10. Ah John, I hope the hasty drivers read this post and take note. According to the three Tanzanian cats who spend all day sleeping in my house, your are their hero! Thanks for caring for the little black cat! I love that Kath is going to knit him a reflective waistcoat and also The Weaver of Grass' suggestion of a sign on your back: Slow down! Walking a cat too! Have a great day! Jo

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  11. Brilliant and I applaud you for your gallantry.

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  12. Albert!!! Is there a creature on earth not extra loveable named Albert? Kudos to you for holding up traffic. Albert deserves extra chances in his poor broken leg life. YAY JOHN!!!!

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  13. What you need are some portable speed bumps. How about a roll of lino?!

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  14. Quite right too. We over-hasty drivers should realise there might be a good reason for the slowcoach at the side of the road, and he/she isn't just deliberately holding us up on our quest to reach Sainsbury's in ten seconds less than our previous best time.

    I hope Albert still enjoys life despite his gammy leg.

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  15. God bless you for waiting until the little kitty is safe.

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  16. Hear hear ! He is still trying to speed by thru that lane is he, John? Pfft to him !

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  17. You are such a sweetheart!!!

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  18. R.E.S.P.E.C.T.!
    Jane xx

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  19. The cat world in general will be grateful. The Range Rover driving class doesn't give two hoots

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  20. I love how many animals join in a dog walk parade. In addition to all the male cats, tails up, traipsing up the road with the dog walker and dog, I've seen the wild turkeys get in line in the morning.

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  21. Yet another reason to add to the (long) list of why I love you! And there are many. But your soft mushy heart for animals is right up there at the top! You're a good guy, no matter what anyone says! :)

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  22. Katinka and Shadow wholeheartedly approve of your actions and send feline greetings to Albert :-)!

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  23. With all the animals that you tend with such care, how do you ever have time to blog?

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  24. Good for you! You definitely have your priorities in order. Sweet Albert's lucky to have you on his side, and those drivers (like all of us) need to slow it down a bit.

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  25. "The Protective Man with the dogs...and cat." Nothing rude about it my friend.
    Dxoxox

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  26. We used to have a little pig, who thought he was one of the dogs, on our morning walk, up the lane he'd trot and tag along :)
    You have a kind heart John, compassionate and caring for both man and beast, you are wildy blessed !
    ~Jo

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  27. Pedestrians have the right-of-way, especially in a tight lane such as yours. If they are in such a hurry, they should avoid the area or develop something we ALL must strive to attain...PATIENCE.

    A kind wave (not the finger variety) of understanding would be so nice for this fellow to employ.

    Then again, we might never know the misery behind the life of this jerk. Be an investigator and tell us more!

    This is better than a soap opera, but like I always say, "Life IS a soap opera...Life IS reality TV without the production crew...life is interesting." Ha Ha!

    Lana

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  28. My neighbor's dog was hit yesterday by a car and may not make it. We live on a quiet little loop on the edge of town but some people still speed. The guy didn't stop btw.

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  29. Ace way to behave, good on you! We have, last two days, become a 20 mph
    zone through the village. It will be interesting to see if the 50/60 mph Herberts slow down.

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  30. Good for you - I hate people disrespecting villages and tearing through them as if they are put there for them to catch up their late start for the day. They should jolly well get up earlier and then they wouldn't need to belt about. Lily. xxx

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  31. Don't get yourself skittled in the process.
    Chris would miss you!

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  32. I'll get you a stinger for Christmas

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  33. Phoebe and JoJo send their thanks and would be glad to shower you with gifts of newly killed mice and chipmunks should you make your way across the Pond.

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  34. I love that your cat goes for a walk with you! My cat used to follow my hisband to the bus stop and then sit in the adjoining church yard and yowl at my husband until he would walk him home or talk/acknowlege him! (much to the other peoples amusement) and the buggers just bit me for ignoring him precocious little shit!

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  35. Sad to read that people are rude everywhere.
    Good post, John.

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  36. Be careful, John. Don't want you getting hurt.

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  37. Quite right John, you're not being rude at all. You have your priorities right. And as Lana points out, pedestrians have right of way.

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  38. perhaps you ought to carry a white stick to brandish at them? I bet that would change their attitude?

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  39. Dear Mr Scruffy,
    Thank you for that explanation. Next time I use the lane as a rat run - on my way to conduct life-saving surgery, I shall refrain from honking and two-fingering you and allow you to take as much time as you like shepherding your motley crew to the side of the road. After all, if my patient dies there'll be lots more to come.
    Yours understandingly,
    Professor M. Al-Rawi, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd

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  40. dear Mr Al-Rawi
    use the main road
    jxxxx

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  41. You never mind what anyone thinks...just take care of Albert!

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