So, this weekend I drew my gun for the first time in self defense.
First want to say that I love all animals and the last thing I want to do is hurt some ones pet. I do hunt and fish, that usually involves killing an animal that I take for food. That being said here is my encounter.
My wife and I go running 3 times a week in our neighborhood. I live across the street from a desert park. The park is about 3/4 of a mile long and 2 miles wide one one side buts up next to a freeway. After the free way there is 50/50 land this is half developed and half wild. All desert. On the other side of the park it is all residential. There is a high school and from then on it is all urban city. I have seen Coyotes, I have seen Rattle snakes. This this park is still a bit wild
On a run a few months back my wife and I were attacked by two dogs. The dogs from the best I can tell escaped from some ones home and were on the loose. I was able to fend off the dogs with out injury to my wife my self or the dogs. How ever after that encounter I decided to carry my gun.
Yesterday my wife and I went out for our normal run. I normally keep pace with my wife and we run side by side. This day I got a bit ahead of her.
Anyway I was running at a fast jog and out of the corner of my eve I see a couple walking there two dogs. The couple is a younger couple, the guy has a 50lbs lab or so on a leash and the girl has a blue leash in her hand and I can see the doge she was walking is not on that leash. It was a 60lbs German Shepperd/Akita sort of looking dog. This dog was jumping and nipping at the black lab.
I have had lot of dog that were off leash run up to me. Most of the time they are not barking and just want to run up and say high. I ignore them and keep running. My state does have a leash law (all dos must be on a leash unless in a dog park). This is not a dog park.
My state is very liberal when it comes to gun laws. I am sure here, I can walk down the street juggling a hand full of rifles and the police would not say any thing. When I run I open carry. It is more of a comfort thing.
The couple and there two dogs are about 25 meters away to my front/right when I see them. There is some brush in the way 6 foot tall shrubs that you can see though, All desert land scape it is not very dense.
Yet I see exactly where this is going. As soon as this dog sees me it lets out a big dog bark. The dog and I then lock eyes.
The At this time with out thinking I flipped the keep down latch on my holster and kept running.
I am now with in 15 meters front/right off the couple and there dogs, the big dog cuts loose and heads straight at me. The dog and the couple are to my right. I am right handed and carry on my right. The dog is barking and growling. With in 2 seconds it hits me in my heal. I feel my right foot brush the dog on the chin. (the dog is behind me, So is my wife) probably 300-400 meters. I spin to the right while upholstering my pistol. The dog is a foot or so away from me, I draw a bead on the dog.
I take the hold your ground stance and start yelling "GET YOUR FUCKING DOG, GET YOUR FUCKING DOG, GET YOUR FU...." I see the guy out of the corner of my eye.. leaping to his dog. At this point I have tunnel vision big time all I see is the growling and snapping teeth. So I guess it is not realty out of the corner of my eye. more if in front of me.
As he makes contact with his dog I immediately re-holster. I never had my gun pointed at the guy. I never had my finger on the trigger through the encounter. I was however one ...CKING DOG way way from taking the shot. I back off as quick as I could, I got about 25 meters way befor they had the dog leased up. I yelled back "KEEP THAT FUCKING THING ON A LEASEH".
So I just wanted to share my encounter. Reflecting on this last night and today while writing this I reevaluated the situation. I don't think I would have done any thing different. Was I right.. no.. Could I carry pepper spray.. yeah. Am I going to change.. No. I would draw again: Good question. I do not feel my life was in danger. I was a dog. I would have been bitten. That's all. I would not have been killed. But thinking more into it. I did not know the dog, I did not even know if it was there dog. It could have been a stray. I think I took the right action.