Went for a run / shuffle along the beach this morning and got bitten on the ankle. Not by a snake. Just a dog.
I don't usually have problems with dogs. When I see one coming at me, I say Hello doggie or puppy or whatever or I sometimes put my hand out for a sniff.
This time it was a schnauzer who, when I was about 10 metres away came racing at me barking. He circled me and attacked me from behind by biting me on the ankle (He pierced the skin). i kicked my leg out and he just jumped out but kept circling and trying to nip. The owner (old man) stood there watching. I screamed at him to get his dog but he just stood there. I then tried to "make contact" with the dog with my beautiful new shoes, but I was tired from running and the little dog was very fit and smart. This is when the old man started to scream at me: " leave my dog alone you bitch" ! he then went on a fighting position, with his hands into fists one inch from my eyes. while spitting at my face ( spitting not intentionally, just because he was mad and in my face) . He was screaming that it was a dog beach and his dog could do what he wanted. Anyway the old man was off his face.
I did manage to get the dog's name and the last digits of the phone number and have emailed the ranger.
I wasn't worried about the dog or the man but am upset at someone who think it is ok for a little dog to attack. I put antiseptic on the puncture just in case. I am also upset at my unfinished run as I just walked home after the "incident". And my shoes got wet as in trying to stop the dog I ended up in the water.
I am stubborn and will run again there in two days time. It is my preferred route, along the beach. I am tempted to get some pepper with me for next run. But where to carry it?