It Baffles Me
It was a beautiful day yesterday. Martha and I took a long walk on the beach together. Up ahead two guys were hitting a volleyball back and forth. Between them were their two pit bulls, eagerly bouncing and jumping at the ball. Now this is a beach that has posted signs declaring all dogs must be on leashes. When the volleyball bounced our way, so too did the dogs and Martha shrieked. The guys were almost upset at Martha for her fear. "They wouldn't hurt you" one said. "This is a leashed-beach" I replied. "What did you say?" the other guy asked, defensively. "It's a leashed beach. Read the sign." and we walked off, Martha squeezing my hand tightly.
Why do guys like these think we delight in watching their dogs run leash-free on the beach? There are places to let dogs run free, and as a former dog owner, I loved those places where our dog could take off on a run. But a crowded beach? It baffles me.