While reading the string trimmer thread I was reminded of a little occurance that happened to me yesterday while mowing. I was done with the cutting and I was up on my trailer about to get my string trimmer started when I noticed a lady walking down the street near the trailer. It was the stereotypical image of a nicely dressed older lady walking a rather large standard poodle with the fluffy feet and tail. You know the sort of high society stuck up type. The dog was on a leash. I held off starting and I was trying to make eye contact to say Hi. I know she saw me there because you couldn't miss me. As she approached and didn't even acknowledge that I was there I didn't say anything and she kept walking with Pierre the french poodle. Well she just got past the gate of the trailer and I lit the string trimmer up and I scared the Grey Poupon out of that sissy looking dog. He shot forward and actually pulled Hi-society Sally down the street. I juiced the throttle a few more times and he put that fluffy tail down under his nut-sac and wanted to be back in the palace. I usually am not cruel to animals or people but I really did get a laugh, out loud when I saw him jump. She still did not look back but I know that she knew I was there. I'm sure you guys have some of the same kinds of stories.