(May 1984) An open letter to all dog owners

Dear Friends,

May a fellow resident and close neighbour of yours humbly seek to engage your co-operation? I know my front lawn is not much to write home about horticulturally, but my young children and their friends do like to play on it; they are at the roly-poly and rough-and-tumble sort of age.

This does not seem unreasonable, but it is becoming very unpleasant, as is the task of mowing, because a number of dogs which are sometimes allowed to roam free regularly defecate and urinate on my lawn.

Could you please keep your dog under control all the time, and not let it out to go and make a mess on somebody else’s lawn – mine.

Yours hopefully, A Gower Resident