My post yesterday about the Chinese dog who followed a group of cyclists more than a thousand kilometers made me reflect on my own dog-bike interactions.
Typically these have been negative.
I’ve never owned a dog and so I’ve never been particularly fond of them.
I’m also scared of them because when I was living in Argentina I used to cycle around (on the oldest, heaviest bike in the world, but that’s another story) and one of the many stray dogs that infested the city ran up and bit me.
It wasn’t a bad biteÂ – hardly left a mark but it was still scary, particularly because the risk of getting rabies seemed much higher from a stray in Argentina than in NZ.
The other day I was on the North Western and there was a couple walking their dog. The dog ran up to me and snapped at me, it actually touched my leg with it’s teeth.
It wasn’t seriously trying to bite – just scaring me.
But as I was just turning off the North-Western onto a very steep ascent at the time I lost my balance and had to do a rather rapid dismount.
What kind of shocked me about this was the couple’s reaction. They didn’t scream at their dog “Lassy down!” or apologize profusely to me or actually do much of anything at all.
Instead they just called out in a kind of disinterested way, “Get down.” If I was the dog I wouldn’t have felt like they were telling me off. They didn’t even say sorry to me.
What do you think? Is that normal behaviour? Do you have many problems with dogs snapping at you on bikes? Are there any areas of Auckland where this is a real problem?