My Horrible Accident: If you have animals, please read this and learn something from my mistakes *pics*

MrDudeMan

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NOT TOTALLY WORK SAFE - SOME PEOPLE MAY NOT LIKE WHAT THEY SEE - THIS IS A FAIR WARNING


dont ask for cliffnotes. if you care what i have to say, read it all.

it all started last night when i was playing with my dog. to give you some history of my dog, he is 7 years old, dalmation, and very docile. since he has been getting older, he has become very touchy when he is asleep, just like older age people. well it is hard for me to realize that he doesnt want to be messed with because i grew up with him. we always played, slept, exercised, and sat around the house together. well last night i got a quick lesson on just how touchy he is.

the incident: he was asleep on the floor and i was shooting the breeze with my sister, her husband, and my girlfriend. i sat down next to my dog after a while and scratched his ear and rubbed his head, which he usually likes. well, he gave me a pretty mean growl so i left him alone, but i was kind of perplexed as to why i got that reaction. so anyways, about 30 minutes later, i called his name and i saw his eyelids open, so i sat down next to him and quicker than i could even move my hands his face was attached to mine and i could see down his throat. to be totally honest, i have never actually been scared of something hurting me, but at that very instant i was scared $hitless of what my dog was doing. i knew it was going to be bad when i tried to pull my head away and i felt his teeth inside my lips, nostrils, and septum (sp?).

my lesson i would like to teach people who have animals and dont always understand their behavior: it is hard to think that your own dog could hurt you so badly, but regardless of how much you love each other, dont forget they are still animals. i still love my dog and i know he didnt do it with malicious intent because after he was awake and realized he injured me very badly, he put his tail between his legs and laid at my feet whining. he only does that when he knows he did something bad, but this time he did it way more sincerely. dont underestimate the power of instinct. he was scared and he was defending himself. if you think about most animals, they only have a select few ways of defending themselves, and their teeth seem to be the main weapon. this all may sound very obvious, but until your own animal that you raised from 1 week old attacks and hurts you, you may not understand this.

i feel better now that i have at least told people what happened, and if only 1 person listens to my warning/message and it saves them from what happened to me, then this was all worth it. i hope no one ever has to endure trauma such as what happened to me last night.






his teeth cut a total of 8cm worth of lacerations on my face, under my nose, and in my nose. there is a 3cm cut above my lip, both of my nostrils were pierced and torn (one was actually hanging loose by only a tiny bit of skin, the other had a hole in the side like pushing a knife through a box), and the septum (the middle part of your nose with the cartiledge (sp?)) was torn completely apart and stitched from both sides (inside - ouch!).



pictures for those of you who cant resist :) (hey, i may be a little freaked up on drugs and stuff, but i still know ATer's and they want pics!)
also, incase you were curious, the plastic surgeon said there will be no scarring, so thats good at least.

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Armitage

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Is there a chance your dog may be going deaf? Dalmations are prone to that and it maight help explain his behavior at being startled.
 
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Originally posted by: ergeorge
Is there a chance your dog may be going deaf? Dalmations are prone to that and it maight help explain his behavior at being startled.
I didn't know it was that common. A neighbor had a skittish dalmation that was actually going deaf.
 

PunDogg

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damn dude at least you are ok, thanx for the warning, i'll have to remember that when i get a dogg

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FrOsTxxbYtE

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wow man that sucks, i really love my dog and i know hee loves me but i will indeed be a little more on edge when he is sleeping and i lay beside him to pet him
 

Ynog

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My next door neighbors dog did something similar, except he nearly killed their child.
They put the dog down because they didn't want to risk the dog doing it again.

My only advice, is beware children around that dog. Because the dog doesn't differentiate
between you and a child, and a child doesn't know better. I would hate for you to have to put
your dog down.
 

rh71

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Wow that's rough. I didn't care to click on the pics after reading your description...

Don't you think different breeds of dogs would act differently, as in, some breeds would NEVER attack anyone ?
 

LordJezo

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Are not dalimations known to be the meanest dogs there are? I remember seeing a tv report on it and dalmations were rated to be one of the most dangerous dogs to own.

With that, I will stick to my tiny yorkshire terrier. If that thing ever tried to bite me I could throw it across the room.

Small dogs >> big dogs.
 

BSEagle1

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We have a dog who's almost 17 years old...he's blind and pretty much deaf. When we were evacuated from the recent California wildfires, while we were walking him in a motel parking lot, he fell down a dumpster stall 6.5 feet to the ground thinking he was supposed to jump down and not seeing how high it was. He got back up and started walking around...we went down into the stall to lift him out, and he wasn't even winded. Freakin amazing.
 

Oscar1613

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yeah something like that happened to my brother a few years ago... my great uncle had a collie that was pretty old and my bro (about 7 at the time) went to pet the dog while he was asleep and the dog swatted him in the face with his paw... damn near got one of his eyes, but luckily he only had to get stitches on his upper and lower lips
 

Gyrene

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At least it wasn't an Akita, I'll be careful not ot piss mine off from now on. Sorry for ya, Tony, hope it doesn't hurt too bad, looks painful.
 

MrDudeMan

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Originally posted by: LordJezo
Are not dalimations known to be the meanest dogs there are? I remember seeing a tv report on it and dalmations were rated to be one of the most dangerous dogs to own.

With that, I will stick to my tiny yorkshire terrier. If that thing ever tried to bite me I could throw it across the room.

Small dogs >> big dogs.

no, you are actually wrong. they are very docile and usually extremely loyal to their owners, as my dog as always been. the vets have always told me dalmations are nice and usually very good with people/children. the problem here is he was taken by surprise.



also, he is not deaf at all, but you are right, they do go deaf and blind with more frequency than any other breed i think.
 

MrDudeMan

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Originally posted by: richardycc
cliffnotes: your dog pulled a siegfried and roy on you. The end!

yeah you are hilarious
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oh well, someone always has to be an ass
 

Aharami

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yea from what i know dalmations are extremely loyal. and really brave. i guess thats why they are used as firemen's dogs. i saw this realTV video once where this guy fell into a frozen over lake. his dalmation pointed out where he was under the ice when the rescue crew couldnt find him.
 

dxkj

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They arent more dangerous, just more inbred than most other dogs... I mean, seriously. That also explains going blind and deaf.....
 

NetWareHead

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First you are lucky your dog didn't cause more damage or put out an eye. Second, the instant it let go, I would have thrown it across the room and beaten it senseless, and probably kicked its ass again when I got back from the hospital. A dog should never ever strike its master.