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Author:  charlie [ Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Encounter with dogs

I went for a walk today and found my way to Yung Shue Long Village. I followed the path and eventually went through Tai Peng Village and reached a section of the Cable Road. I turned left and not far away there was a side street. I went in. It was a road gradually downhill. At the turn of the corner, there was a house with large concrete space in front of it.

As I got near the house, I can hear dogs barking. One of them was on my left side. When I turned and have a look, I noticed the dog lying on a slope without any leash on it and it got up and walked toward me. I knew I had to retreat.

I knew I cannot outrun the dog, so I turned around and walk slowly back where I came from. I turned to have a look and I can see the dog barking and ran toward me. I continued walking and felt the teeth of the dog hit my heel as it tried to bite me (I was wearing sandal only). I ignored it and continue walking slowly. For some reason, it did not came after me.

When I reached a safe place, I checked my heel and there was no wound, just some pain, which went away soon.

I thought about swaying my umbrella to scare the dog away but I was afraid that it might aggravate the situation. I guess I am just lucky to get away.

Author:  Alan [ Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:19 pm ]
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I think not a good tactic to turn around. If you are going to retreat walk backwards, or at least keep your eye on it. Pick up a rock or lump of wood if you can. The dog will notice and keep back.

I personally always carry a walking stick when hiking, and just raising it and pointing it at a dog is enough to make them keep their distance. An umbrella should work for that (if it's full length)..
If more than two or three, they can surround you and that would call for more extreme actions.

Dogs play dominance games with humans, they're not really trying to hunt and kill you. So when they try to intimidate me, I threaten them back, even while I'm retreating. So far haven't had to go beyond such play acting.

The jerks who keep dogs and let them run loose to intimidate people should be reported to AFCD and maybe police. Since it actually bit you they should have to take action.

Author:  rambler [ Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:59 pm ]
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This place is notorious for dog’s attacks. The path leads to pebbles beach where also there are many aggressive dogs. I am sure this deserves reporting to the police. This is the way some people try to scare off visitors. Similarly, I tried once to approach Luk Chau on kayak. I was greeted by several viciously looking dogs. Someone keeps them on inhabited island to prevent any “trespassing”.

Author:  Wiggychick [ Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:06 am ]
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My father-in-law was also bitten here, though he was on holiday and we didn't have time to report it before he left. I have felt very threatened walking in this area.
There is (was) a path that runs along the back of his property to the beach. There's not a lot left of the path, maybe because of the illegal piles of building material that have been delivered there?

Author:  Alan [ Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:05 am ]
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There is path going south from Luk Chau village along the coast, there are "beware of dogs" signs all along it and near the end there is a house with at least three dogs. When I came along the path the owner let the dogs out to scare me away. But I had my hiking stick so they just barked at me from a distance.

This is a public path leading to a small beach and pier, and one other house, aside from the one with the dogs. This guy has taken ownership of the path (obviously built by the government at considerable cost) and believes he has the right to physically threaten anyone who dares to use it.

I had a similar experience in the bucolic Gaia Valley. Residents lounged on their verandahs and smiled as their dogs raced out to threaten me until I retreated from their private little Shangri-La.

Author:  charlie [ Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:21 pm ]
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Thanks for the advice. I know what to do next time.

Author:  Flash [ Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:00 pm ]
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Reportedly Luk Chau is home to drug traffickers, so this may explain the dogs.

Author:  Alan [ Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:34 am ]
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Flash wrote:
Reportedly Luk Chau is home to drug traffickers, so this may explain the dogs.

Sounds like an urban legend. If you've heard about it, the cops certainly have, and they could watch the island from miles away till a delivery was made and bust them easily -- there would be no escape.

That's assuming the local cops are interested in busting anyone except the infamous Expat Drug Lords of Lamma.

Author:  rambler [ Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:07 am ]
Post subject:  Luk Chau

Flash wrote:
Reportedly Luk Chau is home to drug traffickers, so this may explain the dogs.

Sorry for the typo mistake in my previous post. It should be “uninhabited island”.
I do not think the dogs just swam there for fun or dog’s curiosity. They looked well fed.

I suppose the villagers do not want strangers visiting the graves. It looks like nothing elese is there.

Author:  charlie [ Sat Jul 21, 2012 8:59 pm ]
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It seems dogs always find their ways to me ... :shock: :shock:

I was walking down from Lamma Winds today. I took the path beside the reservoir, went under the bridge and not far away there was a lady with three dogs with leashes tied. Two of them barked at me but the lady held them back. I continued and saw two dogs not far from me.

One went up the path at the right side and the other walked down the path the same way I was going. It seems both did not notice me. I stopped for a few seconds and pondered about what to do. There are dogs in front and behind me. So I decided to pick up two fallen branches just in case. I continued my way down hill. Luckily, the dog going down hill was gone and I noticed it deep into the woods at my right side.

It seems if I want to avoid dogs, I've got to stick with the main roads in Lamma.

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