July 1, 2014

The dog incident

With the title of this post, I'm assuming you're guessing that Pam is the author.  And you're wrong.  I had my own incident with two neighborhood dogs that left me a bit shaken up.  And the worst part is that I missed one of Mom's primary tips on staying safe with dogs- I left my Halt at home.

On a Tuesday morning, my alarm rang early to remind me of my morning run.  I was laying in bed feeling a bit groggy and then reminded myself that Richmond Marathon is coming.  That was all the motivation I needed to pop out of bed and put on my running clothes.  I was out of the house in about 10 minutes and the sun was beginning to rise.  I have a pretty standard 4 mile loop that I do on weekday mornings.  I like it because I don't have to think too hard about where to run.

As I was running down a cul-de-sac that I've run a bazilion times, I had a panicky moment when I realized I had forgotten my Halt.  I was far from the house so it wasn't feasible to go back and get it...by that point my run would be over.  Not more than 2 minutes later, I noticed a garage door open and two golden retrievers (I think) come tearing under the door towards me.  They were barking and growling.  Their ears were back.  All signs of aggression.  I immediately stopped running and turned to face them.  As they ran at me, I emphatically yelled "no" but they kept coming towards me.  One of them jumped on me repeatedly while the other ran back to the house as his owners called.  I yelled every command I knew (off, down, no) to no avail.  I finally kneed the dog very hard as he jumped on me for the last time.  Luckily, he went back to the driveway as his owners yelled for him.

I got lucky.  The owners followed the dogs out of the garage, so they corralled the dogs relatively quickly.  In less than a few minutes, they were under their control and I turned to keep running.  The incident definitely shook me up and you can be sure I will be doing my best to have my Halt with me every time I run.

For more on dog safety, check out this post.

{Christine}

24 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry you had your own dog incident Christine! It's so scary when strange dogs charge at you. I'm very glad the owners were nearby and that they didn't bite you, but I know you must still be a little shaken up! I wish dog owners were more careful about keeping their dogs under their control.

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    1. It would make things easier if every dog was under owner control.

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  2. My daughter, who is ten, and I had a similar incident not long ago with a dog that is usually chained- it was an excellent reminder to us when we got lucky that even dogs you know from your route to generally be kenneled or chained may not be. I need to buy some Halt, your post reminds me it is long overdue. Glad you did not have any injury and only scared by these two dogs.

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    1. Glad your daughter is okay too. It is important to be prepared.

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  3. I am so sorry! I am terrified of going out alone because of all the aggressive dogs that jump their fences here on base. By the time anyone would notice it would be too late. My husband has been attacked, and I really need to look up this Halt stuff!

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    1. Wow, that is too bad your husband was attacked. Please be careful when out on your runs.

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  4. am super surprised that a Golden Retriever was that aggressive. That's sad because they are usually super sweet dogs with good temperaments.
    I could see where that would shake you up and kind of through your whole run off, I would have felt the same way. Thank goodness you weren't physically injured. M

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    1. Meranda, the first dog incident was mom experienced was when a golden attacked our dog. It was awful.

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  5. Dogs on runs scare the crap out of me!!

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    1. And well they should Kat. Be prepared and then nothing will happen.

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  6. I'm glad you're ok!! You never know what can happen. I had my own incident just last week and I thought of Pam's incident. These were two pit bull puppies that I have seen several times. The neighbors had just moved in so I didn't know the dogs. And it just so happened that it happened on the day that I conveniently forgot my mace. I was running back home and the pups had gotten loose and was roaming my next door neighbors yard. They saw me and came bounding over to me all excited. I wasn't sure exactly what was going to happen because you never know how dogs will react. I'm lucky. They were just puppies and just wanted to play. They were jumping and licking my legs. They followed me to my door. By that time, I decided to walk them back to their house which was only 5 houses down. The owner came home right after I finished putting them back in the yard. I introduced myself and he was very grateful. He voiced his disappointment in his roommate as he had told him not to leave them in the yard when no one was home. I feel very lucky that it wasn't something more serious. However, my initial reaction was that of fear of what could have happened. I immediately recovered though because I know dogs can sense it and I nonchalantly ignored them. Luckily all they wanted to do was play.

    Again, I'm glad you are safe!!!

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    1. Wow, so glad you are okay too Maria. It is very scary to be approached by unfamiliar dogs.

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  7. I'm so sorry but glad you are okay! I need to buy some Halt and this post reminded me to do so...thank you.

    Karen @karenlovestorun

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  8. I am SUCH a dog person that I can forget that this can happen but it can and I have got to get serious about what I would do. Thanks for the reminder and I'm sorry you had to experience that!!

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    1. We love dogs too Jennifer and both of us have dogs. However, everyone needs to be aware that not all dogs are friendly.

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  9. Omg!! Christine I am so glad you are ok. I am surprised that golden retrievers were so aggressive. Did the owner apologize at all?!

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  10. Oh how scary!!! I'm glad you were ok! And golden retrievers are usually very friendly!

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    1. Yes they are. It was a total surprise.

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  11. I'm so glad you're safe and weren't bite. This isn't cool though.. Ugh.. Scary for sure.

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  12. Oh my goodness so sorry you had such a scary incident.

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  13. Oh, WOW. I have collected many a stray dog on a run, but never an aggressive one. In our last neighborhood, I had a reputation. If anyone knew someone who had lost a dog, they'd call me first to see if I'd found it!

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  14. Oh dear! Why can't pet owners be in control of their pets? everyone should be able to use the sidewalks/streets of their neighborhood without the fear of animals! Sorry you had the experience but luckily it ended well...

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  15. OMG! So sorry to hear this! So glad you are ok!!

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