I went to the home of an old friend on Saturday. We used to spend a great deal of time playing bluegrass but he started playing blues and I started hunting and fishing like there was no tomorrow. We keep in touch and even pick together now and then. I have even gone so far as to aquire a flying "V" (Need a good Tele)and a few amps in an atempt (maybe futile) to lay down a blues rhythm. Anyway, I went to visit and my old buddy has gotten himself a new friend. This friend walked up, stood on his hind legs and placed a paw on either shoulder. Looked me in the eye and growled ! This dog was a brendle American Mastiff Puppy ! Looks a good deal like a Great Dane. 150 lbs and over a year of growing left. It seems that this normaly friendly dog don't like his paws held and when he put them on my shoulders, the first thing I did was grab them. And so he bites (Lightly thank goodness ) my thumb. I doing so, he was surprised to learn that some thumbs bite back. He found his lower jaw pinned to the same hand that held his paw that ticked him off to start with and he was not a happy camper. Now all this happened in just a few seconds. And at this point, even being 11 months old, this dog can do a huge amount of damage. And he and I were on the edge of going one way or the other. The dog had the atvantage being he was the pet of a friend and I had no wish to hurt him. But I had even less wish to allow him to hurt me. Just in time my buddy, without knowing what all had happened turned and saw his huge dog on me and called him down. And so, I didn't have to do anything. But I can't help but wonder what if... It you had been me, and if my friend hadn't called the dog, what would you have done ?