I was walking Sasha (my dog) yesterday evening an hour or so before sunset, and as we were walking along the sidewalk, a large (unleashed) Rottweiler came running from the side of a house, and immediately started getting into it with Sasha. There was the typical body checking and positioning to show dominance, and pretty soon the Rott was biting Sasha on the back. As this was going on I was yelling at the dog to back off while trying to pull Sasha away and get my stun gun flashlight out of my back pocket. Sasha backed out of her nylon choke collar, but a couple of seconds later I did manage to give the Rott a brief zap in the back with the stun gun to get her to let go of Sasha. (I'd have given her more but she was trying to get away from me.) By then Sasha was headed down the street, the Rott was circling me trying to figure out who to chase, and I was swinging the collar on the end of the leash trying to whip the dog with it to keep her away (while yelling a stream of obscenities that'd make a sailor proud). She soon had enough and trotted back up her driveway and into the back yard, and about then, the owner came out with a puzzled look on his face, asking what was going on. I told him his dog had just jumped mine, and his first response was to ask where the dog was. I told him she'd headed to the back yard, and then he said "Oh, she's friendly...she won't hurt you." "DUDE, SHE WAS BITING MY DOG!!!" He apologized, and asked if my dog was OK. Fortunately, she was fine, just a bit shaken up. I wasn't really in the mood to chat, so I gathered up Sasha and we headed home.
I've always liked Rottweilers a lot, and will continue to like them, but I want to bitch-slap owners who don't keep their animals under control. Especially dogs that have the potential of messing me or my dog up.
Another thing that makes me mad is the fact that ever since she was jumped by a Pit Bull at the park a few months ago, Sasha has gotten extra defensive around other dogs, which of course sends out the wrong message to the other dogs, making them want to be more aggressive. She used to be very well socialized with other dogs, but now she's skittish and tends to get her hackles up quickly when she meets another dog. All because some idiot at the park didn't think the leash laws applied to him and his dog.