The value of a good light
Went out for my morning walk this morning a bit earlier than usual. Early enough that it was still dark out. I was carrying my usual EDC gear - light, pepper spray, G19, phone. Since it was dark and I was going to be outdoors, I took my Surefire P2X instead of my usual, smaller light.
Along the way, I came across a dog wandering loose. Fairly large, looked like some form of Boxer mix. Apparently, he had decided that the sidewalk I was on was his, and interlopers were not welcome. He was ~30 feet away, in an aggressive stance, growling.
OK, let's try step 1 - avoidance. I crossed the street to the other side, keeping an eye on him without looking him directly in the eye. Pulled the flashlight out, and the spray. Hoped Fido would be content with owning half the road. Nope. When I crossed the street, he started to walk / stalk towards me. Looks like it's time to escalate a bit.
Shined the light on him on low, and told him to "Git" in a firm voice. Not having any of it - growling increased, teeth bared. Edged toward some cover (a tree) and got ready to spray the beast. He continued to walk / stalk toward me, now about 20 feet away. Not quite in spray range, no wind. Bumped the light up to high and yelled at him again.
Apparently, 500 lumens straight in the face is quite annoying to dogs. He yelped, turned, and ran off.
I'm rather pleased, as a dog owner myself, that I didn't have to spray (or worse, shoot) the dog. It's not the dog's fault the owner failed to control or socialize him. I did call the Sheriff's office non-emergency line and report the loose, aggressive dog. I hope they ID the owner and fine him.
A good reminder to:
1. Carry your EDC gear every day, and
2. Have something in your toolbox besides lethal force.