I was a having a perfect little romantic walk along the beach at low tide yesterday afternoon, when we passed a neighbour with her reactive dog barely under control. Not a minute later, and that dog shot up the beach and jumped on our beautiful old dog, biting her and then running off again. We scurried up the beach together to get away because I was afraid the attacking dog would come back at us, so riled up it was, but we managed to get up to the road and home without further event. That’s when I realized that Charlotte was bleeding – only a little – but still, it made everything seem much worse. Fortunately I have many supporters on the Internet and even some on my little island – and with friendly online hand-holding and some firm instructions about cleaning the wound from my neighbour – I got everything cleaned up and still managed to get in the studio for a couple of hours last night.
Two realizations I had as a result of this:
The dog and I are both fine this morning, she’s a bit more tired than normal but pretty much seems to be herself. I expect she’s sore from being jumped on, but the site where she bled doesn’t seem to be causing her any real pain, even when I run my hand over it. I’ll just keep it clean today with alcohol and watch for infection at this point.
My plan for today was to get back to blogging with a Dillardesque reflection on low tides and what they bring (birds! seaweeds! interesting rock formations normally under water!) but instead, it’s something else. It’s the real thing – the fact that life everywhere is changing at each moment, and if you don’t pay attention you miss so much of the unfolding, each second that is about to change the course of your life entirely.
Are you going to bring this event to the other dog owners attention at all? Just curious as this dog should be reported if it can’t be controlled. I love all animals but some ……
Oh yes – the other owner is my neighbour who I’d met once before but didn’t recognize at the time. We found each other through the FB community forum and have exchanged many messages. She paid for our vet visit today, and has apologized profusely and with great distress. I did actually report the dog to animal control before I knew whose it was – but I think the whole thing was a big wake up call to my neighbour and I doubt that she’ll ever try to walk three dogs (including an old, ornery one) again.