Last July I was attacked by two dangerous dogs and crashed resulting in a seriously broken femur and other injuries. I have at last gotten to the point I can ride again though I will never be the same. Sooo, two weeks ago, riding along, a pit bull comes out of nowhere and I stop the bike and place the bike between me and the dog. This is the only reason I was not bitten. The bike kept the dog at bay, the owner sat laughing on his tractor about 50 yards away until I Maced the dog, three times before it would quit trying to bite me. This PO the owner who then threatened me and I called the sheriff who explained to the owner of the dog his liabilities and responsibilities.
So today I take off for a ride, went a different way but a ride I have done before, out of no where a huge great dane type dog comes after me and again, I placed the bike between me and the dog while yelling down, stop, sit, stop etc as the dog repeatedly thrust his open mouth through the frame of my Surly trying to bite me at which point I Maced him which again PO the owner who came running. I again explained to him that the dog was dangerous while he insisted the dog would not bite me. I have heard that before including last July while laying in the rode with a broken leg while fending off two dangerous dogs who continued to try to bite me.
Now, I have a license to carry, for many years. I have over the years pretty much refused to carry, however, despite having the license because I believe the private citizen should depend upon the police and other authorities. But, I am now beginning to rethink this. I would have been in my rights to shoot any and all of the dogs.
Thing is, what the hell, for years no real issues with dogs and all of a sudden these huge vicious dogs. I am not afraid of normal dogs like labs and goldens and what not but man-killer dogs like pit bulls and danes and dobermans etc I am definitely afraid of them. More and more people are getting these dangerous dogs and they all say the same thing, "he is gentle and will not hurt you" and all I can say is like are you serious, the hell you say.
What do you guys do about dogs that are clearly dangerous. I guess I could quit riding. I would certainly not shoot a dog just because he ran into the road but a dog thrusting his head through my bike frame to bite me, a dog that weighs nearly as much as I do, I might shoot the XXXXX.
Should I feel guilty now for taking a ride, I don't feel like riding because I don't want the confrontation or possible circumstance where I might be tempted to carry and use a weapon if only for my defense or my wife and I am afraid of dogs now and afraid of being injured by them again. Seriously, I have nightmares were I am laying on the road again being bitten--like I was in fact.
Mace does not stop some dogs. I hit both dogs above multiple times with the Mace before stopping them at less than three feet distance. If the owner today had not comes out and gotten the dane I am pretty sure he would have come back after me as the Mace only made him back off but not stop or leave. If people insist on owning man killer dogs then maybe it is time to think differently about such things.