This critter is the main reason why I have been missing from the web for the last week or so. I live out in the county where there is no leash law. Dogs are allowed to roam as they please. They are only required to have a collar and rabies tags. My neighbor got a puppy about a year ago and sometimes lets him loose. Consequently there are times when I walk out my door only to get this greeting. This was taken while I am still on my front porch. This photo was also taken last fall and the dog is now bigger and meaner.
Anyway about a little over a week ago I checked for the dog (something I don't feel like I should have to do) and since he was nowhere to be seen and the owner's car was not there; I went outside with my dog, Rascal. Rascal was a proper puppy and on a leash. Unfortunately this dog and another of the neighbors dogs came around the side of the house and came after Rascal and me; both of them barking and growling. I was able to control my dog as he was on a leash, but in doing so I wrenched my arms and shoulder, sprained my knee and sprained my fingers. I was able to keep my dog from getting hurt, however Tom had to come out to chase the dogs away. He heard the dogs and came to my rescue, for which I was very grateful. I ended up in the ER from all the jerking around (I only had strains and muscle pulls but by the next day I felt like I'd been beat all over. I hurt all over. This also caused a fibromyalsia flare which just added to the pain. I was unable to lift my laptop, set it on my lap or type without pain so no blogging, no facebook and little visiting of other blogs.
Spalding county used to be made up of farms and houses on acrages where the lack of leash laws made sense. This is no longer the case. I guess I am going to have to get politically active and try to get the county commissioners to change the leash laws. I now have a couple of movies of the dog (the photo is one frame from one of them) and medical bills to show them. Wish me luck.