I own a bikes, a car, a dog.
If I am walking my dog (english cocker spaniel) off the lead (in a rural setting, not in a park, I'm talking lanes and fields) I try to keep him close and 'under control' but I am realistic enough to know that off the lead is not really under control, more under supervision. Heis 6 and has never bitten anything or anyone and has no interest in bikes or runners, if he did he would be on a lead all the time. If he doesn't come back and gets squashed by a car I am prepared to accept it. The quality of life he gets by being 'free-er' is worth the risk. (p.s. if he poops anywhere some wheel may roll or foot may tread it gets scooped)
When I am on my bike the dog stays home. There are certain farms I will not ride past as the dogs are 'chasers' and would gladly carry a 'humane killer' (like a Colt Desert Eagle) to deal with them.
Dog s**t on paths is a pet hate, as is the latest irritating trend of scooping it into a bag, then leaving the bag in a hedgerow. Who the F**k do these F**kwits think cleans up the countryside????
In my car I drive fast when I can, but never faster than I can stop in the distance I can see. If I hit a dog. Tough.
Not perfect but hey, who is?
Somerset, like 'Heartbeat' with newer cars!
Retro MTB: 1992 Cannondale M1000 Deore XT M730. 1992 Raleigh Dyna Tech Quantum Deore XT.
Retro Road: 1992 Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra Telekom Shimano 600 STI. 1993 Dyna Tech Ti Campagnolo Athena 8 Ergopower.
Modern: 2004 Wilier scandium Ultegra 6600. 2014 Wilier GTR Ultegra 6800.