Now that I’ve got your attention, this really did happen. Jake went out last night for a neighborhood run and as he turned a corner a pit bull puppy lept into the air and grabbed onto Jake’s arm then let go. Just so you know Jake is over 6 ft. Not realizing what happened, Jake continued on his run as he looked back and saw the owner disciplining the dog.
Then Jake gets home and tells me what happened and shows me the swollen bite which from a non-professional view looked pretty bad. Did you ask if the dog had rabies shots, I asked. No. Did you get the guys address, I asked. No. A quick drive through the neighborhood did not yield any results. The devil dog was gone.
I guess as an American I take for granted the fact that one should be pretty upset when bitten by a strange dog. I mean notice how upset everyone gets about the mad dog in To Kill a Mockingbird. Jake on the other hand didn’t think he needed to go to the emergency room. Rabies doesn’t exist in Britain and so neither does the fear. After we got to the hospital they told him that the wound was superficial and he didn’t need rabies shots. They said rabies is very rare in a city. This I didn’t know. I thought you always got rabies shots when bitten by unknown dog. In any case, they sent him home having given him a tetanus shot and telling him how to clean the wound.
Photo via teacherholly’s flickr Photostream.