|Taken within minutes of the "not bite"|
The incident happened while I was riding on the Duluth Traverse trail in Piedmont (a multi-purpose trail, purpose built by COGGS and the City of Duluth primarily for mountain biking) when I saw a woman running down the trail at me with her unleashed dog. I pulled over to let them pass and she stated "Don't worry, (s)he will run right by". Her large, tan colored dog of indeterminate breed grabbed at my leg as it passed by. This was immediately painful, and I let the woman know her dog had bit** me. She continued down the trail, denying it and only came back when I continued to yell at her that it did indeed bite me and that she should muzzle it. She took a brief look at my leg (again no broken skin but with tooth marks appearing), stated it was just slobber, and went on her way. At this point I was pretty mad and continued to tell her to muzzle her dog as it HAD indeed bitten me.
I stopped and took photos. Later when joined by a friend she could quite easily see that under the red marks left by the dogs teeth bruises were forming (I don't bruise easily). I took photos of these developing bruises as well.
|Taken about 1.5 hrs after the incident|
What made me the most angry was the woman denying the reality of the dog bite. A proper response would have been "I am so sorry my dog bit you. I am glad the skin wasn't broken. From now on I will keep her/him under better control."
I hold dog owners 100% responsible for their dogs behavior. This is not the first time I, or one of my companions (human or canine) has been assaulted by someone's dog. Sometimes with malicious intent, often in exuberance. Any dog has the potential to bite, whether with intention to harm or just being playful (after all dogs "play" by grabbing with their mouths - just as they fight by grabbing(biting) with their mouths).
**I am a former dog owner (most recent pet, a 95 lb husky mutt) and spent many years working in sled dog kennels and running teams of dogs. I know my way around canines and am not afraid of them, so this was not a case of hysterics on my part because her dog slobbered on me.