Yup! Me, not Tess. There was this couple with a young pup, that was a charming little thing, playing with our girl and other dogs and generally just being happy. She came up to us to play with Tess again and the guy came after her. I had seen that he was trying to catch her and had been for some time, so I asked Tess to stay close in the hope that the other dog would hang around and its owner could catch it at last. It worked.
And he picked up that little pup and threw it head-high (1.8m) into the river, about 3-4 m or more from the bank! The dog swam to shore and seemed ...OK, although it was not hanging about.
I try to stay out of trouble, but I was appalled, and just said loudly (although Marg assured it was _not_ as loud as I can go ) "Hey. You don't _do_ that!". They guy said he was just teaching her to swim! I said no, he was just teaching it fear of water. If you want to get the dog to swim you go into the water, and encourage it. His partner muttered that I was quite right, but the guy still argued and said the dog was not scared, and in the end told me to just look after my own dog. I just snorted. They left.
Adrenalin had kicked in and I was shaking after he left.
I just could not believe what I saw. It was so casual and sudden and so totally inappropriate. And to do it at that particular beach (there were probably 20 dogs there and there can be far more) was just darned stupid. Even pushing a dog into the water can backfire and is questionable and probably won't work. But heaving it that far was just cruel and horrid.
It disturbed me with its casualness and outright stupidity. I have done wrong things to dogs in my life. But not that casual treatment of a lovely little dog, as a meaningless ............chattel. Even as a child I knew better than that.
Rant over. I feel better.