Running with Dogs, Skunks, and Roosters, Oh My!

So in my post yesterday, I wrote about some wildlife encounters I’ve had while running.  I’ve since remembered a few others.

Dogs.  I am a dog person, but not when I’m running.  I can’t tell you how many times dogs have come charging at me.  It especially happens whenever I run with my (leashed) dogs.  Almost every time it happens because the dog’s owner doesn’t have him/her on a leash, and aren’t pack leader enough to make them stay by their side without one.  Sometimes the dog is a stray or escaped from it’s home.  I’m sorry, but when a dog comes at me barking, I am going to kick it or throw something at it.  I don’t care if the owners are there or not, I don’t want to get bit.  The owners never get mad at me for doing so, they’re too busy apologizing…I rarely accept their apologies.  I will tell you this, the one time I didn’t kick a little barking dog that came at me, it bit me.  It turned into a whole big thing with animal control, emergency rooms, quarantine, rabies tests, etc.  What a mess.  I should’ve followed my instinct and kicked it, but I was trying to be nice.  Don’t worry, after it bit me, I kicked it good in the head and it scurried off whimpering, all while the owner apologized.

Skunks.  Nothing makes me alter my course more than coming across a skunk.  Recently I came across a couple of them on a paved trail I was running on through a neighborhood.  I stopped dead in my tracks and slowly backed up.  Luckily they ignored me and eventually left the trail so I could continue on (only after I let them get far away).  I will never do anything to piss a skunk off cause I don’t want to get sprayed.  My one friend actually did get sprayed by one on one of his runs.  No thank you!  I don’t want to have to bathe in Chef Boyardee Ravioli, or whatever the remedy is.

Roosters.  This one actually freaked me out the most.  I was in Guam and was about to go for a run, when our hosts looked at me in dis-belief.  They couldn’t believe I was going to run with all the wild roosters out there.  I didn’t get what the big deal was, but they said they’re very territorial.  They also explained that many of them had escaped or been set free after being trained for cock-fighting.  Then they gave me a metal pipe to run with in case I had to defend myself.  I had never been scared of a chicken before, but was so freaked out that I ran in a circle around the block over and over, too afraid to venture out and suffer the wrath of a territorial cock.  After that, I did all my runs on the roster-less beaches!


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4 thoughts on “Running with Dogs, Skunks, and Roosters, Oh My!

  1. Reading this I ran through a couple emotions. First I was sad about the dog thing…which i know you prefaced by saying you love dogs, yada yada. I get it. Irresponsible dog owners are the worst—- I hate when dog just run up to you off leash, barking their head off. It’s terrifying. Then I was a little bit repulsed by the skunk thing because I had a student last year, sprayed by a skunk, and I swear I can still smell that repugnant stench to this very day. Then I laughed a little imagining a person needing a metal pipe to run alongside some chickens. Great post! Keep sharing. I have yet to come across skunks and I hope I never have to!

    • Haha, thank you! I definitely don’t like it when I have to defend myself from the pooches. And there is no doubt I don’t want to suffer your student’s fate with the skunk! I hope you can fabreeze that smell out! And yes, I felt quite silly running in circles carrying a metal pole!

  2. Regarding the dog kicking dilemma. Maybe this only works with a male voice. If I see the dog early enough, I stop, face the dog, and yell as loud as I can. Its worked flawlessly for the last year or so.

    • Great tip! I do try that first – I try stare them down and project dominance or yell at them with a deep voice to replicate the tone of a dog’s bark. But sometimes they ain’t stoppin!

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