Sorry, I just never had these situations occur until I moved into a neighborhood.
Usually, we (well, my dogs) get most of our exercise in a large, unused field near my house. The people on our way and around the field know me, so it's rarely an issue. But it's wet and rainy today, so I was taking the dogs for a long walk. They were on short leashes, in broad rainy-daylight.
When I walk the dogs, I allow them to be dogs. They are allowed to stop and sniff and "read" the neighborhood dog-gossip. So our walks take quite a long time.
As I was walking, a car driven by a stranger (male) slowed down to my creeping pace and stayed there. At first, I just ignored him, but after a few minutes, I just looked straight at him. He didn't roll the window down, so I didn't try to talk. He just stared back. So we continued in this fashion, me letting my dogs walk at their pace, him creeping along just a bit behind me.
Finally, I gave in, walked to the driver's side and asked him to roll down his window.
Me: Why are you following me?
Him: I want to make sure you don't let your dogs take a dump on someone's lawn.
Me: They did already; it's in this bag (I hold up the smelly evidence.)
Him: You wouldn't be the first person to let their dog take a dump on someone's lawn.
Me: Well, it won't happen today, not with my dogs anyway.
Him: And I'm going to make sure it doesn't.
I walk away and he continues to follow me. There was no response to my looks or my request to please stop following me.
I didn't have my cell phone with me, so I can't call the police, or take a picture of his car's plate. I was kind of afraid to walk to my house; I didn't want this creepy guy to know where I lived (my dogs aren't vicious.) Finally, I just stopped walking and waited him out. He left.
Clearly, the exchange wasn't a friendly one. (I'm beginning to wonder about this neighborhood. Life on the farm was a bowl of cherries, neighbor-wise.)
Is there a way this exchange could have been handled better on my part? (Please keep in mind I'm reluctant to introduce myself to someone silently following me in their car.)