As some of you may know, every Saturday I walk and train my neighbor's west highland white terrier, Lucy. She's a very sweet, intelligent little thing. I decided to bring her to a park she has never been to before instead of our "regular" park (there are two or three parks close to my house). I walked around the block and to my house so Gabe could pet Lucy. When I got there my grandma was outside with my dad so I stopped and say hi to them and told them I was looking for Abbie. Suddenly the neighbor's dog, a shar pei/black labrador mix named Misty, ran across the street, hackles raised (of course I'm like, "Oh CRAP"). She has done this before - she runs across the street with her hackles up, and then once she reaches the other dog, she rushes at it, trying to sniff it. She has ran at me at least three times, if not more. Lucy is a bit afraid of most other dogs, especially large ones, so she started barking and growling at Misty, keeping near me. So Misty gets annoyed and goes to attack Lucy! I try to keep the neighbor's dog away from Lucy. I grab Misty's collar and start yanking on it (I was thinking, "I hope the neighbors don't mind..." but I really didn't care if they minded) and then I grabbed Lucy and held her while Misty's owner walked calmly across the street saying, "Misty! Sorry." Omigosh I was SO ticked off! This innocent little 16 pound dog who was doing nothing but taking a walk who isn't even mine could have been killed!!! When I seperated them (I was extremely careful - I have seen dogs go at eachother and know how to properly seperate dog fights) I got a scratch on my finger from Misty, it could have been Lucy. I was so mad and told my dad, "They should put their stupid dog on a leash!" and he goes, "Yeah well they're dogs it's gonna happen it's a dog thing." I told him if the neighbor's dog had been on a leash this wouldn't have happened and that Misty bit me. He says, "Well that little dog bit me." Whereas I have a scratch on my finger my dad has nothing. Lucy was only defending herself and while she could seriously injure someone, she'd never do it intentionally (there's a 25% chance that Lucy would bite someone intentionally). So my Dad talked to the owners and they said they're extremely sorry and they'll be more careful . These people smoke and drink, and from what I've seen of them so far, they aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer. I told Lucy's owner and she was okay with it, she was a little upset but she told me the dog is scared of many other dogs, including one of our other neighbor's westie puppy. I'm glad Lucy wasn't hurt, and the neighbor's are lucky I didn't march across the street and chew them up.