This is Shadow. We’ve come across him a couple of times in the park. Hardly much older than a puppy, he is a German Shepherd/Wolf hybrid dog, adopted from the Czech Republic by his owner, Riaz’s, son, as a present for his father. Apparently there are a few of these hybrids about and this one is undoubtedly beautiful, pictured here in a suitably lupine setting.

Riaz was interested in my interest and very kindly sent me loads of photos of his pet, evidently his pride and joy, who is rather over-protective of his owner. Apparently he won’t let anyone near Riaz, and was rather concerned when Oscar approached him for a cuddle. He’s lovely, but I think I’d be wary.