We drove about an hour and 15 minutes to Trap Falls in the Willard Brook State Forest in West Townsend, Massachusetts. I wanted to play with shutter speed for flowing water. Juliet and Maui went with me. She was going to walk Maui while I was shooting.
Fifteen minutes in, Juliet can nearly running towards me, carrying Maui. A very large dog had attacked them. Juliet had blocked Maui but Juliet had been bitten or scratched. There was a large wound on her side.
We hurried to the car and as we were leaving the park we found a police officer directing traffic due to a detour. He told us where the nearest police station was. I needed to sit with Maui in our car while Juliet filed a complaint.
The police already knew about this dog. He lives in a house next to the park. The police called animal control while an EMT was on its way. They cleaned and bandaged the wound and suggested that Juliet call her primary care physician. Meanwhile, animal control reviewed the vaccination record of the dog. Thankfully, he was up to date on his shots.
While Juliet was inside the police station, I found a tick on myself and had received three mosquito bites, though I had sprayed before we left the car. I brushed Maui but found nothing.
It was getting to be lunch time so we headed towards a cafe to regroup. I was so rattled by everything that I accidentally cut off a car in traffic. A cop saw this and pulled me over.
We finally made it home and held each other -- and Maui. That night neither of us slept. But by morning Juliet's wound was healing.
Moral of the Story: Some dog owners suck.