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Poll: running and dogs 
17th-Jan-2011 10:32 am
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Poll #1668969 Running Poll - Canine edition

So, you're out for a run in the fog in the local cemetery*, and a huge black dog** comes running after you. Do you?

Wonder whether your life has just become a bad European art-house horror flick.
4(30.8%)
Add an unplanned sprint interval to your workout.
0(0.0%)
Consider adding an unplanned sprint interval to your workout, and decide there's no point because...you? Outrun a dog?
3(23.1%)
Stop and stand your ground.
2(15.4%)
Maintain your pace and shout "Good dog!" with what is supposed to be confidence but sounds more like desperate hope.
4(30.8%)


*Is it very Northern Californian that the local historic graveyard doubles as a jogging/dog-walking hot spot?

**It was a biggish labrador retriever. Coming out of the fog at speed it looked about the size of a freakin' pony, though.

For the record, my answers were, in succession #1, #3, and #5. The dog was perfectly friendly, and merely nuzzled my ankles before being called off by its apologetic owner. Still, I'm never sure what the protocol is for meeting unleashed canines.
Comments 
17th-Jan-2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
No option for "suddenly remember every British legend about black dogs being death omens and try to remember whether there's any way to placate them"?
17th-Jan-2011 09:17 pm (UTC)
I was going to say, it sounds very "Hound of the Baskervilles".
17th-Jan-2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
I did check for ghostly phosphorescence.
17th-Jan-2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
My folkloric instincts are all messed up by playing Scion. Were my character to meet a giant black dog/death omen, she'd shout, "Puppy!" and try to pet it.
17th-Jan-2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, appropriate icon is appropriate. ;)

Actually, I'm glad the dog was friendly; I had this happen with a large golden lab that was not friendly and it was frikkin' scary. :(
17th-Jan-2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
Love the icon!

I've been lucky never to encounter a really unfriendly dog, but I have a coworker who used to be a mail carrier. He can tell some stories!
17th-Jan-2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
If I do not have my own small dog with me, my approach to strange dogs off-leash is to act immensely glad to see them with dogly body language. I say, "Hi! Hi, dog! Hi!" like a complete idiot, and I do things that many dogs can read as the human equivalent of play-bows. This sets the tone for almost every encounter I have with dogs, where unless they are rabid or deeply, deeply disturbed, their dog brain goes, "Oh! A friend! Hello, friend!" and the worst that happens is that I have a friendly wrestle with a dog that weighs about what I do. (Which many dogs don't.)

I understand that people who are less enthusiastic about dogs may consider this a truly bad worst case scenario.
17th-Jan-2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! That sounds like something I can do, though I think I need to brush up on my dogly body language.
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