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Yes yes, I'm sure it's a boring topic.....but I've had enough.
I like dogs. We had a black lab when I was a kid and I loved that dog to bits. He wasn't interested in runners. Unless they were dressed as squirrels. Which wasn't often.
I also love running, but recently have sharted having all manner of dog related problems.
It started 12 months ago. I was out for my usual lunchtime run. Big, beautiful boxer bitch started running towards me. Clearly a youngster, and a lovely looking dog. I looked at the owner to check all was OK and she simply said "she might jump up but she's just playful". 15 seconds later I've got blood running down my right thigh from a bite and nasty teeth scratches down my left thigh. Off to hospital, various jabs and on we go. I've seen the dog many times since and it has always been muzzled when off a lead. Put it down to experience.
Month later, came round the corner near the river I run by and was confronted by two very nasty looking pug things with their skinhead owner. One went for me and got hold of my foot but luckily I managed to hop up into a tree and the dog couldn't hang on so I escaped injury.
3 months ago, early morning run, white rottweiler appeared out of nowhere and went for me - surprisingly quick for such a big dog. Luckily I saw it coming and grabbed a bit of wood on the floor and applied wood to dog and got away with a scratch and shredded shorts. Never saw the owner.
Last week, small yappy type dog decided to chase me along a country road. I ignored it and carried on assuming that its owner shouting for it and me ignoring it would encourage it to give up the chase. Wrong. Bit me hard on the achilles, the little bastard. I had a right go at the owner, showing the blood and general mess of my ankle and she said "he's only 9 months old, don't be so nasty". I've just been bloody bitten you stupid idiot.
So, a question to all dog owners, what should I do when I'm out running and encounter a dog who is clearly not utterly disinterested in me? I know "yours" would never do anything, of course, but you'll know some who are a bit of a handful I'm sure. What's the safest approach?
Lots of people never have any trouble at all, and I genuinely like dogs, but this is getting a bit much. I've been bitten now three times and scratched once and needed hospital treatment twice in 12 months (thigh and achilles). That can't be right.