Sigh yet again ... now my life time average on thwarted attempts has moved to 17 and on Rocky and I alone it's 13 or is it 15 ... starting to lose count???
But this time it was different! First it was daylight. I saw people out in there driveway playing ball as we approached and an open garage door down the sidewalk. All warning signs of a "possible dog on the loose???
So we cross the street, and proceed forward ... they acknowledge us and we exchange greetings and "Rocky" and I proceed my newly acquired "Walking Stick" in hand, I'm on point and "Rocky" is off leash following ... we move along. When ... suddenly I hear people screaming???
This time however "Rocky is not on leash and I can't get him to my rear, he's seen the dog first and was ready to intercept and "this time ... Rocky ... did not look happy! This ...could be bad .. Rocky is not a charger but he is an interceptor and I have not seen that look in his eyes in years!
The dog was already within feet of us when I whirled around and I had no time to shield Rocky,so I shouted Stay! And at this time a couple weeks ago, I would have had to face the charging dog down and shout and stomp my feet to deter him. But with Rocky waiting and ready this time ... I don't know how that past approach would have turned out???
This time however .. and following my own advice. I had my walking stick ... already in hand! As I whirled and accessed and gave "Rocky a stay command, the Walking Stick sprung into action. Pretty much in the blink of an eye ... the charging ... Pointy eared lab (just kidding it was a regular lab) was about four feet from us and I slammed the walking stick "Down in front of that dog to block him."
I did not expect the loud "thwack sound" and neither did that dog!
I had no idea dogs could stop that fast but that dog hit the binders hard! Then I had to make sure "Rocky" remained where he was next to me. So another Stay was issued and he had no problem with that. The lady retrieved her dog and apologized. Real World proof of concept.
So you know no firearms or sharpened weapons of death, no dogs or people injured, no LE .. no vet bills or stitches for anyone involved. It was just another day and as I learned ... most attacks occur close to home????