Threat... or not?
Today I was coming back to my car after our lunch walk at a remote dead-end of dirt road trailhead. I noticed a car parked there with the door open as I started to load up my dogs. I have an older easy going mix who was still out of the car when this guy walked over smelling strongly of mary-j and started approaching me saying something about how he parks there a lot to chill and asking a few times if I was leaving or going. He started getting too close for my comfort, so I unloaded my female shepherd and kept her on a close lead. My dog knew what I wanted and gave him a series of warning barks, putting on her best scary dog look.
That finally made him back off, and he went back to his car, while I loaded up my older guy, keeping my female dog close.
When he kept approaching my car, and me, it made me very nervous. It is a remote area, and there would have been nobody to hear me yell. Cell phone coverage is spotty. There was nobody else there.
On the other hand, it seemed like he mostly was just a harmless guy who wanted to "pat" my dogs... but maybe not.
I always pay attention to my gut, and it was telling me as he kept approaching to get my female dog out immediately just in case ... but I might never know.
Sometimes it is nice to have a dog who can bark on command... but who really knows what that guy was thinking? There was another guy sitting in the car, too, so really I would have been easily physically overpowered...
The whole deal was a bit sketchy, and part of the reason I have a shepherd. They come in handy.
Or maybe I'm just really unfriendly.
Alls well that ends well, I suppose.