16 SEPTEMBER 1955, Page 28

DOGFIGHTS There is hardly anything so surprising, dramatic and sometimes

comical as the be- haviour of people when a dogfight starts. It happens to nearly all dog owners at one time or another. I witnessed a scene recently when an old man with a collie came down the lane and encountered a lady with a terrier. The dogs became stiff-legged, but the old man was unaware of the tension and the terrier flew at the collie before he could be restrained. Immediately the old man tore off his cap and began flailing the dogs with it. The lady laid about hers with her leash, obviously trying to hit the collie more often than she struck her own pugnacious pet. It seemed certain that both owners must soon come to blows, when bearing down upon them came a roadman waving an enormous shovel with which he was intent on flattening both dogs. A little farther along the road appeared another person eager to play his part. He had a can of water to con- tribute, but luckily a car came along and scat- tered dogs and humans,