"There was nothing at all wrong in what he said - unless it's racist to mention monkeys in front of black people under any circumstances"
What this fails to take into account is the long history of black football players being subjected to monkey chants at games (not so much in this country nowadays, but still abroad). That's why it was a bit of a daft comment for RH to have made in the circumstances. I don't suppose he meant to be derogatory, but it was a bit unfortunate.
I'm not saying you shouldn't be cautious in switching to a minimalist shoe, but just to give a different perspective - like paul r I had a long gap due to an achilles tear, then started again; kept getting calf problems. Left it a bit longer, then started again but this time using vibrams some of the time and trail shoes the rest. The vibrams have been great and the calf problem has pretty much gone I didn't do a very incremental approach like paul r, but still didn't have any problems with the vibrams.
What I don't do is run on roads, which is a completely different kettle of fish.
I don't know many runners who haven't been hurt by dogs. I have been twice (once the dog 'tackled' me when I had the ball playing rugby, I'm sure that's what it was genuinely doing).
One friend was bitten badly in the calf, when he asked the owner for her name and address she wouldn't give it to him and said that if he didn't leave her alone and tried to do anything about it she'd say he'd been trying to molest her.
Having said which, most owners are responsible and you can run past without worrying. But I don't understand why some dog owners can't see that it is their responsibility, if they bring a potentially dangerous animal to where there are people doing the ordinary things people do, to control it and make sure it doesn't pose a danger, particularly to children.