Phil and I had our first run in with the neighborhood bully, and while we are both just fine, I’m hoping very much to never interact with this fellow again.
This fellow being a dog, mind you.
Who attacked us on a walk earlier this week.
Because he launched himself over the chain link fence and onto the sidewalk on which Phil and I and a friend were walking.
Like I said – we’re all okay. The dog didn’t bite me, and I’m fairly confident he didn’t ever bite Phil.
But still. It was a little crazy.
Because for a solid 30 seconds this full-grown, muscular dog was ferociously barking at my feet. And at Phil’s feet too, because my initial reaction after the dog hopped the fence was to attempt to pick Phil up to get him out of harm’s way. (Which wasn’t real smooth, I admit, given Phil’s lanky 45 lb frame and my lack of good grip, and him flailing all of his limbs in reaction to the other dog.) Even as I attempted to cross the street (thus stopping traffic and making this whole incident into quite the 4th Avenue hullabaloo), this dog followed and continued it’s crazed, aggressive barking.
And while the gentleman who was in the yard with the dog did apologize after he finally got control of the dog, a neighbor reported that this was not the first time this dog had done this. Now, I’m no canine expert here, but I kinda think that the first time your dog hops the fence to aggress another dog needs to be the last time your dog hops the fence to aggress another dog.
So, Phil and I and my friend had a nice debriefing session as we trudged home and let our adrenaline levels return to normal.
And while I felt pretty shaken up about the whole thing the remainder of the evening, Philly Boy seemed to bounce back just fine. Fetch! A belly scratch! Let me lick your hand! I love my life!
P.S. After recounting this incident to a colleague, she pointed out that the other dog likely never had any intention to bite, given that it had ample opportunity to do so, which I thought was a good point. This was comforting, though not exactly the logic that my brain was able to grasp during the actual event….