It's funny that this should come up here today, because of something that happened to me a couple of hours ago. I've been out of town, staying with a friend for a couple of months in Lancaster, PA, while I worked on a show here. And I was taking a walk today around the lovely neighborhood where I've been staying, as I often have during my time here, and when I passed by a house that I always pass on my walks, an unchained, distinctly aggressive, and rather large dog ran up to me barking and coming very close to my hand repeatedly in a threatening way.
Had I been walking my friend's dachshund, I'm not sure she would have made it back alive.
This is something that had never happened to me before. It's against the law here, of course. And after a fairly brief time of following me and barking and making aggressive moves toward me, the dog ran back to his home. But I was a little scared. This was not a small dog (though I didn't take note of the breed as I thought it was best not to look directly at the dog but to just keep walking). It's a dog that I can easily imagine being able to do a lot of damage to someone, not to mention to a smaller dog or a cat.
My friend thinks the owners have an electronic fence. If they do, it wasn't working today (and I know those are not reliable). Fortunately, some other neighbors saw the entire thing, and I hope they know the owners and speak to them about what they saw. I should have stopped and spoken to the neighbors about the whole thing but I didn't.