I went for a run in Jackson Park tonight. A loose dog (a large lab) saw me from a distance and started running toward me on the trail – barking. I stopped, it kept running, the owners kept yelling for it. I sprayed my pepper spray too soon so I missed the dog but she kept back about 3 feet, circling me and barking, while I continued to aim my pepper spray. The owners told me to relax, because she was sensing my fear. By the time they had grabbed their dog I was shaking – then I cried. I was terrified.
Luckily I am ok physically – except for a bit of burning from the pepper spray – it could have been much worse. Emotionally – I am not doing as well.
I just want one place in this city where I can run without worrying about a dog attack.