Today, as I took a cross street to the street where I am staying, I saw a large dog on the corner, barking crazily at traffic. Yes, it was one of the two dogs from the house with the too small fence. It didn't see me. I might have been able to walk past without it seeing me, or maybe it was all bark and no bite. I decided I was not going to take that chance, and quietly walked back to the main street so that I could go down another intersection and get back around the long way.
When I hit the main intersection, I had a conscience attack. Normally I just mind my own business, but what if it bit a kid or something? So I called animal control, and let them know where the dog was. They said they had already had a bunch of calls about that dog, that it had been chasing pedestrians and bikers, and generally making itself a darn nuisance. So, in retrospect, I definitely made the right choices here.
I got home a little later than normal, and a little more tired for having walked the extra distance, but otherwise unharmed.
Now, boys and girls, what have we learned?
- Be Alert: I saw the dog before it saw me. This has saved my bacon in a lot of instances. I try and stay in what is sometimes called 'Code Yellow' which means no specific threats are visible, but ready nonetheless. Just because someone isn't pointing a gun at you Right Now does not mean a dump truck you didn't see won't still kill you.
- Better Part Of Valor: If you can avoid trouble, it is usually a good idea. I don't feel like a chicken or a wuss for getting the hell out of dodge when it's the smart thing to do. You shouldn't either.
- Animals Are Not Better Than You: You can sneak up on a dog. You can sneak away from a dog. Same goes for deer, and cats, and wild jackalopes. I hate when people ascribe supernatural sense talents to animals. If animals were so good at detecting humans, we would never eat meat or wear skins. I detected this dog a heck of a long time before he saw, or smelt, or heard me. You can do it too.
- Dogs Are Not People: They are animals. They do not have good judgment or manners. If they act like jerks behind a fence, when they get outside of it, they will be jerks. This dog was acting like he did inside the fence. The fence was inadequate. If I could tell just from seeing these dogs once or twice, why couldn't their owner? Because they were her fluffy, lovey, wonder puppies who would never harm a fly. Get real people.