I run with my dog. He's a Ridgeback, bred to run and hunt. For those that don't know, they are 85 lbs+ and bred to hunt big game in Africa, most famously Lions. So the runs are great for his spirit, good for my health, and a great experience for us together. I have a distant neighbor who is testing my mental health though.
Sunday I was running and getting close to home. I hear a lil dog flipping out and then see him coming. I ignore and keep running thinking he'll turn back. Next thing I know, my dog is getting bit and turning around to defend (He's dog friendly but this was a clear attack.) I reach down and pin it's hips down and am reaching with my left when it bites me now. With the scruff of fur firmly in hand I walk it back to the owner who is strolling up like it's no big deal.
Yesterday I'm running and here comes the dog again. No leash, entire family out front. So I stop. I'm not getting bit again. Dog is charging... Life lesson, Chihuahua's don't land on their feet like cats when kicked. The dog flies 5 feet or so and got the point. I yell "What the Fuck?! That's the second time." I get back to finishing my run.
When I got home I called the cops because this is going to escalate. I don't buy for a second that I'm the only one this dog has attacked. What if it's a kid and they try to escape into the road, or get bit, or I get an infection, or my dog kills it then is listed as a dangerous dog... blah blah blah. So many potential problems that 3 or 300 lbs, I don't see a difference. Aggression should be treated equally across the breeds.
So how many times do I get attacked before I'm free to kick a field goal with the intention of killing this dog? If it were a pit, you'd say first time. The owner has had two opportunities with me alone to address the problem as simply as putting his dog on a leash. But seriously, when do other dog lovers see a person in my position as being justified in returning the same intentions toward the animal.