I love dogs…but

Well, I went for my morning walk today as promised. I know why, now…but for some reason before leaving the house, I felt impressed to take my pool cue and my pepper spray (mace?). They are my protection from neighborhood dogs.

I love dogs and would love to have one, but my husband is allergic to pets in the house. Needless to say, I live in a “petless home”. But, I digress.

Why oh why do people let their dogs out in the morning when they have no fence around their property and allow them to run loose and unchained?

I’m also not afraid of dogs in most scenerios…but strange dogs, that I do not know? Well, that’s another story. I have a “healthy amount of caution” around strange dogs for I do not know their temeperment. It also doesn’t matter the size of that dog!

Now, I also know that most dogs will protect what they consider theirs. Whether it’s their property, their family, etc;

So, suffice it to say I was thankful this morning when a small bulldog

he looked like this, only less friendly

came running across the street and ferociously snarled, barked and charged me – that I had my protection with me. My pepper spray did not work on first try, but on the second and third try it did. He didn’t give up until I poked my “stick” at him and sprayed him a fourth time when he backed away sneezing.

My husband calls them “ankle biters”…well, my ankles would have definately been bleeding if I would have let him at me!!

They say that a good walk in the morning is a good cardiovascular work out and gets your heart pumping good. I don’t think this is what they meant.

So, Rob & Tanya if you are reading this – I need a new pepper spray/mace (I think I’ve used this one up) since this is the second time I’ve been charged by a dog in the neighborhood.

Now, do you see why I am sometimes reluctant to go for a walk in the neighborhood? Not sure what could have happened, if I had been pushing Kash in the stroller and not brought my protection with me.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Diana Black
    Sep 05, 2013 @ 22:02:36

    Linda I agree!! While visiting my mother & grandmother in New Madrid Mo. They do not have a fenced in back yards so we walk our 14 yr old Chihuahua, Chauchie & 1 yr old mix, Woodie 6 times a day. A couple of days ago while walking the babies in the alley, 2 full grown yellow labs bolted out of their fenced in back yard running toward the babies, we jerked them up in our arms, the labs were harmless. They both wandered around in neighbors yards. One of the labs crawled slowly back into their yard and laid down. I knocked on the owners door and told her what happened. She went to check on the lab laying in the grass and she died. Her name was Bell an 8 yr old lab. She leaned over Bell and weeped, I cried with her. I thought maybe she had a heart attack from bolting from the yard. We cannot walk the babies certain areas due to dogs loose.

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    • bittygirl51
      Sep 05, 2013 @ 22:46:36

      OMG! I hate to hear that, Diana. I really do love dogs, but not when they charge me. I’m so sorry to hear about that big lab dying. On the other hand, I’m glad to hear that your little dogs weren’t supper! LOL

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  2. augielife
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 17:47:47

    I totally agree! I am so saddened by people being attacked, pets getting run over, or shot because of poor ownership. We are to be good stewards over the critters God gave us charge over. I am guilty of not having a proper fence and allowing our dogs to run free. We paid the ultimate price too, our sweet German Shepherd was shot and killed by a gang of teens on a killing spree in our neighborhood. That was years ago and I have since been very good at caring for my hound doggies.

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    • bittygirl51
      Sep 06, 2013 @ 19:22:44

      I’m so sorry to hear the news of your German Shepherd. A tough lesson to learn. I love dogs and would never harm a dog (unless my own or a loved one’s safety was in jeopardy). Thanks for commenting!

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