Dogs and Bicycles

Last evening I decided to try my new DE luxe bike shorts form Bushtukah.  There are several roads to take from our house so we took one we haven’t ridden for a while.  Three kilometers down the road and I remembered why – hurling itself at our wheels was Cyndy the Shitzu.  Doesn’t just the name strike fear in your heels?

All the cries of “Cyndy, stop that. Come back here” didn’t stop the rolling ball of fur.  It seemed to take its owners words as encouraging cheers.

It gathered even more speed, passed my bike, and then turned to face me head on. I’m sure it was head on – I could see two glaring, angry eyes through the mop of hair.

I didn’t think I could perform my old childhood trick of riding with feet on the handlebars anymore but apparently I can. Coasting out of Cyndy’s domain I started to think.  That dog needs one of my civility workshops.  Soon, more oxygen was reaching my brain.  The dog’s owner needs one of my civility workshops. Dogs can’t read! But dogs are trainable. Pet ownership comes with responsibilities.  If owners don’t know how to do it themselves, then I highly recommend contacting t someone like Marcia at Happy Hound. Nipping heels be gone.

You’ll notice that there isn’t a picture of Cyndy the Heel Nipper.  It’s difficult to snap photos with ones feet on the handlebars.

Score: Suzanne 0; bike shorts 2; wild furry beast 10.

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10 Responses to Dogs and Bicycles

  1. I am impressed with the feet on the handlebars, mty friend.

  2. Angela Sim says:

    I too am impressed with the feet on the handlebars! I was actually busy trying to figure out what that would look like…with your long legs! You’ve made me chuckle, but it is a serious topic and people do need to accept the responsibilities that come along with pet ownership…including the training piece. Well said.

  3. @amwaters says:

    Suzanne, you are being too kind. I have felt for a long time that the message needs to be a lot more direct towards dog owners that do not handle their dogs properly. And there are many. I grew up with dogs on the farm. I love dogs. My father was very clear about who was in charge with both Sammy and Spike. I didn’t get blushing cavity searches from them. I didn’t get jumped on by them. They waited until I approached them and touched them before we engaged in play. I know many dog owners and there is only one dog in that population that clearly understands those rules. When I go to great lengths to avoid contact with those other dogs, I get to listen to the owners tell their dogs to stay away from me because “Anne doesn’t like dogs.” Oh brother. No. I love dogs. I just don’t like cavity searches and I don’t like being jumped on.

    • Thank you for your comments. Trying to get a serious message across with a smile. Hope it resonates with some.
      Like you, I like dogs but not if they’re all over me, uninvited. Like you also, I hear people saying I don’t like dogs. What I don’t like is the lack of training and discipline.

      • @amwaters says:

        You do have such a thoughtful way when dealing with tough situations. I have yet to find the ‘perfect’ phrase to deal with the dog dilemma, so I smile and say nothing because I know the words inside aren’t well packaged. Always touchy when it is friends, family or neighbours. I would love to hear if you have a good, solid sentence to help in these situations. Although most dog contact has been more of the ‘you are getting way to personal, pup’, I have also had clothes ruined and have had skin nipped. I would love to think that such a serious message could get across with a smile but so far I am having no luck.

      • I agree, this is a delicate situation.
        I find humour can be an effective way to deal with some situations. Underneath most humour is an element of truth. Of course, the tone should also be friendly.
        I’ve used:
        “Hmmm….you must have failed doggie school.”
        And
        “Let’s meet on MY terms.”
        Or
        Fake cry of “White skirt, white skirt!”

        A few times I’ve actually requested the owner hold the dog back so we could meet within my comfort level.
        Like parents immune to baby’s cry, pet owners fail to realize that we’re not all thrilled to have Rex jump all over us.
        Thanks for your comments.

  4. Suzanne’s message with regards to dogs greeting people in general is certainly a common occurrence! A few suggestions to those who are not as keen about the four legged furry friends jumping and displaying inappropriate behaviour. As soon as you see the dog coming your way whether it is on a bike path, in their driveway, or you are entering through their front door. The best way to have them greet you properly is for you to not Touch, Talk and even give Eye contact to their dog. They will give you a sniff to understand your DNA and when you don’t give them any attention they will be on their way. If the dog is more of the “pushy type” then I would suggest to move your body into their space and take over the area where they are claiming. This works especially well in doorways when they are jumping and being overly excited. However the quickest way to get rid of these very social animals is by letting them give you a sniff and completely ignore them.

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