Geez, my bf and I just got back from a short walk with Aspen and low and behold, out pops a huge brindle pit from the bushes. He didn't come near us, not right away at least. We crossed the street immediately and went another way when the dog dashed after us. Good thing my bf picked up a nice stick he found before this incident, so it came in handy. He was able to scare the dog away, without hitting it.