An anonymous reader was somewhat critical of my leash. For the record, there are several reasons why my parents keep me leashed on Oregonian beaches:
1. to keep me from
harassing racing the birds;
2. to keep me from getting blown away by the wind;
3. to keep me from getting whisked away by the waves;
4. to keep me from eating dead birds or dead fish or anything I can get my jaws on.
Frankly, I think they keep me on leash so they don't get lost.