Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Lesson learned?

You can never go through too many safety scenarios with your mother. Yesterday, our past conversation about how to deal with sinister dogs on a run became relevant and significant (although became slightly muddled with grizzly tips in the moment).

I was barely out of my house and down the street when an enormous German Shepherd-type dog came running down a driveway, snarling and crouching straight at me. I started running towards a fence and panicked, thinking some thing like,  "I'm going to get mauled. Right now. I don't know what to do. What do I do?" Subconsciously I remembered that dogs like to chase, so I stopped running, turned around, and tried to stop the dog with some type of yelled word, a combination of "stop" and "gah." I don't know if the dog just wanted to scare me or I scared the dog, but he ran back to the house. Also I remember thinking "make yourself look big," and then realized I have no idea how to do that. And really, how do you do that?

I learned two things--it turns out I can slightly control myself in a scary situation, and my bear defense skills are severely lacking.

(When I got home I emailed Jon my dramatic tale of horror, and his response was something like "Sounds scary. While we are on the subject, can you turn in the Netflix?")


Tyler and Megan said...

haha! I love it. I always think what I would do if that happened to me while running. I think the outcome for me would not be so successful. I would probably end up with a torn open limb from trying to climb a barbed wire fence to escape. Good work by you.

Lorrie said...

Another friend told me that you should bend down like you're going to pick up a rock and throw it--they know what you're doing, and don't want to get hit with a rock. This worked for her in Rosario, Argentina, where there are tons of dogs running around. When I asked your brother why HE didn't tell me about this tip, he replied, "Those are Argentine dogs, not American dogs." Which makes you wonder, would it REALLY work? And amazingly enough, the word I have to verify to leave this comment is "dogeocit".