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I got bit today

Old 02-20-21, 05:17 PM
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One of my out and back gravel rides has one house with a small yappy dog that chases me coming and going. I know the guy who owns it. It's never got close enough to bite so I just ignore it. Another house has two larger dogs that are outside of their fence every other ride or so. I've stopped, kept the bike between me and them. They eventually lose interest. I carry pepper spray but am reluctant to use it. I've never seen another cyclist in the area and have some concerns about retaliation from the owner. Plus I really don't want to harm the dogs unless it's necessary.
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Old 02-21-21, 08:43 AM
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Being the 'dad' of four rescue dogs, I understand that having dogs comes with responsibility, not only to the dogs (food, shelter, health care) but to the public that may interact with them.
Thankfully, none of my dogs are aggressive (well, one will sometimes get a bit insistent on jumping up on your lap to sleep, but...) and are always either on-leash, or outside in a fenced in yard when not commandeering a bed or couch inside the house.
It's uncommon for a dog to just suddenly, for no reason, chase someone on a bicycle. That behavior is usually repeated and known to the dog's owner. It's the owner's responsibility to either train or restrain the dog to prevent that from happening. When they just ignore the behavior and allow it to happen time and time again, they need to be reported to the local agency in charge of animal control (in our case, the Sherriff's office) and, in the event of their dog causing injury, they need to be held financially responsible. In some cases, claims against a homeowner caused by certain breeds are automatically denied by homeowner's insurance companies, and the homeowner is on the hook.

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Old 02-21-21, 02:53 PM
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I agree Bald Paul ; 99% of the time it's the owners. Someone around here calls them "dog feeders", since they don't teach their dogs manners; just feed 'em and let 'em run loose.
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Old 02-22-21, 07:41 PM
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Iíve gone back to riding that street. (McNutt) in both directions. It really is the best way riding wise to go. No traffic and mostly pleasant otherwise. That day I got bit I really didnít get a good look at the house. The dog was in the street when I saw it and after the incident it went back up onto his lawn. I did notice a brown front door but there are several along that stretch of road.

A couple days ago while going that same direction on that road I had another incident. A worker was filling up a dumpster in the road when a little white (previous was black) dog got out of a car in a driveway and started for me. As I and the worker watched him approach I used a BF suggested skill and yelled ďStop Go HomeĒ.

i was straddling my bike at the time. The dog and I and the worker all looked at each other. After a brief moment the dog turned around and the worker went back to shoveling. I looked for the responsible human just as a door closed in a car in the driveway.

At least that stopped the dog. But I was still unsure of what house it came from and who the owner is. Sigh. In another week or so the construction will hopefully be complete on Oak Park Blvd and I can use that road with itís new completed bike lanes. Hope they really are better.

Thanks for listening.
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Old 02-22-21, 11:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Joe Bikerider View Post
Small black shaggy dog chased me down the street and then nipped on my left ankle.

Iíve been riding on McNutt Ave recently in Walnut Creek to avoid the construction going on a block over for a new library and condo complex. In fact I have really enjoyed getting away from the construction and have waved and dinged my bell at several people and thought I was getting at least a little bit known. I go by there almost every day.

Then this morning I was heading West on McNutt and heard some barking behind me. I couldnít really see behind me that well so didnít think much about it. Then I felt a bite on my left ankle.

I stopped immediately and put both feet down. I yelled loudly and then turned back to look. A small black sort of shaggy dog was running away and then was sitting on a lawn. I walked my bike a couple yards ahead and the dog stayed there. I noticed the front door of that house was partially open.

So I yelled ďheh, your dog just bit me. As##oleĒ. a couple times. No reaction.

Considering the situation and the amount of gun owners in that area I just rode on. I could just see myself knocking on the door and getting shot. Such is the world I live in.

I couldnít really check at the time what with my thick socks and tights but when I got home there seemed to be no skin broken. And anyway it was probably too late to make any claim.

So here I am, pissed as hell about that dog and the owner and the state of our country.

thanks for letting me rant. What street will I choose tomorrow?
Getting nipped by a dog got you pissed about the current state of the country?
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Old 02-22-21, 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Pop N Wood View Post
Did you know it is possible to bruise a human penis? A dog taught me that when it took down my bike.

Even little yappy dogs can take down a bike and dog owners never think their dog is a threat, so yes, there is great reason to act like a jerk.
A dog taught you how to bruise someoneís penis?
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Old 02-23-21, 03:23 AM
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A dog taught you how to bruise someoneís penis?
Is this where I make a joke about your mom's many talents?
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Old 02-23-21, 07:51 PM
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Don't move to Asia, there are loose dogs in many countries. Over in Thailand my riding away from dogs was something that happened several times a week. Sometimes it was just barking then sometimes it was bark then follow or chase, other times there's no barking the minute you hear them they are near your bike or on your back. The bike actually adds a layer of safety between me and the dogs. On foot was much more dangerous. Shockingly i never got bit. I keep either some rocks in my pocket or if im walking sometimes i walking stick. Over in Cambodia, where i am now, if they have a problem with the local dog they EAT the dog, thus there is less of a problem than in Thailand.
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Old 02-24-21, 06:50 PM
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Over in Cambodia, where i am now, if they have a problem with the local dog they EAT the dog,
There's some type of Karma lesson in there somewhere.
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