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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!

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Wow, that is a scary situation no matter what the size of the dog is. Teeth are teeth.

I know we all like to be good neighbors, but based on her attitude, I would report her to the town or whoever oversees this. Since it happened with other dogs, they can report her too, so it doesn't seem like you are picking on her. You could avoid walking there, but why should you have to. You were not the one in the wrong. I carry a little spray of Binaca breath freshener. It will not harm the dog and it would most likely cause them to run away.


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I'm sure a lot of people won't like my response, but I carry pepper spray and an air horn when I go walking. If it is a small dog like a Chihuahua, I usually pick up my dog, ignore the other one and keep going. They'll give up. If they are small, but still very aggressive, I use the air horn. I've only used the pepper spray on an aggessive German Shepherd, but it worked. The dog lived in our neighborhood and got out a lot, but he never bothered me again.

In regard to your neighbor, you can call your local Animal Control (or sometimes the police non-emergency number is where you are directed) and ask them what you should do. Ask if you can report the dog. Many times they won't do anything until there is an actual bite or several nuicance complaints.

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That awful....I would definalty report her....what a child was out walking there dog...they would be scared and not know what to do....I am glad that you two are ok.

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Wow, Kimberly, I thought I was going to sound harsh. Glad to see you think the same way. Maybe I should get some pepper spray instead of the Binaca!


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LOL.. at least the dog would smell fresh!

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Maureen, I would definitely report her to either Animal Control or your police station. Even if they don't do anything about it just based on your report, if enough people complain about it, there is a bigger chance they will do something. Also, if there is a leash law in your county, you can get them to give her a fine, and I would hope that would piss her off enough to put a leash on this dog.

Also, Kimberly, I don't think you are being harsh at all. If either I or Kubrick were being threatened by a dog, I would use an air horn or pepper spray for sure.

Edited because I called Maureen Molly, LOL.


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Lina, I didn't think Kimberly sounded harsh. I thought some people would be offended if I even mentioned the Binaca. I'm going to get pepper spray. I have been in a few situations that turned out OK, thankfully. I think that woman needed to be pepper sprayed!


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Maureen,
I think many of us have had trouble with bad neighbors and their dogs before. We have a neighbor up the street who has 2 labs that get out all of the time. DH went for a run one night about a year ago and one of the labs came out of their yard and bit him for no reason. My husband was so upset. He never dreamed a lab would bite, let alone unprovoked. Anyway, I called them and it didn't change anything. They never fixed the electric fence and the dog is still a problem. My one neighbor carries a large walking stick when she walks by the house to protect her dog. My DH says he will have no problem kicking the dog if he comes out into the street when he is walking Brady. I just keep my eyes out and if he is outside, I turn around. Anyway, Kimberly, I don't think that is too harsh at all. It is our responsibility to protect our dogs from other dogs or anything that may hurt them. Maureen, I certainly hope you and Molly are okay after that experience.


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Michele, I know you didn't! I was just using that word because I saw it in your post and thought it fit. I didn't mean to say that you thought she was being harsh at all. I know we're of like minds when it comes to protecting our pups!


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