My cat who had been soaking up some rays in a sunny spot on the roof suddenly leaped in between the vicious dog and me. Her back was arched and she was making sounds I had never heard her make before. Keep in mind the dog was a very large dog and she was just an average sized cat but she held her ground even as he encroached closer and closer. The dog was still snarling and I was very afraid for my cat because I thought the rogue dog was about to bite her and I didn't know what might be wrong with him. As he approached closer, she raised her paw showed her sharp claws in a motion that seemed to threaten to rip open his nose.
The dog finally reluctantly retreated. My cat continued to firmly stand her ground until he had completely left our yard. She was still making these funny sounds that I interpreted as, "Don't come back and don't mess with my Mom." With my heart still racing, I picked her up and she began purring about as loud as I had ever heard her purr. I was so proud of her I think I must have bragged on her to everyone I know.