Chippenham dog owner told to pay damages after Jack Russell pees on plant

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Nicky Moffatt and her Jack Russell, Rudi Nicky Moffatt and her Jack Russell, Rudi

Dog owner Nicky Moffatt was astonished when she was asked to pay damages after her Jack Russell Rudi piddled on a plant outside Floral Culture.

The owner of the florists on Market Place did not take kindly to him marking his territory on her stock.

Miss Moffatt, 42, said she was asked by the shop owner to pay the price of the plant, £15.

Feeling intimidated, she handed over a tenner which was what she had in her purse at the time.

Florist Sarah Lax said pet owners needed to be more careful about where they let their animals water the plants.

She said: “The leaves were burned. I am a small business; I can’t afford to have stock ruined.”

But freelance journalist Miss Moffatt, of Bentley Grove, Calne, said her two-year-old rescue dog only peed on the pot.

She said: “I’m shocked that she would take my money for something a watering can would have fixed. I said several times I was really, really sorry.

“Rudi is deaf so is not able to communicate in the normal way that other dogs would be able to.”

Mrs Lax said she donated the £10 to the PC Nicola Hughes memorial fund.

She said: “We’ve no problem with dogs coming in the shop but we hope owners will keep an eye on what they are doing.”

Mrs Lax said Miss Moffat could have the mini fir tree which Rudi had peed on, but she said: “I don’t want it. I don’t have a garden.”

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9:11am Mon 9 Dec 13

Bournemouth Ohec says...

Were the plants on private land or the public footpath?
Were the plants on private land or the public footpath? Bournemouth Ohec

10:06am Mon 9 Dec 13

Paul Tucker says...

Bournemouth Ohec wrote:
Were the plants on private land or the public footpath?
Good point.
[quote][p][bold]Bournemouth Ohec[/bold] wrote: Were the plants on private land or the public footpath?[/p][/quote]Good point. Paul Tucker

10:11am Mon 9 Dec 13

sir roy.orbit of chippenham says...

What rubbish. Animals pee on plants all the time and they don't die. Birds Marsh Wood is bursting with tree and plant life despite the thousands of Deer, Foxes, Badgers, Rabbits, Hares, Dogs, etc that have been 'watering' them for hundreds of years.
What rubbish. Animals pee on plants all the time and they don't die. Birds Marsh Wood is bursting with tree and plant life despite the thousands of Deer, Foxes, Badgers, Rabbits, Hares, Dogs, etc that have been 'watering' them for hundreds of years. sir roy.orbit of chippenham

11:25am Mon 9 Dec 13

piddle says...

just keep the dog under control. It's simple. You have to be responsible. Why do you have a dog when you have no garden and with a terrier of all dogs??
Do you have 3rd party insurance on the dog. I look forward to your next article blaming everyone else but yourself.
just keep the dog under control. It's simple. You have to be responsible. Why do you have a dog when you have no garden and with a terrier of all dogs?? Do you have 3rd party insurance on the dog. I look forward to your next article blaming everyone else but yourself. piddle

11:39am Mon 9 Dec 13

Yer Tis says...

I also assume the shop removed and destroyed the plant, and most certainly didn't sell it again. Or was this is a case of get paid once, and then sell it for even more profit.
I also assume the shop removed and destroyed the plant, and most certainly didn't sell it again. Or was this is a case of get paid once, and then sell it for even more profit. Yer Tis

12:00pm Mon 9 Dec 13

chips-in-ham says...

fair play to the florist i say. I would hate to buy items from anywhere thinking that they could have wee all over them how unhygenic.
fair play to the florist i say. I would hate to buy items from anywhere thinking that they could have wee all over them how unhygenic. chips-in-ham

4:03pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Yanziboom says...

What kind of super strength **** does this dog have... “The leaves were burned". She should bottle it and sell it as weed killer!
What kind of super strength **** does this dog have... “The leaves were burned". She should bottle it and sell it as weed killer! Yanziboom

4:52pm Mon 9 Dec 13

kimcrawley says...

Is this the same florist that takes up a great deal of the footpath with her delicate products and careful parking?
Is this the same florist that takes up a great deal of the footpath with her delicate products and careful parking? kimcrawley

6:19pm Mon 9 Dec 13

blackstone says...

The shopkeeper is responsible to protect their stock ----if you knock something off the shelf in a china shop,,they cant make you pay
Even if you feel that you want to pay,,you only pay what it cost them
The shopkeeper is responsible to protect their stock ----if you knock something off the shelf in a china shop,,they cant make you pay Even if you feel that you want to pay,,you only pay what it cost them blackstone

6:58pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Nickthegreek says...

You have a dog but no garden & you look to blame someone else! Alternatively, look on the positive side. You've indirectly donated to a brave Police Officer and as a 'freelance journo' wouldn't your time be better spent researching and writing a piece about Hughes & Bone rather than this 15 minutes of insignificance?
You have a dog but no garden & you look to blame someone else! Alternatively, look on the positive side. You've indirectly donated to a brave Police Officer and as a 'freelance journo' wouldn't your time be better spent researching and writing a piece about Hughes & Bone rather than this 15 minutes of insignificance? Nickthegreek

8:18pm Mon 9 Dec 13

djqster says...

Really Ms Moffatt. Take responsibility for your dog
Whining to the press and giving the Florist one star online reviews because you got caught letting your dog foul the pavement is pathetic.
Really Ms Moffatt. Take responsibility for your dog Whining to the press and giving the Florist one star online reviews because you got caught letting your dog foul the pavement is pathetic. djqster

7:19am Tue 10 Dec 13

Fluffy peppa says...

Oooohhh publicity for the small florist!L!!L
Ms a Lax needs to grow up, don't put plant outside....doggies would love to out their scent on it.
Daft owner - give the dog owner the money back, all you had to do was sprinkle water over plant after doggie wee wee'd.

You have lost my custom.
Oooohhh publicity for the small florist!L!!L Ms a Lax needs to grow up, don't put plant outside....doggies would love to out their scent on it. Daft owner - give the dog owner the money back, all you had to do was sprinkle water over plant after doggie wee wee'd. You have lost my custom. Fluffy peppa

3:13pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Old retired bloke says...

Dog owners think there's nothing wrong with their little darlings relieving themselves anywhere they like. I think it's disgusting. How would Ms Moffat like it if I did the same outside her front door? Don't have a dog if you don't have a garden, otherwise it becomes everyone else's problem.
Dog owners think there's nothing wrong with their little darlings relieving themselves anywhere they like. I think it's disgusting. How would Ms Moffat like it if I did the same outside her front door? Don't have a dog if you don't have a garden, otherwise it becomes everyone else's problem. Old retired bloke

5:08pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Ruman Stimulant says...

Old retired bloke sounds like Victor Meldrew, I DON'T BELIEVE IT !!!!
Old retired bloke sounds like Victor Meldrew, I DON'T BELIEVE IT !!!! Ruman Stimulant

6:40pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Locksmith says...

It was one pee. It was £15. Why so many comments? Not much going on in Chippenham?
It was one pee. It was £15. Why so many comments? Not much going on in Chippenham? Locksmith

6:46pm Tue 10 Dec 13

TeeK422 says...

Why does it say 'Chippenham dog owner' when her address is in Calne?
Anyway, In my opinion if the shop owner puts goods on the pavement outside her shop i.e. where the public have right of way, and someone accidentally kicks a pot over or a dog takes an opportunistic wee wee before the owner notices then tough poop.
By her immediate reaction to the dog owner I sense this is not the first occurrence of this and she should take precautions if she must display on the pavement. How about a bench to put the pots on?
Bad press though, an apology and half a bucket of water should have resolved this.
Why does it say 'Chippenham dog owner' when her address is in Calne? Anyway, In my opinion if the shop owner puts goods on the pavement outside her shop i.e. where the public have right of way, and someone accidentally kicks a pot over or a dog takes an opportunistic wee wee before the owner notices then tough poop. By her immediate reaction to the dog owner I sense this is not the first occurrence of this and she should take precautions if she must display on the pavement. How about a bench to put the pots on? Bad press though, an apology and half a bucket of water should have resolved this. TeeK422

7:40pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Bluenoon1 says...

I do have a garden, so I am not sure where that came from. If I can stop the same happening to someone else then that's my job done. At least she donated my money to a cause I guess (that's if she did).
I do have a garden, so I am not sure where that came from. If I can stop the same happening to someone else then that's my job done. At least she donated my money to a cause I guess (that's if she did). Bluenoon1

8:35pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Cass1e says...

I know this business and they do keep the plants on the public walkway. This shop will no longer be getting ANY of my business and I will be passing this on to the local business group I am a member of advising them to pass the message on.

Bullying someone to hand over all the money in their purse is, quite frankly, disgusting, especially as the dog only peed on the pot and not even the plant.

Seeing as the florist stated she "couldn't afford to lose the money" I am sceptical as to whether she even donated the money to charity. Well she will certainly notice the difference when she loses custom substantially more than the amount she ripped off someone on a public highway.
I know this business and they do keep the plants on the public walkway. This shop will no longer be getting ANY of my business and I will be passing this on to the local business group I am a member of advising them to pass the message on. Bullying someone to hand over all the money in their purse is, quite frankly, disgusting, especially as the dog only peed on the pot and not even the plant. Seeing as the florist stated she "couldn't afford to lose the money" I am sceptical as to whether she even donated the money to charity. Well she will certainly notice the difference when she loses custom substantially more than the amount she ripped off someone on a public highway. Cass1e

10:20pm Thu 12 Dec 13

MrsEH says...

Good for the shop keeper. I would hate to pick up a pot likely to be splashed with dog pee. YUK. (I am a dog owner)
Good for the shop keeper. I would hate to pick up a pot likely to be splashed with dog pee. YUK. (I am a dog owner) MrsEH

10:23pm Thu 12 Dec 13

JacerRacer says...

I find it amusing how the florist said that she couldn't afford to lose the money, then allegedly gave it to a charity (which I doubt greatly).
If she puts her plants outside on the ground then what else does she expect than to have some form of animal makes its mark on the pots?
If she put it on a trolley then she wouldn't have a problem, or better yet keep them in her shop rather than taking up the walkway with them!
The florist is so rude any way, she'd left a plant pot out a little more in the pavement than usual once and I tripped over it and knocked its over, hurting my foot in the process. Woman then proceeded to come out of her shop and have a go at me about having knocked over her plants and had the audacity to try and charge me for it because its pot had a split down the side of it!!!
I told her to do one, if she didn't leave her crap outside I wouldn't have tripped over it in the first place!
Told everyone I knew then about it, this just backs up that she's always that rude and wasn't just having a bad day!
Hope she loses all her custom.
I find it amusing how the florist said that she couldn't afford to lose the money, then allegedly gave it to a charity (which I doubt greatly). If she puts her plants outside on the ground then what else does she expect than to have some form of animal makes its mark on the pots? If she put it on a trolley then she wouldn't have a problem, or better yet keep them in her shop rather than taking up the walkway with them! The florist is so rude any way, she'd left a plant pot out a little more in the pavement than usual once and I tripped over it and knocked its over, hurting my foot in the process. Woman then proceeded to come out of her shop and have a go at me about having knocked over her plants and had the audacity to try and charge me for it because its pot had a split down the side of it!!! I told her to do one, if she didn't leave her crap outside I wouldn't have tripped over it in the first place! Told everyone I knew then about it, this just backs up that she's always that rude and wasn't just having a bad day! Hope she loses all her custom. JacerRacer

10:49pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Bluenoon1 says...

piddle wrote:
just keep the dog under control. It's simple. You have to be responsible. Why do you have a dog when you have no garden and with a terrier of all dogs??
Do you have 3rd party insurance on the dog. I look forward to your next article blaming everyone else but yourself.
I do have a garden, I am not sure where that comment came from. My dogs get walked for at least three hours per day. I had already walked them in the park in Chippenham that morning so that they could do all their business (which I always pick up). I am not a trouble maker and I will never blame anyone else for something that is my fault. On this particular day I apologised profusely, which I am sure Mrs Lax cannot disagree with. She continued to shout at me in the public high street and out of embarrassment I gave her £10. I have since contacted the Police because £10 is a lot to me - and I am sure to Mrs Lax as well, but Rudi had not damaged her plant, so I couldn't really see how she losing out - and they are going to pay her a visit to caution her and provide her with information about what to do in future if this happens again, which is will do, seeing as she has baby fir trees outside her shop on the public highway. I rest my case.
[quote][p][bold]piddle[/bold] wrote: just keep the dog under control. It's simple. You have to be responsible. Why do you have a dog when you have no garden and with a terrier of all dogs?? Do you have 3rd party insurance on the dog. I look forward to your next article blaming everyone else but yourself.[/p][/quote]I do have a garden, I am not sure where that comment came from. My dogs get walked for at least three hours per day. I had already walked them in the park in Chippenham that morning so that they could do all their business (which I always pick up). I am not a trouble maker and I will never blame anyone else for something that is my fault. On this particular day I apologised profusely, which I am sure Mrs Lax cannot disagree with. She continued to shout at me in the public high street and out of embarrassment I gave her £10. I have since contacted the Police because £10 is a lot to me - and I am sure to Mrs Lax as well, but Rudi had not damaged her plant, so I couldn't really see how she losing out - and they are going to pay her a visit to caution her and provide her with information about what to do in future if this happens again, which is will do, seeing as she has baby fir trees outside her shop on the public highway. I rest my case. Bluenoon1

10:57pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Bluenoon1 says...

djqster wrote:
Really Ms Moffatt. Take responsibility for your dog
Whining to the press and giving the Florist one star online reviews because you got caught letting your dog foul the pavement is pathetic.
I disagree Sarah, or Sarah's friend. Taking money of someone in the street for something that a dog does naturally in a 'public' place is not a crime. It was a wee not a poo. If I had taken this further and had there been more money involved, I have been told I could have a case for the following. http://www.e-lawreso
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[quote][p][bold]djqster[/bold] wrote: Really Ms Moffatt. Take responsibility for your dog Whining to the press and giving the Florist one star online reviews because you got caught letting your dog foul the pavement is pathetic.[/p][/quote]I disagree Sarah, or Sarah's friend. Taking money of someone in the street for something that a dog does naturally in a 'public' place is not a crime. It was a wee not a poo. If I had taken this further and had there been more money involved, I have been told I could have a case for the following. http://www.e-lawreso urces.co.uk/Blackmai l.php Bluenoon1

11:58pm Thu 12 Dec 13

djqster says...

Bluenoon1 wrote:
djqster wrote:
Really Ms Moffatt. Take responsibility for your dog
Whining to the press and giving the Florist one star online reviews because you got caught letting your dog foul the pavement is pathetic.
I disagree Sarah, or Sarah's friend. Taking money of someone in the street for something that a dog does naturally in a 'public' place is not a crime. It was a wee not a poo. If I had taken this further and had there been more money involved, I have been told I could have a case for the following. http://www.e-lawreso

urces.co.uk/Blackmai

l.php
I'll bear that in mind next time I take my dog down the shops for a ****.
[quote][p][bold]Bluenoon1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]djqster[/bold] wrote: Really Ms Moffatt. Take responsibility for your dog Whining to the press and giving the Florist one star online reviews because you got caught letting your dog foul the pavement is pathetic.[/p][/quote]I disagree Sarah, or Sarah's friend. Taking money of someone in the street for something that a dog does naturally in a 'public' place is not a crime. It was a wee not a poo. If I had taken this further and had there been more money involved, I have been told I could have a case for the following. http://www.e-lawreso urces.co.uk/Blackmai l.php[/p][/quote]I'll bear that in mind next time I take my dog down the shops for a ****. djqster

10:53am Fri 13 Dec 13

Old retired bloke says...

Cass1e wrote:
I know this business and they do keep the plants on the public walkway. This shop will no longer be getting ANY of my business and I will be passing this on to the local business group I am a member of advising them to pass the message on.

Bullying someone to hand over all the money in their purse is, quite frankly, disgusting, especially as the dog only peed on the pot and not even the plant.

Seeing as the florist stated she "couldn't afford to lose the money" I am sceptical as to whether she even donated the money to charity. Well she will certainly notice the difference when she loses custom substantially more than the amount she ripped off someone on a public highway.
Bit harsh, trying to encourage a boycott and ruin this lady's business. Hope you're proud of yourself and can sleep soundly at night. Merry Christmas!!!
[quote][p][bold]Cass1e[/bold] wrote: I know this business and they do keep the plants on the public walkway. This shop will no longer be getting ANY of my business and I will be passing this on to the local business group I am a member of advising them to pass the message on. Bullying someone to hand over all the money in their purse is, quite frankly, disgusting, especially as the dog only peed on the pot and not even the plant. Seeing as the florist stated she "couldn't afford to lose the money" I am sceptical as to whether she even donated the money to charity. Well she will certainly notice the difference when she loses custom substantially more than the amount she ripped off someone on a public highway.[/p][/quote]Bit harsh, trying to encourage a boycott and ruin this lady's business. Hope you're proud of yourself and can sleep soundly at night. Merry Christmas!!! Old retired bloke

12:07pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Yanziboom says...

My dog once peed on the leg of a vintage snooker table once, immagine my releife when the owner didn't insist I paid for a replacement.
My dog once peed on the leg of a vintage snooker table once, immagine my releife when the owner didn't insist I paid for a replacement. Yanziboom

12:09pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Yanziboom says...

Come to think of it, he's also peed on my mother-in-law's handbag....
Come to think of it, he's also peed on my mother-in-law's handbag.... Yanziboom

12:10pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Yanziboom says...

Anyone else got some interesting dog pee stories?
Anyone else got some interesting dog pee stories? Yanziboom

12:11pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Yanziboom says...

feel free to correct speeling
feel free to correct speeling Yanziboom

6:36pm Fri 13 Dec 13

SSmith3 says...

If I bought a present for somebody, I wouldn't want it to smell of dog we e. When I saw the headline I thought it meant in a garden. Why would she not be embarrassed that she let her dog go on stock for a shop?
If I bought a present for somebody, I wouldn't want it to smell of dog we e. When I saw the headline I thought it meant in a garden. Why would she not be embarrassed that she let her dog go on stock for a shop? SSmith3

6:41pm Fri 13 Dec 13

SSmith3 says...

Cass1e wrote:
I know this business and they do keep the plants on the public walkway. This shop will no longer be getting ANY of my business and I will be passing this on to the local business group I am a member of advising them to pass the message on.

Bullying someone to hand over all the money in their purse is, quite frankly, disgusting, especially as the dog only peed on the pot and not even the plant.

Seeing as the florist stated she "couldn't afford to lose the money" I am sceptical as to whether she even donated the money to charity. Well she will certainly notice the difference when she loses custom substantially more than the amount she ripped off someone on a public highway.
I bet you never shopped there in your life anyway, and you sound scummy if you think it's ok for dogs to go on what are supposed to be nice presents for others.
[quote][p][bold]Cass1e[/bold] wrote: I know this business and they do keep the plants on the public walkway. This shop will no longer be getting ANY of my business and I will be passing this on to the local business group I am a member of advising them to pass the message on. Bullying someone to hand over all the money in their purse is, quite frankly, disgusting, especially as the dog only peed on the pot and not even the plant. Seeing as the florist stated she "couldn't afford to lose the money" I am sceptical as to whether she even donated the money to charity. Well she will certainly notice the difference when she loses custom substantially more than the amount she ripped off someone on a public highway.[/p][/quote]I bet you never shopped there in your life anyway, and you sound scummy if you think it's ok for dogs to go on what are supposed to be nice presents for others. SSmith3

6:46pm Fri 13 Dec 13

SSmith3 says...

Bluenoon1 wrote:
piddle wrote:
just keep the dog under control. It's simple. You have to be responsible. Why do you have a dog when you have no garden and with a terrier of all dogs??
Do you have 3rd party insurance on the dog. I look forward to your next article blaming everyone else but yourself.
I do have a garden, I am not sure where that comment came from. My dogs get walked for at least three hours per day. I had already walked them in the park in Chippenham that morning so that they could do all their business (which I always pick up). I am not a trouble maker and I will never blame anyone else for something that is my fault. On this particular day I apologised profusely, which I am sure Mrs Lax cannot disagree with. She continued to shout at me in the public high street and out of embarrassment I gave her £10. I have since contacted the Police because £10 is a lot to me - and I am sure to Mrs Lax as well, but Rudi had not damaged her plant, so I couldn't really see how she losing out - and they are going to pay her a visit to caution her and provide her with information about what to do in future if this happens again, which is will do, seeing as she has baby fir trees outside her shop on the public highway. I rest my case.
You would like somebody to give you a plant for a present that smelt of dog we e? She's only a small business and I'm sure she wouldn't ruin her reputation by selling plants that smell of that. You getting your friends to come on here to tell others to boycott the business is worse than not seeing there's anything wrong with your dog going on presents.
[quote][p][bold]Bluenoon1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]piddle[/bold] wrote: just keep the dog under control. It's simple. You have to be responsible. Why do you have a dog when you have no garden and with a terrier of all dogs?? Do you have 3rd party insurance on the dog. I look forward to your next article blaming everyone else but yourself.[/p][/quote]I do have a garden, I am not sure where that comment came from. My dogs get walked for at least three hours per day. I had already walked them in the park in Chippenham that morning so that they could do all their business (which I always pick up). I am not a trouble maker and I will never blame anyone else for something that is my fault. On this particular day I apologised profusely, which I am sure Mrs Lax cannot disagree with. She continued to shout at me in the public high street and out of embarrassment I gave her £10. I have since contacted the Police because £10 is a lot to me - and I am sure to Mrs Lax as well, but Rudi had not damaged her plant, so I couldn't really see how she losing out - and they are going to pay her a visit to caution her and provide her with information about what to do in future if this happens again, which is will do, seeing as she has baby fir trees outside her shop on the public highway. I rest my case.[/p][/quote]You would like somebody to give you a plant for a present that smelt of dog we e? She's only a small business and I'm sure she wouldn't ruin her reputation by selling plants that smell of that. You getting your friends to come on here to tell others to boycott the business is worse than not seeing there's anything wrong with your dog going on presents. SSmith3

8:19pm Fri 13 Dec 13

MissWhisper says...

Good grief, really?!

Surely there is an expected risk in putting your produce outside........ Thieves, kids, accidents etc...... Why humiliate a potential customer in front of other potential customers....... Not good business practice surely?
Good grief, really?! Surely there is an expected risk in putting your produce outside........ Thieves, kids, accidents etc...... Why humiliate a potential customer in front of other potential customers....... Not good business practice surely? MissWhisper

8:31pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Bluenoon1 says...

SSmith3 wrote:
Bluenoon1 wrote:
piddle wrote:
just keep the dog under control. It's simple. You have to be responsible. Why do you have a dog when you have no garden and with a terrier of all dogs??
Do you have 3rd party insurance on the dog. I look forward to your next article blaming everyone else but yourself.
I do have a garden, I am not sure where that comment came from. My dogs get walked for at least three hours per day. I had already walked them in the park in Chippenham that morning so that they could do all their business (which I always pick up). I am not a trouble maker and I will never blame anyone else for something that is my fault. On this particular day I apologised profusely, which I am sure Mrs Lax cannot disagree with. She continued to shout at me in the public high street and out of embarrassment I gave her £10. I have since contacted the Police because £10 is a lot to me - and I am sure to Mrs Lax as well, but Rudi had not damaged her plant, so I couldn't really see how she losing out - and they are going to pay her a visit to caution her and provide her with information about what to do in future if this happens again, which is will do, seeing as she has baby fir trees outside her shop on the public highway. I rest my case.
You would like somebody to give you a plant for a present that smelt of dog we e? She's only a small business and I'm sure she wouldn't ruin her reputation by selling plants that smell of that. You getting your friends to come on here to tell others to boycott the business is worse than not seeing there's anything wrong with your dog going on presents.
I did see there was something wrong with what my dog did, honestly, which is why I apologised. I, too, am a small business and I am also a responsible dog owner. If I ran a florists and didn't want dogs to pee on my plants outside my shop on the public highway I would place them up high. Dogs will be dogs and while we can do our best to stop this happening, I wonder how many more tenners have been taken off people outside her shop.
[quote][p][bold]SSmith3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bluenoon1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]piddle[/bold] wrote: just keep the dog under control. It's simple. You have to be responsible. Why do you have a dog when you have no garden and with a terrier of all dogs?? Do you have 3rd party insurance on the dog. I look forward to your next article blaming everyone else but yourself.[/p][/quote]I do have a garden, I am not sure where that comment came from. My dogs get walked for at least three hours per day. I had already walked them in the park in Chippenham that morning so that they could do all their business (which I always pick up). I am not a trouble maker and I will never blame anyone else for something that is my fault. On this particular day I apologised profusely, which I am sure Mrs Lax cannot disagree with. She continued to shout at me in the public high street and out of embarrassment I gave her £10. I have since contacted the Police because £10 is a lot to me - and I am sure to Mrs Lax as well, but Rudi had not damaged her plant, so I couldn't really see how she losing out - and they are going to pay her a visit to caution her and provide her with information about what to do in future if this happens again, which is will do, seeing as she has baby fir trees outside her shop on the public highway. I rest my case.[/p][/quote]You would like somebody to give you a plant for a present that smelt of dog we e? She's only a small business and I'm sure she wouldn't ruin her reputation by selling plants that smell of that. You getting your friends to come on here to tell others to boycott the business is worse than not seeing there's anything wrong with your dog going on presents.[/p][/quote]I did see there was something wrong with what my dog did, honestly, which is why I apologised. I, too, am a small business and I am also a responsible dog owner. If I ran a florists and didn't want dogs to pee on my plants outside my shop on the public highway I would place them up high. Dogs will be dogs and while we can do our best to stop this happening, I wonder how many more tenners have been taken off people outside her shop. Bluenoon1

8:34pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Bluenoon1 says...

SSmith3 wrote:
Bluenoon1 wrote:
piddle wrote:
just keep the dog under control. It's simple. You have to be responsible. Why do you have a dog when you have no garden and with a terrier of all dogs??
Do you have 3rd party insurance on the dog. I look forward to your next article blaming everyone else but yourself.
I do have a garden, I am not sure where that comment came from. My dogs get walked for at least three hours per day. I had already walked them in the park in Chippenham that morning so that they could do all their business (which I always pick up). I am not a trouble maker and I will never blame anyone else for something that is my fault. On this particular day I apologised profusely, which I am sure Mrs Lax cannot disagree with. She continued to shout at me in the public high street and out of embarrassment I gave her £10. I have since contacted the Police because £10 is a lot to me - and I am sure to Mrs Lax as well, but Rudi had not damaged her plant, so I couldn't really see how she losing out - and they are going to pay her a visit to caution her and provide her with information about what to do in future if this happens again, which is will do, seeing as she has baby fir trees outside her shop on the public highway. I rest my case.
You would like somebody to give you a plant for a present that smelt of dog we e? She's only a small business and I'm sure she wouldn't ruin her reputation by selling plants that smell of that. You getting your friends to come on here to tell others to boycott the business is worse than not seeing there's anything wrong with your dog going on presents.
I did see something wrong in what my dog did, which is why I kept apologising. Mrs Lax was completely unreasonable and kept shouting at me. I am a small business, too, and if I ran a florists I would keep my plants inside or up high in public places to avoid this happening. I now wonder how many more people have been subjected to her bullying?
[quote][p][bold]SSmith3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bluenoon1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]piddle[/bold] wrote: just keep the dog under control. It's simple. You have to be responsible. Why do you have a dog when you have no garden and with a terrier of all dogs?? Do you have 3rd party insurance on the dog. I look forward to your next article blaming everyone else but yourself.[/p][/quote]I do have a garden, I am not sure where that comment came from. My dogs get walked for at least three hours per day. I had already walked them in the park in Chippenham that morning so that they could do all their business (which I always pick up). I am not a trouble maker and I will never blame anyone else for something that is my fault. On this particular day I apologised profusely, which I am sure Mrs Lax cannot disagree with. She continued to shout at me in the public high street and out of embarrassment I gave her £10. I have since contacted the Police because £10 is a lot to me - and I am sure to Mrs Lax as well, but Rudi had not damaged her plant, so I couldn't really see how she losing out - and they are going to pay her a visit to caution her and provide her with information about what to do in future if this happens again, which is will do, seeing as she has baby fir trees outside her shop on the public highway. I rest my case.[/p][/quote]You would like somebody to give you a plant for a present that smelt of dog we e? She's only a small business and I'm sure she wouldn't ruin her reputation by selling plants that smell of that. You getting your friends to come on here to tell others to boycott the business is worse than not seeing there's anything wrong with your dog going on presents.[/p][/quote]I did see something wrong in what my dog did, which is why I kept apologising. Mrs Lax was completely unreasonable and kept shouting at me. I am a small business, too, and if I ran a florists I would keep my plants inside or up high in public places to avoid this happening. I now wonder how many more people have been subjected to her bullying? Bluenoon1

8:38pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Bluenoon1 says...

Yanziboom wrote:
feel free to correct speeling
Yanziboom, you are hilarious! Thank God you didn't have to pay damages!
[quote][p][bold]Yanziboom[/bold] wrote: feel free to correct speeling[/p][/quote]Yanziboom, you are hilarious! Thank God you didn't have to pay damages! Bluenoon1

11:53pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Paul Tucker says...

Hasn't this gone on a bit too long?
Hasn't this gone on a bit too long? Paul Tucker

8:36am Sat 14 Dec 13

MDP says...

"Hasn't this gone on a bit too long?"

Absolutely not, we need more dog wee stories.

The other day, I was walking through a wood and there was some wood-cutting going on; one of my dogs sniffed at a chainsaw and was definitely considering a wee, but, in the event, he changed his mind.

I shall be watching out carefully for surreptitious weeing events, and will report back if anything occurs.
"Hasn't this gone on a bit too long?" Absolutely not, we need more dog wee stories. The other day, I was walking through a wood and there was some wood-cutting going on; one of my dogs sniffed at a chainsaw and was definitely considering a wee, but, in the event, he changed his mind. I shall be watching out carefully for surreptitious weeing events, and will report back if anything occurs. MDP

8:18pm Thu 19 Dec 13

chippenette says...

Just a quick comment on the headline more than anything , there is a difference on being told and being asked to do something including paying out . I think its fair to ask for payment for the damaged plant but then the florist should have destroyed it making sure that no-one went home with a whiffy plant and it would have stopped this none story reaching the Gazette offices .
Just a quick comment on the headline more than anything , there is a difference on being told and being asked to do something including paying out . I think its fair to ask for payment for the damaged plant but then the florist should have destroyed it making sure that no-one went home with a whiffy plant and it would have stopped this none story reaching the Gazette offices . chippenette

1:20pm Mon 23 Dec 13

piddle says...

a non story in the G&H...surely not! They'll be digging up stories of UFO's (I mean Chinese lanterns) next.
a non story in the G&H...surely not! They'll be digging up stories of UFO's (I mean Chinese lanterns) next. piddle

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