Really shaken up and scared, I ran past my in laws who also live in my neighborhood. I told them what happened. A neighbor who was also outside watching the fireworks heard me and she told me the same thing had happened to her with this same dog. She said she does not run in the neighborhood anymore because of this. Then I began to get angry. This one family who are bad dog owners was not going to stop me from running and following my training plan!
I got home and told my husband. We looked online at our Township website to find out what we should do. The site said to call the non-emergency number. With in a few minutes, a police officer called me and told me he was close and would swing by. Just a few minutes later the officer was at my house, then we walked over to the dog owners house. There the dog was, still outside running free with the two teenagers. Then the dog ran at and jumped at the officer. The officer yelled at the kids to get the dog. Instead of getting the dog, the kids bolted into the house. The officer ran after them. I yelled "I am going home, you know where to find me!", and I ran home. I do not know what happened after that...
I wanted to tell you this story because most of us run alone. This is not a cautionary tale of how bad pit bulls are. I believe that any dog can be trained to be a nice dog, but these people clearly were not training it properly. I have never called the police before, but since the owners did not even get up to help me, I knew talking to them myself would have been pointless. This incident could have been so much worse! If the dog wanted to, it really could have hurt me. I need to find something to run with to protect myself.
Do you run with any type of protection when you run?
A dream is a wish...