How To Breathe When You’re Chased By 6 Hungry Stray Dogs While On Your Bike

Day 180/365: Talk about a “wild” bike ride…

A few weeks ago, a hoard of about 6 stray dogs chased me for half a mile while I was on my bike. At first, I paid no attention to them. Stray dogs are just a normal thing in Romania, unfortunately. We have extreme corruption, a dying government and a slow president, so a few homeless dogs are fine.

The thing is, the goddamn dogs kept chasing me way more than a normal group of stray dogs would. And unfortunately, one of them stuck his claw in my leg. Or his teeth, I don’t know for sure. It wasn’t a blood-wound, because I’d have gone to the hospital, but it was enough to scare the crap out of me.

Breathing is everything

This was definitely one of the few situations that alert me nowadays. I’ve been practising deep breathing for years now and can control my body to breathe correctly and basically withstand any situation. I’ve been in easy car accidents, in fights with a neighbour, had to withstand no internet for two weeks and many other nerve-inducing and heart-alarming situations.

All I need is a deep breath, followed by 3 regular ones and I’m back on track.

This time with the dogs though, things were different because the adrenaline rush was much higher and lasted for about a minute. Think about this: when the heart of a person stops because of a heart attack, for example, they shoot you up with adrenaline in order to get your heart pumping again.

I was having no heart arrest but got so aggravated by the fact that 6 big and hungry dogs were chasing me (laugh as much as you want, you won’t laugh when it’ll happen to you) the adrenaline in my body simply made my entire being tremble and sweat.

Yet, I took two or three deep breaths, followed by a set of regular breaths for each of the bigger ones and the body slowly started to cool off. Just like a Lamborghini gets to slowly cool down after being raved, I controlled my breathing and therefore controlled my mind and body.

It’s amazing what a few minutes of controlled, deep breathing can teach you about keeping calm even in the craziest of situations. Good luck with exercising this technique. Do it, it really pays off when you least expect it.

And may you never have to use it against a hoard of stray dogs chasing you while you calmly bike away at the end of a workweek…

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