Dog bitten on my bike!!
Well, yesterday was a first for me on a ride with my buddies, I got dog bitten on the lower right leg. Now to set this up, it goes like this: We had been riding on a gravel/dirt county road and came to a creek crossing where we had to slow down and cross. Just before getting to the creek I saw about 7 dogs, all of whom instantly saw me too and set forth barking and being a typical dog, I kept my eye on them but also kept moving. As I got to the creek I noticed to my right a utility atv with a woman sitting in it and a man standing behind it. Also, there were about 6 more dogs around it. All the same type of dog. They were healthy good looking well taken cared of, but had no collars and were NOT on leashes. As I started working around a huge mud hole in the creek the Alpha dog, bared his teeth and was on my right before I knew it. I looked down about the time he tried to sink his teeth into my lower right leg. Needless to say it caught me off guard, but I kept my wits and goosed the bike a bit more trying to get to the other side of the creek. As I was doing this I felt the unmistable pressure jaws trying to clamp down. As luck would have it, my buddy and I had bought a pair of knee/shin protectors a couple of months ago to wear when riding to help in protecting our legs from thrown rocks, sticks, and more than anything some protection should we end up laying a bike down in gravel or blacktop. Well they also help protect from dog bites....LOL...the dogs teeth couldn't get a good hold and just slid off of my leg. After getting up the other side of the creek I stopped to make sure my buddies would make it across without issue and they did. I checked to make sure I didn't see any blood and after seeing none I knodded to just continue on till we could get somewhere away from the dogs and the owners. Oh also the so called concern of the owners was a simple yell at the dogs to "come here", nothing more, they just sat and watched us even after stopping they never bothered to ask if we were ok. So anyway, I was wondering if any of you here, have had any similar circumstances. My concern looking back is, what would have happened had myself or one of my buddies fallen and the pack had attacked? With a dozen dogs it could be difficult to stop a multiple dog attack. I normally carry a side arm, but on this particular day, I didn't. I won't make that mistake again. Anyway, just needed to vent and pass on a word of warning, you NEVER know what is around the corner, keep up your guard and a cool head, and you should be good to go, it's the unknowns that make trips even close to home an adventure. I wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours.