Dog charged, used wife as a shield (think I need to buy mace).
Well, this happened a few months ago, and from the title, you might see why I did not share.
We were out walking (after dinner), and out of nowhere, a very large dog comes charging (barking, growling, etc.). I have less than two seconds before it is on us. I'm wearing a simple Uncle Mike's OWB holder with a G31 (I've got on long-sleeve dress shirt untucked).
I was walking along my wife's left, as I wanted to be the closest to street traffic. In about 1 second, I step behind my wife (was on her left, now behind her), angle to my side, draw my Glock, Glock is in my right hand, along my leg. I command loudly for the dog to, "STOP NOW!" I've moved completely around to my wife's right side (but still behind her). My Glock is still out of sight, in my right hand, next to my leg.
The dog, I think surprised by my command, stumbles, skids toward us, and maybe 4 feet away begins to yip and walk back-wards away from us.
The owner (I think drinking) and sitting on his porch, stands up and yells, "Well that stopped him." Dog, looking returned to owner. Owner tells me, "...don't worry, he is ok."
Just to clarify, the owner was a house away. The dog started charging from under a bush at least a house away from where it lived.
I holstered (not sure if owner could tell I had a firearm). I loudly state, that could have been very bad. I don't think the owner understood what I meant (that I was about to fire). We walk away.
Wife of 10 years states, "Wow, I always forget how loud and scary you can be." I tell her it is all bark. Then she asks, "Did you get behind me to hide your draw." I honestly answer, "Yes.." but I also did it so the "...dog would not be on me when I shot it,..." and "...if I would have stepped forward, the dog might react differently." I shared with her that I realize once the dog was on her, or by getting behind her, I could have shot her. I needed that moment to get set. I felt I could grab the dog with my left (I have good reflexes) and shoot the dog before it did much.
In the end, it really was concern for drawing combined with not knowing how the dog would react to me stepping forward. However, as the dog was charging, the thought having to deal with the owner, LEO, etc made me react as I did (because without that though it would have been a dead dog). If it would have been a person, I doubt I would have gone behind my wife. I would have just drawn and shot. Something about it being a dog created uncertainty.
I know some of you are not very religious, but it is a miracle that dog stumbled and stopped. A few inches more, I would have shot. As to why that something would not just make the dog less aggressive, IDK. I guess how I moved could have confused the dog, along with my voice. BTW, no invisible fence situation.
I do feel bad I used my wife as a shield, but she does not. She told me the entire time she felt I was defending her. She also stated anyone who would have been watching would have clearly understood I was defending her, not throwing her first in line.
I don't like living life with the motto "...the ends justly the means." In this situation, it did.
Still, I feel terrible. I know what I was doing, and I was being very cold and calculated. In those less then second moments, I used my wife as a shield. I know in no way I was trying to save myself, I was protecting her, but I needed that less than a second moment to put myself in a better position to defend both of us.
We have not taken an after dinner walk since. Some of it has to do with schedules. I have not told her, I'm a little worried about that situation happening again. I'm going to go get us some mace. I've noticed people around me just don't take evening walks anymore, and I think the dog owners are not as careful as they once were.
I feel both bad and good about myself, because as always, I reacted fast when the situation required when others would have been indecisive or stymied. At the same time, I'm wondering just how much shame I've earned.