Old Diary

Dog bite

This was not a humorous “Man Bites Dog” story! Fortunately it ended reasonably well.

dogbite It was well into the evening on Thursday when our friends Chuck & Judy came to our door.  We met them a few weeks ago, they are regular mid-week campers here, and they are a hoot. Normally, anyway…

Chuck had been taking trash to the dumpster — was facing the dumpster — when two dogs rushed up behind him; one of them bit him on the upper calf.

Surprised?  You bet he was surprised.  And I can understand why.  A few years ago Peg & I were just walking down the street in Milwaukee and a passing German Shepherd decided to nip through my denims and bite me.  It all happened in an instant and neither one of us any idea why that should have happened.  Chuck felt the same way.  He wasn’t making eye contact with the dog, wasn’t doing anything provocative that he could tell, all he knew is that the dog came up behind him and bit him.

The dog owner had been cleaning their window screens and the dogs were off lead.  That’s no excuse.  The rules here are clear that dogs are to be ON LEAD a 6′ at all times.  I’m sure that through the summer we’ll be making more precautionary comments to arriving campers about pets — just to make sure the rules are clearly understood. After all — we are not to be enforcers, just informers.

We spent the next while on the radio dealing with CORPS personnel and the local police.  In the end everything resolved itself easily enough, and we all went to bed when it was done glad for no further complications.

Most campers know that they are obliged to keep their dogs on lead when camping.  I’m not sure whether every dog owner travels with their dog’s immunization records — it’s a good idea to have your proof of vaccinations with you just in case something like this happens.

A few campers get testy about keeping their dogs on a lead — we do hear all sorts of stories about people’s dogs; about how well they are trained, and all the good things they can do.  But fact of the matter is that if you make exceptions for one camper the rest will expect the same exceptions and there are a lot of dogs that aren’t anywhere as well trained as their owners would like to think.


There you go.  Another happy day in paradise. 😀😀 The weekend is upon us and more campers are arriving today. We aren’t full this weekend, but close to it.  Thanks for stopping by and why not stop by tomorrow to chat.


8 thoughts on “Dog bite

  1. I worked as a gardener for our church as a teen. Our pastor had a collie that had a reputation as being mean, and had the bark to prove it….sort of like the priest himself. One day, out of nowhere, e dog bit my leg and left teeth marks in my rubber boot. Over time, I decided I was going to get that canine to like me, and I was extremely successful in doing so….Laddie would run to me with his tail wagging to beat the band. That was a happy ending to my story…but I do remember that bite hurting, even through those heavy boots.

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    • I have only ever been bit that one time. it wasn’t a BAD bite, barely broke the skin but it hurt like a son-of-a-gun! And we passed that dog on the sidewalk like we’ve passed a thousand dogs. I have no idea what triggered him that time.

      Usually I get along well with dogs (better than with cats). Can’t see us having another one. After our Bulldog Otis we pretty much agreed that there were too many lifestyle adjustments that animals require that we were done being dog parents. But, that doesn’t mean we no longer love them. And once in a while we even talk about another… but thus far no action, just talk.

      Here we get to play with a LOT of dogs. 🙂


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    • We often watch the Caesar Milan programs on TV and it’s amazing the things people commonly think are positive signs that he says aren’t positive at all and may indicate all sorts of other dog-emotions. He’s amazing.
      TRYING to be friends with pretty much any species is guaranteed to improve our appreciation of them. (well, maybe except for mosquitos and roaches).

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      • Doesn’t he say dogs don’t like to be hugged? Not sure I totally agree with that, as I have had numerous dogs actually come up to me and bury their heads in my chest…and repeat.


  2. Harry says:

    I have been bitten 3 times and my wife was bitten at least once.Every time the owner said”my dog does not bite”.Every dog should have insurance like car insurance .So when people are camping you should be able to check their dog insurance certificate .My wife and I had to go to the hospital for a tetanus shot.All dog owners said ” I am so sorry!”.Honestly would like to sue every one who does not have their dog on a leash!


    • Yeah — that “My dog does not bite” line seems to be standard liars fare.

      I find it interesting how many bad owners there are AND how many dogs some people travel with. I have seen RV’ers with 8 dogs in one less than 40’ RV. We have not had a lot of problem with owners here — we’ll see how the season progresses.


  3. Linda Sand says:

    The dog that bit me had just chased a kid up a street sign pole. I’ve never seen a kid climb that fast. The owner family was appalled at the dog’s first time behaving in such a manner but they had the dog put down to protect their own kids as well as strangers. The cops who took the report sent me to the hospital to have the bite cleaned; it was quite deep.


    • Sorry Linda — but that visual had me laughing at a not very funny situation — I could visualize a little kid trying to flee the dog.

      Funny, that so many times the people who are bit say that the owner (of course) always says that their dog never bit anyone before… Truth is there are a lot of dog owners who maybe should not be dog owners — but then that could be said of human parents as well I’m sure.

      Sorry to hear about the pain. My only experience of dog bite was quick and while it hurt a lot at the moment the pain was very brief and the bite not terribly bad.



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