Weapon against dog attacks Aug 27, 2021 21:10:11 GMT
Post by howler on Aug 27, 2021 21:10:11 GMT
So it's 1AM in a suburban neighborhood near Seattle and I am walking around the block (not the safest time for a stroll but whatever). By way of providence I decided to carry a heavy duty umbrella, mind you it has not rained in months and there was a very light mist so I don't even know why I grabbed it out of the closet. I've walked around the block nearly every day free of drama, among others in the age of COVID, walking for exercise and to relieve stress. I'm walking past a house and I hear a rustling and growling coming towards me from the front yard and immediately realize its a charging dog and turn to my right to face him while also lowering the umbrella and holding with both hands towards me and the dog. This dog was just huge, a monster probably over 2/3 my body weight. It smashed into my umbrella (and me) with such force it destroyed the umbrella, but not to the point it wasn't still functional as a shield. I think I yelled HEY or something and the dog ran back and to the side while hearing the neighbor call to the dog. The owner then says to me (in a very contrite voice) that he's so sorry, all the while the dog is circling me, eyeing me, growling and I'm slowly spinning around facing him with the ragged umbrella between us. Then the damn thing attacks again, hitting against the umbrella but with less force this time. I yell something like HEY, WHAT THE F-word as the dog retreats and the owner again calls to the dog and says he is so sorry. I think the dog is somewhere in the yard as I continue to back up down the street while telling the owner to control his dog. Providence and that umbrella, you tell me. At any rate I am eyeballing my CS HD Sword Cane but do have other means. Guess this is a good time to ask about dog repellent (spray, gun, stick, other), both single and multiple dog (pack) attacks.