Well, it’s that time of year when I have to start thinking of new places to walk the dogs. We’ve had a great summer taking them to dog parks and doing managed training walks around neigborhoods where I can anticipate triggers. Now that school is back in session, there are more people everywhere, making more chaotic movements during our walks, and the dog parks will get dark too early to enjoy. Also, I’ve about hit my limit with idiot human behavior at the parks.
Lately, we’ve been encountering some unexpected saboteurs. Deer. Everywhere. The other night we walked around Rob’s parents’ neighborhood and encountered either multiple threesomes of deer, or the same evil deer family that managed to get from one end of the neighborhood to another after we whirled around and walked the other direction.
Deer in this region are not afraid of dogs, so we wind up holding the leashes for dear life while Leo and Mia shriek and whine, and the deer refuse to yield their ground. The dogs sound like they’re dying and/or killing each other. We once had a woman open her front door and ask “What’s going on?” while we tried to wrestle the pups past the smug deer just standing there mocking us.
One place we’ve never encountered live deer is Carcass Beach, but as my blog friend Lara predicted, now that I’ve renamed it Dragonwood Beach, it’s not as private as before. We actually had sunbathers in our way during our walk last week. Still preferable to carcasses, and we still enjoyed the view.
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