First, a little background: I live in a community which has a very small (under 400) year round population; everyone pretty much knows everyone else. In the summer our population about quadruples, but since most of the influx is related to the families that have been here for generations, even if I don’t know a person I might run into first hand, it’s likely that I know generations of their family. I had the day off today and the weather was spectacular. I took my favorite guitar —a Lowden that I’ve had for a dozen years— to the small lake down the road from my house and sat there at the edge of the water and gazed at the mountains while fingerstyling to the gentle breeze. Within 15 minutes or so an older couple approached with a medium sized dog. Now, I love dogs, so I was not alarmed in any way. The dog was inquisitive and bolted toward me. In its enthusiasm to greet me it jumped up and promptly gouged the cedar top of my Lowden with its front paw toe nails. Needless to say, I was not pleased. I waited for the dog’s owners to catch up to their pup and recognized them as the son and daughter-in-law of an elderly widow here in town. They saw their dog “Frankie” jump up on me but from their vantage point didn’t know about the damage to my guitar. I told them about it and showed the result of Frankie’s exuberance to them but they didn’t have much to say except “we’re sorry”. I don’t think they believed me when I let them know what Lowden guitars cost because he’d “never heard of them”. Their apparent indifference to my position pissed me off but I didn’t make a big deal about it because it’s not the first time the guitar has ever been dinged, and it’s surely not the last time either. My friends however seem to think I should have insisted on some restorative relief from Frankie’s humans. I’m curious to hear what TGP thinks about it.