Post # 1
(cue FB drama)
After my dad teasing me on FB for staying in tonight and not walking the dog, and me stating it’s dark and not safe…my cousin felt a need to butt in and state “well there are street lights it’s not actually pitch dark”, “well why would you choose to live in a not crazy safe area?” (it’s not the sketchiest area, but it’s no prime neighborhood), “stuff happens just as much in the daytime as nighttime”.
I don’t care what she says, I would never feel safe walking my dog (the sweetest thing ever who wouldn’t know how to protect me) at night, especially by myself. I would probably do it in my hometime (less than 7000 living there), but that’s it!
What about you? Am I just watching too many crime dramas?
Post # 3
I do, but just around the block or so.
(I’m afraid of raccoons.)
Post # 4
I dunno… the only time I’ve ever walked my dog was if we went out somehwere, which was rare… we luckily have always had a yard, and we just let the dogs out to run around for a bit several times a day.
Post # 5
It depends on the type of dog. I used to live in a sketchy area….very sketchy…..but I was fostering Penny – a german shepherd mutt-mix – a medium (60-lb) dog. While I knew she was super sweet and would never hurt a fly, the dudes on my street did not know that. I often walked her after dark…..and every time I passed by a bunch of dudes just hanging on the corner drinking beers…you could see they were about to start cat-calling me and then were like “Woah….big dog” and gave me plenty of space. Man, I miss Penny!
(FI with Penny – sorry, I just came across this photo a few hours ago and could not resist posting!)
Post # 6
We live in a safe family-friendly middle-income neighborhood. That said, I would not feel safe walking around in the dark alone. I love walking around our neighborhood, and frequently go for walks in the morning before work.
Walking in the dark, I would not only worry about someone harming me, but I would worry about a careless driver hitting me or otherwise getting injured (Tripping and falling maybe?) and no one seeing me.
So no, I don’t think you’re alone. I wouldn’t walk after dark.
Post # 7
I would around my block and by the school near by but thats it. Granted I don’t have my puppy yet.
Post # 8
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I do every night. It’s frequently too hot to walk before 9 pm. It helps that my dogs would kill someone walking across the street and a mile away, but in truth, I don’t worry too much. I stay in well-lit areas near the street and stay out of wooded areas. Worse thing I have seen is a possum. Ugly things.
Post # 9
Nope. I would never walk alone in the dark. And as far as I’m concerned, most dogs don’t count as someone else- I still consider myself alone. The city I grew up in was known for being pretty safe and I still never would have, never will. It’s just risky- stuff does NOT happen just as much in the daytime. I live on a college campus and we hear about women getting mugged all the time, always at night when they’re alone. Thankfully I haven’t heard of a rape or murder in my time here, but that’s happened before too.
Post # 10
Nope, I would not and do not. Even though the area I live in is “considered’ a good area, I’d rather not risk it.
Post # 11
I live in a relatively safe, well-lit urban area, but I still never walk my dogs at night. It just makes me nervous. I’d probably be fine, but I would be worried and jumpy the whole time and it’s just not worth it. Even if I lived in a really safe, rural area I probably still wouldn’t because I’m basically just afraid of the dark. : )
Post # 12
@galloway111 – not trying to be mean or anything, but have you ever owned a dog? I mean, they are totally pack animals (at least in my experience – maybe yours is different??) And if trained properly, or even somewhat properly, the dog knows that you are part of its pack and will protect you if you are in trouble. Now, granted, a tiny dog would not be much protection, and I would never walk ‘by myself” (sans dog) in a sketchy area after dark, but when I am with a dog…my dog…part of my pack….I have never felt like I was by myself. Again, totally not trying to be mean or anything, it just intrigues me that you feel this way.
BTW – now, if we are talking about cats – forget it! My cats would totally push me under a bus to get themselves out of harms way!
Post # 13
I live in a really safe area, but its pitch black out there on my street! No street light till a mile down the road. So nope… I’m not going out there.
Post # 14
I would walk my dog at night in my complex, don’t think I ever have though. The streets here are well lit and it’s a private community plus on top of that my dog is 100+ pound German Shepard. I wouldn’t leave my complex though and I never run errands alone at night.
Post # 15
@Orion: Ugh I miss our yard! We moved from a giant yard to no yard. *sob*
@Rock Hugger: Awe what a sweety! Yes, my dog is a 40lb lab and just looks sweet (to everyone except the Asians here. They’re terrified of her for some reason)
If DH came, I would still be jumpy but not as much. But…I agree, it just isn’t worth it! Less people around+more places to hide=more dangerous!
Post # 16
@Rock Hugger: Yes, I have a dog, but he’s a shih tzu so not very big. I did say most dogs, not all, because I know some dogs would bite or attack if they sensed trouble, I’ve known dogs like that. But I’ve also known large dogs that lick and sniff everyone and would probably just bark and be curious if someone approached. Besides, maybe I watch too many crime shows too, but it’s not all that hard to silence a dog if someone wanted to attack me.
If you own a super protective german shepherd… you may feel differently, haha.