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Anyone who knows me, knows that i really dig my doggie.  Berkley is a 5 year old Shih-Tzu who can make me really laugh!  His personality is awesome and he’s smart.

When Berkley was new to us, he and my son had a run-in and Berkely bit Patrick over the lip, resulting in a couple of stitches and a visit from the county.  A couple of months later, Patrick was messing with the dog and once again, the dog snapped at him and caught him just over the lip, not too far from the first one.  Fortunately, the injury didn’t require medical attention.

I’ve always considered myself the “Alpha” between the dog and i so i’ve always taken liberties when dealing with the dog.  I tell Patrick to keep his face away from the dog, yet i nuzzle him most mornings as we are getting up.  Well, this morning i had the shock of my life.  As i was petting and sweet-talking Berkley as i do most mornings, i leaned in and asked him if he had a kiss for Mommy.  Usually, he will give me a tiny lick on the tip of my nose.  Not this morning.  He lashed out, took hold of my nose and shook.  It was truly the shock of my life!  Immediately, i had a blistering headache and was seeing stars.  The pain was unbelievable!  After another minute, my stomach began to turn and i was feeling like i was going to be sick.  When i stood up, the blood was dripping off my nose.  My daughter heard the commotion and came into my room and her first reaction was “You need to go to the doctor, Mom.”  I decided against it until i could get a look at the damage.  After close examination, i decided that i was going to live but i was also going to look like i lost a fight with a weed-whacker.  How embarrassing.

I took 3 Aleve, cleaned up the injuries and applied Neosporin.  I began work at 10:30 and i’ve shared the story with each of my clients because as soon as they see me, they get a horrified look on their face and ask me what in the world happened to my face!

I’m looking forward to my husband seeing the results of the dog’s “attack” when he gets home because, when i called him to tell him what happened, he wasn’t sympathetic at all.  When i told him what happened, he said, “Yep...uh-huh.”  When i said he sounded awfully satisfied, he responded with, “I saw it coming!”  It was at that statement that i said, “I wish i was as smart as you are!” and hung up the phone.  I’m more than a little annoyed with him and his taking the dog’s side.  Say a prayer that he doesn’t decide to lecture me when he gets home because, with the headache i have and the smarting my nose is doing, i’m liable to say something i’ll be sorry for!

For your viewing pleasure...

That’s just the right side of my nose...i also have a laceration on the tip and another on the bridge of the left side of my nose.  Pretty, huh?



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • Oh my God! Physical pain and emotional pain because you never expected that! I wonder what happened? Makes me reevaluate when I offer the dog my chin or my ear. Sorry to hear about this, Linda.



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      UK Girl wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • Sorry Linda it looks painful - why do you think the dog did it this morning - just woke up cranky



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      Carolnphil wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • I have been a dog breeder since 1991.  We raise AKC registered beagles for field trials and have gotten into breeding German shorthair pointers within the last four years.  We have 27 dogs.

      You and your husband have to be the Alpha dogs in this pack.  This goes from day 1 whether the pup was whelped at home or purchased from a breeder.  I’m no Cesar Milan but I’ve never had a dog bite anyone.  

      There are playful puppy nips between littermates.  Pups nip at their mother and she responds with a growl and a firm grasp with her muzzle onto the pup’s head.  I have always behaved as if I was the bitch when dealing with pups and adult dogs.

      At the point where the dog bit your son the first time I would have growled, picked it up and bit it’s ear as hard as I could!  The fact that it bit him a second time and also bit you shows no respect for the pack order.  You‘re going to have to hard line it with this dog.  It gets away with nothing.

      I have even had to bite Bella on the hindquarters when she was an 18 month old pup, before she was command trained.  She would not go into the dog box on my truck when going to the vet.  Biting her got her attention and my hands were free to push her into the box.  She has since seen the light when it comes to who is the top bitch in this house.  

      Are it’s shots current?  Has it been wormed?  You should go to your doctor and get a Tetnaus shot as a precaution and also an antibiotic in case your lacerations get infected.

      Good luck.



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      Feathermaye wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • Bite his nose and see how he likes it!

      I have kind of an unreasonable fear (or maybe not so unreasonable?) of dogs too close to my face. I’m not afraid of dogs, and will pet them and love them, but their face and my face don’t need to share space all that often.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • I had an Australian cattle dog who turned like that, too. I stopped putting my face near her because I had a couple of near misses. I know this is a shock to you and the nausea may have been an emotional release once you realized what had just happened.

      If he growls or shows more aggression you may want to consult some of the literature put out by the man who is the “dog whisperer” Caesar.



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      Inakika wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • Wow, Daphne, he really bit you hard! I can’t even imagine how shocked you must have been, unreal!
      As you know, I have Shorkies (Shih Tzu/Yorkie mix) and my girl CoCo has always been a bit more spirited then her brother Duke. She has never bitten me, but she has snapped at workers in our home twice.
      As Carol above mentioned, I have always let it be known that I am Top Bitch in my house. My dogs will playfully growl at everyone in the house but me, I don’t play that.
      But your story has made me re-evaluate letting small kids get near my dogs without me around. You can never be too sure.



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      Angelcart wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • Wow.  How old is this dog?  I had an Afghan who if I startled in the morning would “turn” on me.  She bit me several times and I was determined to let her know I was the Alpha.  She got worse with age.  She was nothing like my first Afghan.  I really really think the was a beer short of a six pack!!  I would really be upset if my husband sided with the dog.  Fortunately he didn’t get your eyes.  (I’ve been bit really close there as well).  Needless to say I don’t have any pets at the moment.  Hope you feel better.



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      Termite wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • Wow!! I am shocked! I have a shih tzu, Katie is her name. Yes she gets an attitude now and then, but I am not sure how I would handle it if she did that to me. Yes she has snapped at my hand when I went to take something off of her that she was chewing and shouldnt have had, but I let her know that I was not going to put up with anything like that and she walked away with her tail between her legs. I would take him to the vet and have him checked out. Have them check his ears. I know that if the groomer doesnt pull out the hair out in the ears they can become infected and sore, and that will definatley make them cranky. Maybe just a good checkup is all he needs. It may be something as simple as his ears that caused him to snap like this. You know how we are when we are not feeling well, we snap too.
      Keep us posted! and good luck!



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      Daphne wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • Well, huz came home and felt very badly once he saw the damage.  My nose is swelling a little and the cuts are extremely tender.  One of my clients told me to expect a black eye!

      Huz called a friend who had fallen and scraped up his face awhile back because he remembered him telling about something his wife bought for him to use and things healed lightening fast and without scarring.  It was Bacitracin so i’m now slathering that stuff on my nose.

      I feel pretty...



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      Daphne wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • I wanted to address some of the comments, questions and suggestions...

      I have no idea what the dog’s problem was this morning.  He is inclined to give me fair warning if he’s not liking something but there was nothing before his attack!

      Regarding the suggestion to bite the dog...i know i won’t be able to do that because it’s gross!  I don’t want the dog’s anything in my mouth!!  LOL

      Berkley is five-and-a-half.  We got him when he was about 6 months old.  Before us, he was not treated very well.  With us, he is treated better than the kids, sometimes!  LOL

      As far as his ear hair or any other ailment he might be suffering from, he was at the groomers about 3 weeks ago and she plucks, shaves, expresses, trims and cleans everything.  She used to work for a veteranarian so she is knowledgable.  She has even dx’d the dog when he wasn’t feeling well!

      Thank you very much everyone...your interest and empathy means a lot to me!  I’m sure i’ll live but let’s cross our fingers that i don’t scar.  I don’t have much good stuff left and my nose was one of my favorite features!  My artsy-fartsy cousin has always told me that i have “the perfect nose“.



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      Termite wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • Daphne, don’t worry about feeling pretty! You are beautiful no matter what!!



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      Doreen XoXo wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • Im so sorry this happened to you.  Please dont take this the wrong way, but I would have wanted nothing to do with the dog the FIRST time it bit, especially my child.  I had a labrador retriever, who, for no reason whatsoever, lashed out at my daughter and sunk his teeth into her arm.  I hated that dog since that day.  He is now gone and in an urn in my house.  My husband and kids wanted to keep him.  I really didnt care either way.  

      I hope things work out for you.  I know you love your doggie and your feelings are probably hurt.  

      xoxo



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      Mztracy wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • wow, even with the nose, you are beautiful!!  

      some dogs, like people, get tudes at times. It can happen to anyone whether they see you as the alpha or not. It happens.  

      My aussie bit my son, I bit his ass back. It stopped for a bit, then it happened again and broke the skin on my sons leg. The vet said if he had been human he would have been a paranoid psychofrenic. Scary, as he was a love to me!



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      Doreen XoXo wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • You still have a perfect nose!!



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      Yana Berlin wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • Ouch....that hurts, on all counts.

      Sorry you had to go through this, but what do you do now? What if he does this again?



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      Jenz ~ wrote Apr 6, 2009
    • Aw... I’m sorry this happened to you. I hope you heal up quickly and that your pup stops that!



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      Shopgirl1960 wrote Apr 7, 2009
    • Linda,

      I’m sorry this happened. I’m sure your heart is hurting more than the bite. I’m sure there are training methods to keep him from biting again... but for me... if my pet were to bite more than once I would have to rethink whether I could continue to keep the pet. I wish you the very best of luck with Berkley. And maybe there are books that can help.

      And there is another ointment that helps with scaring. As soon as I get the name I will let you know.

      Big Hugs!



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      Jenni0811 wrote Apr 7, 2009
    • Daphne, Your nose will remain perfect! Any little scar will be a testament to your puppy love. I’m with Tracy....sometimes our beloved pet kids get “tudes” just like the rest of us. We are the (sometimes) more intelligent creatures and need to assess the situation. A little “tude” now and then is excusable....and if you have a pup with a lot of “tude” then all family members need to be aware....to save their own noses!



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      Daphne wrote Apr 7, 2009
    • Every time my husband looks at me, he wilts.  He feels so badly for me yet he is angry as hell.  He won’t admit exactly what he’s angry about so i’m pretty sure he’s good and mad at ME because he’s been warning me for a long time about putting my face so near the dog.

      Della, when Berkley bit Patrick the first time my brother told me, “If i had a dog that bit my kid, i wouldn’t have a dog.”  If my brother reads my facebook, he’s going to give me hell, for sure!



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      Shopgirl1960 wrote Apr 8, 2009
    • Linda, I hope your nose is healing nicely.. and I hope your brother isn’t giving you too much grieftongue out

      I wanted to mention (I had forgotten about this, that my step-daughter had a dog for a number of years that would nip, and occassionally bite. Her four year old was eventually bitten near the eye. It was a really bad bite. They had to.... well... I’m sure you can guess.

      Please be careful Linda! (All of you)



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      Mztracy wrote Apr 8, 2009
    • I finally had to the make the tough decision:

      He was always aggressive, but when he broke the skin biting austin, it had to be done. I had been fighting it for 3 mos after the vet said he would not stop. He was 12 and the vet said he would not be good for another home, the only way was the humane way for all.

      It was the hardest thing i had ever done. I held him and he went to sleep. It took me 45 mins to leave as i could not see from crying. I’m tearing up now...

      He had shown this agression many times, but had never connected. I had him from a pup before hubz and kids. He was my baby, but I had to protect me new babies.  

      Now this is not always the case ...Beau was psycho, even the vet said so. He was amazed I had him so long without a bad incident. We even tried xanax, prozac for dogs. Nothing worked.

      He sits on my mantle in his urn next to his kitty gurl emmy’s urn...



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Apr 8, 2009
    • Aw, Tracyfrown

      Luckily Hannah never has major ‘tude. But she does act like a tween sometimes and backtalks! That’s when Mommy puts on her serious voice and tells her to go lay down!



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      Daphne wrote Apr 8, 2009
    • Hello again, ladies!  I’m feeling a little better today but it’s becoming clear where my scars will be.  The swelling has gone down some, thankfully.  I felt funny sporting a honker!  LOL

      Here is the latest picture of my face...



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      Mztracy wrote Apr 8, 2009
    • aw daphne...ouch!! Does it hurt still?



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      Daphne wrote Apr 8, 2009
    • MzTracy...only when i wrinkle my nose, laugh or touch my nose!  LOL



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      Mztracy wrote Apr 8, 2009
    • aw poor thing...noooooooo laughing then or any movement!! lol



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      Toddlein wrote Apr 10, 2009
    • I had a little yorkie nip my lip as I was playing and being friendly..lol...I thought he liked me :) And he is a good dog just got a little excited. You’ll heal up in no time!



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      Susan Dahringer wrote Apr 10, 2009
    • Daphne

      I’m so sorry to hear about you and your son..Well, when my daughter Chelsea was 8 ,she was bitten by one of our neighbors pit bull.. she didn’t do anything to provoke the dog..



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      Never2late wrote Apr 10, 2009
    • Daphne,
      Thanks for sharing that terrible experience with us.  I truly think your nose will be ok, no scarring. It just looks bad now, but the face seems to heal pretty good most of the time.

      I got bit by a big dog a couple of years ago.  Guess where. Right breast. Not good. A new bra and 13 stiches later, I still don’t talk to the lady across the street who refused to put her dog down. I’m not saying that should be your solution, this was a different situation. You can’t even see the scar anymore, so its all good.

      But I did learn something from all the comments.  We have a golden retriever and I always put my face down by him to say hi and play.  I don’t think I’ll do that anymore as it seems like any dog might have a bad day and that might be kinda risky.  Again, thanks for enlightening me! —Natalie



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