Guardian angel: a dog lover creates a close-knit community in a London park

In our new column, in which we make nice things happen for nice people, we meet Mark Davis, who runs free dog socialisation classes loved by pooches and their people

Mark Davis carries around photographs of his now- deceased dogs Bonnie, Smokey, Zola and Bobby, and shows them to people who attend the free dog socialisation sessions he has run every morning in Norwood Park, south-east London, for 18 years.

“During lockdown, Mark was always there, and someone to talk to,” says Caspar Melville, an academic who nominated Davis for this column after taking his dog to the sessions. “He’s a local legend.”

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