Personally I prefer cussing out the owner and generally making an ass out of
But you'd probably get a better response by calling the pound.
Even if a dog actually won't bite (which I have no way of knowing), he hurts
me just as much or more if in his curiosity causes me to trip and hurt
myself. If I'm just out for an easy 2nd run or something, I might stop and
debate with the ignorant dog owner about why it is not my responsibility to
keep away from his dog who is on a public sidewalk or in a public park.
A couple of nights ago I was running in town on a sidewalk when a big
bulldog came out and start jumping all over my legs. I had to stop
(something I usually don't do - usually a good kick will get rid of smaller
dogs but I didn't want to try it with this beast) and after trying to get
the dog to go back to his house for a few seconds I looked up and saw that
the owner had been standing there the entire time watching. I was a bit
perturbed and yelled out, "Get your dog the hell off of me!"
He said, "He won't hurt you."
I responded, "Yeah, whatever. Get you're dog the hell off of me."
He said, "Why don't you just run on the other side of the f***king street."
Then we really started yelling at each other and then I continued on my
way - during this time the dog had gotten bored I guess and had gone off to
urinate on the neighbors flowers.
> Any suggestions on what to say to inconsiderate dog owners with their
> unleashed dogs that come running right at you? It ticks me off that
> on numerous occassions I've had to stop running and face a charging
> dog in order to potentially defend myself. Maybe I should carry
> pepper spray - not to shoot at the dog, but to shoot at the dog's
> owner when this happens again.
> - Mike