Thursday, 10 March 2011

No it's alright he won't hurt you

Yes, we runners have heard all before from dog owners as their charge runs at full pelt behind you.

Today was no different as I went for a much needed 10 mile run out into the outer edges of surburbia through some woods and local trails. As I ran through one area of wood I saw a lady stooped over holding her Jack Russell by the collar and pleased that she was being responsible I jokingly said "Oh he must be the chaser" she laughed and acknowledged the comment.

So what does the stupid witch do but let go of the pesky thing to allow it to the growl, bark and then run after me with her screaming at it to come back. I decided to stop, it was going to catch me anyway and the damn thing then nipped my achilles tendon with it teeth then tugging at my sock. It is then I shouted at it and it ran off, tail between its legs.

Then I shouted at her telling her in no uncertain terms that her little darling had just bitten me. I must say she looked rather shocked but one thing is I do not blame the dog, I blame the owner as I was lucky it was just a nip.

I just hope the dog is alright my socks smell bad at the best of times, I would hate to think what they taste like!


  1. No such thing as bad dogs, just bad owners. I was bitten in July by a yellow labrador (yes, a fucking labrador!) and still have a scar on my arm. Idiots.

  2. I've had the same problem a few times some owners seem to think it is funny. Last time it was a labrador jumping up at me whilst I was running.

    I was watching runners go past at Eastbourne half at weekend and a woman with a push care walked into the path of the runners sensible thing would be to let the runners go but she obviously thought she had the right of way and runners had to run round her probably the type of person who also owns a dog.Idiots.

  3. This is something I have been worried about for a while now. So much so that I have been avoiding parks and trails. I was brave enough to venture out onto the some trails around Tonbridge recently. At 6.30am on a Sunday they seem to be fairly deserted but by 8am I find that I can barely run 50 metres before having to walk to avoid being chased (or worse). I think being nipped, as you were, would make me too paranoid to ever run on trails again, which would be a shame because I really love running on them.

  4. Hi copy7t, I do have a referee's whistle that I am thinking of taking with me and having in my hand ready for a quick blast to scare them.
    You are right, the dog walkers tend to come out from 8.00am onwards and are most prevalent around the 9-10.00am period.
    Just after this incident I passed another lady with a few dogs with her Jack Russell off the lead, I slowed to a walk and I asked if he was a chaser and she replied that if he did chase me it would probably lick me to death....yeah right, once bitten twice shy.

  5. I like the idea of taking a whistle, another suggestion someone had was to wear a suit of armour, which would protect me to some extent but I'm guessing it would bring problems of its own! I have a whistle attached to my trekking backpack which I can borrow for my trail runs. Thanks for the tip, but I hope I never have to test it! - Steve(copy7t).

  6. Hi Steve
    I have an Inov8 backpack with an integral whistle in the strapping for emergency use. Whilst out yesterday on the Thames Path we had a dog bear down on us along a narrow section where we had a barrier one side and a high wall the other so had no escape route. I blew my (high pitched) whistle and it seemed to do the job as it momentarily confused it. I think they are worth a try, just don't annoy the owners!!!