I was getting off the local MUP the other day to take my normal loop through a nice shady neighborhood, when I had a very GOOD encounter with a local canine. The MUP exit goes through a little neighborhood park and two people were petting a fairly large mutt just ahead at trailside. As I cruised by, I noticed that the dog is not leashed, but it's no big deal I guess... just keep eyes and ears open. Then I heard the dog take off after me (I hear his breathing and his feet in the grass... sounds like he's gaining on me. But there is no barking or growling.) Checking over my shoulder I'm immediately relieved because it's pretty obvious that doggie just wants to run with me. His tongue is hanging out and I can hear his deep breathing and his facial expression is kind of a goofy grin or smile. He's having a blast just running alongside of me, maybe three feet away. I actually slowed down to talk to him and encourage him along. It was kind of fun and really made me smile.
Doggie stayed with me for maybe 75 yards or so before getting distracted and turning back to greet another canine. The whole encounter took maybe 15 or 20 seconds, but it was one of those little things that sometimes happen that add spice to a bike ride. Dogs really are wonderful creatures sometimes.
Anyone else have a good encounter with a canine or other critter?