I was running home along the Wirral Way recently from Caldy to West Kirby. I was approaching Ashton Park when ahead of me I spotted a large dog darting around. It disappeared behind a hedge before jumping back onto the footpath and then headed straight at me. I kept running but was expecting to have to come to a halt. Sure enough, the dog ran straight at me and attempted to jump up at me several times. I shouted at the dog and I let the owner know that the dog should be on a lead. She disagreed with me saying that the Wirral Way is for everyone, dogs included and her dog wasn’t doing anything wrong.
Not getting anywhere, I carried on with my run (the dog had darted off somewhere else) somewhat annoyed. I am a dog owner too and I try to ensure that when I walk our dog it isn’t being a nuisance. When I got the end of the footpath at Grange Road I noticed the sign that states: “Dogs must be kept under control at all times”.
I’m not a killjoy or a moaner by any means but I do think that if people walk their dogs on the Wirral Way (or anywhere else) they should keep their dog under control.
How about you – how do you find the Wirral Way as far dogs are concerned?