Just a Minor Test... and Good News, I Passed
I was in the rural South this evening and was helping a family member by taking out the trash. It was inky black and I used what I considered a powerful flashlight to see down the driveway. Suddenly, I had a mid-sized Alaskan dog running toward me, barking aggressively. I shined the flashlight in its eyes but it did not stop. Every time it saw a "crack" in my watch of it, it moved closer. It finally got about eight yards away and I started feeling for my firearm. Eventually, its owner made enough half-hearted attempts to call it back that it listened, but I learned alot in that 90seconds:
a) my flashlight is part of my arsenal...I need to get a more powerful one
b) I was calm and thinking in "code yellow" 24-7 is helping me stay cool under scenarios that are challenging
c) all your senses are tools in self-defense...for example, when I could not see the dog, I listened for it.
This was a good experience for me in the end and I am glad I was somewhat prepared when it happened.