Join Date: Dec 2007
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Molly and I were out for a stroll yesterday on one of our regular routes. There's one house that has a Chiuauha (I KNOW I spelled that wrong...oy)
that always barks incessantly at the window as people pass by, but I've never seen it outside.
Well, as we were walking, the Chi...(was outside with the kids in the snow, but it was not on-leash) came charging across the street and started nipping and barking and being really aggressive towards Molly and me.
In addition to the fact that Molly is a mooshy-wuss, she started to yip and screech because she was so frightened (me, too! Forget that the dog is only 5 pounds...those teeth looked SHARP!).
The Chi would not listen to the kids who were screaming at it to come back across the street, and it kept darting back and forth at us, actually trying to get at my ankle! There was no way I was going to let it get to Molly, so the only thing I could think of to do was to pick Molly up to protect her.
Each time I started to move away, the Chi would snarl and bare its teeth and lunge at me again. Molly crawled up so high, she was almost on my shoulder!I yelled for the kids to get their parents, and after what seemed like forever, they did. The mother came across the street, and basically "shepherded" the Chi back across the street because it wasn't listening to her either.
And then, she yelled across the street, "You shouldn't walk your dog here!" Besides being ASTOUNDED at that, I thought, "Well you're in BIG trouble" because two more people were approaching who were walking their dogs. And guess what happened? The Chi went after THEM!
What is the right thing to do if you're threatened by another dog that's off-leash? My first instinct was to protect my Molly, but just standing still pretty much put us both in jeopardy! Moving didn't help either.
BTW...one of the men who was being threatened with his dog (a LAB!) yelled at the woman that there's a leash-law in our town...she wasn't happy about that. The other guy turned and ran with his dog (a Cocker Spaniel). Talk about needing to post a watch-dog sign!