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Pit bulls and horses and sea lions! Oh my!

By Robin Dearing

Richie and I email each other about what and when we are going to post here. Earlier this week, Richie suggested I write something about my family’s sunny, beach vacation since it’s so cold here. I told her I was hesitant to write too much about my vacations because I feel guilty. She thought it was odd to feel guilty about taking a vacation, but then shared that she felt guilty over the slipcovers on her furniture. She summed it up with this statement: “We’re weird.” I have to agree.

Since we’re talking about weird, lemme tell you a story about how my sister-in-law found a pit bull, a horse and a sea lion while we were in Los Cabos over Christmas.

Because a guy from Saskatchewan was injured in a pirate accident, I was able to take a surfing lesson.

What? It’s true. While I was trying to sign up for a lesson, this guy from Canada said he had injured himself swinging on a rope on a pirate ship and couldn’t take the surfing lesson he had signed up for the day before. (You can’t make stuff like that up.)

So that afternoon, Bill got to surf while I was taking my lesson. My sister-in-law, Lisa, was watching Margaret and her own two kids play in the ocean down a ways from the surf beach.

After we were done surfing, Bill and I walked down the beach looking for Lisa and the kids. Finally Bill says, “Is that Lisa over there with a dog?” Yes, it was. She had befriended a pit bull that was running loose on the beach — because people do that, I guess.

Lisa loves animals. If Lisa sees an animal, she wants to know it and love it. It’s very sweet. So really, it was not all that surprising that she would make friends with a random beach pit bull.

A couple days later, we stopped at the same beach to play in the waves again. This time the three kids, Bill and my brother all played in the ocean while my mom, Lisa and I lay on the beach. Not long after we got settled in, I hear Lisa, “Look, there’s a horse.”

And there was a horse walking down the beach with a saddle on and it’s lead rope dragging. I pointed it out to my mom and took a few pictures. Lisa jumped up and went after the horse that was making his way down to the ocean for a drink.

Finding and befriending a friendly dog? I can see that. But taking on a stray horse? Um, have you seen how big those things are?

I figured someone would be coming along for the horse shortly because how often do so see a horse just wandering around the beach by itself? Lisa, on the other hand, felt she should help reunite the horse with its owner and took the horse’s lead and started down the beach. My mom and I watched her go.

She walked so far I couldn’t see her anymore. Then after a while, I yelled out to my mom, “Uh, I think she’s riding that horse now.” And she was. Lisa found a guy who knew where the horse belonged. He bridled it, helped her up on the saddle and sent her riding back to where the horse belonged.

Only Lisa.

But her animal adventures were not over.

Lisa, my brother, my nephew, Bill and I booked a fishing trip with a guy we met in a parking garage because he had the same name as my brother (yes, the weirdness continues). Bill and Lisa each caught nice sized Dorados aka Mahi Mahis (which we took back to the hotel and ate for dinner a couple of nights).

On our way back into the marina, Lisa asked if she could feed the remaining baitfish to the pelicans that were pestering the boats looking for handouts. She tossed a few fish to the pelicans not realizing that she had done more than lure in a few birds.

As Lisa turned to throw out another fish, she came face to face with a sea lion sitting on the back of the boat waiting for a snack.

Have you ever seen a sea lion up close? Those things are big. Yes, they are cute, but quite startling when they end up on your boat. Lucky for us, Lisa did not try to befriend the sea lion. Instead, she joined the rest of us in asking it to kindly disembark which it did.

If we had stayed in Mexico any longer, I can only imagine what the next animal to be dazzled by Lisa’s magnetism.
 

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