we went to have dinner with family, where a very big very lovable excitable dog lives. we have seen her many times. she waits in the fenced back yard till we are in and when is let in she sniffs us and gets pets. this time there was another dog living there. a smallish rescue dog whose behavior suggested prior abuse, likely by a man as he had already bitten two men after being rescued. that was his history. he was in the yard with the nice dog. before the dogs were let in i was advised “if he tries to bite you raise your foot.”
stupid me. i stayed there. i watched the door open. the little dog did not hesitate a millisecond before he made a beeline for me. i barely thought to raise my foot when he chomped on it. OUCH. i shook him off, kicked him away when he made at me again, and i said a lot of bad words very loudly as i ran out the front door.
a quick exam showed a small skin prick, so i thought. a closer look later revealed a sort of gash. maybe where his fang scraped my toe as i shook off his toothy grip.
i noticed a red blot on my white sock. look what was there. it was less dramatic with the excess blood cleaned off
he bit right through
everyone was upset. our host was embarrassed and apologetic. i felt bad. we hugged and left. later the rescuer/owner of the dog, who was not home at the time of the bite, called and assured me that his shots were current, apologized and promised to muzzle the dog when appropriate.
i have assured all that it is a minor injury and is healing. it was painful when it happened. i’m almost over it.
BONUS...... earlier toe injury