A couple of days ago, Bill and Hiker went to the beach. It wasn't too busy, the sun was shining and the tide was out.
Within a minute of our feet touching the sand, three young children came towards us and one little girl asked, "Can we please pet your dogs?" (A thank you to all who teach their children to ask first!) With permission granted, Bill and Hiker enjoyed the attention then we walked on. A couple of minutes later, one of the little girls ran up and asked, "Can I walk your blind dog?" Now, with Hiker, there really isn't anything required but the little girl was quite pleased to be walking the blind dog.
After the girl left us to our adventure, Bill found his very own island.
On the way back to the car, Hiker suddenly decided that there was too much going on. She began to shy away from seaweed on the sand, then away from the waves coming in. Then there were smells in the sand that seemed to startle her.
It got to the point where Hiker refused to walk. No amount of verbal encouragement, no amount of pats on the shoulder (our usual methods to get through "scary places") would work. What to do with a 30 pound blind dog that refuses to walk? Yes, I picked her up, wet and covered in sand and carried her to the car.
We will go the beach again and if required, Hiker will be carried past the "scary" parts.