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Location: Outer Banks, North Carolina, United States

I'm an affianced fortysomething female living in sin with HoneyDo and trying to make my way in the world whilst enjoying my addictions to blog worship, reality TV, food and the occasional cocktail. Dealing with health issues, financial embarassment and family problems, just like the rest of the world.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Poor, poor Harley

Last weekend, my mom's dog, Harley, was hit by a car. It was his fault--he ran into the street and the folks driving the car couldn't avoid him. Harley kind of freaked out and ran away and hid. The car sped off down the road (assholes!) and a witness came to my mom's door and told her.

We live on the Outer Banks of NC--ocean to the east and sound/marsh to the west. Well, Harley must've hidden in the west as when he was finally found 3 hours later, he was covered in that nasty, smelly marsh mud and he was barely able to walk. He had obviously been hit in the hip area and as it was Sunday, and we live in a podunk area, there are no vets around. Mom made him as comfortable as possible and took him to the vet first thing Monday morning. Harley is a Belgian Malanois. For those unfamiliar with the breed, they are extremely similar in look to a German Shepard. Coloring and hair are almost identical. I tell you this because when Mom got Harley to the vet, Dr. Horne exclaimed "This dog has been bitten by a HUGE snake, as well as being hit by a car!" See, mom thought the swelling and pain were due to the car, but apparently while he was hiding, he must've come hip to nose with one big damn cottonmouth. You couldn't see the bite because his hair is so thick. The bite was so bad that Dr. Horne refused to do surgery until Harley was recovered enough from the snake bite.

Harley finally had surgery on Thursday--four days after he'd been hit & bitten. When he came home from the vet on Friday morning, this is what his hip looked like. Is that a big damn snake bite or what?!

Harley and I have a rather contentious relationship. I LOVE dogs and normally they love me right back. But not Harley. The dog hates me and I've been at the receiving end of some "nips" where he's actually broken skin and caused some bruising. As long as Mom is home, she can make him calm enough that I can proceed to bribe him with biscuits and ear scritches. However, I cannot enter my mom's house alone--Harley will bite me and has chased me into my car on more than one occasion. This has been going on for several years and I accept it as part of life--heck, it gets me outta having to feed him when mom goes out of town. Harley is a beautiful dog--strong of stature and almost regal in his presence. He fetches the paper from the end of the driveway, even during the nastiest of weather. He does the coolest "sit pretty" whereupon he sits up and will hang there for however long necessary for a biscuit. And, he's an absolute slut for a biscuit. He has a habit of allowing the very tip of his tongue to peak out of his mouth, giving him a harmless, goofy look. He's quite affectionate to and protective of those he loves and pity the fool who approaches my mom or tries to enter her home when she's not there. He just plain ole doesn't like me. We don't know why, it's just how he is. I'm not the only one he's bitten--he got my toddler niece once--prompting my mom to swear she was giving him away. And, he bit a visitor who was chatting to my mom in her driveway. I've often wondered that if a stranger attacked me, if he'd defend me or assist my attacker. He's skittish and weird sometimes and the bottom line is, you just can't trust him.

And as much as Harley dislikes me, I can't help liking him. When he does allow me to love on him, he is as endearing as any lap dog. He wrestles like a champ with my nephews and it's comforting to know he's there defending my mom with his last breath, if necessary. Nevertheless, there are days when I'd like to clobber him--he can be downright terrifying and an outright nuisance. Imagine having to call your mom's house everytime you visit just so she can put the dog away.

Yet, as much as I've wanted to boot his bottom across the deck, NO being deserves the nastiness he's been through this week. Poor buddy. I've avoided visiting him because I don't want to irritate him whilst he's in his weakened state. I'll be relieved when he's able to chase me back to my car again and we can get on annoying one another.

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Blogger Aitch said...

Ouch! That picture is pretty nasty! Poor guy. But if my dog bit one of my kids, off they'd go.

My in laws have a dobie that is like Harley and I am just waiting for her to even nip at my kid, and she would not come over again until the dog was gone!

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