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    Dog commute hazards

    After years of commuting both in town and between towns, getting chased by stray dogs, and chased by excited farm dogs, I finally got bit today while riding on a bike path. Bit by a dog on leash being walked by an older woman.

    Great fun--torn jeans, and 2 hematomas.

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    Tell me you called police and filed a report. Rabies shot?

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    Will call soon, and probably not a rabies shot... Maybe I'll go to urgent care after work.
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    Did you get her contact info, MUST find out if the dog is up to date on the rabies vax. Other wise you will have to get a series of shots, long ,$ ,and painful. Once rabies is contracted,is is fatal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    Did you get her contact info, MUST find out if the dog is up to date on the rabies vax. Other wise you will have to get a series of shots, long ,$ ,and painful. Once rabies is contracted,is is fatal.
    ONE person survived full blown rabies.

    Definitely report.

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    Wow, some irony! Sounds like he got you pretty good, too. Sorry to hear it.
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    Update... Incident reported, visit to Urgent Care, no shots, just cleaned the wounds and sent on my way. The owner of the dog was kind enough to pay for the urgent care visit and a new pair of pants.

    Back to commuting last week...
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    ^^ Oh good, I was wondering about you. Safe travels.

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    I'm guessing the owner had vaccination records, then? Things get sketchy when there's no record of a rabies vax.

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    Yes, vacc records. The dog ended up being house quarantined for 10 days. Not fun for the dog or the ownder.
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    Winter always seems like the worst time. Owners apparently assume that there is going to be nobody outside but them, unleash dogs they have no verbal control over whatsoever, and the entire city becomes a giant off-leash free-for-all.

    Plus, it's pretty hard to outrun a dog while riding in two inches of wet snow.

    Glad the owner in this case owned up. I think half the guys around here would try to send a bill for their dog's dental care to whoever it bites.

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    A dog like that should get slapped with mandatory training. My dog has gone through a lot of training, and my wife and I have become friendly with the trainers, a married couple. They also happen to do all the evaluations of dogs who bite in the town I live in and have a big say in the dog's fate. I've met many many dogs there who have human or dog aggression. After weeks or training and owners who follow through at home, this behavior can be corrected. Unfortunately, many owners don't follow through. Their dogs are allowed on furniture, are given table food and are never corrected for bad behavior. They become the alpha of the family, so their natural instinct is to protect their owners. This is why dogs bite people who walk onto their property.

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    Good on the happy-ish ending

    Last week I had a run-in with a bulldog+pups on the local rail trail (Manheim,PA) as I was riding. Still 2 inches of crunch on the gravel so speed was out. She came out from the farm lane along the trail and went straight for my feet, almost no barking. Fortunately I used to get a lot of stray large-breeds chasing me as a teenager so I managed to pull a nose stand to get the back tire in her face, then ride away.

    Then I took the road home...
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    Glad to hear your OK. I sure hope the dog owner learned a lesson
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    Famous last words:
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    I have been bitten on the trail twice but both were minor. Neither dog was leashed.
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