Teller Farms – Boulder
We were talking about what runners talk about: I have to pee. What’s for dinner? Is Ben the worst Bachelor ever? Did you bring toilet paper?
A woman was running towards us with an unleashed large dog. The dog looked friendly enough, but you never know. In my head I noted the lack of the leash, but didn’t think too much of it. As we neared the woman, her dog ran towards us, like he was going to run between the two of us. As he got closer, he charged Joie and jumped on her, growling like he was going to bite her. She sort of screamed and the woman called the dog and profusely apologized. We might have given our best “what the hell” looks.
This is a post-run re-enactment of the look. You should always cross your arms and sit on the stairs (where the self-timer works) when giving this sort of look. You could also wear your new Prana shirt that you are in love with and want to marry:
Here are further details of the DE (dog encounter):
- Yes, there is a “Voice and Sight” regulation on this trail (dogs must be under voice command of owner at all times and be within sight. Dog must not have a history of charging or chasing people, other dogs or wildlife). There is no leash regulation unless the dog does not fit under the Voice and Sight regs. Which this dog clearly did not.
- No, there were not may people on the trail this morning.
- Yes, the runner saw us coming, but did not make any attempt to hold her dog.
- No, Joie did not get hurt.
My guess is that if this dog charged us, it has charged others. Dog should have been on a leash. If the owner did not want the dog on a leash, she should have held onto him at least as we approached and ran by.
I love dogs. I love people running with their dogs. I do not love dogs who interfere with my running, threaten to harm me, hump me, smell my crotch or defecate on the trial and don’t clean it up.
I don’t run with my dog because he has three legs, one eye and his penis always hangs out (Embarrassing! Other dogs would make fun of him).
In the end, it was six glorious miles on a crisp winter’s day. The canine encounter was just a side note.
How about you? Any dog encounters while running? Do you run with your dog?