had 2 low moments and one high moment this week. feel free comment or to share any stories that relate. low moment number one was nearly getting bit by a dog while fixing a timer on a wonderful nightscaping trans. I could hear the dog inside barking, and knew this dog was capable of biting from my original meeting with the client. I waited at the back picket fence gate and rattled it hard, waiting for the dog to possibly come out the dog door. after seeing the dog barking at the back window and waiting a long 10 second pause, I carefully went in the back gate with no problems. I went to the trans, knelt and took off the cover, push up and lift and... why won't these covers ever come off easy?, push, fingernails...grab the multi-tool and pry, and cover comes off and began working on the trans when I heard the click of paws on the porch behind me. this dog was not barking, but growling and coming towards me fast. I lunged for the gate and vaulted over, well, attempted may be a better word. gate kinda wobbles under me and the dog gets my boot and pulls me back. my stomach goes to the pickets and breaks two tops, and I go head first over the gate into the concrete taking the dog with me. The dog lets go of boot when he realizes that his neck is over the the 2x4 and kinda squeezed betwen broken pickets, and then he proceeds to try to bite me through the gate. bleeding and angry, the painter comes over and asks if I am ok, and proceeds to tell me that the dog has almost gotten him 3 times. I make the mistake of calling my contact person and ask why the dog was available to eat me when I told him I was coming at 6 , and though I calmed down as we talked, I probably was too upset on the phone. the scabs on my bald head are healing nicely. The next day I got a great high for the week- the deposit/contract on a project for a client I have been wanting to do for some years now. I can't really go into detail until I have permission to use their name, but it always feels good to know you can land high visablity clients, by just by referral, reputation and no discounts. I am just excited by taking it from where it is to looking awesome. today brought another low. at the end of the day one of our trailers- the 24 foot triaxle, broke loose from our f-450 box van and took out a mailbox, a small tree and cable box, and ended up in a fence. safety chains ripped the metal off the bumper, and it appears the trailer hitch itself does not fully lock on the ball. luckily, and thankfully no one was hurt, and the property damage was minimal. this could have been spectacularly worse. I put new safety chains on the trailer tonight, and if these ever break, either the truck or trailer will have to be totaled in the process. I will buy a new bulldog hitch tomorrow, and go ahead and put a new jack on as well. In case you are wondering, the old chains were 5/16 high test rated at 3900 pounds each. it looked fine, as it was bigger than most safety chains I had seen. hopefully bigger is better in this case. my new chain is the 3/8 transport grade 70 goldish colored chain. rated at 6600 pounds each, I warappd around and bolted this through the tailer frame with grade 8 1/2" bolts rather than rely on welds. it now clips to truck using winch hooks with spring closure, to a new 1/2" quick link rated at 7500 pounds each. this link is also bolted through the bumper with 1/2" grade 8 bolts. I have no idea what physical forces happen when a trailer cuts loose, but this looks overkill silly. hopefully this will hold the trailer if the hitch ever fails again. Take a look at your safety chains and upgrade them now if they look skimpy. I thought mine were fine. anybody got dog or trailer stories?