I think the point of the knife is to have something better than harsh language once things go to the mat.
My point was that if you go to the mat with a vicious dog (especially a vicious pack of dogs) you have fucked up very badly.
Naturally you should be carrying a knife, everybody should be carrying a knife.
Carrying a knife *because* you might be in a grapple with a vicious pack of feral dogs is a flawed concept.
The vast majority of people are going to forget which end of a knife you are supposed to hold, what a knife is for, that they even have a knife once they are set upon by feral dogs. Fixed action pattern almost as basic and primal as drowning reaction, you curl up in a ball and try to cover your neck and face.
All the joy of experiencing the ancient human genetic memory of being killed by canines can be neatly avoided by not letting them get close to you.
This is why I suggested the tomahawk. "Going to the mat" suggests you've already been hamstrung, and you're about as fucked as most deer once the pack has them down. Don't stop moving, and don't run away.
Growl, sound mean, and give the most aggressive/closest beasty a solid 'love tap' to the snout with the side or top of the hawk as you run the fuck through or past them.
Show them you're the boss, show them utter contempt, and quickly dispatch any that dispute your dominance.
I know this sounds mean, and it requires a bit of mental prep that some more civilized people will frown upon, but this is a pack of predatory wild animals with no fear of man
that your idiot neighbors are feeding. They have essentially placed these dogs above them by paying tribute, like some serf. They think they have every right to chew on the locals who won't pay up, and they do,
until you remind them who's on top of the food chain, and why.
I admit this is 'less civilized' behavior than I prefer, but civilized people just shoot nuisance dogs like this, and shouldn't be penalized for it.
It's called "doing your part," just like spanking kids that need it, and society is built upon the notion.
Brawling with wild dogs may not be civilized, but getting victimized/injured/killed
by them is uncivilized and dumb.
Kill them quickly and mercifully, and move on with your day knowing you've done some good.
JAYNE COBB wrote:
Well, what you plan and what takes place ain't ever exactly been similar.
If a rifle is an option, a rifle is usually the answer.
I've said it numerous times, a quality rig is only as good as it's weakest link. Which usually is the nut behind the butt.