Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mauled By My Own Dog

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The picture above was taken yesterday right after it happened.

My sweet dog, Fletch, turned on me yesterday when I was trying to break-up a fight between him and Eli.  Eli is constantly jumping on Fletcher when he has a toy he wants.  I usually just grab Eli by the neck and he lets go of Fletcher’s neck.  This time he didn’t let go.  Fletcher was trying to go after Eli to make him let go and instead got a hold of me TWICE on the left arm and hand.

 

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The least severe-looking of the bites (the one on the back of my hand) is actually the worst.  The stitches I got are on the palm side.  When he got a hold of that hand, he began shaking his head.  You know how dogs do.  I could feel the muscles inside of my hand ripping…in slow motion.

 

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You can see that my hand and fingers are swollen up today.  (Compare yesterday’s picture to today’s.)  Two knuckles are blue and the back of my hand is blue, which doesn’t show up in these pictures for some reason. 

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That doesn’t even look like my hand.  It looks like someone else’s hand with sausages attached.

I knew better than to do what I did.  It is not Fletcher’s fault that I was bitten.  He was in fight mode and acting out of pure animal instinct when it happened…and he was not intending to go after me.  I just happened to be in the way.  I will NEVER-EVER try to break two dogs fighting up again.  In fact, as sad as it makes me to say this, I think we need to get rid of Eli.  He is the instigator, and it’s not like this is the first time he’s jumped on Fletcher trying to rip his throat out.  It has happened many times.  I was just lucky those times that Eli let go of Fletch when I grabbed him.  It’s that male-on-male dominance thing that is not ever going to go away between them.

I went to the hand doctor that I had just seen a couple of weeks ago about my elbow.  There is no major damage to any tendons and no bones broken or joints involved, which is good.  I’ll get the stitches out in 10 days and I’m on antibiotics also for 10 days.

I have never been bitten by a dog, much less my own.  The power in him and the look in his eyes was frightening and shocking.  Yes, my hand throbs, but more than anything, I’m freaked out and sad.

38 comments:

  1. Oh no! I hope you heal well and fast. I also hope this doesn't cause to you stay freaked out. Healing thoughts speeding your way!

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  2. Oh PS I am so sad for you. I know EXACTLY what you are saying too because I have taken Winston (the Welsh) off of Dixie (the smaller mix). One time I was taking his rope toy and just lobbing it on his back side trying to get his attention because I thought he was going to kill Dixie! Whenever it happens, Dixie runs somewhere and hides as soon as he gets away. I've threatened to get rid of Winston for that reason only. And Dixie will sometimes instigate it, but sometimes it's just like you said...male vs male instinct. I will NEVER have another male dog. My first thought was...ohhhh nooo...she already has problems with her hands. So sad for you.

    Cindy Bee

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  3. I'm so sorry about your hand, I hope it will heal quickly. Sounds like you have a tough decision to make. Thinking of you.

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  4. I am so sorry that happened. That is awful. And scary. It is so hard to get rid of a pet because they are part of your family.

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  5. I am so sorry it happened to you and your doggies.... It certainly can shake one up..
    Take care :))

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  6. Oh My Gosh Pammy Sue! I am so sorry that happened but I know how animals can be when they are fighting amongst each other (me the farm girl)!!! Take care and do as the Dr. ordered! Blessings!

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  7. So sad for you...I know how you must feel...:0(

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  8. Oh Pammy I am so sorry that happend..Take care of yourself and that hand. Yes it isn't a good thing to get between dogs when fighting..
    Gentle Hugs...Birgit

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  9. I'm so sorry to see your poor hand and arm. That looks bad. I've had my Cairn nip at me a few times but never that kind of damage. I know it's going to be hard for you to decide what to do.

    Hugs, Teresa

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  10. Oh Pammy I am so sorry this happened to you... it looks so very painful, I have always been afraid when dogs fight, shoot I don't even like it when they growl at each other. Remember plenty of ice, I think the swelling looks like you may need to see the doctor again.

    Thoughts are with you.

    Barbara

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  11. So sorry. Sounds like you're contemplating a big/tough decision. I hope your injuries heal quickly.

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  12. I have a momento of my Paka's canine on the inside of my left ankle. She and I were playing and my ankle got in the way of her mouth. I know how bad that hurt, I can't imagine getting a full force bite.

    Keep the bites as clean as possible, take the antibiotics and something to help you sleep.

    When it is time, you will know what you will need to do for Eli and Fletch's best

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  13. OUCH!!!!! You poor thing. It looks worse than it sounded. Now, get your rest and keep those dang dogs apart. We need you back with us soon. And take those antibiotics like the doc ordered.

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  14. Oh Pam, I'm so sorry to hear this. My daughter recently had this happen to her as well separating her male dogs. Please take care and I hope your hand heals quickly.

    Hugs from Utah.

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  15. Two words....Old Yeller

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  16. I do have a question...How old is Eli?
    I am glad your ok ...but those are some nasty bites

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  17. Oh Pam...how scary! Your hand must hurt something awful! As well as your heart, for what you now have to do. You were lucky, it sounds to me like! Take care of yourself. Wish I could come bring you some pudding. We always bring vanilla with vanilla wafers and bananas. So sorry this happened Pammy Sue!!!

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  18. Bless you, Pammy. How upsetting. Glad they aren't bigger dogs with an even bigger bite. Your hand looks so sore. Please rest and take care of yourself and in time you'll know what to do. Maybe a tazer (mild one) or a strong hose or good ol' bucket of hot water on 'em but of course not in the house! Geez, sorry that happened. Hugs.

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  19. Oh Pammy Sue that looks nasty. I hope I won't hurt to much. It's very sad that your dogs don't mix together.
    I hope you still can crochet.

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  20. Ouch, that must have really hurt--and probably still does! I'm more of a cat person but my dad's had a few dogs. One time his boxer Boss and another dog, Raf (sort of looked like a mix of a german shepard and collie) got in a fight because of me, Raf was jealous of the attention Boss was getting. Dad tried to separate them and ended up with a torn ear lobe. Since then he only separates dogs with the water hose...and the water at full force!
    I hope you get better soon!
    xx

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  21. Oh my so sorry to hear you got bit it is not fun and to have your dog do it makes it hard too you have enough problems with your arm now this. I hope that you will heal soon and feel better. I know about dog bites I been bitten severly before. Take care my friend you will make the right decision that is right for you.

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  22. PS!!!! I hope you are okay!! Keeping it elevated and iced! If you get a fever call your doctor ASAP!!!!

    I know you have to be heartbroken over this... Prayers for healing on the outside... And on the inside...

    Much Love,
    TH

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  23. What a horrible dilemma. I am really sad for you...feel better.

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  24. Oh I'm so sorry the bad thing happened to you. I hope you feel better now and everything will just be fine...
    Take care of you.
    Love, x

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  25. Uh, ohhhh, I'm so sorry! I bet you are taken aback by this - I would too! I've never been bitten by any dog, but I'd be too chicken to reach in and try breaking up a dog fight either...I'd take a hose to them LOL (if there were one) or the kitchen fire exterminator or even my mace...I guess you learned your lesson the hard way. Are your dogs neutered?
    Do you know anyone who might want Eli? He sure is a handsome boy.

    Speedy recovery - hope you'll be feeling better soon - in every way!

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  26. So sorry to hear! I have been bitten (actually attacked) by a friend's cat before. I know how painful this can be not to mention the guilt you probably feel! Hopefully this doesn't derail your crocheting for too long! You seem to have had a lot of that so far! Best wishes!!!

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  27. Ouch! That looks like it hurts. I hate dog fights. I am sure he didn't mean to go after you.

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  28. autch!!!
    get well soon !

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  29. ouch hope you get better soon I know how you feel my dog bite me once also had stitchs 29 of them.

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  30. I'm so sorry this happened but it may just be a warning that you need to get rid of one of your MALE dogs. Males are so much more apt to bite. I know it isn't really Fletcher's fault BUT it is Fletcher you should get rid of. He is a biter. He even bit me one time. If you have a baby in the house....well, that worries me. I know he bites because he gets over excited and it's his way, but that is a really really really bad thing for any dog to do. I hope you don't get rid of Eli. He never bites!

    It's too bad that male dogs can't be like female dogs. They are usually fine if there is just one male in the pack.

    Your hand and arm look terrible! I hope they heal quickly.

    Love you!

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  31. Oh no Pammy Sue. I couldn't imagine having to get rid of a dog that I love for any reason. I totally understand but feel bad for you......and Eli. Eli sounds like he needs to be the only baby in a family or household. Like you said, it's only instinct but sometimes you have to draw the line on things like that. I so hate it for you. If I didn't have Leo I would come get him in a heartbeat. I hope you can find a good home for him.

    I hope you heal quick. Much love and hugs hon. xoxoxo

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  32. Omg Pammy Sue, how awful, I'm so sorry this happened. When we first adopted Sonny - already had our little male, Squirt - it was scary bec they are both 'alpha' and they'd get into terrible fights over food/toys/chewies. Thankfully it never got to a point where they actually drew blood! We seriously thought abt returning Sonny. However, we gave it some time and 'worked' with them by holding them down to establish ourselves as pack leaders (it's harsh, hubby got bit a few times). After 6 mos. it is much better betw them. When one has a toy the other one wants, they've learned to keep a little distance. We now use a spray bottle to try and nip the aggression before it completely flares up, which is rare now.

    I'm bummed for you to have to be faced with this decision. I'm sure you'll do what's best for you and your furry family. All the best, Josie

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  33. Oh and I forgot to say that I hope your hand heals soon!!! Josie

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  34. I'm so sorry :( Dog bites are scary no matter the situation. Just be careful because when our dog bit someone we were told he had to be put down. Once they taste blood it's something they crave and will probably attack again. Whatever you choose be safe. <3 <3 <3

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  35. ouch! that looks awful :( I'm so sorry that happened, I really hope it heals up quickly and that you can feel less freaked out.

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  36. I was bitten by my own dog Lily while patting her once...she bit me in the face! I had a cut below my eye and two on my upper lip and lip and I was horrified and terrified. It was also a little dog like your by mine was an American Spitz. Once they have done it, no matter what you will never feel quite the same about it. The thing is that we tend to think of them as humans and they become so close to us but when it comes down to it they are dogs first and foremost. I'm sure you think the same way I do in wondering the what ifs.....it is not nice to think about. Take good care of yourself and try not to be mad at the dog. Once you heal up you will be able to decide what you want to do about it all. Take care and be easy with things because you will be sore for a while. It's sad for pup too because they certainly sense something is wrong for a while afterward.

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  37. Ouch, that looks terrible, we all must remember our pets are just animals, and at times they act just that way. Take care (: oxox, Diane

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  38. Oh my goodness...I am sooo sorry...it looks so painful! I agree that it is best to find a home for one of them...although it is hard to do! Speedy Recovery, my friend♥

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