FURTHER to Salonika Hardie's column regarding pet ownership (The Examiner, June 8), I would like to stress the need for a degree of sensibility in the whole pandemic puppy craze.
It is all very altruistic to take on a rescue dog or buy that much-needed companion, but care in the selection of breed can't be overlooked.
Not all breeds are great with people.
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My husband and I were recently on a brisk walk around our neighbourhood.
Our suburb has very narrow footpaths on one side of the road only.
It was around noon and coming towards us was a young woman with a large dog on a leash.
As we passed by the dog lunged at my husband and grabbed his arm.
Following a struggle, my husband managed to wrench his arm free, sustaining a bite injury and bruising.
The dog was barely restrained by its walker and wanted to attack again.
We left the street as quickly as we could, warning another walker along the way.
If I had been attacked I would not have fared so well. Worse, a small child would have been at face height.
We have since been in touch with the dog walker who was very apologetic.
We were told the dog was a rescue dog.
The breeding could not be confirmed, but we believe it was a Rottweiler.
Clearly, the dog was incapable of being in a public space unmuzzled.
So beware people, not all dogs out and about are friendly mutts.
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REGARDLESS of the spin from those who support a toxic tailings dam in takayna/Tarkine, Tasmanian's brand will suffer if it goes ahead.
Brand Tasmania's website states: "Increasingly, contemporary place-branding is about feelings, emotions, and community action".
Lost tourism opportunities and future payments for preserving the huge bank of carbon stored in soil and vegetation within takanya/Tarkine is financial vandalism, particularly when another site on the Rosebery side of the Pieman has been identified by MMG.
IT was good news hearing about two successful operations against drugs and other illegal activities, Operation Carnegie and Operation Ironsides. Well done.
The Operation Ironsides announcement was unfortunately marred by our Prime Minister being unable to try and politicise the event by banging on about bipartisan support for legislation and then going on about the need for all Australians to do their bit and report illegal or suspicious activities.
This is a bit rich coming from a government that is persecuting or attempting to jail whistleblowers for doing just that particularly if the government (both politicians and senior bureaucrats) appears to be involved.
SO hospitality is booming in Tasmania when during COVID-19 so many had to close and put off staff and be dependent on government assistance just to survive.
So why are they now complaining that they are under stress and finding it overwhelming to cope with the influx of customers who are dining out regularly?
Isn't that good for the economy and consumers? I must have missed something here, do they want to go back to restrictions and receive government assistance as before, or would they prefer that the consumers did not frequent as much and so their staff were not so stressed out. The answer is very simple, put on more staff or cut back on opening hours.
Just stop being so negative, we are just fast becoming a state of whingers and selfish individuals, and it is not a good outlook.
SHAME on Australia if our federal government fails to promptly remove their Afghan interpreters from the life-threatening circumstances our ADF will leave behind when it withdraws from conflict zones. Further shame regarding the Tamil family held on Christmas Island.
Surely they have been penalised long enough for the crime of seeking to live in Australia? Attempting to solve this problem by shunting this family from Australia to another country is disgusting.
THE Tasmanian Liberal government has launched their tourism master plan by the new Parks Minister Jacquie Petrusma.
Ms Petrusma said the state government wanted Tasmania to be the "eco-tourism capital of the world".
"We understand this must be achieved through culturally sensitive and environmentally sustainable visitation to our national parks, reserves and Crown Lands," she said.
Does this apply to the Brushy Rivulet Reserve on which the Gutwein government plans to build a maximum-security prison?
Or is it just another example of Liberal "weasel words"?
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