I was walking along the coast path (permissive path over private land) on the way back from a fruitless fishing trip today, when i found myself catching up with a woman and two dogs, a Corgi and a Great Dane, neither dog was on a lead despite signs instructing that dogs should be under close control. The woman was talking on her mobile phone and continued ahead, accompanied by the Corgi. Her Great Dane spotted me and stopped between me and the woman. As I reached the Great Dane I continue past but she followed along behind me, about 2 feet behind. I get to about 15yds from the woman (still on the phone) when the Corgi turns round and barks at me. At this point the woman turns round looking shocked and shouts something and waves her arms in the air and the damn Great Dane went and bit me on the leg! conversation went like this:
ME: "aaaargh!!! your dog just bit me!"
WOMAN, casually: "she thought you were carrying a stick" (looking at my tubed fishing rod)
ME: "so what? Damn dog just bit me on the leg!"
WOMAN "she thought you were going to hit her"
ME: "why the **** would she think that?"
WOMAN: "because she thought you were carrying a stick. It's OK, I'll hold her collar while you go on down the path"
My leg was pissing out blood and the stupid woman still had the telephone glued to her ear!
At this point words failed me and I had to walk away. I was absolutely livid! It wasn't so much the bite that got to me, but the reaction (or lack of) from the woman. No apology..... she was completely unconcerned.
But what can one do in situations like this?
I have no idea who the woman was and it was on a public footpath over private land.