Took Deco for a walk tonight about 7pm. Down the road and onto the common which is very dark. There is barely enough light to see trees let alone other people. Deco has a mini flashing bike light on his collar. I have my seriously bright back up dive torch with which I can light up the world and blind cessna pilots. I see a bloke walking with his dog on the lead about 100 yards behind me with his dog. So I hope he is going to go in a different direction across the common so I can let my dog off, play, do some training. (It is his only 20 minute walk of the day, I like to make them exciting.) Luckily the bloke goes off in a different direction in complete darkness. I see another walker with a torch coming from the opposite direction heading towards him. Next thing I know much growling, snapping and shouting ensues as the man with the torch has a dog off the lead. Man with torch is shouting " I didn't see you, I had no idea you were there or that you had a dog" I spent the rest of the walk scanning the area looking for said bloke swathed in darkness, constantly recalling my dog and worrying he was going to come across him before I had a chance to call him back. Moral of this probably boring story is .. Put a light on your dog or at least use a bloody torch if you are walking in the dark!!!