I was chased a few weeks ago by a dog while i was riding my bike! Scared the daylights out of me. My husband was w/me and after he yelled a bit the dog took off. Going to at least take a water/spray bottle next time I go that way!
Not lately, but I've had a few incidents out walking on country roads.
-- The worst was getting cornered by 3 dogs acting badly, barking, teeth barred & all around ferocious (a gang of dogs!). I had nowhere to go. I was kind of freaked out. (They had come charging off their property, across the street, to get at me along the other side.) -- Then I remembered watching an elderly neighbor act /react to an annoying dog chasing after him. He raised his arms, and menaced the dog--right back at him. I figured I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. So I screamed, hollered, raised my arms, charged at the dogs and pretended to be the "alpha dog". I didn't get bit, managed to back away from their "space," and went far enough to find a large stick to use on my return part of my loop. (Later I brought my dh to speak w/ the owner. Woman said not her problem. Referred us to male who walked into his shop and shut the door.)
Never did walk that area without a weapon of some sort.
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Last month I was walking with my daughter. A dog ran up to me (young dog but teeth bared) and the owner said, "oh, she won't hurt you." Yeah, right. The stupid dog bit me. The owner was less than apologetic and got after me because I didn't tell the dog "no" Wouldn't you think a responsible owner would call to the dog?
I have been biten by a couple of dogs, and chased a few other times. The worst was one of my neighbor's dogs. It always barked at me like it "meant business" but they always said "he is just a baby and won't hurt anybody." (Almost all pet owners say that in my experience).
That one tore my jeans badly but didn't seriously hurt me.
So naturally, I tense up whenever a dog barks at me "in that way." I have been told by numerous people it is "my own fault" they come after me because the dog knows I'm scared of it. If I don't act scared, supposedly it will leave me alone. Guess what? I can't turn off that scared feeing. Is this really my fault? I don't think so.
It's been about 3-4 years, but I was chased by a dog while inline skating in a park. The park rules said all dogs had to be on a leash. The owner let the dog run wild. Well, the dog barreled right into me. I tried to avoid hitting the dog, but I ended up face first into the sidewalk. I was banged up pretty good. The owner came rushing in and asked if I was okay. I just had the wind knocked out of me. More than anything I wanted to smack the owner upside his head for letting his dog run around without a leash. The dog wasn't ferocious or anything like that. The dog just wanted some attention. Well, knocking me off my skates is one way !
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Not recently, but a neighbor I see while walking, keeps her dog on a leash, but every time we pass, her dog barks relentlessly at me. I cringe when I see her up the street and know that we will be passing one another, and that I will have to endure the barking once again. I'm sure other neighbors wonder what's going on.
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No, not lately, but there are quite a few people in our small town who are irresponsible pet owners. I have had enough scares to be more than annoyed at the indifference several dog owners have concerning others who might be walking near their properties.
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