I used to walk between two houses on my way to school. The house on the left was the Williams house and the house on the right was the Shaidas’s house. There was an alley way between the two that I had to walk down to reach Anna Avenue and Lenox Street to get to Silver Lake School.
The Williams family had a huge beast of a dog they called Toby. Toby would sit out on the front porch behind a plate glass window. Every time I walked past Toby, I would talk to myself and say,” Nice Toby! Be a good dog to me!” I swear he could sense that I was petrified by his presence on his porch. I was afraid to even look at him so I never made eye contact with the beast.