This story about a Pit Bull Dog encounter with dolphins was submitted by Lizette LaForge … a surprising story for all of us dolphin fans! But hey, dolphins are people too, right?
We live at the tip on Pinellas County, overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay and the Skyway Bridge. We love to walk our pit bull dog, Ginger, out onto the shallows and flats along the point where we see all kinds of things growing in various cycles throughout the year.
One time it will be periwinkles, another it might be thousands of horseshoe crabs, yet another might be sting rays feeding. You just never know what you will find when you get out there.
You can just imagine our surprise one day when walking out about waist high in the water my husband encountered 2 curious dolphins. These were no ordinary dolphins. They were very playful with each other and apparently noticed Steve and our dog Ginger and decided that Ginger would make a great play toy.
As Steve and Ginger were walking & swimming along, one dolphin came alongside her, between my husband and the dog… intent on pushing her out into the deeper water. The other dolphin was in the deeper waters waiting. It was clear to Steve that the dolphins intended to take our dog out to sea with them.
This of course did not bode well for the stocky Pit Bull Dog, who was struggling to keep herself up in the water as it was … without any dolphin antics. As the dolphin began to nudge the terrified Ginger out, Steve began to realize what was happening and quickly grasped her collar and put on the leash before the dolphin could get her too far away from him.
Using the leash he was able to “tow” Ginger back to safety. When he got home he told me all about his “dolphin” tale … how the dolphins had tried to get Ginger out, the fear in Ginger’s eyes, and how he rescued her from certain death by dolphin. I of course had never heard of such a thing and wondered if this was just a big fish tale.
Two years later we are all sitting in the family room watching a nature program. Ginger is sound asleep at our feet snoring away. Suddenly on the screen appear several dolphins, filling the screen and making high pitched dolphin squeals. Ginger jumps up like a shot, takes one quick look at the TV, sees the dolphins looking back at her, and BOLTS out the back door so fast you would have thought her tail was on fire.
We found out later from one of the locals that dolphins have been known to be very aggressive with dogs. They apparently love to go along the dock areas and tease some of the little dogs that bark at them. They treat dogs like dogs typically treat cats!
So swimmers beware… if you have your dog with you and the dolphins come to visit… it could be a TAIL of WOE.
What a great story, Lisette! Good thing your husband had that leash in his hand! So glad to hear Ginger is alive and well, even if she is terrified of dolphins now!
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