OMG!!! We just read that someone almost stole our friend Bobby Dog!
It all happened at about 11.30 yesterday morning. Kim had just got a coffee at Kape Barako and was on the corner of Gayton Road. Bobby was off-lead, walking about four or five meters ahead when the man approached him from behind. Bobby started growling and barking as he is scared of men. Kim thought “Why is my dog growling? He’s not aggressive” and turned around to see someone trying to coax her dog away. Kim managed to call him back to her.
When confronted, the man claimed that he was looking for a lost dog, but Kim instinctively knew better – “No way, you are just trying to steal my dog!” And proceeded to kick the man around his knee-joint. Yes, way to go, Kim!!!
Just then a white van pulled up alongside them. There were two men inside. The man who had just tried to grab Bobby jumped inside and they drove away.
That was scary! So glad they are both OK though both were shaken-up from the incident.
May’s comment: This story very quickly appeared in yesterday’s local Hampstead newspaper.
Please, please, please be careful. There are dog-nappers and dog-snatchers around. They appear when least expect.
Don’t let your dogs walk off lead on the streets for several reasons – they could be snatched, dogs are still dogs and if they see something that peak their interests, they will dart off. Or if they get spooked, they will run! And accidents happen that way.
Don’t leave your dogs unattended in your gardens or outside shops.
Don’t leave dogs in your cars unattended – not just for hot weather conditions but this is a real temptation for dog snatchers.
Be wary of any strange people approaching your dog.