Ok, I am on a little bit of a rant today. But before I get to that, I had a fairly good run yesterday, it was just way too hot.
The last time I tried to run in the heat I got sick. But, yesterday I thought I could make it because it was a little overcast, but that didn’t last long.
I ended up walking more than running, but that’s ok. When I first started it was overcast and there was a breeze blowing. I started out strong until the sun came back out and was beating down on me. It just gets so hot that it is really hard to breathe.
So, I slowed to a jog and then eventually to a walk.
I was listening to the Undisclosed podcast Episode 4. It is an hour long, and my plan was to run for the whole thing. I made it about half way through it.
While I was running, one of my neighbors pulled out of his driveway and stopped to tell me that his car was saying it was 102 degrees in the shade and he wanted to know why I was out in this heat? He was really concerned that I would get too hot. I thought it was very nice of him to stop.
I noticed that the leaves are falling, but they are just dead from the ridiculous heat! I can’t wait until they turn red and orange.
I made it 2.75 miles, and I started feeling a little sick, so I didn’t want to push it for that last quarter mile. After I went home and iced my leg and rested for a little bit, I took Jake for a walk. He made a new friend. 🙂
Hopefully (fingers crossed) yesterday was the last hot day of the year. There is supposed to be a cool front coming in. The weather for the rest of the week is looking substantially cooler than it has been, and I’m excited!
Ok, now back to my rant – What is wrong with people? When you have a dog, why would you let it roam free? I have been running the same little road for three years and have never had any trouble with dogs until this year. Back at the end of April, I got bit by a little dog. It belonged to a family that lived down the street from me, the owner is actually a sheriff deputy. It had barked at me before and it would chase me and when I yelled at it, it would stop. It was almost like a game. But this time, it came running and barking very aggressively. I yelled and it didn’t stop. It lunged at me and got the back of my knee and I kicked at it. Then it got my calf and latched on. It hurt so bad!! I kicked it off, and then of course I felt bad, but I was MAD!! I ran home and had blood running all down the back of my leg. We got it cleaned up and went down to the owner’s house. (it didn’t look that bad once it was cleaned up – but it sure hurt!)
The woman came to the door holding it and that little monster was acting all innocent and sweet. It didn’t even bark. I showed her my leg and told her what it did, and she seriously didn’t even apologize!! She just said that she had noticed it had been a little more aggressive lately. Jeremy asked if it had had it’s shots and she said yes, but she wouldn’t let us see any proof.
We left, and Jeremy was planning on going back when her husband was home to talk to him. We went home and called the after hours clinic to find out if I needed a shot of some kind. They told me that I needed a tetanus shot, but that they couldn’t treat me. They said I would have to go to the ER. And, they told me that the ER wouldn’t treat me unless I made a report. We were going out of town for the afternoon so I didn’t have time to go to the ER.
The next day, it was really swollen, red, and bruised. So, I called the ER to find out what I needed to do. They told me the same thing that I would have to make a report. I didn’t want to make anyone mad, because I didn’t want anyone to do anything to harm my dog. That may be an irrational fear, but I still just didn’t want to make them mad. But, because it was so sore and swollen, I called the sheriff’s office to make a report. I explained that to them what had happened and they said they would send someone right out. Another deputy showed up and I told him I didn’t want to make the report, I just needed to get a shot. He said they sent him because they thought it was the deputy’s police dog that bit me. When I told him no, he said that he couldn’t make a report, that I would have to call the health department.
So, to make a long story short, this dragged out over 2 days before I finally was able to find out that the dog had had it’s rabies shots. I was advised to get a tetanus shot, but I was running a half marathon that weekend and didn’t want to have any side effects. And, thankfully, I’ve been fine!
After this happened, Jeremy bought me some pepper spray to start carrying with me. And, good thing he did because the people at the end of the road suddenly got a Doberman and it chased me one day. (They already have about 8 weenie dogs) They just let it roam free in the front yard. I don’t understand this at all! Especially when there are older women that walk up and down that road in the evenings, why would you let aggressive dogs roam free?
My dog would never bite anyone, and has never been aggressive towards anyone or anything. He may lick you to death, but he isn’t going to hurt you. But I would still not let him roam free. I wouldn’t take that chance of him hurting someone.
So, again, my question is what is wrong with people and why do they think it’s okay to have dogs but not keep them in fenced yards?
I get really tired of carrying pepper spray when I run. I’m afraid to clip it on me because I think if I need it, I may not have time to get it off my pants. So, I carry it and it is really annoying. What brought all of this about today is that both dogs were out roaming yesterday. That little one chased me again, but thankfully this time it stopped when I yelled at it. The Doberman was out, but it just watched me. I just don’t understand. Hopefully I will never have to use the pepper spray on them, but I won’t hesitate if they come after me. Maybe if that happens their owners will learn to put them in the back yard.
That’s enough of my rant for now.
What makes you mad?