And the auto-fill indicates that I've used this exact title before, heh. Especially on the west side, known for unsecured dangerous dogs. But today was not so bad. I picked up a mascot for about 45 minutes. A "mascot" is what I call a friendly dog that decides to follow me around for a while. This was some slightly larger than medium-sized female mutt that was very friendly. A bonus is that most dogs are far more concerned with a strange dog invading their space than they are with a strange human, so I was ignored by just about every other dog for the rest of my route.
The funny thing about this dog was that she appeared to be flaunting her freedom at the other dogs. She would walk right up to the fence at every house and let the dogs inside go nuts barking at her, all the while standing there looking at them without ever barking or making any sound at all, as if she were saying, "Ha ha ha. I'm free and you're not." Sometimes she would run around corners and back again just to screw with the dogs that couldn't get out. It cracked me up.
Another thought: I just don't understand how anyone can get by without a multi-tool. I've been carrying a Leatherman Kick for a few years now, and before that I carried a Coleman tool for several years. There have been times when I would have been lost without it, and I don't know how anyone can walk around without such a tool at their immediate disposal. I'm about to get my first adsense payout, and I think I'll take it and buy a new Wave (plus a box of ammo or two). I like the one-handed opening lockblades that the Wave has. It also has a saw, which I know will prove useful on occasion.
It seems that the prices on some Leatherman tools have gone down. Didn't the Wave used to cost around $80? I noticed Cheaper Than Dirt has them for only $58, and walmart.com lists them at $59.94.