Wednesday, January 14, 2015

dog bites man

that dog bites they said. doesn’t like men. they were correct.

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.

the culprit


BONUS......  earlier toe injury







25 comments:

  1. Ouch! Little dogs can be mighty fierce.

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  2. The times I've been bitten by dogs, were by small nasty ones... but at least they won't maul you like the bigger ones. Unless there's a pack of 'em.
    May you heal well.

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    1. thanks. healing well. good thing he doesn't have a pack.

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    1. no dog in the room with me next time.

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  4. Ah a rat on a rope, not the best type of dog and not one to trust.. Not keen on the rats I prefer our whippets or the shelrie even though it is a bit yappy

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  5. Your tetanus shots still valid?

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  6. Don't ignore the bite at all until it's healed totally-- some polysporin is good for such minor breaks as we seem to be in a time where bacteria goes crazy and people end up with infections where before they never would have.

    Poor animals that have been so mistreated that this is how they respond. Humans can be soooo disgusting.

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    2. it is examined and redressed every day. ha ha. my toe gets redress

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  7. I am a dog lover, but I have a hard time loving a dog that bites without provocation. In the end, though, the responsible party is always the owner.

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  8. Thanks to the owner for the rescues. Sorry for the pup for being in that situation. Get better soon and keep it clean.

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  9. Wow, jaws of steel. That little guy's intentions show clearly on his face. Do make sure your tetanus shot is current. I have been bitten a lot and that is always the second concern. Any puncture wound is suspect.

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    1. it wasn't really a puncture wound. more of a small gash.

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  10. This here: "...before the dogs were let in i was advised 'if he tries to bite you raise your foot.'" is where I would have said, "Lock that dog up. Do not give him the opportunity to attack, because you are only making the problem worse."
    If the dog is okay with women but not men, then there may be a history of abuse. Maybe it's something else. It *can* be fixed with effort, but that effort requires that the dog NOT be allowed to engage in the unwanted behavior. Put the little guy in an X-pen in another room, out of sight of the male guest. When the man arrives, give him a bag of stinky, yummy treats. Note that these treats should be the best treats the dog gets and should only be given by visiting men, never by the owners. Have man walk to the door of room containing the pup in the pen, staying out of sight of dog, then have man step slowly into room *without looking at the pup* and toss a few stinky yummy treats into the X-pen. Walk away. Do that periodically as often as feasible throughout entire visit. Every man who visits should do the same thing with these special strange-man-only-yummy-treats, and the little cutie should always be confined for the entire visit. If it takes a year, then do this for a year. Only when little cutie starts to act happy about the strange men--the source those special treats--should he be allowed out of the pen. The first time you do let him out, make sure that there is a barrier between him and the man; for example, put the man in different room with gate across the door. Let pup loose so he can run towards man. If he runs with a bad attitude, stick him back in the X-pen, and he gets no treats when outside the pen. If he runs to the gated room with a good "YUMMIES!" attitude, then shower him with treats. Once the good attitude is established, the dog can be allowed to interact directly with men. But do keep those treats coming withe very visit.
    The worst thing to do when you want a dog to change a bad behavior is to allow the dog to engage in that behavior.
    And that is your (well, for your friends, at least) unsolicited advice for the day.

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    1. we have passed your suggestion along to the responsible party. yes. i was stupid. and got bitten for it.

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  11. ouchy! Amazing those little teeth went through your shoe like that. Thank goodness you weren't in Birkenstocks. I agree with C. Corax, the dog should never have been let in the house. Bone head move. Your earlier toe incident looks a lot worse, however! Yikes. Hope you heal up quickly.

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  12. Gosh hope you are healing up. A puppy cut open my face a while ago. But he was just over excited.

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  13. Tara-- Many lessons learned on that particular part of the journey. Roger's toe is pretty much all healed.

    Nora-- Yes, Roger has healed quite well. Over-zealous pups are pretty cute even when they're cutting you open!

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  14. So, in this case, contrary to convential wisdom, his bite was worse than his bark...

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  15. ack! conventional......!

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