(Closed) I almost hit a dog today!

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
2497 posts
Buzzing bee

@nellybee:  You are not overreacting. It’s irresponsible of the man to walk his dog unleashed, especially since it’s now clear that he cannot adequately control his dog. Not to say that his reaction was justifiable, but some people process stress and fear differently.

Post # 4
7719 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@nellybee:  Assuming you weren’t speeding, you did nothing wrong. The guy should have been apologetic for his dog running in front of you, and thankful that you stopped. But some people have no sense. Yeah I would be upset too in your situation. I hope you’re feeling better soon!

p.s. You also did exactly the right thing by braking rather than swerving.

Post # 6
3078 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

I would never leave my dogs with out a leash, he’s crazy! For various reasons, firstly everyone here drives crazy! Maybe upwards fifty mph in a neighborhood. Also, if his dog we’re to unintentionally injure someone by running up to them just how he did with your car he could get sued. Don’t they have laws against that? Anyways, bottom line not crazy! My dog has escaped a few times (about a handful in over a year) and if I were in his situation, I would’ve been grateful you stoppedin time and also apologetic :-/

Post # 7
1406 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I would be livid too! There is a leash law for a reason. And stray animals can cause the driver to swerve and seriously hurt themselves. 

I LOVE dogs and I can’t even imagine how pissed I’d be if I accidently hit or killed someone’s beloved pet….I’d have to live with that the rest of my life.


Post # 8
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@nellybee:  Compared to what I would have done, I think you underreacted! I would have gotten out of the car and given the owner a piece of my mind.  We get so many hit by cars in the ER it is ridiculous.  Some dogs break free of the leash, but most weren’t on a leash.  There was one morning I was driving home from working overnight ER and a man was walking his dog on one of those stupid retractable leashes.  The man was on the sidewalk but the dog was in the middle of the road!  If I hadn’t worked all night I would have gotten out and yelled at him too

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