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Old 03-29-2012, 11:14 PM   #1
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Our neighbor has a golden retriever - in the past it has gotten out of its fence and come barreling up to me teeth bare and acting very much like it wants to bite the crap out of me. All I wanted was the mail, or the trash can at the end of my drive way.

a few weeks ago it came out and bit my hand - so I whacked it accross the face and screamed at it.

today, I was walking to get the trash can and it burst angry from a gap in the neighbors yard fence, and attached itself to my arm - luckily it got sweatshirt and not Ian arm meat. So what do I do, I scream F$#k you and punch the crap out of it. imagine a portlier version of Conan the barbarian sucker punching the angry Camel in the face. I really had to lay into this dog to keep it off of me.

an older lady came out of the house where the dog resides and asked me what happened.

I explained calmly that their dog had attacked me, and I was calling animal control

in short, she was a moron. I had to pantomime the dog biting me, me punching it, and then me calling someone for her to understand.

called local police for animal control info, they told me I was out of local jurisdiction and that I should contact the state police - which I did -and then left a message with local animal control(it was after hours)

so now, the guy that owns the dog came to my front door and threatened to beat the crap out of me "because I insulted his mother" - so I called the cops.

the cop said "i will talk to the individual and warn him to stay away from you" - big whoop I feel so much safer.
Even if the guy threatens me again the cop said the offender would only get a fine - again kind of ridiculous. Nothing says don't attack your neighbor like a financial penalty.

I have small kids - so the dog is a problem. I live within sight of the guy that threatened to beat me - another problem.

so frustrating. I felt threatened- I really did. This guy was short and I am 215 pounds and 6'2" but he was straight up redneck with a nasty attitude. I would guess that he has seen the inside of a prison cell before.

I don't carry but I am seriously considering it from now on.

still a bit shaky as I type. I hate crap like this.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:33 PM   #2
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Sorry you had to deal with that. I live outside of city limits, where it's legal to handle these matters ourselves.... and that animal would have stopped some lead already.

I have kids, and I love dogs, but that's not ok.

That seems very uncharacteristic of golden retrievers. Some people live with dogs instead of being owners of dogs.

 
Old 03-29-2012, 11:42 PM   #3
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I am outside the city limits and I will now be carrying a piece of rebar with me to get the mail and the trash can- but now its the neighbor that worries me. The cop just came to my house - then went to talk to the guy and guess what - I think he left his house. My guess is that he has a record.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:53 PM   #4
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For now, you've done all you can. The guy was full of bravado and had to demonstrate to his mamma that he would stand up for her.

Get some pepper spray. It is far more effective than the rebar and that dog will associate you with a painful bite that indicates your dominance.

It is awful that you have to fear for your kids. I'm also fearful for the dog himself as he will really end up as the loser in this. He will suffer for having stupid owners.
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Bummer dude. Sucks to have to deal with bad neighbors. As previously stated, that behavior from the dog is completely opposite of typical retriever demeanor. Normally they will lick you to death and finish you off with the briskly wagging tail. If this one is mean, it probably points to the owners and how it is treated at home.
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Get some pepper spray. It is far more effective than the rebar and that dog will associate you with a painful bite that indicates your dominance.
This is good advice, for dealing with both the dog or its owner.

 
Old 03-30-2012, 12:04 AM   #7
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You might want to keep a Louisville Slugger handy. Morons like that guy are just trying to bully you. Getting a gun seems like a pretty ridiculous escalation based on your reciting of the events. People and their pets/family tend to raise the tension, but be realistic, IMO, about the real threat level once you have had a chance to calm down.
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:10 AM   #8
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I agree, the firearm might get me in trouble. Pepper spray it is. anyone got a good one thats easy to carry?
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Check to see if it is legal before you do anything. Nothing wrong with defending you or your property.
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:38 AM   #10
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Oddly enough, the pepper spray and rebar may be illegal while the gun is likely not (if used properly of course).
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