I’m a dog lover. We had German Shepherds when I was growing up. But after more than 30 years of running, I was bitten by a dog.
I was about a 1/2 mile from home on an 11 mile run. I ran past a property that I had run by dozens of times. At this house, three large dogs usually ran alongside me, just inside their “invisible fence”, barking as I went by. This day, there was only one, a pit bull.
As I was about to run past the corner of their property and leave the barking dog behind, I felt something grab my left leg hard. The dog had crossed the “invisible fence” and had come out into the road to bite me.
I spun around to face him and he released me. He backed off and retreated back onto his owners’ property. I limped home and cleaned my wounds.
I later found out that I was the third runner that this dog had attacked that week.
The moral of this story is that you can never be too careful. After having run by this property so many times, I had become complacent. I probably should have given this dog a wider berth and crossed to the other side of the road.
On the other hand, dog owners can’t rely on “invisible fences” to contain dangerous dogs. A dog that has attacked one person is probably going to do it again and needs to be restrained more securely.
I’m a little more wary when I see a dog now. I don’t take my eyes off him until I’m out of range.
Be careful out there!