I do occasional dog-walking gigs as a hobby. I love dogs, I don’t have one of my own, and it gets me outdoors for some fresh air and exercise. Yesterday, I was bitten several times by my charge, a 9 month old pit bull mix. I’ve been walking him twice a week for a month now. He has a sweet disposition and a puppy-like sense of wonder that causes him to lose focus on walking. I don’t know why he decided he wanted to lunge and bark and tear at my clothing. It was terrifying. I never lost control of a dog before. I’ve always been able to get them to comply. I’ve never been bitten by a dog before either. I have canceled the dog walking gig for now. I’m sad and my confidence is shaken.