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What should I have done?
I was walking Baxter today, and as we passed by someone's house, a dog who was sitting in the front yard off leash bolted out at Baxter---barking in a not so friendly manner. We had passed this dog before, but last time, he came over to us in a non aggressive manner, and his owner was right there, so the last time, I let Baxter say "hi." The owner looked worried though, and after about a minute, the dog became a little overly aggressive in his playing and the owner started screaming at him. So, this incident was in the back of my head and as soon as I saw the dog coming over in a not so friendly way I panicked and literally lifted Baxter (all 8 lbs. of him) up into my arms. The owner ran out and yelled at the dog like a crazy person (same way he did last time.... doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why the dog has issues) Anyway, I'm still shaken up over it, worried that I hurt Baxter's neck (although he seems fine and it was over 2 hours ago) and just thinking through the situation to see how I could have handled things differently. If I had taken the time to bend over and lift him, it would have been too late. I literally swooped him up just in time. Have any of you been in a similar situation? What do you do when I loose dog runs out at you like that?