I had a visit from the SSPCA this afternoon. When I answered the door I saw a man dressed in black and with three silver pips on each shoulder. At first I thought it was the Police but I noticed where it could have read Police Scotland it was the SSPCA. "Mr Donsider" he asked. I replied yes and then he asked if he could come in. I invited him in and at the vestibule I advised him that I had two dogs and I would like to put them into my study prior to him entering the house. Imagine my surprise, being a stalker and a shooter when he said it is the dogs he wished to see................!
Apparently, he was a responding to a report that I had been seen carrying a dead dog minus its head into my vehicle on Monday morning. Mmmmm interesting I said, but it wasn't a dog, actually what I was doing was carrying I told him was two roe carcasses out to my car to take to the game dealer. I confirmed this, to save any undue questioning, by showing him my journal with the report of my stalking experiences over the weekend and should he require further proof I could show him the invoices from the dealer. There was nothing more to be said said as I am sure the trophy of a Royal Stag in the hall and paintings hanging on the walls gave a good indication of my stalking interests. Thank goodness all my documentation was in order should he had been accompanied by the Police.
However, he did want to see my two dogs, probably just to confirm they still had their heads, but taking also taking a note of their breeds and names together with my telephone number in his incident log.
I post this account on the Directory for members interest though the only concern I have is that you never know who is looking so members do take care. Also the next time I carry a beast from the garage to my car I will make sure its on the drive and at the garage first of all. A little more discretion on my part is needed perhaps. A lesson learned indeed.