Several years ago my boss and good friend was walking his wife's doberman pincer Jake. For some unknown reason while on the walk Jake became stubborn and resistant to commands and turned on my friend. I am to got going to guess at Jakes weight but he was the biggest doberman I had ever seen in my life , and as a kid we had several in our family . he was easily twice the size of the normal dobe . My friend weighing about 130 lbs landed on his back on the ground with the dog on top of him in full control and my friends arm in his mouth clamped down hard .several stitches and surgery required. Fortunately he was only about 300 feet from the house and his wife heard the yelling and commotion came out to see what was going on, and then ran back into the house and got a gun . By this time a neighbor came on scene and she had the neighbor shoot the dog . All this time , my friend fighting for his life, forgot about the fixed blade knife on his hip . I have been attacked by dogs in the past but not this severely ,but to say this. Often times we cary tools for a job and forget them in a crisis. I have had plenty of wild life encounters and instinctively I ready my self to meet the challenge but it takes playing the scenario over an over in your mind "How are you going to deal with actually being mounted on by a predator ? I've had a big cat jump in the trail just in front of me by a few feet, and others stalking just above me on the hill side. Had the event been with contact ,I assume that my rifle might be knocked out of my hand, and my side arm and knife be my alternative resources with out any time to think about it. A Sheriff teaches the warrior mentality that must be a part of ones survival package, the will to take action, like muscle memory, and not give the enemy any idea your afraid , though your truly are. I've faced down a lot of critters in my lifetime, with narrow eye and a growl that means business. Predators narrow the eye, prey open wide . In spite of what people say, animals don't read the instructions, and do what ever they want.