I've just left the house with the beast when I hear the noise of a sudden hailstorm in the road ahead.
A black splattering of grackles -- the collective noun is a "plague" -- has flecked the treetops around the nearby pond, several hundred birds that all sound as if they need oiling. Their greedy scamperings in a high oak tree causes a cloudburst of acorns, which pelt me and Leila, and, to the surprise of its driver, bounce off the paintwork of a car that attempts to nose its way down my Dead End street.
Leila barks, and they flee, in concerted cowardice. But they're back by the end of our walk, and we're pelleted again from above.
Now if I were a true poet, I'd be trying to make this into a metaphor for something.