For the Love of Dogs

A Big Angry Man Came Running at Me

These two handsome chappies saved me

Malky McEwan
E³ — Entertain Enlighten Empower
5 min readJun 7, 2024


A big Labradoodle and a small mongrel just like me
The heroes of the day — author image

I’m standing at a zebra crossing — like the marked crosswalk on the Beatles’ iconic Abbey Road album.

I’ve got Piper on a lead, she’s the big dopey-looking dog on the left, and Monkeydog is off the lead sitting to heel, he’s the smaller one on the right, who is as smart as they come.

I’m waiting for the traffic to stop. Drivers should give way to pedestrians at zebra crossings, especially those with children and dogs.

A hot hatch is approaching from the right. We are in a 30 mph zone and even without a radar gun, my ex-police officer brain is telling me that this shiny box on wheels is coursing along in excess of that limit. I’d put its speed at 40 mph, at a conservative estimate.

About the distance of three London buses away, the driver of the hot hatch sees me and Piper and Monkeydog. He has time to stop. But he keeps going. He doesn’t apply his brakes, there is no easing off his accelerator pedal. It’s gung-ho all the way.

As he gets closer, our eyes meet. He sees me raise my arm and throw something at his car as he crosses the white stripes.