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Old 10-15-04, 05:35 AM   #1
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Unlucky Dogs

It all started three days ago when we hit a dog with a vehicle. The dog didn't die but left with a limp. Two days ago I set on my morning bike ride and am on a good speed when a dog crosses over only to retreat when I am just yards away. I brake hard and hit the dog on the skid. It snares at me then runs off. Yesterday, during the ride, I took a different route. The traffic is heavy so I have to ride in between lanes. I am doing 20K/hr when a dog appears. I brake hard and still end up hitting the dog. With this kind of a trend, today I didn't ride just to try and break the jinx. In my shoes would you have riden today? And What are the chances that tommorow I will hit a dog during my 30k ride?
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Old 10-15-04, 07:05 AM   #2
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I would have read your story, but your font gives me a headache. Something about dogs getting hit, be more careful.
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Do not ride. Give the dogs some time to think of a strategy for retaliation.
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Love the animals. God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble it, don't harass them, don't deprive them of their happiness, don't work against God's intent. --Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

That quote pretty much sums up how I feel about animals (as my cat lies by my side). Maybe that's why not so infrequently I remember one of the more unpleasant moments in all my miles of cycling. I had a nice 30 mile route that took me by a dog that gave chase every time. The problem was he had to cross the left lane to chase after me in the right lane. And although it was a fairly quiet country road, I had a sneaking suspicion that one day something awful might happen. I was right.

On an early morning ride, my "friend" gave chase as usual. Unfortunately, he did not look before crossing the road to inspire me for what had become an expected, accepted, and appreciated part of my sprint workout. I know it was not my fault, but instead that of the owners who took too little care, but I'll always feel very sad about what happened. The poor mutt took out after me just as a car was coming from the other direction. After that morning, my sprint workouts were a great deal less fun and much sadder when I chose that particular route.
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In my shoes would you have riden today? And What are the chances that tommorow I will hit a dog during my 30k ride?
Hard to say as we don't have a problem with stray or feral dogs where I live. Though suicidal squirrels can be a problem. Being a dog owner, seeing an occasional dead dog on the side of the road tugs at my heart. Yesterday as I rode home from work, the traffic was backing up a bit. The cause of the back-up was two teen-age boys. They were in the middle of the street lifting the body of a small dog into a Krispy Kreme box. I was saddened, yet thought of the black humor in the indignity of having a donut box being used as a coffin.
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Run over more dumb animals! That will select for and force the evolution of a smarter dog species, one that knows how to stay out of the street (or a dog that knows how to kill humans, one or the other). I was bitten by one of these bastards several weeks ago while riding. It took all I had not to drive back there in my car and run it over. I don't hate all dogs, just the ones that run around in the street, or bark excessively loud. I call myself very tolerant!
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