I was chased by a pack of 4 dogs from 1 house today. 1 of four caught me.
I had been chased by one of the other 3 dogs before and he just ran along side me, so when I saw the other 3 coming at me this morning, I didn't get too nervous. But then they came around both sides, and while I looked to the right (to make sure I wasn't going to run into one of them) I felt one bump me on the left, so I turned my head to see him lunge at me again, and this time I felt the pinch of his teeth grabbing my calve. Still kind of in disbelief, I yelled at him, or her, or really all of them, but then it lunged again. This time I reacted, unclipped and kicked it in the head. It backed off, they all did, untill the owner came out, then they started to kind of try to circle me. I had stopped near the edge of their property, to see if I was bleeding. The owner said "don't worry they're nice dogs". I tried to convince her that I had just been bit. "oh no they're nice dogs". The dogs were still trying to circle around me, so I kept backing up into the ditch and swinging my bike at them. "Just talk to them...this one's Petey, this one's Jake..." This lady's clueless.
She finally shut up when I was able to unzip both layers of my tights and show her the nice and red bite mark. She did not appologize, she did not offer to clean up my wound. She said "oh well your a bicycle, bicycles are a challenge". So who was the poor chopped liver soul that was easy?
Here's is my bite. Not that bad, and I'm not even mad at the dogs, I'm mad at hell at that lady. I'm carrying my u-lock in hand when passing the house and strapping some pepper spray to my frame as soon as I get some. This is my safest route to work. My other choice is a 55mph 1 lane in each direction hwy with only a narrow (sometimes 1 foot) loose gravel shoulder. The road I was bit on this morning is a gravel road, nice and quiet country scenery, 8.2 miles of rolling hills, so I'm sticking with it.
The thing that scared me most, was the dead skunk 100 yards past her property. After I saw that I had to call the sherrif so he could check the dogs' rabies shots. They were up to date.
No real moral here, or questions, if people have dogs, other people will get bitten.
I thought I had an irritated pimple or ingrown hair on my butt today. I was going to either pop it or pull out the hair, so I looked at it in the mirror (no I don't normally look at my arse in the mirror). It's a fang puncture mark. It must have happened on the first lunge when I thought the dog just bumped me. I won't post a picture of that one (sorry ladies), although I did take a picture for posteriererity. It's not too bad yet, It's a tad bruised around the puncture, and red, so i'm putting topical ointment on it. I'm going to let the sherrif know so they can add it to the report.