To be bitten by the same dog once is unfortunate, to be attacked twice might be considered a pattern of animal behaviour.
That's what happened to me this evening cycling on the promenade towards Minnis Bay, while in the Grenham Bay stretch. Some months ago, in exactly the spot, I was chased-down by a large brown greyhound-type creature that answers to the name of "Roly" which clamped its jaws around my knee. I had to stop and fend it off with my bike until the owner came, I explained to the owner that the dog was a danger and he was lucky I didn't call the police.
This evening, the same thing happened again but this time he held the dog while I passed and then let it loose. In what resembled a training exercise for the dog, involving unwilling members of the public, it ran me down like a rabbit on a greyhound track. Once more I had to protect myself with my bike and once more it bit me.
I told the owner that allowing his dog to bite anyone wasn't a smart idea and if it happens a third time it becomes a police matter. What would happen if my daughter was cycling with me? A middle-aged man with a teenage son, he told me that he was "unimpressed" and anyway, "ee's only playin inn'e." (So if I pick up a lump of driftwood and batter the dog with it, is that only "playin" too?)
With all due respect to everyone's right to walk their dog along the beach, his dog might well be playing but how am I supposed to know and what happens if a child is chased and bitten off his or her bike by the same dog? Is it still a game? I doubt many people would find it funny!
I will be reporting the incident to the council's dog warden tomorrow but if anyone knows of it happening to others; after all, I can't be the only person if I'm bitten twice, then I would like to know so that preventative action can be taken against the owner before someone is hurt.