Today, I took Micheie on her first walk in a week (or so). I saw a group of boys as I left my road. I let one have a fuss. However, as I turned to walk Micheie away, he grabbed Micheie by her harness and (using only her harness) held her about a metre above ground. He was laughing in her face, calling her weird names and it appeared as if he was trying to take her. The only thing that I could do to get her away was to quickly jerk her lead. As Micheie tumbled to the ground, he spat on her, whilst the others just watched him. I couldn't go home without passing the boys, so head to the nearest dog friendly place I could think of - our local groomers. They were so kind to us, and made sure to give Micheie lots of fuss (and let her see her favourite dog, who belongs to them) as I sorted myself out. Micheie is physically fine, aside from being a little bit bruised where her harness straps were. I had a mental breakdown as soon as I got to my nan's. She phoned the police for me and because I was so distressed, they had to ask whether I needed ambulance assistance. She was lovely to the police when they came, although did grumble at me when I unintentionally touched the skin near her shoulder, which is bruised. This incident has left me with a velcro dog, scared when I bend down to fuss her, and scatters when she thinks that I'll touch her head. Just as I manage to get her over her reactivity, new problems arise. I was looking forward to getting back into a walking routine now that my shoulder's better. Unfortunately, I think she'd find a harness too uncomfortable to walk in for several days. I'll see how it goes.