Never a dull moment here. I live in a small town (less than 200 people) but we have a law that says your dogs are supposed to be penned or on a leash at all times. When my dogs have to go potty, I put them out on a leash clipped to a rope that is tied at one end to my house and at the other end to a tree about 30 feet away: two dogs, two eyelets on the house, two trees. It has worked great for years. Now some new people moved to town. They have a small long haired daschund and a big dog who is definitely part German shepherd and part something smaller and blonde. Anyway, their dogs run free. They have often come in my yard and they all bark at each other and there has been no trouble. The big dog has been friendly to everybody in town. Meets the school bus, plays with the kids, loves everybody, or so I thought. Yesterday I heard my dog screaming in the front yard and went to check and the big free dog had him on the ground trying to bite him behind his ear. They only thing that saved my dog is that he has a lot of hair there. I ran out and chased the neighbor dog off. No real damage was done - the skin was not broken but my big dog (half golden retriever and half cocker spaniel) is now terrified and does not want to go outside to go potty anymore. This promises to be a barrel of fun. Why can't people just do what they're supposed to do and be done with it. They have a fenced in pen where the dogs could be. They certainly don't need to be running all over town. If they don't hurt somebody else, they will get run over and killed or poisoned or shot. I just don't understand why some people think the rules don't apply to them.