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Pat Meets An Off Leash Pit Bull! Yikes!

OK, today I left my normal market area of Georgetown and Cleveland Park to explore what looked like an interesting commercial building in an area that I expect might be Takoma Park waiting to happen.  Well, maybe.

I located the building with a little help from my car's fancy navigation system.  I went to take some photos for my client (he's looking for something a little different) and figured this was way too funky for him.  I got pictures of the building, the junk yard across the street, and the warehouse next door. 

Then I spotted him. 


Nice doggy! 

Oh!  No!  It's an off-leash - what?  Pit bull! 

Crap!  I'm more than half a block from my car.

They say that animals can sense fear, and as hard as I tried to stay calm, I was putting out huge quantities of fear juice.  If this animal was as scary as he looked, I might be maimed if I was lucky.  And there was not another human in sight, even at the junk yard!

Then he started to walk my way, and I realized that this was a really old geezer doggy.  He was pretty bony and walking like he was totally arthritic.  He probably wasn't going to eat me. I may live through the day!

Still, I walked at a pretty fast clip toward the car and hopped in.

And I took this picture from the safety of my front seat!  Phew!

Comment balloon 32 commentsPatricia Kennedy • April 06 2009 07:43PM



I think it's a disguised hostile agent sign jumping...!!! LOL, Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Pat, glad you're okay. Problem with Pits is that they've gotten a bad rep. through the years. As a rule they're great dogs, but you never know and you sure don't want to find out the hard way. I'm glad you made it back in your car without a problem.

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) over 11 years ago

Pat, that poor doggie looks to be about a hundred years old. But, still glad you made it to your car before he got some idea that would't have been very nice.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 11 years ago

Awww, you should have projected a stronger image to the dog, if it was agressive.  Do you watch the Dog Whisperer?  That's a great show.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 11 years ago

Yikes is right!

Fear juice? Is that anything like google juice? Lol! Love the tag on the picture you took!

But seriously,glad you're o.k.

Posted by Mike Mitchell, REALTOR (R) (Real Living Kee Realty) over 11 years ago

Fran, sign jumping?  When this fellow was younger, it might have been "sign humping"!

Susan, I think you're absolutely right, and this fellow probably did't deserve the rap that pit bulls have.

And Andrea, he probably was about a hundred years old and might have been harmless, but I could't tell.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Glad to hear you're ok. You never know with stray dogs, expecially pit bulls, although some are nice if trained that way. We didn't realize Cleveland Park was one of your main areas. Amy used to own a condo right down the street from the Uptown Theater. That was our stomping ground when we first met.

Posted by Dan and Amy Schuman, Luxury Home Specialists (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 11 years ago

Glad you came out unharmed.  I love dogs, but have to admit certain breeds raise the fear factor!  I'm with Georgina...the Dog Whisperer is a great program and educational!  Next encounter...stand tall and ignore the are the Pact Leader! 

Posted by Terri Adams-Scott, Realtor, Walnut Creek CA Real Estate (J. Rockcliff, REALTORS) over 11 years ago

Patricia:  Hmmm... an "old geezer" pit bull.  I have never heard of a dog being described that way... but I think I DO remember some older guy Realtors who actually DO match that description.  If you ever meet one of them... you'll need to walk away quickly, too.  Take care...

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 11 years ago

First of all, so glad you were okay. It's not a position I want to find myself in either. I have been known to not enter a home when I find that dogs are left in the home even gated if they are a big dog.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 11 years ago

Whew!  Yeah you never know with any kind of dog.  Glad you are ok!

Posted by Naoma Doriguzzi, New Media Director (Virginia Beach) over 11 years ago

Us old farts can still bark but we're not real sure where we put our teeth most days.  Better safe than sorry though! :)

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) over 11 years ago

Pat, glad to hear your honesty about your fears when sighting the stray dog.  I bet we all can think back to a moment when we can relate to the same fears.  I have heard about giving off a scent when one's fear kicks up; so I automatically get fearful that I am giving off a fear scent.  How crazy is that??  You sure have a way of drawing out some funny comments and posts to your posts - enjoyed the above:)

Posted by R.E. Renée Hoover, Salesperson, Poconos, Pike, Wayne, Monroe Counties, PA; PA/NYS (Century 21 Geba Realty, Milford, PA; Licensed in PA & NYS) over 11 years ago

Always check their tails.....if they are wagging you are normally safe.  Or, carry a big steak and hope he likes his meat rare.



Posted by Libby Offnick, ABR, e-PRO, SPS (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 11 years ago

Woah.  THat was close!!  I wonder who was looking for him if anyone.  kM

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - over 11 years ago

After watching Jerry McGuire, I thought the little kid was right in saying "Bees can smell fear". Now I have to add dogs to this list.  Maybe carry some bacon as a "crowd pleaser" or for a quick exit. :)

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 11 years ago

WHEW - those dogs are scary Pat - i would've run tooo..

Posted by Kathy Knight, BROKER, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR, SRES (Intracoastal Realty Corp) over 11 years ago

Hi Pat!
I'm glad the old codger didn't gum you to death! My one experience working real estate was  the time the neighbor assured me the barking dog on the other side of the front door was harmless.  He wasn't, as the bite on my hand attested! I don't trust neighbors anymore!

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) over 11 years ago

Georgina and Terri, I need to watch that show more often. I promise you that I was not the pack leader today!

Mike, it is sort of like Google juice.  Doesn't taste as good.

Dan & Amy, was it 3100 Connecticut?  That's a great neighborhopod. 

Karen Anne, most of the geezer agents around these parts are women!

Teral, I won't show a house with a dog I haven't been prepared to meet.  If they say they're friendly, I know the dog's name, and if I have dog treats, I'll go in.  Before I got a dog, I wouldn't have done that.

Naoma, that's why they have leash laws!

Jesse and Kathy,  hey!  You have teeth!  Be thankful!

Renee, I'm sure I really smelled today!

and Libby, this guy's tail was not wagging, and it was down low - like in the picture.


Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Pat, I don't remember the address but I think it was called the Macomb house. It was Amy's place so I'm sure she'd know. It was great and I regret her selling it.

Posted by Dan and Amy Schuman, Luxury Home Specialists (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 11 years ago

Funny how we used to have loose dogs everywhere.  Remember?  It was common place.  Now you so rarely see a loose dog, it's scary when you do.  I remember my brother was so sick of loose dogs he posted a sigen in his yard "If you don't s**t green, stay off my lawn".  Course the dogs couldn't read!

Posted by Sally Dunbar, Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale (Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area)) over 11 years ago

Pat - That dog is really scrawny, but I wouldn't have taken any chances either. Glad you made it to safety.  

Posted by Carol Culkin, ReeceNichols, Overland Park Residential Real Estate (ReeceNichols Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Hi Pat... as always, better safe than sorry.  Even scrawny old geezer dogs can still do harm and are often more ornery when they feel threatened in any way.  Glad that you are OK. :)

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 11 years ago


I do not feel comfortable with the dogs I have not been introduced to (LOL). Back in Russia, there were a lot of stray dogs, and, as you can imagine, all unleashed, and I had not the best memories about some of the encounters.

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 11 years ago

ok... gotta know did he lift his leg on the sign?  stray dogs can be unpredictable no matter what the breed

Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago


I for one like dogs BUT, I do not like to meet them when showing or looking at property.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 11 years ago

Poor thing.  Wonder if he got left behind in a foreclosure in T.P?  Anyway at least you made it back to your car.  Where was your great protector Willie the Hyper Active Labradoddle when you needed him?

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago

You were right to be afraid.  Strays can be very unpredictable.  You should carry pepper-spray, just in case you're confronted with a less-friendly four-legged stranger.

Posted by Tom Boos, Providing the very best of service to Sellers and (Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living) over 11 years ago

Any stray can be unpredictable.  One of our rescues is a pit bull... she apparently is not aware of their reputation though.  We've named her Honey for her coloring, temperment (and speed).  :-)  But I do agree, it's never comfortable to come across a stray when not close to safety.

Posted by Karen Ingersoll (Advantage Realty Professionals) over 11 years ago

Pat:  I would've been scared too.  But at the same time, your story makes me feel sorry for this guy.  He's probably homeless, or neglected.  Sad.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 11 years ago

I open the door of a house once and had a dog running at the door and it scared me as we didn't know a dog was there. Lucky for us our pitbull meeting wasn't a bad one. It just wanted to play, but I didn't know that upon opening the door.


Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) over 11 years ago

I feel kind of bad for Gayle Cody of C21.  I hope the property sells with feral dogs roaming around.  Not to mention the location.  I feel for her but, hey, someone's gotta do it.

Posted by Ken Montville, The MD Suburbs of DC (RE/MAX United Real Estate) over 11 years ago