Thank you. I will try to get myself out tomorrow morning, on a different route.
I don't think the dog was actually trying to hurt me, it was just jumping up on me and barking, and usually when dogs do that I just think it is a bit of a nuisance. But this was an ENORMOUS Great Dane type dog, with its paws on my shoulders it was taller than me, and nearly pushed me over. I didn't fancy it 'playing' with me on the ground.
The scariest bit was the owner though - she didn't try to call the dog off or anything, just stood there watching, and when I shouted 'ARGH HELP GET OFF BAD DOG' she called me 'f*cking mental' and swore at me for several minutes, and when I said 'Put your dog on a lead' she said 'F*ck off, my dog could bite you and chase you and kill you'.
If the owner had said sorry and put her dog straight on a lead, I would leave it. But since she was so nasty, I took a photo of the owner and the dog, I think I will send that to the police, in case anyone else reports it.
Hello all, long time no see I was attacked while I was running yesterday by a REALLY big dog, great dane sized. The owner was horrible too, she shouted and swore at me and was actually scarier than the dog! I have been feeling really frightened since it happened, and I did not go running yesterday. How can I get my confidence back, and not be so scared? I am even scared of leaving the house in case I see the owner again.
My ears are burning! I'm not posting as anyone else, and I don't tend to use Fetch much either. Thanks for wondering what had become of me.
Still living 'oop North, with ducks outside my bedroom window, having tried the Big Smoke for a bit & decided it didn't suit. Still being much the same self-righteous vegan Quaker do-gooder, though hopefully I've toned the shouty annoyingness down a bit. Still running, though not as much as I was, hoping to do a bit more guide-running & cycling with visually impaired friend this year, who is getting Rather Serious about Tri, and have got a few more newbies into running.
Disappeared off here when I finished degree as I'd less to procrastinate from, but I'm thinking about doing a Masters next year, so might be back.
Meanwhile, dogs are annoying, cats are nicer, cycle helmets are good, private schools are bad, eating animals is wrong, God definitely exists, road running is OK but not as fun as muddy stuff, base training is boring, trainers are better than barefoot, alcohol just makes me fall over, and has the forum come up with any other subjects which need my opinion while I've been away?