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December 21, 2011

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*sigh* Stubbornness. Keep a very close eye on it and on him in general. Bacteria can get into his bloodstream via the bite and spread elsewhere.

Good grief. I like dogs as much as the next person, but there is no need to have dogs around that are so aggressive, especially when unprovoked. Especially when one considers how vulnerable children and other members of the community are to an attacking dog. I grew up in the country where dogs that behaved like this had a very restricted life span. But people in town seem to get very silly over their animals. I shouldn't even get started on this topic. Gads.

I hope Elwood's bite stays nice (?) and clean / uninfected.

A grad school friend of mine who got bitten referred to the subsequent case as People vs. Bad Dog.

I'm not a dog person, but I do know that it is not the breed of dog, but the owner's training or lack thereof that is the problem.

A dog that bites should never be outside unleashed. And a muzzle is a great idea, but I have no idea how you'd enforce that. For the moment, I suggest you get a receipt for pants, plus the visit to the DR that Elwood needs to make, plus the cost of the antibiotic ointment that he should be applying, and deliver it to the neighbor with a nice note saying "here is the bill for your dog's bite. More to come if infection requires treatment."

I write this as the owner of a dog who bit a bike rider a couple of years ago. Mea culpa. He was on an extendable leash and the guy rode his bike up from behind us with nary a warning. Dogs are wont to chase moving things and the bite was a natural (if horrifying result). I didn't hear the rider - my dog's hearing is much better than mine. Now I keep the dog on a tight leash when we walk in the morning, because there are often bike commuters riding up from behind us and none of them ring their bells to warn me (not that they should but it would help the dog owner!).

This should be a lesson to the neighbor, that he needs to control his dog at all times, breed tendencies notwithstanding - he is the responsible party and will be held accountable for all of his dog's natural behaviors.

You know what? I have been around many dogs in my life, including lots of half-wild farm dogs, and none of them randomly bit people. None of them bit people when PROVOKED. This whole situation just makes me INSANE. Elwood is an adult; what will everyone say if this happens to a child, and the damage is more profound? GRRRRR.

(I also gotta say, you guys have quite the set of neighbors. I am quickly reminding myself that all the peaceful, non-interfering, dog-smart owners just don't show up in the blog.)

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