Sunday, February 06, 2011

Dogs against runners

Thank you Lady Molly. I received another beautiful gift from USA, a bumper sticker with the Lady Molly's training mantra: "you are capable of more than you realize". Thank you again.

Rugby. At last the 6 Nations tournament began and yesterday the Black Knight and his son Paolo went to the Flaminio stadium in Rome to watch the match Italy - Ireland. What a pity the Irish, with a last minute drop, defeated a brave Italy 13 - 11. Indeed at the end of the first half, the italian head coach begged the Black Knight to play part of the second half (as you can imagine this was the only chance to win for sure) but, despite the insitence, he could not accept because he cannot change his training program for the Roma-Ostia half marathon. Here you can see some pictures.



Dogs against Runners. Last friday the Black Knight planned to run the same distance of the half marathon on a hilly route but, in a narrow solitary street in the country, he met a threatening huge shepherd dog. Immediately the dog, growling, pointed the Black Knight so there were only 2 possibilities: to come back or to kick the ass of the dog. The stupid animal was lucky because the Black Knight decided to come back not to humiliate the dog in front of his sheeps. For this inconvenience the run was 23.6 km (14,6 ml) long.

Have you ever met a threatening dog while running?

26 comments:

  1. If that dog made me run an extra mile, I'd want to kick its ass, too! It was very kind of you to spare it. Maybe you could send it to Illinois to be my coach! :)

    I've never encountered a mean dog running. Once on a bike, which was a little scary bc of course I was at the back of the pack like the elderly deer just waiting to be cut off from the herd and attacked. The dog ended up leaving me alone after chasing briefly and making some noise.

    As someone with Irish blood, I appreciate you sticking to your plan and refraining from jumping into the fray. Whew! :) Have a good week!

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  2. You made me laugh...so kind of you not to humiliate the dog in front of his sheep by not kicking its ass.

    Do they really wear leprechaun hats? too funny.

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  3. The rugby game looks fun.

    I have never been threathened by a dog during a run although I met some scary ones during a run but fortunately they were on a leash.

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  4. mi è capitato eccome! m'ha lasciato anche il segno, quello stronzetto..... ma continuo ad amarli incondizionatamente! ;)

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  5. One time when I was out running, a woman was walking her dog without a leash and he jumped all over me! not fun.

    Glad you got the sticker okay!

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  6. I think if you lived here you'd decide that running in the snow is still better than the dreadmill! :)

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  7. Grrr to the dog!
    Too bad Italy lost the rugby match - better luck next time!

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  8. Another dog attack! Now the stupid shepherd dog knows the Black Knight. You didn't humiliate the dog in front of his sheeps, as a consequence, the dog must give you a lamb as loot :)

    Next week I'm going to Pomezia for job twice again. Maybe, on Wednesday I'll sleep there ... and I hope to run there too.

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  9. How noble of you to retreat so the dog saved face with the flock. Territorial dogs used to be a big issue for me when I ran in the country, to the point I carried a personal alarm with a pierce sound that allowed me safe passage.

    San Diego has very strong leash laws, so I haven't used that alarm for years. Which is a good thing, because I lost it after a rather embarrassing experience.

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  10. Love the new header! Very kind of you not to humiliate the dog. ; )

    I do hate worrying about the occasional dog. Nothing bad has happened in that regard (yet) but I've had a few scares. Glad yours turned out ok.

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  11. You must be a lover of all living creatures to spare that dog the humiliation of a beating in front of its flock. Very kind Stefano

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  12. I love dogs and I love running on country roads and sometimes these two loves are incompatible. Alas!

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  13. Sheep would have lost all respect for the dog, the dog would lose his job and end up homeless. You are a true animal lover.
    I on the other hand, when threatened by gnashing teeth, reached for a rock. The dog knew perfectly well what I was going to do and before I could even grab the rock the dog was off.

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  14. I once met a loose and injured angry dog, I was in northern Québec for work. My colleague made a loud Grrr sound and took a step towards him and the dog limped away. We were terrified and relieved!

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  15. You are cracking me up. No, I have not had any dog issues but now feel like one is in my future. I will follow your lead and not humiliate the poor creature. Glad you are doing well!

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  16. Once when I was visiting my parents for the weekend, I went for a run in their neighborhood and a dog ran after me as I ran past. Luckily, the owner was home and prevented the dog from attacking me.

    Sometimes I will encounter a barking dog when I run in my neighborhood, but luckily they are fenced in.

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  17. Ha, non e' il cane che merita un calcio, ma il padrone (e anche due)! Qui abbiamo guardato Scozia-Francia, e la Francia e' stato fenomenale, anche se mi sono addormentata (ho fatto un'altro stairclimb). Allora, Nick Mallett non c'e piu'?? Sarebbe interessante guardare Italia in Nuova Zelanda......

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  18. After my run-in/run-down with the dogs I've been quite nervous that I will meet another one. Next time, I will remember that I have options and could choose to beat down the dog. When the dog sees that I know this, he will be sure to run away!

    I miss rugby! When I lived in New Zealand, I went to a lot of games, but no longer follow it. Enjoy the six nations!

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  19. 3 dogs at the same time on a long run and one attacked. I won. I wasn't mad at the dogs, but frustrated with the owners who didn't care enough about their dogs to control them.

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  20. One time I was running along the edge of a subdivision sort of in the country. It was quiet. There was no one around. So I turned on my music. With the music on, I didn't hear the dog until it was practically in the air leaping at me. Scared the crap out of me! I shrieked and quickly enough the dog's owner came running after it.

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  21. Chased by a dog while running is never fun - especially if they have big teeth!

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  22. Thank you for your blog comment! I think we have a little slice of heaven here. =D

    Sorry to read about your broken femur. That's terrible!

    I have had an aggressive dog on my route- and one that was an overly friendly chaser. I had to stand up to the agressive one with a rock.

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  23. Thanks for your note, Stefano!

    I've had some pretty scary encounters with dogs, too, more during adventure races than training runs. I think you made the right decision steering clear!

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  24. A few times, but I get my pet boxing kangaroo to chase the dogs away ;)

    A shame they did not ask you to play the whole game - Italy would have won for sure!

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  25. What a pity about that drop goal! I was so excited thinking Italy was going to win this one.
    I run into dogs all the time. Here in SA there are no strict laws and dogs roam the streets quite freely. I pass one very aggressive German Sheppard every morning.

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  26. I'm certain had you played for Italy they would have won...but my Irish blood is glad you saved yourself for training. :)

    My neighbor's dog bit the back of my calf once and I had to go get a shot because she couldn't remember when he had his last rabies shot. Dang it!!

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