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Old 07-03-08, 06:46 PM   #1
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and your silly little dog too!

A new neighbor moves in the hood and they got a Toto dog that hangs out on the porch. It would bark at me but stay on the porch like a good little dog. This morning it finely decided to chase me barking it's little head off. It is a cute little dog so I didn't want to harm it. Once I had another a little dog chase me that ended up between the road and bottom of my pedal, killing it. I whip out my bottle and hit it dead on the head with a stream of water. You would think I had ran over the poor thing! It started yelping and running back for the safety of the porch. It's owners ran outside to check on there little dog only to find it with a wet head. They asked what I did to there dog and I just told them I just wet it with my bottle and took a drink from it. They laughed and said they would fence the porch so it could not chase cars or me again.
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Old 07-03-08, 06:54 PM   #2
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I haven't had a dog come after me in years - I kinda forgot what a that feels like. Last one was an angry pit bull - I was not going to out run it given where I was and the road I was on so I got off the bike and got the bike between me and the mut. I backed away out of his territory and he then went back home. I really hate dogs like that - I hate their owners more.
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Old 07-03-08, 11:27 PM   #3
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On my second ride about 18 months ago, a dog gave chase to me right on the rail trail. It was when bikes first started using the trail, going through people's yards where bikes hadn't been seen before. So I purchased a container of HALT. Haven't had a problem since and quit carrying the HALT months ago.
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Old 07-04-08, 02:16 AM   #4
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It's a story with a happy ending -- because the dog's owners understood and undertook to do something about the animal's errant nature.

Kudos to you for handling it so well.
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Old 07-04-08, 05:17 AM   #5
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Pleasant surprise. Too often you get dog owners who are insulted by this happening to their dog.
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Old 07-04-08, 06:23 AM   #6
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Pleasant surprise. Too often you get dog owners who are insulted by this happening to their dog.
Only those owners who are irresponsible, even to the degree of putting their pet's life in danger. At least they recognized the mistake in this case.
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Old 07-04-08, 08:46 AM   #7
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That was a good move you made drinking out of the bottle so they could see you weren't trying to hurt their dog. We have a neighbor with a pair of Maltese Terriers, whick I would call Toto dogs. The male sometimes comes to our house and barks through my fence at my sons 80 lb. bull dog. One evening a couple of weeks ago a fox ran across our yard and the neighbors and the Maltese ran out and barked at it. Lucky for him the fox just kept going. I think the foxes like cat better than little dog anyway.
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Due to time constraints, we usually end up riding loops around our neighborhood, and local subdivisions. We now avoid one particular subdivision (at least one dead end street in it), as there is a house with a doberman and another large dog, which are allowed to run loose in the yard. The yard is not equipped with an "invisible fence", as is popular with many dog owners around here. Luckily, the owners were out in the yard the day we found out about the dogs. I had to quickly dismount and put my bike between the doberman and me, while the owners called out for it to come back. VERY glad they were out in the yard! Most dogs in our development just watch us go by, and one house, with about 5 dogs, has the invisible fence, and it works. Having a couple of dogs myself, and one which would try to eat a cyclist given the chance, I don't blame the dogs, but the owners need to be more responsible if they have dogs that like to chase.
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Old 07-04-08, 09:17 AM   #9
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Hubby and I were taking a walk in the neighborhood one evening about 2 years ago. On the other side of the street, a man came along on a bike, holding a dog leash in one hand (with dog attached) and the handlebars in the other hand. Suddenly, the dog saw us and charged, causing him to lose control of the bike and, apparently, the dog. The dog got within a few feet of us, showing his teeth and snarling. The man hurried to get the dog and pull him away from us.... he was nice and apologetic and all..... but for the rest of the night we wondered about the sensibilities of that man, walking a dog while riding a bike. He appeared to be about 40-ish (old enough to know better). If that was his dog, he would know the dog charges and it might not be safe to walk it while riding a bike. If it was not his own dog, then it seems sensible to not walk the dog while riding the bike without knowing the dog's temperament. Either way we looked at it, we just shook our heads.
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We ride in the country and often have dogs chase the bikes. Generally they back off and return to their yards when we yell at them. Last week we took a different route and encountered a dog that wasn't about to back off. He kept chasing and nipping at our front tires so one of the riders used the Halt on him before he caused an accident or bit one of us. Hopefully he'll remember the results of his chasing next time and remain in his yard.
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Old 07-04-08, 01:20 PM   #11
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Don't have problems with dogs but do with the owners. They seem to think it is natural for a dog to Chase bikes on the MUP. Untill I keep on riding and encourage the dog to keep up. Great to see an overweight owner calling their dog back and then chasing me up the trail.
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Old 07-04-08, 04:15 PM   #12
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"I've really had it with my dog," said the first guy to his neighbor. "He'll chase anyone on a bicycle"

"Hmmm, that is a problem," said the neighbor. "What are you thinking of doing about it?"

"Guess the only answer is to confiscate his bike!"
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Old 07-04-08, 04:16 PM   #13
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Saw a sign onc in a very rural KY area - (Honest) -said

"F*** the dog, WORRY ABOUT ME!"
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Old 07-04-08, 05:29 PM   #14
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Had a neighbor who would let his two tiny poodles out to chase bikes. When I suggested that he might want to keep them in the yard he asked if I was afraid of two little dogs. No, but if I swerve on this icy road to avoid them I might get hurt so I will not avoid them. What are you going to tell your children when this big heavy fat-tired mountain bike crushes your dog? I never saw them in the road again.
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