Yup, that's right. My dog got run over by a bicycle. We were on a multi-use trail yesterday and a gentleman was riding a bike with his dog. Usually when cyclists pass Casey and I on off-leash trails, I call her over and either make her heal, or we just stop and move to the side and wait for them to pass. This time, I saw that he had an off-leash dog with him who was quite a ways away from the cyclist on the side we were walking, so I figured I would let her go see the dog while the gentleman rode on. DUMB.

As Casey ran over to see the dog, the dog crossed in front of the cyclist to the other side. Of course my dog, being completely oblivious to anything and everything happening around her except for the one thing she's interested in, also crosses in front of the cyclists, except she didn't have enough time to make it all the way across.

To give you a mental image, imagine Casey as a big ol' doorstop, and the bike as a huge door slamming shut, only to be immediately and violently stopped by this fat, noisy doorstop.

The poor gentleman on his bike goes flying over the handlebars and topples to the ground while Casey ran in crazy circles around the bike and the man on the ground barking and whining and generally making a scene.

She's fine. She was shaken up for about 30 seconds, but immediately took food from my hand, so was obviously not shaken up enough not to eat something, lol. About two minutes after the accident, she was running and playing with a pair of border collies, and frolicking in the water, so doesn't seem any worse for the wear. She's eating, drinking, peeing and pooping just fine and isn't yelping or whining when you put pressure on her side where she was hit. Obviously we’re watching her carefully to make sure nothing out of the ordinary happens, and taking it easy for a few days, but overall she seems pretty much normal.

At a minimum, I hope she learned her lesson and steers clear of cyclists now and perhaps pays a bit more attention to where she's running.

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Comment by Monica, Orion, and Laika on September 1, 2010 at 6:12pm
Glad she's okay! My brother's aussie used to try to "herd" him (he'd run along side, then try to run in front and turn to face the bike... its dumb) and one time his foot got run over. My brother threw the bike to the side and fell off so he didn't put much pressure on the paw since he saw the inevitable about to happen so luckily there was no major damage to Finn's paw. Needless to say, Finn is no longer trying to herd cyclists!
By the way, the mental image of the "fat, noisy doorstop" made me laugh!
Comment by Monty'sMom on September 1, 2010 at 4:05pm
wow I wish Monty got over his incident as well. We now have a hatred of bikes and have to crazy bark and chase them when the come by us. Luckily I am aware of this behavior and make sure we walk away for them or try to stay in a sit until they pass. Not sure if it is part of the herding instinct but it started every since I freaked out at some teenagers on bikes for coming right at us when he was a puppy and scaring both of us. Glad he is ok!
Comment by Sondra on September 1, 2010 at 2:48pm
yeah, reminds me of the time i tried to ride my bike and take Corie for run.. yep.. the bike and I ended up on the ground.. that was the end of that...bike 0.. Corgi 1
Comment by christy fry on September 1, 2010 at 2:07pm
I'm glad to hear that Casey is doing so well!!! It must have been very scary though...

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