Her Dog Growled at a Creepy Man Who Stopped Her When She Was Out Running, but Now the Whole Neighborhood Thinks the Dog Is Dangerous

A woman recently wrote to an online forum for advice after a creepy man who stopped her while she was running began claiming that the dog who protected her from him was a danger to others. Here’s what he had to say.

New start

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The woman wrote, “I just moved from my city to my first house in a suburban neighborhood about six months ago—just me and my dog Oaken, a Dutch Shepherd. He is trained as a Personal Protection Dog (PPD).”

Big runner

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“I’m a runner, and Oaken runs with me,” she added. “We were running in our neighborhood’s park and pond area. I had my AirPods in, and it was just getting dark.”

Strange figure

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The woman noticed a man on a bike. He rode past her on the same trail as she was running. As she came around the corner, the man had stopped.

Lost keys

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He told the woman that he had lost his keys. He asked if she had a light because he believed he’d dropped them in the grass.

Incessant questions

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Then he hit the woman with a barrage of questions, asking where she lived, whether she drove to the park, and whether she had lived in the area for long. The woman got the impression he was trying to stall her.

Creepy behavior

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The woman found the questions annoying and creepy. But things were about to get stranger and creepier.

Shifting story

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The man changed the story from losing his keys to losing his headphones. He blocked the pathway and started asking about her dog.

Protection dog

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Oaken stood in between the woman and the strange man. It’s exactly what he was trained to do as a Personal Protection Dog.

Friendly inquiry

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The man asked if Oaken was friendly. The woman said yes. Then he asked if he could pet Oaken, but the woman said she’d rather he didn’t touch her dog.

Moving on

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The woman tried to move past the man. But he reached out and grabbed the dog’s leash. Oaken growled and bared his teeth, startling the man.

Neighborhood app

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When she got home, the woman wrote about what happened on their neighborhood app. It caused something of a storm.

Savage reaction

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A neighbor recognized her husband as the man. She has now spread lies about the woman’s “attack dog” around the neighborhood.

Was she in the right?

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The woman wasn’t sure if she overreacted by posting about the incident. She wrote to an online forum to ask if she was out of line.

The internet responded

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One poster said, “That interaction was creepy, and frankly, the guy is lucky that your dog is as well trained as he is; otherwise, he may have been bitten.”

While another commenter replied, “Make sure to tell everyone about her aggressive predator husband.”

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