It was the day of the total eclipse of the sun. The day was unforgettable for many reasons. We planned to drive north from Craig for the full experience. My husband and I secured our little adopted terrier mix, Lawrence, in the car in his crate and set off toward Riverton, Wyoming. The plan was to top off the gas tank in Wyoming.
When we pulled up to the large rest stop, I noticed a woman with two medium- to large-sized dogs, one brown and one white, walking them in a pet area away from the gas pumps. They were on leash and seemed under her control. She was cleaning up after her dogs. I thought, “This is a good and responsible dog owner.” I waited until she was back behind her car and thought it would be okay to walk Lawrence to the pet area. He began to investigate the trees and relieve himself.
Then it happened. I looked up and saw the brown dog charging at Lawrence. He came with incredible speed. His head and body were low and focused. His ears were forward and he was growling the whole time he ran. He resembled a brown missile heading towards us. I had Lawrence on leash with my left hand and tried to pick him up. I attempted to block the dog with my outstretched right hand. He evaded my attempts very skillfully, repeatedly ducking around my hand to get at Lawrence who was now spinning and screaming, trying to find a way to escape.
That was when I saw the white dog. He ran up behind us dragging his leash. The two dogs worked as a team, one in front and the other now in the back. At that moment I felt through Lawrence’s leash, then saw the hard, intense grab and shake from the white dog. It happened in a split second. He had picked Lawrence up by the back…
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