Last night (well actually this morning about 3 AM) my wife and went for our nightly walk (we usually walk in the wee hours of the morning because of her work schedule). As we were starting down the first cross street we heard dogs barking and saw two dogs, a Rottweiler and a mongrel of about the same size, come running out of a backyard at us. The Rottweiler came straight at us while the mongrel circled around to flank us.
Before my wife could quite comprehend I had the Glock 19 out and aimed at the Rottweiler and I screamed “STAY BACK” at the dogs (I knew the words would not mean anything to the dogs but I was hoping the command would stop them). The Rottweiler broke off his advance so I turned my attention to the mongrel who was now trying to be sneaky. Both dogs were about 25 feet away from us at about 90 degree angles. As the mongrel was still advancing I made a foot stomp and swung my gun at him, this broke his attack and both dogs took off running back into the yard they had come out of. We continued on with our walk keeping a watch behind us for a while but the dogs made no effort to follow.
It took every bit of self control I had to keep from shooting the mongrel because of a personal vendetta I have against him for killing my cat a few months ago. If I ever get a shot at him in the woods behind our house he will “disappear” but for now he still draws breath. We have had Animal Control out for this dog on at least two occasions (once we had this dog trapped in a fenced yard) but Animal Control here doesn’t even seem to be able to catch a cold!
I made two observations during this encounter, first was what I have always known I am completely cool under pressure and second I maintained trigger finger control and never touched the trigger (even when I wanted to shoot but knew better). I guess there was one other thing I noticed also, my wife took my commands to get behind me and make no fast moves without question.