|I'm big and mean, don't come any closer!|
They just ignored him and kept coming! I had to reel Monster toward me, while also trying to move off the path into the muddy field. I eventually managed to get him away, so he was about 2 feet to the side of the path, lunging and roaring. The guys calmly walked past, said hello to me, and moved on. Monster was literally frothing, rearing up right beside them as they walked by...
I know the biggest fault here lies with me (of course). If I hadn't tightened the line and tried to pull Monster in by force he'd probably never have reacted as badly. But it's not like I want to take a chance with a couple of strangers either.