My wife, baby (12 months) and I live in a very rural area. the other day, when I was at work, My wife wanted some exercise, and needed some groceries. Being nice out, she decided to run to the general store about 1.5 miles up the road from us. My wife put our daughter in a jogger, which amounts to a 3 wheel all terrain stroller, straps on her .45 caliber STI ranger ( 6 shots) and proceeds to jog up to the general store. the general store is located in what cant rerally even be considered a town, but rather a collection of maybe a dozen houses. As she passes one of the houses 2 pit bull mixes charge her snarling and showing teeth. Sarah (my wife) takes a stance and gets a grip on her 45. For some reason the dogs stop about 3 yards out and roll over on to their backs. I do not know if it was because she took a stance and established dominance somehow or what. Regardless, she was able to make it without 'incident'. the next day we ran into a nieghbor and mentioned the dogs. His response was that they are bad dogs, that originally their were 3 of them and he had shot one just the other day. He also stated that at least one other person had been bit by them. I asked about the owners and found out that really "nobody" owned them, but that 3 local families kept food out for them. The orignal owner is now in prison. I do now know what he is in for. But all these indicators point to dogs you wouldnt want people to be around. As it now stands I do not want my wife walking to the store anymore . I do not think she is a match for 2 aggressive dogs armed only with a 6 shot pistol. It irks me greatly that my wife can no longer walk to the store because of a couple of dogs no one is responsible for. I'm sure its a bad idea and will not do so, but i have toyed with the ide of walking to the store myself well armed and shooting them both if they charge me. honestly, I would love to have them wonder onto my property sometime when I am home.