My dog tried to kill me

Australia
December 24, 2008 4:06pm CST
It's true. When he was only six months old I used to walk him along a creek near my home. One day, after heavy rain, the creek was fairly flooded, and I took an unwise decision to save myself a long walk to the bridge over the creek, and tried to cross via some stepping stones. Half way over I realised that I had made a mistake, and turned to go back. Just as I took a careful step toward the next stone, the dog bumped me from behind, right behind my knee. My leg buckled and I lost my footing and fell. I was 60 at the time, and I'm not exactly petite. I landed on rocks on my chest, cracking a couple of ribs, then bounced head first into 3 feet of water, and since I was wearing a heavy jumper, was immediately dragged to the bottom. I finally managed to get my head above water, but I lost my glasses in the effort. This was as close as I've ever been to death by accident. Another few seconds and my shonky lungs would have given out, and I may well have drowned. As it was, at my age then it took me over three months to recover from the fall, I was very shaken. I didn't kill the dog lol. He's lying on my feet as I type. Has your pet ever had a go at killing you? Lash
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
24 Dec 08
Sheesh Grandpa L, that could have been very dangerous. Good job that you were OK. I hope that when you fell you didn't disturb any rocks, important aquatic life lurks beneath them and any movement can have a massively detrimental effect of the sociology of the species. Whole families of freshwater shrimp can be washed away denying them schooling, or the love and attention of their mothers. And that pullover. These things can be pulled out of shape by sudden unexpected physical exertion. Another thing...........
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• Australia
24 Dec 08
Well if so, I left my glasses in the water to act as an artificial reef in years to come, thus compensating for any damage I may have inadvertently done to the local environment. Lash
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
24 Dec 08
But what abut the sun reflecting through the lenses thereby artificially raising the temperature of the water thus creating an unacceptably high level of deoxygenation and an increase in weed and algae growth. This chokes the stream and soon there is no life at all save a few pond skates that enjoy the stagnant, putrid water left behind created by the dam caused by those spectacles.
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• Australia
24 Dec 08
You win some, you lose some. Lash
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@lilaclady (28236)
• Australia
24 Dec 08
I wouldn't say your dog tried to kill you I just think he didn't realize what he was doing, infact when i was a kid my dog saved my life, I was sunbathing in the back yard and i happen to look up and there was a huge rat coming towards me, just as I looked up I also my little minature fox terrier come running down to chase the rat away, he cornered it and with all the squealing from the rat and me my father came out and helped kill the rat, it was huge....
• Philippines
24 Dec 08
indeed, lilaclady, it was an accident. the dog had not the slightest idea that his beloved boss is thinking of tracing back on his footsteps. since the dog has already leaped towards the next stone, there was no way he can check and change his pace anymore at the moment he saw his boss heading towards him.
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• Australia
24 Dec 08
For heaven's sake, can't you people recognise humour when you see it? Of course it was an accident, although he did actually reverse direction and hit me from behind lol. Lash
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@hotsummer (10523)
• Philippines
25 Dec 08
i think people here see it as a joke too. anyways, you were lucky. nice story you have shared out here. i am not fond much of dogs. though i find them cute. i find caring for them as a tedious job. and so i feel that i will be better off without them or pets.
• United States
25 Dec 08
i have to say from reading the original post it did come off not to be humerous to me just as it hasnt to many other readers. I however enjoyed reading your comments to the other posts even though some were a little harsh in my opinion. Im glad you could see he humor in this event and can laugh about it some time after the event. I want to thank you for sharing this with us.
25 Dec 08
I once had a pet rock that tried to kill me. I sat it on my nightstand, and sometime in the middle of the night it tried to kill me, it jumped in my mouth and tried to suffocate me. I was so Angy at Herbert I threw him across the room and though the window where it hit the side of my neighbors house killing him instantly, I was so upset I never again owned a rock.
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• Australia
25 Dec 08
I sincerely hope the Animal Control people didn't blame the rock, and realised that it had been badly trained and mistreated. Lash
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24 Dec 08
Excellent relating of an episode in your life. Thanks for sharing with us. I love to read these on mylot and laugh at the lack of understanding of our way of describing events from some other people. By dog was very good at tripping me up but never in such a drastic place. He did try and barge down the stairs past me which I decided might be dangerous so carefully squashed him against the wall to tell him I was boss and was going first. I expect this will cause uproar as people imagine him splattered still all over my wall! He suffered no ill affects as it was just well-timed and gentle.
• Australia
24 Dec 08
Mine gets in the way when I'm gardening, and is now used to having a wheelbarrow wheel strategically placed between his hind legs, at walking pace lol. One day he'll actually get the message - I hope. Lash
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@annjilena (5620)
• United States
24 Dec 08
i really don,t think your dog tried to kill you animals when they attack normally go for the throat he hit the back of your need like he was playing he was just happy to be free for a minute.
• Australia
24 Dec 08
I really can't see how you drew the idea of "attack" from what I wrote. It was a pure accident, the whole discussion topic is a joke, not meant to be taken seriously. Lash
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• Philippines
24 Dec 08
that was pure accident, grandpa. it was only right that you kept the dog. you must have learned your lesson now that, it is always best to take a sure path rather than experiment on untested waters. dogs are never easy to part with. i always shed tears whenever a pet dog of mine departs. they are always loving and loyal. very supportive of their boss. although it took you a long time to recover, it is good to know that you are back into your healthy self again after months of recuperation.
• Australia
24 Dec 08
... it is always best to take a sure path rather than experiment on untested waters. In fact I have lived my life, and will continue to live my life, on the complete opposite to that sentiment. And thank heavens there are enough people who will do exactly that, or the human race would never have risen from primitivism. Lash
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@zackyo7 (301)
• United States
24 Dec 08
That was just an accident but it was deadly though. Thank God you're safe. There are many times when I would be walking down a steep hill in the forest and my dog would rush past me and hit me making me off balanced. Thank God for youth and a little sharp reflexes but they don't mean to harm us.
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Jan 09
My cats are constantly trying to trip me going down the stairs. Don't they realize what will happen if the food God is gone?
• Australia
16 Jan 09
Mine would simply go and eat snakes until one of them got him lol. But his habit of planting himself in the middle of the kitchen, exactly where the cook is going to trip over him, is a continual worry. But if I banned him from the house now he'd probably pull down the chicken shed and eat the chickens just to nark me. Or more realistically, dig a hole to China. Lash
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@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Jan 09
In the part of the world that has the nastiest snakes? Scary... One of mine would just go out and catch mice. The others would have no clue. But one would hope that the husband or kids would take over the food God role in honor of my memory. lol
@vikeyshuy (284)
• China
16 Jan 09
i have met this kind of situation. my pet dog gave birth to two little dogs.i wanted to get closer to them and gave some food to her.but the dog mother was afraid that i would hurt her babies or robbed them away.she bumped me and bite me. i am so frightened!
• Australia
16 Jan 09
Well actually the two situations bear no resemblance to one another. Mine was a clumsy puppy who accidentally bumped me, yours was a mature dog who deliberately bit you. Lash
@Raven1 (577)
• Australia
14 Jan 09
LOL! I understand you're not serious about blaming your dog for this. You should try walking two German Shepherd dogs at the same time. They're generally very well behaved and sweet-natured, but it's like water-skiing without water whenever they spot a cat or a leaf floating on the breeze or a bird flying off in the distance...
• Australia
14 Jan 09
My boy is a bull mastiff cross, not huge but very strong. He can imitate a speedboat too, but there's only one of him. I can imagine your difficulty. Lash
@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
31 Dec 08
This is a very unfortunate accident. I don' want to excuse your pet. But dogs are animals. I don't think he is a vicious dog. Untrained puppies like to play. One of the lessons that they need to learn is that they should not jump on people. I am glad that you survived this ordeal. Once I was working on a roof and it fall. I managed to grab and hold onto the wall. There were two other colleagues who helped me to climb up to safety.
• Australia
1 Jan 09
Yes indeed, but I made the point in several of my replies to other responses that the topic line is a bit of ironic humour, and I attach no blame or fault to the dog's actions. He was a puppy, and it was an accident. Lash
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@lotdj11 (73)
• Canada
25 Dec 08
That's quite an experience since you are 60! And glad you are ok now. Maybe he wanted to have a walk or something.. I've never have a pet. well... I think I had a cat when I was only around 6 or something. But the memory is just gone.. I just don't think the dog intended to kill...especially you've been together such a long time.
• Australia
25 Dec 08
Well, that was 5 years ago, and he was only a puppy then. He is so big and strong, it's a good thing he is a gentle and loving creature, because if he ever took it into his head to really try to kill me it would be a bit nasty. Lash
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@srganesh (6345)
• India
25 Dec 08
It is the western style to grow dogs and cats as pets,I think.Even though it is in practise here in India now,I remember our grand fathers to grow goats,cows,hens and even ducks too for pets.It will seem ironical to slaughter their own pets on a festival day to have a good dinner.Infact they rear cows for milk,hens to lay eggs and goats for meat alone.But they call them pets.It is those pets who have to complain,'my dear master killed me'.LOL!
• Australia
25 Dec 08
Yes, we Westeners can be quite strange at times. I knew a woman who gave all her chickens names (well, to be honest, so does my partner), and she used to have to go and hide when her husband wrung their necks for the table lol. She said it was a bit like having Aunt Dotty for dinner. Lash
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• China
25 Dec 08
I think at that time, your dog maybe scared, because he didn't know what weere you going to do, for his conditioned reflex, he did that. Maybe he just tried to protect you or himself.
• Australia
25 Dec 08
Not scared, just young, stupid, and clumsy. He thought the whole thing was a game and actually jumped on my back while I was trying not to drown, I forgot to mention that in the opening post lol. He now weighs almost 90 lbs (41 kgs), so it's a good thing it happened when he was so young. Lash
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@dio123 (1790)
• India
14 Jan 09
It is nice to know you are well after that accident. It seems a big accident as per your description. Your pet does it without knowing what he is going to do and it is nice to know that you already excuses your pet
• United States
26 Dec 08
That is a funny story. I especially like the part about him sitting on your feet as you type, hehehe. Well, the jumping on your face part was pretty good too. I once went to Big Sur with some friends and a new puppy. We went on a hike up a mountain trail that had signs posted periodically that said 'Warning: Do NOT leave the trail'. Well, being the independent adventurers that we were we immediately proceeded to leave the trail to climb down the moss-covered boulders of a dried up waterfall. We eventually got to a place where there was nothing but a 300 ft or so drop in front of us, and the huge boulders behind us that no way we would ever be able to climb back up. I figured (Ok, fine, I was stoned) that there HAD to be a way down and was trying to gingerly inch my way down holding on to branches and stuff while I looked for footing. That little puppy dog was frantic to see me going somewhere without him and came sliding down behind me just as I had attained some very precarious footing. He was wedged in between my back and the mountain and started pushing his paws against the ground, with the bulk of his strong little body pressing against me, trying to shove me down the side of the mountain!!!
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
25 Dec 08
I am sure you are writing this in humour and at six months old the dog was essentially still a puppy. You were clumsy and had a near fatal accident so I feel for you but the dog has probably long since forgotten about the incident.