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A half century of happy trails

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In response to the letter of Valerie Kosik-Sawyer in the Gazette of Feb. 16, I would like to say that I have lived in St. Albert since 1963. In those 50 years of walking my dogs on St. Albert streets, sidewalks, trails and pathways I have never come across any of the conditions described in this letter. There is usually a lot of garbage around everywhere, like candy wrappers, Tim Hortons cups and fast food containers, but certainly no dog feces. I've never met anyone who does not pick up after his or her dogs, either. That really makes me wonder just where it is that you walk your dogs.

But I have met an awful lot of very nice people on my dog walks, all of them enjoying their time outdoors: jogging, walking or riding their bikes, some in the company of their dogs, some without dogs. All of them seem to enjoy meeting, greeting and petting the dogs they come across. I have rarely ever met people who are either scared of dogs, dislike dogs or, worse, actually hate dogs. In my experience during all those many years, they are less than one per cent of all the people I have met out there.

Liselotte Engler, St. Albert


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