When Dogs Attack
Let me start of by saying that a) I love puppies and b) I am starting to love running. Especially running outdoors. I’m going from a 5k to a 10k, which for a gal who refused to put on running shoes three months ago, I’m thinking this is a pretty good thing. Hopefully, I may even be ready for a half marathon in the Fall. Keep your fingers crossed y’all!
And I really love doggies. I do. Pretty much all kinds. But I have always been a teensy weensy bit scared of doberman. Growing up, my best friend’s next door neighbor had two vicious doberman. We would hide from them because they were the attacking, dangerous, crazy kind of doberman. Their barks would even send us running. (We thought *for sure* the dogs would get past their electric fence and come and chew our faces off!) Turns out we were quite justified in our fear. In a freak accident my best friend’s sweetest, most adorable, kindest, cutest, all around terrific dog Frankie got attacked and killed by the next door neighbor’s dog. (In a moment when the doberman next door did his most awful, best impression of Hannibal Lector. It was HORRIBLE!!!!)
So how does this all go together? Let me explain. I live in great place. I get to run by along the Bay surrounded by water, grass, and public parks and it is REALLY a safe city:
This is what it looks like where I run:
- Do not run with earbuds in! Although running can be more fun with music, you can’t hear your surroundings! If I had been listening to tunes, the dog most certainly would have bit me.
- Always have your phone when you are running. Make sure there is an “ICE” contact saved.
- Always tell someone you are going for a run and make sure you have something on you with your name and address.
- Never run when it is dark out or in isolated areas.
- Wear bright clothes (like my hot pink shorts), so that you are visible to others.
- If attacked by a person or a dog, always remember to SCREAM at the top of your lungs, so that others know you are in danger. In the case of a dog attack, first try to be still and quiet and, if that doesn’t work, call for help.
- If you are attacked, be sure to call 9-1-1 for help. Also, get all the information on the dog owner and make sure everything is reported. You will need to be sure the dog is up-to-date on all his shots and you will not get any infections or rabies.
Don’t worry, I’m going to keep on running! I have to get to my 10K and Half Marathon! But I am very grateful that I’m okay–and will always be a conscientious outdoor runner.
Do you have any running horror stories?