Hello Basset friends. People dump dogs in the farm fields that surround our subdivision. Simone was attacked by a stray pit bull yesterday. He stopped when Simone fought back & I screamed "no" like a crazed banshee; he ran away when I yelled "no, go home". Simone is fine, no injury. She continued on her merry way & greeted the neighbor's dog with a happy wagging tail. We also have coyotes coming into the neighborhood from the fields, two dogs have been killed. How do you protect your dogs from attack? Should I drop her leash so she can get away? I thought of mace/pepper spray or baseball bat but I could end up getting Simone. Thanks, Sherry.