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Dogs don't like being passed up

Old 01-09-17, 05:18 PM
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Dogs don't like being passed up

I saw a dog (some sort of black labrador thingy) on my ride this morning snuffling around in the grass beside the road. As usual I call out in a friendly voice in the hope that this will prevent the dog going into full on attack mode. Sure enough I see the dog start to wag its tail but before I know it the race is on and he sets off in front of me.

It's a bit of an uphill section so I'm not going that fast but the dog is happily running about a metre ahead of me doing the occasional head check to see if he has droped me. I'm starting to wonder how long he's going to keep this up but as the crest of the hill isn't far away I decide to let it play out.

Cresting the hill I pick up my pace. The dog looks back again and then picks his pace up to stay in front. We're going a bit faster now and at one point it looks like the dog is about to stumble forward but he recovers and gets his rhythm back.

The drop down the hill starts to get steeper and I figure it's hammer time so I make my move and as I pass the poor dog I mention something about 2 wheels are better than 4 legs or something like that before leaving the dog to eat my dust.

I don't look back.

That was your mistake little doggy, you never look back.

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Old 01-09-17, 05:33 PM
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Thanks for the entertaining read
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I had a black "Labbish" dog , really sweet creature. I'd tell her every day "You're lucky you're so good looking cause you sure are stupid".

Some dogs you know that you don't have to be afraid of even if they chase and bark. Labs/mostly Labs are one of those. And, as you found out, you can have some fun as well.
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That's great, thanks for sharing.
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Originally Posted by smarkinson View Post
I saw a dog (some sort of black labrador thingy) on my ride this morning snuffling around in the grass beside the ride. As usual I call out in a friendly voice in the hope that this will prevent the dog going into full on attack mode. Sure enough I see the dog start to wag its tail but before I know it the race is on and he sets off in front of me.

It's a bit of an uphill section so I'm not going that fast but the dog is happily running about a metre ahead of me doing the occasional head check to see if he has droped me. I'm starting to wonder how long he's going to keep this up but as the crest of the hill isn't far away I decide to let it play out.

Cresting the hill I pick up my pace. The dog looks back again and then picks his pace up to stay in front. We're going a bit faster now and at one point it looks like the dog is about to stumble forward but he recovers and gets his rhythm back.

The drop down the hill starts to get steeper and I figure it's hammer time so I make my move and as I pass the poor dog I mention something about 2 wheels are better than 4 legs or something like that before leaving the dog to eat my dust.

I don't look back.

That was your mistake little doggy, you never look back.
You need some stickers of dog's heads to put on the top tube if your bike the way WWII fighter pilots put enemy flags on their planes to signify their kills.
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Old 01-09-17, 07:06 PM
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Was the dog's name Fred or Poser?
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Old 01-09-17, 07:09 PM
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Yeah, no way I will tolerate a dog giving me "The Look." Particularly if they are wearing full "Team Lab" kit.

No way he could keep up with you once you dialed up the watts. "Four legs good, two wheel better, sucker."

He should never have looked back.

One of the better efforts for sure.
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Old 01-09-17, 07:10 PM
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Many years ago, a friend and I were riding in Vermont, when a dog decided to join us. We ignore it, figuring he'd quit at the properly line, then maybe the edge of town, then if/when he got tired. 13 miles later we still had out friend with us, and stopped at s store for snacks, and gave him some water.

He had a collar and tag, so we tied him up and phoned his owner to come get him. After getting the important facts, the owner explained that he does this, and would follow us to Canada if we encouraged him. He requested that we ask the shop owner to untie him after we'd left so he'd come home instead.
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You're entering dangerous ground OP. Your post is definitely specist.
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Old 01-09-17, 09:28 PM
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Winner thread of the day. Well done!
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Black Labs are especially friendly and gorgeous dogs in my experience.
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Old 01-10-17, 05:30 AM
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I think that's breedist.
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Old 01-10-17, 08:43 AM
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Did he have a bell on his collar?
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this thread could go really south if we ask about his taillight blinkie.
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Discussing whether dogs should use ear buds or not would make things even worse.
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I like Dogs, However?

Here in rural North Carolina there are many lose dogs, most friendly and some aggressive. After hitting a big floppy eared hound at speed on my road bike last month I'm now dog shy, even friendly guys that love to run with the bike for sport have me spooked. It could have been real bad, however, I did not go down only a couple of yelps from the bad boy. Most of the time on the flats I can out ride a single dog because of the long set backs the chasers get winded before they reach the road, I suspect heart worm issues. However, on climbs they win every time! Then, there are the multiple chasers and this kind of dog fun can be a real challenge trying to keep from hitting one. And the worst kind of trouble is when you encounter multiple chasers in a bicycle group with people scrambling, breaking and changing direction trying to evade contact with the lovable creatures, you get a big rush after this kind of dog encounter. Well, it's time to ride!
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Unless that poor dog had been racing, he could not match your speed.
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Did you let him know you were passing?
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"on your left paw!"
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I had a mutt dog that loved to run behind me on the bike. 8 miles of country road seemed to be his limit. I couldn't decide if it was kinder to let him chase me or to shut him in the house so he wouldn't over-do it.
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the funny thing is, when I made a real post about passing up a HUMAN, everyone said I was trolling. and when a post is made about racing a dog, everyone believes it. LOL!
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
Many years ago, a friend and I were riding in Vermont, when a dog decided to join us. We ignore it, figuring he'd quit at the properly line, then maybe the edge of town, then if/when he got tired. 13 miles later we still had out friend with us, and stopped at s store for snacks, and gave him some water.

We came upon a nicely groomed, good looking hound on the TransAm just past Cave In Rock, IL, who followed us along for 3-4 miles. He'd get in front of us on the uphills, and then trot along on the flats and downhills. That dog must have scared off half a dozen coyotes who stuck their noses out of the brush on the roadside, saw him, and turned around. Finally we hit a long downhill and lost him.


He apparently did that regularly, too. There was a group a day behind us; when they caught up, they mentioned he did the same thing with them.
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Originally Posted by growlerdinky View Post
Unless that poor dog had been racing, he could not match your speed.
I wanted to use the line, but just couldn't remember it properly ... congratulations.
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Originally Posted by bulldog1935 View Post
this thread could go really south if we ask about his taillight blinkie.
Almost spit out my afternoon coffee with that one. Nice story, OP. At least the doggy was brave enough to lead you out on the hill? Too bad there's not much drafting advantage...
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