Dexter and I were enjoying a lovely relaxing walk this afternoon. As we got halfway down a road, a huge, gorgeous Rough Collie suddenly appeared across the street. I used to own a RC and they are not at all popular any more in the area where I live. The dog then trotted across the road to join us - thankfully there were no cars coming. As Dex is reactive when on a lead, this was not a great scenario for us. I managed though to put Dex in a sit and patted the dog: no collar, no I.D. of any sort I looked around for signs of an anxious dog owner, assuming one would appear at any second. Nobody around. Then the dog trotted back over the road and vanished down a side street. I resolved to walk Dex down the adjoining road, to check that the RC was OK. Sure enough, as soon as we got to the next street, there the dog was, wandering around. I saw a woman in the driveway of a nearby house and called out to her - she didn't recognise the dog. Then, a few doors up, a bloke suddenly appears and starts cleaning his car. As I walk towards him to ask if he recognises the RC he glances over and says 'Don't worry, that's my dog.' I reply that I'm very relieved to have found him because the dog had been crossing roads etc. The guy waves a dismissive hand and tells me: 'Oh, he's fine - don't worry about him'. Even as he is saying this, his dog is trotting away, along the road, on his own, wearing no I.D. I then continue on my walk with Dexter - and the RC is still walking away up the road and crossing several smaller roads along his route. His owner is cheerfully washing his car. I called out to him 'You have a beautiful dog - what a shame you don't look after him properly.' The bloke looked up, clocked that his dog was now way off in the distance, shrugged, and returned to cleaning his car :confused1::confused1::confused1: Who in their right mind is this cavalier with their dog's safety???? The dog could get hit by a car, or stolen, so easily. Or he could approach someone walking an aggressive or fearfl dog. And this bloke did not give a damn! Anyway, sorry for the rant - I just hate seeing dogs being put at risk by the very people who are meant to be protecting them!