Reeperette, I took your advice and ordered a couple canisters of Mace Muzzle for doggie, and an innocent-looking mini maglight/pepper spray gizmo for doggie's owner. Whoever decides to mess with me next gets a face full o'gas.
It's kinda funny how this same dog is as friendly as can be if you're walking by his house. Put yourself on a bike, though, and he turns into Cujo. Still, I agree with you that loose animals are a sign of irresponsible pet ownership. When this dog chased me, it was after dark. By the time the dog was in my headlight beam, I was almost on top of him. Woulda been bad news for both of us, had I hit him. I wonder if this dog also chases the teens who ride their gopeds in this neighborhood. I wouldn't want to be that dog's owner if he makes one of those kids wreck their scooter.
BTW, I used your instructions for changing my transmission oil. It took all of ten minutes, not too messy, and the tranny is lots quieter now. Thanks!