Monday, April 23, 2012
My Whacking Stick Saves Me From A Vicious Tandy Hills Dog Attack
Last year, at this point in time, the Tandy Hills were showing signs of stress to the vegetation, due to the Great North Texas Drought.
This year, at this point in time, the Tandy Hills are showing signs of a prairie being well provided with a sufficient supply of water.
It is getting to the point that there is some vegetative encroachment at some locations on the trails. I do not like vegetative encroachment. I've been avoiding the rain forest like zone one reaches on the north side of Tandy Falls, due to the claustrophobic tunnel-like effect of all the greenery.
Changing the subject from healthy vegetation to an unhealthy canine encounter.
One is supposed to keep ones dog on a leash whilst hiking the Tandy Hills.
Some people do not keep their dog leashed, due to the fact that their dog is well behaved, like Olive the Prairie Dog.
But some people let their dog off leash, even though they know the dog is not well-behaved.
Today, a semi-elderly gentleman was hiking the Tandy Hills with two dogs. Two un-leashed dogs. One of the dogs rushed at me in attack mode, with the semi-elderly gentleman trying to get the vicious dog to return to his control.
I am always armed with a whacking stick when I am out and about in the wild. As the dog took a lunge at me I gave it a sound whack with my whacking stick and it ceased its vicious attack.
When the dog ran back to the semi-elderly gentleman he put the vicious dog on a leash, and also leashed the non-attacking dog.
I can not imagine how a semi-elderly gentleman can feel okay about hiking in a place like this with a dog whose behavior is bad. What if I'd been a little kid the dog tried to attack?
I hope the whacking I gave the dog was sound enough to discourage it from any future vicious attack attempts.