I managed to find a personal alarm here in town and husband picked it up on his way home. It is not as loud as some could be, it should be plenty loud enough. It is actually kinda cute - and not girly, lol. Quite a few of them at some of the online sites were pink. Somehow I think thank you would mind that. He made it to the bus and home today - luckily the dogs were still tied this morning and afternoon. They were loose in the early afternoon but must have been elsewhere when thank you was walking home. He is much relieved to have the alarm and we talked about the responsibility of taking it to school. He said that he won't show it off or set it off at school or on the bus - and I didn't even have to suggest it. He just said it as we started to talk about it after I let him try it. I wrote a note for his teacher explaining that he was bitten over break and that the dogs are still loose so thank you needs a way to scare them off. I said that he agreed to not use it or show it off and asked them to let us know if there are any problems. I also said that the Sheriff suggested giving thank you pepper spray but that we felt it would be inappropriate and dangerous for thank you and anyone else who might be around it at school or on the bus. thank you was relieved that we didn't want him to have pepper spray - not just that he might get sprayed but that the other kids in school might grab it or take it from him and hurt someone or get hurt. I was rather surprised that he thought of that on his own but it was something he brought up right after the officers left. Mostly he was worried that if he left it in his backpack another kid might take it and use it - and he isn't "responsible enough" to keep track of it all the time! (I swear this kid is one of my rewards for all the years of gfgness!) I hope the teacher is fine with this. the bus people really don't give a hoot if he gets bit as long as he isn't on the bus when it happens. If anyone is interested, I found it at Radio Shack. They had one listed as "in store only" for $3 but our store was out. The guy on the phone said they had a $5 one that has a carabiner and would do the same thing, so we got that one. This might be handy for keeping on a keychain to startle a difficult child or get their attention?!?! Or if any of us are out and about late at night or in bad areas. It is much lighter than some of the ones I have seen in the past. Thank you for all of the suggestions and support. thank you said it made him feel good that all of you thought about him and hoped he felt better soon - and were mad at the dogs and their bad owners. So he says Thank You also.