Pre-Flight Checks

If you are going to try and tell another person what to do and how to behave here are a few preliminaries to consider:

  1. Do you have the authority to tell them what to do?
  2. Have you got your facts straight?  Do you know the law? Do you know if the person has the permission to be doing what they already are doing?
  3. Don’t try to give the impression you are somebody you are not!

As you already know I count myself privileged to be able to walk my boys on a local Estate.  So today as we walked down the drive a car appeared behind us.  Pup was immediately recalled and sat up and I popped a finger through his collar.

The car stopped and the chap wound down his window :

“Would you put your dog on a lead.  This is a private estate and we have pheasants on the nest.”

“My dog is under control (didn’t say but thought as I have just demonstrated) and the Factor knows I come here like this”

“Nae Bother” and off he went in hos beat up little car with his sprog all wide eyed and gormless in the back – to go through the newly installed gates to the big house and tenanted cottages.

Did he do his checks first? No!

  • The law states a dog must be under control; the Factor’s Notices state that dogs should be under control at all times.  There is no legal requirement to use a lead.
  • It is a private estate; there are about 4 pheasant nests on the whole estate and they are not where we walk.
  • The private estate is not gated at the part I use so unless I am doing damage there are laws about access as well.
  • He had no idea that I knew he wasn’t the landowner and that the landowner will know about me because the Factor will have told him.
  • He also clearly has no idea that the landowner chairs a group focussing on access to land for recreational purposes and would be mortified that one of his tenants was countering that work.
  • Finally he has no idea that I intend to joint that group because it links to my other pursuits.

In other news I have got a date for my Walk Leader training which will allow me to go on and start the Steps for Health Group Woo Hoo!



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About nonehpets

I have an interest in how interior design and adapting a home to support living independently for longer can be complementary. The blog Life Long Design is part of an holistic plan for establishing a social enterprise which will offer the people of Tayside opportunities to explore Telecare and the wider scope of assistive technologies. Enabling individuals to make more informed and responsible choices in the care and support they need in their independent living. I am also keen to see public transport more widely adopted and sustainable rural bus services in particular supported. The Blog Travels with a Megarider shares my journey to find serenity in my life as I make that transition form employment to social entrepreneur. One of my methods in increasing serenity is to travel as many miles as I can on a fixed price bus ticket and explore my own local places of interest. Places that I used to go past and had never stopped to look at; places of peace and tranquility; places where I have had some wonderful conversations with complete strangers. I would like to share with you a response to when I described that one paragraph in an e-mail made it sound simple: "Believe me, Cathy, it does not sound simple. You are taking on an incredible challenge for all the right reasons. It is ambitious and admirable - the sort of project that can change lives, including yours." He is right it is ambitious but when did we every achieve anything by settling for the status quo and ignoring what doesn't work for people? So I would welcome your company from time to time on this journey either simply as a reader or if you are brave enough adding your own thoughts to the comments as you feel moved.

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