GINTA – We ought to mind Mother Nature’s invisible boundaries

Dogs and oceans don’t always mix. (Image: Bary Leece)

I MUST ADMIT, initially I thought the news was a joke. The story of three ‘angry’ otters (quotation marks not mine) that attacked a golden retriever in Victoria, attempting to drown it, according to the dog walker, struck me.

The dog waded in the water and chased one of the otters and in a couple of minutes, an attack was unfolding which made the dog walker intervene by getting in the ocean to save the dog. The story had a happy ending, and there’s good learning in it. But…

One of the owner’s comments was that those otters are ‘not the kind of creature you want to meet in a dark alley.’ Right. Good news is, otters will never corner anyone in a dark alley. They are water critters, cute and playful, albeit wild. Hence precisely what they are destined to be: otters.

Now, I love our dog dearly. She has recently turned two, which means that she is less trouble than a young pup or an adolescent one, though to be fair, she has been pretty good all along.


Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at, or through her blog at


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