Hi everyone Yesterday my photographic exploration in LA county was cut short before it even got started. I was attacked by 2 aggressive dogs, each around 35-40 pounds. A girl ran out soon after they started and began yelling at me, asking questions about what I was doing there and why, all the while as the attack continued. She called the dogs off but not until I had 2 dog bites on each leg. Initially I thought the girl was homeless and the dogs were protecting her chosen area, but she may or may not have been working security for the building on the other side of the train tracks... Posted below is the photo I took before wandering in a little more to get a better view of the car on the tracks and the area beyond. I didn't get far. I probably stepped across the tracks, not even sure. Somehow in trying to fend off the dogs I went partially down. Camera was covered with dust, partially damaged, also seem to have lost my glasses. The one saving grace was that the dogs weren't pit bulls or the equivalent. After it was over, though I felt fine, one bite showed some swelling so I decided to head home to the ER. Up until a couple years ago my german shepherd went with me on photo outings, both for companionship but also because she served as eyes in the back of my head. Now she's too old to go. No doubt the presence of her younger self of a few years ago would have prevented the incident there yesterday. So what if anything do you do to protect yourself when out wandering with a camera, especially when alone? A baton of some sort might help, but I'm not sure how convenient they are to carry. Ideally a younger shepherd would be my choice, but having 2 dogs at once just isn't practical… Suggestions?