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Carry a Big Stick…

Another interesting week around my neighborhood, full of lessons I really didn’t want to learn.

The first lesson is to carry a big stick when walking my doglets, or as a friend suggested getting a taser!

My little ones and I were on a ‘walk about’ (as they say in Australia), when a couple of bully canines decided my smaller Jazz might be a good appetizer. She objected—loudly! I knew Jazz could bark unrelentedly, but I had no idea she could squeal with such gusto!

Of course, I too would be squealing if half my body was inside the jaws of a lion, or shark, or a food processor. In my effort to extract my doglet from the grasp of the aggressive dog, I failed to notice that another stalker was eyeing me as possible fodder.

It seemed like several minutes, but probably lasted only seconds, but the melee was intense and loud. After getting the big lout off my doglet, then my doglet into my arms, then unwinding her leash from the legs of the lout, and kicking the other dog soundly, the three of us (Chili, Jazz, and me) limped home.

Chili avoided the frenzy thanks to a longer leash and perhaps her size. She may be too big for a doggie treat.

As I stumbled into my house, tears flowing, blood flowing, adrenalin flowing, and nerves on overload, I had missed the fact that one of those fierce canines had run away with part of my body. Yes, it was a tiny part, but any damage that draws blood is traumatic to me, especially if it is my blood!

After calls to my vet, my doctor, the local police, and a friend to come pat me on the back and make soothing sounds, I began to take inventory of possible damage done on what should have been a leisurely, non-eventful stroll. And discovered we were all alive, somewhat battered, but breathing and walking.

Let me assure you that I’m okay, the doglets are okay, and the dog that bit me is in quarantine. It took a couple of days for Jazz to get her tail out from between her hind legs, but I knew she was back to normal when she once more resumed barking madly at the postman. As irritating as that is, it was a relief for me to know she had returned to her position as guard dog…all 5 pounds of her.

So now I’m deciding whether to get a taser or pepper spray, just in case this might happen again. My concern is how likely is it that I will taser myself or spray pepper in my eyes in my frantic attempts to save myself and/or my doglets? I’ve been walking and running public streets for most of my 73 years, so what are the odds that I’ll be accosted again? Probably not great. But, just in case I might carry a big stick.

 

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36 thoughts on “Carry a Big Stick…

  1. Hi there! 🙂 I found your blog through Danny at “Dream Big Dream Often” so glad to hear you and the doggies are OK! ❤ Always a scary situation. I don't blame you for wanting a taser or pepper spray! I feel that pepper spray might be a more safe option but that's just me lol. Also, I want to invite you to my meet and greet! It allows bloggers to share their posts with other bloggers. Great way to meet new people. I love it 🙂 Hope to see you there! – Cavelle

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  2. had a big stick once. actually it was part of a tree branch that had been trimmed. anyhoo – when bigger dog had my puppy down, i used that big stick. broke it over the animal’s back. didn’t even phase him. i’m all for the mace, pepper spray, tazer, Magnum … whatever it takes.

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  3. That happened to my dog twice (with the same bully). I was walking my dog on a leash when this bigger dog ran out from his yard, picked up my little Shih Tsu with his teeth and shook her like a rag doll. The owner was close behind but was helpless. He finally let her go and I did the same thing as you. I burst into tears and bawled all the way home. We were both traumatized.

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    1. My little one is a Shih Tsu also. I am not a big crier, but I guess it’s the feeling of helplessness that brought me to tears. I haven’t had but this one encounter, but I have pepper spray in my pocket now. And Kleenex!

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  4. I wouldn’t try a taser–they can kill a human and I’m guessing would almost surely kill a dog. A friend used to walk with a squirt bottle of an amonia and water mix in one hand. It was always right where he needed it, did no permanent damage, and (I’m told–I’ve never tried it myself) backed down any dog he had to use it on.

    It’s a damned shame that level of tension has to be added to your walks.

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  5. Don’t let one bad incident stop you from enjoying your Walkies. I am so glad you are ok and that you called the authorities. You followed all the right steps to insure yours and others future safety. Have a peaceful weekend, my friend. Clare

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