|Barked: Tue Apr 16, '13 12:19pm PST |
|My neighbors have a beautiful white pit bull mix named Balrog who I almost never see outside- and today I found out why.
The neighbor was outside with Balrog when I checked my mail, so I walked over to the fence to say hi, since my neighbors have generally been cool people. Balrog comes trotting over to the fence- and immediately goes into that awful, silent stare, the one dogs do when crap's about to go down. Well, that's a big dog, and I didn't want to provoke it further, so I looked down so I wasn't meeting its stare and crouched down on one knee so I wasn't towering over it. I wasn't super worried since the fence was between us, and the owner was right there.
No dice. Balrog lunged, and would have attacked the fence had his owner not grabbed his collar. There was no growling or snarling- he just ran to the fence, froze, planted his paws, hit that stare, and waited maybe two or three seconds before lunging.
He's a perfectly sweet dog with his owners, though obviously now the neighbor has admitted he has a problem with strangers. I'm a bit worried for my dogs, though they rarely even see Balrog (I have chihuahuas), and my yard is fully fenced in about 3 feet high. I'm more worried for me, though- what if Balrog gets out? They have a fence that's open in the front, no gate, so if he escapes the house, he can go anywhere. If I'm outside my yard, I might be in big trouble.
I don't want to cause conflict with perfectly nice neighbors who have been there for almost a year and always been perfectly nice and have thus far controlled their dog perfectly well. My question is, what should I do? And if the dog does get out and I do encounter him on the street, what do I do THEN?
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