Barley’s Bite

March 19, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Posted in Barley | 13 Comments

We have the dirtiest dog on the planet.

Knowing that we’d need to clean the bathroom soon anyways, we thought we’d take him to the dog park, get him tired and uber-dirty, and then bathe him.  The dog park was almost completely mud (thank goodness I wore my fake wellies), and Barley had such a great time running around in the mud, dirt, and sand with the other doggies.

Until… he got eaten by an Irish Wolfhound.  I know you’re all, “how does a big 75-lb dog like Barley get eaten?” but if you’ve ever seen an Irish Wolfhound, you’d understand.  Biggest. Dogs. Ever.  (and I am told that they are usually very nice, friendly dogs.  this particular dog may have been an exception to the rule, though – he’s been reported for biting other dogs before, and we’ve seen him act aggressively towards other dogs on a few different occasions.)

Barley approached to sniff, the other dog lunged, growled, and bit, and Barley ran away.  (The other dog was on a leash – a big no-no for an off-leash dog park, but it may have been good in this case).

Surprisingly, (or maybe not surprisingly, given the thickness of Barley’s head) he seemed totally unaware that another dog had just walked away with a piece of his scalp.

2 hours, $359, and 6 stitches and a shunt later, we brought our anesthetized doggy home.  And, let’s just say that 75 lbs of anesthetized doggy is NOT easy to get into the car, much less the house, or pretty much anywhere else you’d want to bring him.  And the fact that he is uber-pathetic with blood dripping down the side of his face and the saddest periodic whines that you’ve ever heard does NOT make him any lighter.

Being the super-amazing and wonderful doggy mama that I am, I set up a little nest for him in the sun while he recovered.  And it took him the rest of the evening to recover.  It was so sad to see him not be able to walk properly!  And to hear his little whines!  Poor guy!

His behavior is back to normal, and the vet said that everything looked good during his check-up yesterday.  We’ll probably remove his stitches next week.  And then, if his cut is healed, maybe we’ll finally be able to bathe our dirty dirty doggy!  Cross your fingers, please, because I love him, but he is really starting to stink.



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  1. Ughh. Did you get help from the other dog’s owner to cover those costs? That is ridiculous. Around these parts, that dog would have been sent to doggie heaven (or hell in this case) for something like that…

    Hopefully he’ll have a fast recovery.

    • No! The owners were completely unapologetic… I think the dog will be deemed “dangerous” which means that he won’t be able to go to the off leash dog parks anymore… although, it’s not like I’ve ever seen anyone enforcing dog park rules, so I’m not sure if any of this will be of any consequence to the other dog owner…

  2. UGH! I hate people like that. Poor pup! I think I hate them even more because I HAVE a dog who hates other dogs, but who would LOVE to go to the lake, to the dog park, etc. BUT, I’m responsible and DON”T TAKE HER. (We’ve been through months of training… but she’ll never be totally trustworthy).

    I hope he heals fast!

    • It’s good that you don’t take her! A coworker actually told me that she takes her aggressive dog to the dog park so that it will “learn how to be nice from other dogs”. Seriously. She’d rather put other dogs at risk than just leave her doggy home!

      It is a good reminder that animals are unpredictable, though and these things can happen…

  3. Poor Barley. Those Irish Wolfhounds are CRAZY big…one comes by the park we visit every day and freaks out all of the little kids. He also drinks right from the water fountain (which I personally find disgusting, but other people are OK with).

    Anyway, you should totally file a small-claims case against the owners and go on the People’s Court. (Or, at least, file a claim, or tell the owners you will.)

    • I think I’d rather go on Judge Judy. Unless she yells at me. She kind of scares me.

  4. poor pup! so what happens with the other dog? does the owner pay your vet bill? seriously!

    • No, the other owner won’t pay, and unfortunately, we didn’t even get their name/number to ask them to help out with it. The city of Minneapolis will deem the dog “dangerous” which means that he’s not allowed to go to the off-leash parks anymore… Not that we’ve ever seen anyone check licenses at the park anyways. So it’s sort of just a slap on the wrist.

  5. Poor Barley, that looks even worse than you described, hope the scars fade fast. However, it does complete the “bad #%$-gangsta-rapper look” Jason was hoping Barley could portray…and FYI…the puffy vest ensemble did nothing for Barley’s image! HA!

    • It does kind of complete the look, doesn’t it? However, his trembling and hiding in the basement because it’s raining sort of negates any toughness in his appearance…

      • Oh right, I forgot about that….save the black leather spiked collar for sunny days and take Barley and his blankie to a children’s hospital on rainy days. He could be a reverse-therapy dog…the kids make him feel better!

  6. How is Barley doing? Healing up well? Has he had a bath yet? 🙂

  7. Dogs are so pitiful when hurt! Now you know what I felt like when I chopped off Coppers tail in the car door!

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