There are some dogs that live by the canal, and they come out and bark. I stop and make friends with them by talking with them, and they were starting to not bark as much. Then the snow came. When I go back to the canal road, I'll probably have to start over making friends with them. In my 30 years of running, I've never had dog problems; rather, I've always enjoyed seeing them. When I lived in Massachusetts, there was a big dog that would come out and run with me for about five miles. This went on for several months. Then one day, he stopped coming; I never learned what happened to him. It was sad to not see him any more!