last year alone, i had a "run in " with 3 dogs, mean ones, vicious man eaters, and of the 3, i lost 2 of the jobs over it. dog#1: looked like some kind of inbred between a husky and a german shepperd. the thing would go to every window where i was wacking, and growl and bark at me, it had huge teeth. one day, when mommy and daddy weren't home, thier teen age daughter apparently sneaking her boyfriend over, opened the door to let him in, and the killer beast ran right by her and came after me. i had been edging the beds and had a shovel in my hand, was able to keep the monster at the end of the shovel. finally the girl came and grabbed him. i was very upset, yelling at the girl, her boyfriend, and the killer dog. called her father that night, told him i made it very clear that dog should be in the house while i'm there, i was a bit loud i'm sure,told him next time i would bludgeon the dog to death with whatever was in my hand, and also threw in the fact that his sweet little girl was having male companionship while his back was turned. next week when i went to mow, it had already been done. dog#2: some kind of mutt, meaner than the first one, they would leave the back door open, and the only thing separating him from me was a screen door. he would growl and bark non stop while foaming at the mouth. i called and said, "i quit!" dog #3: i was in the back yard, never saw him, till he jumped out from behing the shed. came after me, i had the 48" and kept that between us, he wouldn't let up, so i went after him with it. he ended up running out of the gate, and i locked it so he couldnt come back, i finished mowing, skipped the blowing and wacking, dog was gone when i opened the gate back up. customer called screaming, i screamed louder, still have the client. so, anyone carry mace or anything as protection?