Almost shot my neighbor's dog, which was trying to attack my two chihuahuas as I was taking them outside to go potty. My neighbor has a golden retriever, ironically named Angel. This dog has ran my mother up onto the porch, almost attacked her dog, and is never on a leash. This guy is a lawyer. He knows better. And he knows I always carry. Now, he knows I always mean business. As I was in front of my house with my dogs which were both on leashes even though we were in my yard. I heard his garage door open so I started leading my dogs to the other side of the house so his dog couldn't see them. I didn't have enough time and the retriever shot out from underneath the garage door straight at me and my dogs. It was about four feet away barking, raising hell, hair up on its back and I had it at gunpoint while yelling for my neighbor to get his damn dog NOW or I was going to shoot it. It came VERY close. I had taken the slack out of the trigger and about another pound of pressure, the dog would have been dead. After what seemed like five minutes, probably more like ten seconds, he gets the dog's attention and grabs it by the nape of the neck and leads it back into his house. Me, still full of adrenaline, yell at him to buy a f*****g leash or next time he'd be burying his dog. This guy is a lawyer. He knows better. I've had to shoot and kill another dog while I was on duty with Rockdale SO when a pit bull was attacking an old lady. Even though I was justified I still felt terrible because I love dogs. I looked around that yard and saw childrens' toys and all I could think about was that I had just killed someone's dog... their best friend. I love animals and I don't wanna hurt them but if it comes down to either mine or another aggressive animal, I'm sorry but I love my pups too much. They're like my kids. Moral of the story, just always carry when you're taking your animals out to go potty. You never know what could happen. Thankfully I was carrying my Glock 19 in a shoulder holster and had practiced with it enough to be able to quickly draw it and get it on target. I honestly don't even remember actually drawing... but I don't remember it the other time either. Anyone that's been in a high adrenaline situation will know what I'm talking about. As I walked them back inside I could feel my knees shaking. Got them back inside and loved on em for a while.