I REGULARLY take our two small Maltese poodles for a walk along the beach in front of the Humewood Golf Club towards Pine Lodge and the Cape Recife Lighthouse.
We go there because they don't need leads and they can run free.
We often meet other people with dogs and have never had any problems. However on Friday morning around 10.30am a young couple arrived with a very big ridgeback lookalike and a border collie. Neither dog was on a lead, but I didn't worry as we had never had any problems in the past.
Then suddenly without any provocation these two animals attacked the poodles. They bit both poodles, but luckily I was able to chase them away before any real damage was done.
The young couple didn't seem particularly perturbed and just went on their way. Hopefully there is no long term damage, but our dogs were both traumatised badly!
I will be carrying a large stick in future and if these animals come even close to the poodles they will be in for a hiding.
Just a warning to other animal lovers who take their dogs for a walk in that area: if you see a young couple with a very large black dog and a border collie, arm yourself and be prepared to defend your animal!
I can't understand people who obviously know that their animals are vicious but don't keep them on leashes – maybe we should blame the owners for the dogs' behaviour.
Trevor Davies, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth