Yes, a tail of woe.
Pilot's tail, to be exact. Spoiler: Pilot is fine.
We had a glorious beach walk yesterday--little wind, sunny skies, empty beach. Tim, the dogs and I walked almost 4 miles, it was so beautiful. We got back to the place where we would walk over a dune back to the parking lot and a couple with three dogs off-leash entered the beach. The dogs first ran out to see some of the guys surf casting, and were playing with one another. Then the biggest of the three--an akita, maybe, can running over to use and the next thing we knew he had Pilot on the ground and Pilot's head in his mouth. The guy in the couple backed off with one of the other dogs, and the woman tried to get the akita off Pilot. Tim and I are both screaming at her to get her dog off Pilot.
I may have had some pent up anger that got directed at this woman.
Her dog let go of Pilot's head and then went for his tail. She finally got her dog off--it seemed like it went on for five minutes but it was probably less than a minute. We were both still screaming at her--Tim told her that it was illegal to be on the beach wtihout being leashed up (which is true, since we were in park boundaries) and she told him, very calmly, he was wrong (which he wasn't).
At which point, I screamed at her that the only thing she should be saying at this point was I'm sorry.
I was not calm. I was furious. Tim was furious. Pilot seemed fairly nonplussed, although there was blood in his mouth and an abrasion inside his ear. Comet was scared to death.
I took Pilot and Comet away from her while Tim got the woman's contact information and she kept saying 'he's never done this before' which I personally find hard to believe. She kept wanting to come over and see Pilot to see if he was alright and Tim kept her from doing that. I'm not sure what I would have said to her, but it would not have been nice.
We checked Pilot over when we got home, cleaned out his ear, and he is fine. We were lucky. The people and their dogs apparently live here so I'm sure we'll run into them again. We're going to get a pepper spray for dogs.
I'm happy that dogs can run loose on our beach and I appreciate the smart people who don't let them run loose unless they are far away from others. On our beach, you can walk literally three minutes south from the entry point and be by yourselves. Why someone has to let their dogs loose in the most crowded part of the beach is beyond me.
So anyway. The beach was beautiful.
We saw some snowy plovers, an endangered species that nests on a beach about three miles north of us. That beach is protected and dogs aren't allowed anywhere near their nests. They are tiny little clowns!
In other news:
-we watched a short documentary on Amazon Prime (I think) called "The Porter" about an American who goes to work in the Himalayas as a porter on treks to Everest. It's interesting (and short).
-we're watching a UK series called "London Kills" which is a police procedural that is not as gruesome as some we've seen.
-I love these hare cards. I made these for my ATC group. There's a lot of different techniques. I cut out the card using the Silhouette. The background is a gel print. I colored in the moon and the grass with copic markers, then I used Mod Podge Glitter on the moon and the hare to add some sparkle. Finally, I embellished them with little half pearls.
And how are you?