The Badger Hound
This is Oscar Mayer.
He is a Chiweenie, half Chihuahua, half long-haired Dachshund and 100% attitude. He is smaller than most cats in our neighborhood never mind dogs. Everything in his world is a giant.
A couple of weeks ago approaching my house from our daily walk Oscar and I stopped to talk to my neighbor. He wanted to show me his new trailer. I no sooner turn to walk up his driveway when his large mutt came charging out of the garage barking and growling; he came nose to nose with Oscar. Oscar barked one time and the next thing I noticed was Oscar coming completely off the ground as this dog lifted his head. I was like, oh SHIT!, he's got ahold of Oscar's head. My neighbor slapped his dog and Oscar dropped to the ground and then the owner grabbed his dogs collar and dragged him to the backyard behind the gate and shut the gate. I immediately picked up Oscar and looked for any kind of blood signs or damage to his eyes or head and found nothing. Oscar didn't even seem distressed in the slightest way. On closer examination after we got home I still could find no marks at all on Oscar.
Turns out that when Oscar felt threatened by a dog 10 times his size he made a preemptive strike and chomped that dog by the nose.
That was a close one for sure. And when I thought about it later I came to the decision that if that it happened out in the middle of the street rather than a neighbors driveway that dog would've been shot.
We've walked past that house a dozen times since this incident and that dog won't even look at Oscar, never mind bark at him anymore.
We live in rural Montana where we frequently see foxes and coyotes in our neighborhood. When I'm walking him my head is on a swivel and I'm prepared to defend him probably with my own life. I love this little dog. I've got to think of some other options between my boot and my SideArm to defend him with. Maybe something in the less lethal category.
Here are two of my choices. IMG_1486.JPG
The baton on top is a taser baton and the one on the bottom is a steel police baton which deploys very quickly and could really do some damage.
In a previous post I described the time that I had to kick a dog off of him with my boot because be got rushed and attacked by a large dog.