Imagine this scenario but with a frightened, screaming and crying six year old where her brother was trying very hard to distract the dog while her mommy made a mad dash across the track to save them. Did I mention the adults who stood by and watched this ordeal or the dog owner? This was me!
While during our 2-3 mile evening walk/run on the track an owner decided to walk his dog off leash near the track. As my daughter joyfully ran by I think the sound of her beads made the dog think she wanted to play. I never knew I could run that fast and yes now that the adrenaline has worn off my shins hurt like H-E- double Hockey Sticks. The owner decided he better come to the rescue after he saw me prepare for attack. I am certain he saw that the look on my eyes meant I was ready to go to battle with the dog. As he issued his useless apology, I could barely speak. One of the runners on the track reminded the owner that dogs were not allowed but where was he 10 minutes ago. I decided it was best to leave to avoid some ungodly words with the adults that witnessed this.
I could not imagine observing any child in harms way and I not attempt to help them. Have we really gone to a society that just does not care? It reminded me of the shows were they stage authors in scenarios to see who will respond. I almost wish that is what happened so the people who stood by could see themselves. I did report this to the township and they mentioned that they would ride by to make certain that the rules are being observed.
This ordeal reminded me that I needed to share some dog safety tips with the kids; first one, you can't outrun a dog.
My question to you is, if you witnessed a child in distress what would you do?