This day started off like most any day when I was appraising full time. I jumped into my Yukon
XL with my clipboard, file folder, Sony Mavica disk camera, pencil, trusty 100’ tape measure, and drove to Mebane to appraise another home.
When I arrived at the home, the owner greeted me at the front door and invited me to come inside. As with any homeowner, I advised that I would come inside to do a walkthrough, but the first thing I needed to do was measure the exterior of her home.
So off I went to check out the back of the house and as I turned the corner the first thing that caught my attention was a barking Pit Bull chained to a stake by a small and run down looking dog house. Startled at first, I relaxed seeing that there was not a single blade of grass around the circumference of the stake, giving me peace of mind that I was out of harm's way from this territorial looking dog.
No sooner than just having turned my back to the dog to hook my tape measure onto the house, I see out of the corner of my eye this large dog charging at me, beyond his well-worn circular dirt path.
A quick adrenaline rush came over me and in a split second, I dropped my clipboard, raised my tape measure in the right hand and prepared to hopefully strike the dog when he attacked me. I was thinking, I’ve got one shot and it’s got to count.
Then all of a sudden and out of nowhere the dog, still running in full stride, veered directly off to my left to chase after the neighbor’s dog.
Hearing the loud barking dogs, the owner came out of her home and authoritatively rounded up her dog. After securing her dog back to the stake she apologized and said that her dog had broken free from his collar again and that she had to buy him a new one about every six weeks.
Vicious dog attack averted, thank God!
If you are ready to buy or sell and you are looking for pet-friendly homes, call Mary Staton or Bert Ward - they’ll be happy to answer any questions.