My pet peeve is people who aren't responsible pet owners. I was rollerblading in the neighborhood yesterday and two dogs came from out of nowhere and start chasing me. One dog bit my in the back of thigh. I was petrified, not so much of being hurt by the dog, but of them knocking me down as I could have beens seriously hurt. The bite did not break the skin, although my leg hurts pretty bad as it is very bruised. My dh went down there to talk to the dog owner. He was visiting his mom (he does everyday) and said his dog never bit anyone before. My dh thought he seemed rather unconcerned or laid back about it. My dh told him there are about 20 kids on our street alone and that he needs to keep the dog in the fenced yard as the kids rollerblade and ride bikes up and down the street all the time.
Now, this is the first time I have been bit but not the first time I have been chased by neighborhood dogs. The dog owners seem to think it is cute or amusing when their dog chases me. However, it is EXTREMELY dangerous for me as they can cause me to fall and be seriously hurt. My dh wants me to carry mace and spray any dog that chases me or comes near me.
We are dog owners and do not allow our dog outside the yard unleashed and it is for others protection as well as ours as I surely wouldn't want the liability.