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Don't judge all dogs by these
6:20pm Wednesday 14th May 2014 in Salisbury Letters
I am writing regarding the story on page 11 in the Journal on May 1.
Firstly I would like to say I am very sorry for the poor labrador Anna who received a bite from another dog and hope that she is on the mend.
The story says that two ferocious Alaskan malamute hounds attacked the labrador while on a walk.
Alaskan malamutes are not hounds but a sledge dog breed. It was also quoted that these dogs are a lot like wolves but they have no wolf in them whatsoever.
One of the most harmful comments though was the owner being quoted as saying "people need to be aware of the dangers of dogs like these and their owners need to take more care".
This insinuates that all Alaskan malamutes are aggressive and ferocious.
There has been a lot of finger pointing and as we live in Figheldean, just down the road from where it happened, people have been asking if it was our dogs.
I would like to assure people that our dogs were not involved in any way.
For a start our dogs are always on the lead as are all the malamutes and Siberian huskies that we know who live in the area.
This is not because they are aggressive, in fact they are the opposite, but because as sledge dog breeds they have very poor recall.
IPlease don’t judge all our dogs by this story; any breed of dog is capable of taking a dislike to another dog. After all we don't like every person we meet, now do we?
Kelly Thompson, Figheldean
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