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The Dog Whisperer

Cycling to college today, I noticed a dog circling a car on the road, barking furiously. Before my mind could get carried away with flashbacks from Cujo, I got close enough to see that it was actually barking at another dog in the back seat of the car. The woman in the car was clearly distressed, as she couldn’t drive away in case she accidentally hit the dog. “Wow, what a predicament” I thought to myself, and cycled off.

I actually did cycle by; but I stopped and got off my bike further down the road, and walked back to help. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do; if the dog became unruly, did I wrestle it to the ground until the trapped car could make its escape? As it turned out, all it took was a few shooing motions and a stern “gerroutofit!” to convince the dog to calm down. The woman rolled down her window, thanked me, and drove off.

Why am I mentioning this? Because I would have stopped straight away to help out; but I found myself thinking, as I often do in these situations, that maybe the person has the situation under control. Maybe I’m going to make a massive tit out of myself by offering to help where no help is needed. A good example is from a few weeks ago, also on my cycle to college. I was cycling along the N11 behind a girl, who as it turns out was also cycling to UCD. As we both pulled into the front gate and came to the security kiosk, a car sped by at the junction in front of us, forcing us to brake suddenly. I managed to stop without much trouble, but she pulled too hard on the front brake, performed an impromptu stoppie/endo and landed back on her bike awkwardly, dropping her bag in the process. I was already cycling away when I noticed what had happened, and by the time I had decided I should go back and check if she was ok, she had gathered her things and rushed off.

So I’m making a rather late new years’ resolution - to stop second-guessing myself and offer help to strangers whenever I suspect they need it. And if I end up offering to help an elderly woman cross the road, and she tells me to piss off… well, that’ll just make for an interesting blog entry :)