Woodsmoke

Montana bound
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2003-12-18 23:51:25 (UTC)

Stupid fucking people and their stupid fucking dogs

I had to walk home from work today, and as I was nearing
Utah Ave. I saw three dogs in the street ahead of me, all
totally unrestrained. Two of them--a rot weiler and a
boxer--were playing on one side of the street, and a
golden retriever was barking from the other side of the
street like it wanted to join in.

Now, for most people, this probably would not be a big
deal; but I have an intense fear of dogs--especially free-
roaming ones. Where others would simply walk past a yard
with a dog in it and not give it a second thought, I will
go to the other side of the street and walk behind things
to prevent the dog's seeing me if possible. I will do
just about anything to avoid an encounter with a dog, but
the way most people in this fucking city are, that's damn
near impossible sometimes.

And don't feed me that bull shit about "nice dogs." My
brother's dog is a nice dog. Most people think it
wouldn't hurt a fly. It's lazy and content that way.
Only rarely has she growled, and even rarer barked.
However, I was there when it killed two chipmunks on the
farm. Of course I was cheering her on at the time, but I
realize that she's not the "nice dog" everyone thinks she
is. She can be and oft-times IS aggressive and mean.
Dogs are territorial animals. It doesn't matter how nice
the damn thing is, if someone is walking through what they
see as their territory--usually roughly encompassing of a
full fucking city block--they will chase after and hound
that person until they've left their boundaries. Nice,
shit; dogs are not always nice, and they should not be
expected to act as such.

Even if it is a "nice dog," there are people such as
myself who have a natural and in-bred fear of dogs. Dogs
can sense fear, and when they do, even the nicest of dogs
will "take after the scent," so to speak. I've passed
dogs that were sitting on their porch without a care in
the world, totally oblivious to everything going on around
them; and as soon as they sensed the fear coming from my
upon noticing them, they were up and screaming across that
yard straight at me like a fucking lawn dart. Once
again, "nice" has absolutely nothing to do with it.

It's only bothered me so much since I lost my knives. I
have no idea what happened to my old lock-blade, and that
old sheath-knife (my favorite to this day) just
disappeared a few years ago and hasn't been seen since.
When I had those with me, I knew that if the dog got too
close, I could either stab it or cut it's throat--I don't
fuck around. If that fucking mutt is attacking me, I'm
going to kill it, and I'm going to be absolutely certain
it's dead. I'm not going to break it's leg, I'm going to
stab it through the heart and proudly so. It's against
the fucking law to leave a dog unrestrained in town, and
in such a situation I would have the self-defence claim on
my side, as well.

One of these days, when I have money to spend again, I'm
going to have to find another sheath knife like the old
one I had and I'll be able to take that everywhere with
me. As is right now, the only two worth mentioning are
inappropriate and inconvenient at best. One is a sheath-
knife--but a rather large one, so it would be rather
cumbersome and uncouth to take it around town with me, and
the other is a lock-blade, but a cheap-o piece of shit
from the NAHC that started falling apart on me three weeks
after I got it. If I could find the right allen wrench to
tighten it, it would work fine, but until then, it's out
of order.

God I wish it were legal for an 18 year old to carry and
use sidearms in town in such a situation. I would shoot
the free-roaming dogs, then hunt down the moronic bastard
who left the fucking mutt unrestrained and unattended.

For God's sake, people, if you own a dog, please for the
love of all that's good don't leave it unrestrained and
unattended in the yard. It will wander off, or someone
will walk by, and your "nice dog" will suddenly become an
aggressive and defensive mutt who's scaring the shit out
of some innocent passerby who did nothing more than
violate your stupid dog's "territory." Either build a
fence around your yard, or put the fucking thing on a god
damn leash. Just do something!


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