The number of dogs living in the neighborhood exploded exponentially during the SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2)/COVID-19 lockdowns. Northern California is fido-country, and high-techies suddenly able to work from home hightailed south, where lofty salaries ($296,000 median at Google) made buying or renting in San Diego comparably affordable for San Francisco-area escapees. Can we send them back?
How many mutts can one person, or couple, own? Gotta ask because I see fewer people walking one dog and many more leashing two, three, or more—and that’s without tallying the overall increased numbers. Not surprisingly, doggy decorum demands harassing cats; do these NorCal migrants simply not know better because they lack feline finesse or are they merely amused letting their beasts taunt kitties?
That long-winded introduction leads us to this troubled tabby trying to chill down after a hot encounter with some dude and his yappy runt. When my wife and I came upon the scene, only the leash kept the mutt from attacking—and not by much. Meanwhile, the defender had assumed the arched-back scaredy-cat posture. Oh, and, yeah, fido’s master reveled in the taunts as he let the animal advance as the tabby retreated.
We stood watching for perhaps 15 seconds, and I should have said something. But maybe my demeanor and presence were enough, because he suddenly pulled back the leash and walked away with his straining-to-return runt. The cat calmed, briefly moving towards Annie, and I snapped three shots using iPhone 13 Pro. The Featured Image is the second. Vitals: f/2.8, ISO 32, 1/314 sec, 77mm; 1:11 p.m. PDT, May 20, 2022. Location: In the alley separating Campus and North.
Need I even explain why nickname Defender?
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