felix: This is in the middle of the two best riding months of the year for us m/cists. September & October are the times of colour in the leaves. Do not give up riding or taking a safety course at this time of year. Your bit of a scare is good enough reason for the latter.
Back around '50 I was scooting back to the shop with 100% Matchless 500 scrambler (now called MX), from practicing, when a darn dog & I nearly collided. I jumped the curb in trying to duck the stupid dog, into & through this high shrub fence, left hand toren off the clutch lever side & I am up against an OLD all shingle house nearly running into this elderly woman down on her knees working of the flowers only by this time I am with my elbow into the shingle sidings & hands on the clutch & brake levers. Greatly apoligized to the lady & she came up with something "Yes isn't that dog simply awfull". I looked back at the damaged shrub fence & said I would see to have this corrected & she told me that happend by a car coming through the shrub fence due to the same dog. Contacted driver, as I knew him & he said he would take care of the shrub fence & really wanted to take care of the dog as well.
Oh yes you have not had any problems with dogs yet have you!!!!!!!!!! LOL