I hate irresponsible dog owners. And this world is full of them, most of whom never learn.
Jango was almost attacked by a loose German Shepherd a couple days ago, while Tor and I were taking the boys out for a walk. By our house there's a school yard with a gravel pit, where we sometimes let Jango and Tobi romp around for a bit. That time though, I saw a guy throwing a ball for his German Shepherd Dog, way at the other end of the park, and told Tor I didn't feel comfortable letting the boys off their leashes with an unknown loose dog around.
Sure enough, the guy's dog saw us, and came running at us from all the way across the damn park, and the dude was of course yelling for the dog to come back. I felt like, ohhh... this won't be good at all, and told Tor to just stop and ignore the dog, don't move too quickly away or anything. Well, he came to Jango and they both did their sniffing thing, so I was like, okay... not too bad so far. And then the Shepherd started posturing over Jango and barking, trying to grab him, so I got right between the two right away.
Standing in front of Jango, blocking the other dog, I tried stomping forward and yelling, trying to drive him off, but he ignored me and just kept circling around, trying to get at my dog. He went over to Tobi once, but we drove him away from Tobi so he came right back for Jango, lunging and barking and trying to bite/grab at Jango's head.
The whole time Jango's kind of screaming back at this dog and trying to back away. I pretty much taught him NOT to fight back if another dog is going after him, because I don't need him to get in trouble for "attacking" another dog, being a Rottie and all... he'd have the worst rap, even if he was only defending himself.
I finally just said enough is enough, especially since the owner was taking his sweet ass time getting over to his dog. I grabbed the dog by his collar, whipped him over to my right side (I made Jango sit at my left) and just yelled "NO!!!!" and shook the dog by his scruff. When he tried to turn his head to grab my arm, I grabbed him with BOTH hands this time, and shook the crap out of him again, yelling "That's ENOUGH!!!!!". The dog stopped, stayed in a sit, and looked up at me with white eyes, and his ears back.
The owner FINALLY got to me, I said, "No harm done..." in a flat tone. He didn't even make eye contact or say anything to me at all. Just muttered under his breath at his dog, grabbed him, clipped his leash on, and walked away. No apology, no nothing. Gotta love it. :(
It could have been much worse than it was. The dog could have been much more persistent, and could have turned on me and really have attacked me. But I always said if a dog came after me or my dog, it'd have one bitchy Momma to deal with, and I will take a dog biting me over having to bring Jango to the vet again.
When the hell will people learn to control their freakin' dogs? Cripes. >___