I was taking my dog for a walk on the beach and ...
I saw a couple sitting up the top of the beach near the path back up to a car park, they never came down onto the hard sand or near the water.
It seemed they had brought two dogs with them. One was a big - about GSP sized but not done growing puppy tan with a dark nose - that my dog enjoyed playing with.
The other was a white staffy type dog with long legs - and her female bits were so swollen my friend and I thought they were dog balls - but they weren't. We were walking close to the water about 50 from where the couple were sitting.
We caught the girl dog and had a good look - and she was definitely on heat.
Would you have gone and spoken to the couple about letting an on heat dog roam a beach full of off lead dogs including entire males?
Why we didn't?
They clearly had either no clue about any dog laws because they were breaking so many of them or they just didn't give a stuff. They also had no idea about bitches on heat and the fights that can result.
It wasn't quite 10am (dogs have to go on lead time) but they were
letting both dogs chase wild life
letting the puppy go up the beach, out of sight over 500m to 1000m away
letting the puppy run into the dunes
letting both dogs approach and harass other dogs and people up and down the beach - these were both scary looking strong dogs even tho they were also both friendly (phew).
had no control over either dog - tho both dogs did check in occasionally with the couple.
Having a bitch on heat on the beach is not illegal as far as I know but it is really dumb.
So is there any point trying to approach dumb people with no idea how to keep their dogs safe (snakes in the dunes) or would you do what we did and just keep walking.