Dog walker tells how her German Shepherd scared off ‘strange man’ who ‘freaked her out’ when he started following her when she was out
- Lorraine Scott, 40, was ‘spooked’ by a ‘strange man ‘ at 5am on Sunday
- She was taking her German shepherd Toby for a run on Leasowe beach
- When a man got ‘too close’ to Lorraine, her dog barked and scared him away
A woman has told of the moment she was ‘saved’ by her German Shepherd after the pet scared off a ‘strange man’ who started to follow her when she was out walking
Lorraine Scott, from Birkenhead, was taking her German Shepherd dog Toby for a run on Leasowe beach in Wirral at around 5am when she got ‘freaked out’ by a stranger following her.
The 40-year-old said: ‘I turned into the car park for the beach, and I spotted this maroon car on my right-hand side.
‘I carried on driving down towards the steps to the beach because it’s easier for the dog and parked by a vacant car.
‘I then started to sort everything out, like get my wellies on and get Toby sorted and noticed that the maroon car must have turned around from the way he was facing when I drove in as it was pulling up beside the vacant car by me.
‘I knew whoever it was had seen that I was on my own when I drove past, but I didn’t think anything of it at this point.’
Toby (pictured), a three-year-old German Shepherd scared away a strange man when he got ‘too close’ to Lorraine in an isolated car park in Wirral
Lorraine noticed a man get out of a car and slowly approach her as she continued to prepare for her run, the Liverpool Echo reports.
The man gradually headed towards Lorraine’s passenger seat whilst he ‘scanned the area’.
Lorraine continued: ‘At this point, I started to get really panicky and I just froze.
However, when the man came too close, Lorraine’s three-year-old German Shepherd intervened.
Sensing the man’s ‘strange’ presence, the brave pooch started barking.
Lorraine said: ‘Toby started going mad at him and then straight away the man jumped and ran straight back into his car and drove away very quickly.
‘I’m just really happy I had my protector with me. He’s naturally a protective breed and because of our bond he will always protect me.’
Despite being trained in kickboxing, Lorraine said she was ‘freaked out’ by the incident.
File photo: The incident occurred near Leasowe beach (pictured), where Lorraine intended to take her German Shepherd for a run at around 5am on Sunday
In a post on a community Facebook page, Lorraine added: ‘If I had been on my own, this might have been a different story – luckily, my German Shepherd is protective of me.
‘I’ve been at this beach before and never had anything like this happen and there is always people camping the night there so never usually though anything strange about people being parked up there.
‘Hopefully this post will make people aware there are some weirdos about and to be extra careful, so glad I have a German Shepherd to protect me.’
According to reports, the man was wearing a black tracksuit and a black crew neck t-shirt.
He is said to be approximately 5ft 8in with a slim build and very short blonde hair.