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post #1 of 16 Old 11-22-2007, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #2 of 16 Old 11-22-2007, 08:24 PM
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That can be a scary situation! Living in the styx there are lots of big dogs loose all around here, even on the roads. More than once I have either aimed the bike straight for the dogs or lifted a leg up on the seat as I pass. Thankfully you had good gear. Some dogs do back off at the sound of the horn or rev of the engine but it sounds like you were in a comprimised position. Too bad you didn't have the gun, you could have helped the owners get there dogs under control. "Play dead!" Good dog. LOL Glad your okay and Happy Thanksgiving.

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post #3 of 16 Old 11-22-2007, 09:41 PM
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Dog Bit

Sounds like you kept your cool..... that's scary....

When I was younger (way younger) I had a 350 Kaw Enduro, 1973, F7, I believe, in any event this small dog always ran out when I went up the street and tried to latch on to my leg.

If you ever road an old big bore two stroke they loaded up miserably when you first took off with them. Well luck would have it, this one day the engine was warm and the dog was hot. He latched on to my pant leg and at that very instant I nailed the throttle. I can state for a fact that dog had never move that fast in it's entire life, I'm sure of it, because those little feet may have only touched the ground three or four times in an entire City block.

Luck would have it, the dog let go, tumbled of into a hedge, "No it did not get killed" however I do believe I broke it, of that habbit.
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Would that gun be for the dogs or their owners? I hate piss poor animal owners.
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post #5 of 16 Old 11-23-2007, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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LOL, the dogs initially and then depending on how the owners acted, self defense from human attack. This is after all Kentucky, where dogs hold a higher value of life than man, especially in the back hills.

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Would that gun be for the dogs or their owners? I hate piss poor animal owners.

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you sure kept your cool in that one. were it me, I dont care WHAT the reason, if an animal tries to bite me, its dead. I dont care if its stupid, if its insane, poorly bred or trained, if it tries biting me, it WILL DIE.
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post #7 of 16 Old 11-23-2007, 12:04 PM
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I had a local dog that chased bikes.. Not anymore..
That stream of pepper spray nailed BOTH eyes.. It was worth the $4 I spent on the spray..

Here in Hitlerland (aka Illinois) carrying of a sidearm will result in worse things than a dog bite, with the right to own a gun taken from you first, and then escalating from there.. Pepper spray, on the other hand, works like a charm on dogs.. When I find one that wants to play the motorcycle chase game, I turn around and give them a lesson on the correct game rules..

I have chewed ass on dog owners, informing them that they're responsible for all damage occured due to their dog..

It sucks, but there's a way to train the dogs, since crappy owners are usually untrainable.
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Good thing you are ok DX, scary. Just to share the "fear"..one day a few years back a buddy and I (and even after this story, he is still my best friend, lol) were mountain biking in southern Illinois. We got on pretty far on and ended up taking some back country paved roads back to our vehicle. We (or should I say I was pretty dogged out, pun intended). My bud was about 200 yards ahead of me, going around a sweeping turn to the left, he started pulling away and I heard a whistle..needless to say he stirred up about three big dogs that came barking at his treads as he zipped around the corner...then comes me, out of gas and shifting gears fast, asking my thighs for all they had left as I grind around the curve. As soon as I stopped hearing my heart, lungs, and dogs barking, all I could hear was a laughter that only a best friend could exude. I was safe, it was a good one, and we still laugh about that one today..heh..he is lucky I tolerate his antics..lol..

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Happy Thanks Giving from the Great White North

Best Wishes to you all!

Happy Thanks Giving from Canada !

It's winter here now and it's when we turn our attention to....planning next year's rides.

If any of you are interested, a few KLR's are getting together in June, no date set, however Northwestern Ontario is the target area, 7 days in God's Country. (Or at least that's what the good Lord told us)

PS...Gunny, if come, you can't bring your gun.... but one us will let you use a pepper spray. Or we could find a token "Honda Rider " for bait.

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Don't you just love best buddies???!!!! LOL.

We are headed to the local Gun N Knife show tomorrow. Gonna grab some pepper spray and a more managable side arm for when we are on bikes, this XD-45 is just too dang much to deal with carrying all day long. Have been considering finding away to mount a holster to the handlebars or somewhere accessible on the bike. Anyone ever given that some thought or actually mounted up a rig???

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Good thing you are ok DX, scary. Just to share the "fear"..one day a few years back a buddy and I (and even after this story, he is still my best friend, lol) were mountain biking in southern Illinois. We got on pretty far on and ended up taking some back country paved roads back to our vehicle. We (or should I say I was pretty dogged out, pun intended). My bud was about 200 yards ahead of me, going around a sweeping turn to the left, he started pulling away and I heard a whistle..needless to say he stirred up about three big dogs that came barking at his treads as he zipped around the corner...then comes me, out of gas and shifting gears fast, asking my thighs for all they had left as I grind around the curve. As soon as I stopped hearing my heart, lungs, and dogs barking, all I could hear was a laughter that only a best friend could exude. I was safe, it was a good one, and we still laugh about that one today..heh..he is lucky I tolerate his antics..lol..

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