Twice this week, my dog has been attacked while we were out for our morning jog. In both instances, we were fully on the street and not on the property line. My dog is fine, in case you were worried. I have to admit, that I don't care about yours. In one instance, my dog must have made contact with a sensitive body part, because one of the two dogs present yelped. In this latest situation, I at first thought the animal was a cat, but I've never known a cat to attack a moving dog six times its size. Only dogs are that stupid. I did not hear any yelping, but I did have to pull my dog off yours. What really bothered me was that there was no owner within earshot, not that the other dog owner shouting an apology as her dogs came hurtling down their drive at us was acceptable either.
This letter is to inform you that I have purchased Halt!, a pepper spray for dogs. It will hurt them, but the pain is only temporary. Any dog who approaches my dog while we are on the public roadway will be sprayed. I have no desire for my own dog to suffer injury, nor do I truly want her to inflict serious injuries on another animal. In addition, I am not interested in being pulled off balance and having my own ankles, knees or other body parts twisted, scraped or broken. If your dog will not remain on your property, I suggest you keep your dog indoors or on a leash, especially between the hours of 6 and 7 am. For those of you with "friendly" dogs, I am sorry to say that I can not differentiate between "friendly" coming-to-say-hello running and aggressive running, especially when it is still dark out, so all dogs will be subject to the spray.
If you have any concerns, feel free to stop by my home to discuss the matter in person. I will keep the can near the door in the event that aggressive humans require encouragement to remain "friendly".