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She's Never Bitten Anybody!

I do not have good luck with dogs.  Yesterday I dropped a radon test off at a house in anticipation of an inspection tomorrow.  That way I can have the results on site at the same time as the inspection report.

Arriving, two dogs were behind a gate but very interested in my arrival.

They were both happy and wanted my attention.

I put my hand beside the gate and they both licked me, tails wagging.

The lady said, "Go ahead and pet them.  They have never bitten anybody."

And, like a dope, I did.

One came at me like a missile, not only biting but ripping, contorting and twisting its whole body as it latched onto my hand.  Then it ran away!

The lady very apologetically dressed it saying, "She's never bitten anybody!"

I say I'm a dope because nobody has been bitten by dogs who "have never bitten anybody" more than I.  If I had a dollar, well, you know the rest.  If you know a dog that needs to pop its "never bitten anybody" cherry, send him to me.  I can take care of that for you.  You think I'm kidding?!  I will bet I have been bitten over 100 times. And yet I still believe people who say it's alright to pet their dogs!

That pretty much defines the word DOPE.

This is a photo of my hand 5 minutes later, when I got into the car.  It got worse.  My hand swelled a lot!

I'm really feeling faint now...  that's probably shock.

Uh, oh, I think I have whiplash.

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Comment balloon 89 commentsJay Markanich • December 22 2010 06:58AM

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Jay * you SMELL funny!  My dogs NEVER bite anyone....they will literally LICK you to death....they are lickers and very territorial of our yard, drive, deck and house.

I let STRANGE dogs smell my dogs on me FIRST before I offer my hand....you should go get some DOG SMELL au de toilette!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 7 years ago

Jay I was going to write something distasteful but I think Ms. Wallace said it all enjoy your day

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 7 years ago

The ones that say he would not bite you and then act surprised when they do miss the point that you have more holes in your than God provided early on in assembly. Hope you don't get rabies from Cujo.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago

I'm thinking it's you, Jay. Your thoughts are saying, "Don't bite me" but the dogs' sixth sense hears "bite me."

Posted by Pam Sitterly, CRS Magnolia-Tomball Texas (RE/MAX VINTAGE) over 7 years ago

Jay, I'm sorry to say that there must be something about you that encourages the behavior :) Do you kick them first? Do you look threatening? Not even the mailman gets bit that much.

Hope you're hand is getting better!

Posted by Toni Weidman, 26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 7 years ago

Wallace - it is probably me, but what I do is beyond me!  So, you are saying I should swirl my hand in a toilet before petting the dog?

Do you know how many times "lickers only" have bitten me?

James - I, apparently, am not distasteful.

Andrew - we'll know in a couple of days!  Does it begin with this foaming I am having this morning?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Pam - I need a different radar system!

Toni - no kidding!  But what it is is totally beyond me.  I'm really feeling the whiplash today.  The pain and suffering is unbearable...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I will be careful from now on.I usually believe people when they say they have a friendly dog.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 7 years ago

Can you explain to me, Gita, why I believe them?!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I do have some water front property for sale - real cheap - Trust me...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing your dog story. Many of us have been chased out of yards by dogs. That is also when you snag your good pants on the fence.

 Blooming for you.  Happy holidays.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 7 years ago

Good Morning Jay, thanks for sharing the experience, it is a very good warning about a potential hazard.

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips) over 7 years ago

Poor Jay.  You'll want to make sure that dog stays healthy.  Ask the owner if the dog gets sick to call you first, before going to the vet.  Rabies, O no.

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) over 7 years ago

Jay,

Fido thinks you smell tasty, it would seem.  I haven't had your issues, but I never pet other folks' pups.  Never.

They have to go for the drumstick.

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) over 7 years ago

Wow, you've had some bad luck with dogs!  Were you ever a mailman in a previous career?  I'll bet you were.  

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 7 years ago

Stop playing in the ground hamburger BEFORE you do your inspections :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 7 years ago

this is so funny.  I'm a huge pet lover, and almost all of my customers' pets love me...and, remember me when I come back.  But, I did have one instance where I was bitten by a huge dog...I think this dog was twice as large as I was.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 7 years ago

Michael - my brother lives on the waterfront right there in Old Hickory.  Is that it?

Roy - for sure I HAVE SOME BEING CHASED OUT OF THE YARD STORIES TOO!

Dan - apparent I, I, I and the potential hazard!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

O.K.  I'll be the voice of reality here.  This is not funny. 

If you haven't done so recently, you need to get a Tetanus shot.

You also need to learn that dogs do not think like humans.  They have one job and that is to protect their property.  You were an invader.

The owner is quite liable for the cost of the injury to you.  The woman invited you on to the property and didn't protect you from her dogs who should have been penned or isolated. 

I'm a dog lover too.  I also know that they act by instinct and not objective thinking.  Think about it.  Did the dog apoligize???

At one time, I raised German Shepherds.  One thing I learned is that the males tend to bark and circle.  The females simply "go for the jugular". 

 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Ken - the horror, the horror...

Mike - when they do that it at least gives you time to parry the strike!

Reuben - maybe in a previous life, and they sprayed us with au de T-bone steak.  That lingers I guess.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Bliz - for sure I am playing in something.

Debbie - once I was bitten by a doberman as I was putting his food dish on the ground for him to eat!  His teeth went right through my hand.

Lenn - thanks.  I got my most recent 2 summers ago.  I get more tetanus shots than anyone I know also!  Ha - the dog ran away!  She knew what she did!  They were penned behind a gate and were very friendly when I was on the other side.  She told me to reach over to pet them, that it was OK!

It is weird that I am bitten so much though.  And I mean it when I say I am a dope for believing people.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay, and where was your flashlight?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 7 years ago

I have been bitten a couple times in the recent past from " they have never done that before". It turns out one was a lie. It has kept me from getting a dog and I really want one.

Posted by Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker ABR, GRI (Windermere/lane county) over 7 years ago

In the car Charlie!  I was dropping off a radon.  Now, had I my 1,000,000 candle beauty with me I bet no bite would have been offered!  They wouldn't have been able to see me.

Rob - I get bitten by my dogs all the time, but it is in fun!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay, I promise that if you ever come down my way and visit, my dogs will NOT bite you and you can take that to the bank. Now I can’t promise they won’t try to lick you to death, or make you go numb petting them. But there will be absolutely no jumping on, biting or playful nipping from my crew.

Seems like that bite is right by the knuckle, which will cause it to swell more and be pretty painful. I think you should listen to Lenn and get a Tetanus booster, just to be safe. 

Posted by Suesan Jenifer Therriault, "Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own". (JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team) over 7 years ago

Thanks Sue.  I have heard the "lick to death" comment too, to no avail.

And my hand doesn't hurt unless I turn my head - whiplash you know...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

You obviously had her favorite bone. The one in your hand :) Boy Jay you have got to have the worst luck with dogs of anyone I know. Over a hundred bites! They should make a Markanich doggie chew toy. I'm sure it would be a big hit. Sounds like a job for Billy Jays.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 7 years ago

Not a bad idea Jim!  I hesitate, however, to give the idea to Billy.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Wow, that's strange.  I thought I had been bitten a lot at four times.  I'm a rookie compared to you!

Posted by Justin Dibbs, REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale (Pearson Smith Realty) over 7 years ago

Jay, a quick question... when you go to pet a dog, do you reach down (which a dog can feel is an aggressive action) or do you reach bend down and reach up (which a dog will sense as less aggressive and more passive).  I have never seen a dog bite or snap at a gesture made from a subservient position.  One other thought.  Do you move your hand slowly to the dog?

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Jay,

15 years ago, when I used to train police dogs with the RCMP in Canada, I saw a fair number of dog bites, accidents in training and bad guys.  However, the trainers wore protective suits, obviously. If you have had so many bites, there is probably something you are doing, that you do not even know about, that has made you a threat to insecure dogs. Or maybe you are a treat to mean ones. When the house pets are biting, often they have no training and they are easily scared so they bite. We used to call that kind of guy, who gets bit by all the dogs, a "#3 dog alarm." No offense there.

Dog bites can be serious. If you have not had one recently, you should get a tetanus shot. And if you get heavy swelling, do go to the doctor. An infected bit is nasty. Also, you might talk to some decent obedience trainer or someone like that, to get some tips of how to not get bit. These people often have to deal with nasty dogs so they have ways of controlling them.

I learned a few methods when training police dogs that are very helpful even with pets. I have been charged a time or two but was able to stop the dog by screaming in a gutteral and raw manner "out". This is a well-known technique in the Kohler method of dog training and goes back to the wiring in the dog's brain. It is as close as we human's can come to the way mama dog stops bad behavior. I have stopped rottweilers, who were going after my dog, in that manner. However, it is awkward to start screaming that at inspections when the dog seems normal. It is an emergency method.

This guy below is one of the two toughest dogs I ever met. This is Gus, of the RCMP, he at one point tracked down and then captured the most wanted man in Canada, a serial rapist. Gus could strike fear into anyone's heart and few bad guys had the guts to challenge him. Click on his photo and hear him in action. His bite could put the bad guy in the hospital for a week. The breed is Malinois and he had the agility of a cat when in pursuit, over walls, walking walls. He also could handle a gun, below. And he was riot trained but, after hearing him, he did not have many challengers at riots.

 

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Dear Mr Jay,

Do you think that you would best be bitten by the love bug?

Nutsy

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 7 years ago

You certainly put a new definition in the right to bare arms ......hands in this matter.

My last dog would let you pet her,     once I would let her let you out of your car lol

Only the bravest of friends would get out of the car without us in sight.

After that he was a 103 lb teddy bear

Enjoy the day

 

 

 

 

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor - Homes For Sale - Franklin MA (Simolari & MacLean REMAX EXECUTIVE REALTY) over 7 years ago

Jay, live and learn. Still living, still learning.........  Can we teach an old dog a new trick? DON'T pet the nice doggie.....Glad that you are OK.

Posted by Craig Snead, Real Estate Investor (Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI) over 7 years ago

Jay - Sorry for the bite--looks nasty.  Think maybe there's a message there?  Perhaps you shouldn't trust dogs or their owners.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) over 7 years ago

Ouch. You need to have a metal shark suit when you approach dogs.  Glad the tetanus is up to date. The utility guys in our rural area use both a noxious spray as well as a dog only sound repellant to deal with aggressive dogs.  Might need to add it to the tool box to prevent any more bites.  Maybe you are an optimist rather than the dope you mention.

Mel

Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Jay, this gives me an idea for a new post Jay. Sorry it took you getting bit for me to get an idea. I hope rabies shots are not in order.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate (Alliance Real Estate - Minot) over 7 years ago

Justin - think I should contact the folks at Guinness Records?

Chris - just your basic karate chop with distinct fast motions side to side before I reach for the dog...

Actually in this case I did reach down as I was outside a gate.  I just moved in a petting motion!  Obviously I am doing something either wrong or inviting.

Steve - wow, that's a lot of good info!  In this case I did not have time to yell something gutteral.  She was a missile before I knew she was airborne.  I listened to Gus and have to say, I have heard that a lot of times before!  I am definitely a #3 alarm...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Nutsy - I think I am long past that, being taken now for some time.

And the dogs take me for a T-bone.

Don - I have met many a 103 pound teddy bear, face to face.

Me too Craig.  But apparently I am a very slow learner.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

John - it wasn't that bad, compared to others I have experienced.  But all in all, I am a dope.

Mel - perhaps an optimist, but certainly a dope.

Bob - this is a pet and the lady said was fully up to date on the shots.  Glad you got an idea though!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Not to rain on anybody's parade, but did you check to make sure those dogs had their shots up to date? I think I would have wanted to see the paperwork.

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 7 years ago

I'm in agreement with those that say ... check to see if the dog is up to date on his rabies vaccination.  I was bitten by a St. Bernard once... in the face!  (just above my lip and I saw him lunging at me and drew back or he'd have bitten off my nose!).  Luckily the dog was up to date with his shots... I'm a huge dog lover (have 2 of my own) but I would never say... 'my dog would never bite anyone' ... after all, they're animals and have instincts that humans can't predict sometimes!  Good luck with NEVER seeing 101!!

~  Wendy Herndon

REALTOR / Marketing Specialist

The Serena Group

Posted by Bradenton, Sarasota, Real Estate ~ The Serena Group, Selling Real Life Dreams in Paradise! (Bradenton-Homes, Experts - Keller Williams Realty ) over 7 years ago

In my younger days right out of college, I was a painting contractor.  Often, we would have to go bid on exterior paint jobs while the owner was away at work.  We always asked about pets, and that they be tied up, or somehow locked up.  Well, you know ... people forget.

So the rule for my estimators when entering a backyard, was first to look for piles, and especially the size of it.  Second, you leave the gate open, so in a worse case situation, you can RUN !!

Kibble or treats in a plastic bag in your pocket can come in handy if you go to strange homes often.  Food is always a great way to introduce yourself to a strange dog.

Then of course there were the homes with the Doberman, German shepherds, or Rottweilers. We still gave a bid, but for some reason, we never seemed to get the jobs.  Maybe that's because we tacked on an extra $5000 for "dog issues", and the fact that none of our estimators would view the back of the home, so they just guessed high.

Good times!

Posted by Eric Newman, Loan Officer with 25yrs in Housing, NMLS-97776 (Directors Mortgage, NMLS-3240) over 7 years ago

I got bitten by one of my sellers dogs this year.  Twice.  She never did it before, either.  Right.

Posted by Richard Strahm, Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate (American Foursquare Realty) over 7 years ago

One time I was showing a "vacant" property when my "hunk of a man" buyer wanted to see the back yard first.  We got to the back and were charged by a seriously aggressive dog.  I stopped and used my knowledge of dog behavior (I work with rescue dogs) to stop the dog as I slowly back out of the yard.

My "macho" buyer was nowhere to be found...this chicken-of-a-man ran back to the car, locked the doors and left me to fend for myself...

...no wonder he was single.

Eve in Orlando

Posted by Mike & Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers (Buyers Broker of Florida ) over 7 years ago

Rule of thumb when petting strange dogs is to first ask permission of the owner, which you got in this case.

When petting a dog for the first time, never put your hand above its head when approaching to pet it.  Always offer the back of your hand below the dog's mouth and nose so the dog can sniff the back of your hand.  If the dog does not sniff your hand, then back away, slowly.  If the dog does sniff, then proceed to gently pet under the chin or on the neck.  Do not immediately pet on the top of the head or on the neck behind the top of the head.  If the dog accepts your initial petting, then it may also accept a stroke on the head.  Don't rush into it.

Never reach over a fence to pet a dog.  Never.

Posted by Bob Willis, Orange County & L.A. County Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties) over 7 years ago

Sounds like Bob (#46) has it down when it comes to petting a dog for the first time. I think I can match you with tetanus shots, I used to step on a lot of rusty nails when I lived on a dairy farm.

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker Serving Sonoma County, CA (Safe Haven Realty) over 7 years ago

Jay - are you a home inspector or a mailman?  I though it was the mailman who the dogs like to "play" with!  Wish you a speedy recovery!

Posted by Dave Whittington - Ocean City, MD REALTOR, Associate Broker (Associate Broker - Mark Fritschle Group / Condominium Realty) over 7 years ago

These showing instructions say it all: Seller says dog does not bite...but dog does have teeth!

 

 

 

 

Posted by Joyce Mueller (Vanguard Realty, GMAC) over 7 years ago
Bob Willis - great advice. That's exactly what I have taught my children over the years. I just wonder it seems very often that people say their dogs have never bitten before. Do they mean they've never bitten "you" before? Would a dig owner ever say, "becareful, his bitten once before." Just thinking.
Posted by Karla Casey (Karla Casey (BIC), List Sotheby's International Realty, Hawaii) over 7 years ago

I hope you got medical attention - and the bite should have been reported and the dog quarantined for possible rabies.  Just a thought. 

Posted by Kimberly Brandon, Broker/Owner (Smart Moves Real Estate) over 7 years ago

To learn not to pet 'friendly' dogs, get in the habit of completing the owners' sentence. When they say, "They've never bitten anyone" in your head just add, "They were waiting for you." Then, you won't fall for it again. 

This is why, when I'm showing houses and I'm told the friendly dog will be home, I tell them to convey the message that I won't show the house until Cujo is taken out.

Posted by Joetta Fort, Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder (The DiGiorgio Group) over 7 years ago

Oh Jay, your hand looks horrible!  I just love your description of the dog ripping and twisting... Yuck!  I opened the front door to a house once and a little terrier was barking like crazy, but I ignored it (as I thought I was supposed to do!) and the little thing grabbed me just above the ankle and tore my leg open... I have a huge scar that dents in, but it's a great reminder not to ignore something so vicious that is wanting to be acknowledged.  I hope your hand heals quickly!  Have a Merry Christmas!

Posted by Leigh Ann Holman, REALTOR - Century 21, River Valley, Arkansas (479)774-5166 (Leigh Ann Holman - Century 21 Glover Town & Country) over 7 years ago
Jay, Is there a tetanus shot in your NEAR future? I certainly hope so! And STOP petting animals!
Posted by Kathy Opatka, Serving Ocean City, MD, & The Delaware Beaches (RE/MAX CROSSROADS) over 7 years ago

Jay, it's too late to find out about rabies once you get symptoms, because then it's terminal...I know as I had shots last year because I got bit by a cat we couldn't find to get tested for rabies.  Of course, we saw the cat later, and found out it was one of our neighbor's cats in the other street. 

It's still alive, so it doesn't have rabies, but I couldn't wait around to find out if I did so I was out about $1800 for the shots alone. 

Sorry you got bit, but quit petting dogs!  :)

Posted by Jeremy Wrenn, President, Wrenn Home Improvements (Wrenn Home Improvements) over 7 years ago

I should start by mentioning that I really like animals of all sorts and that may have influenced my luck over the years as a telephone installer repairman for Bell of Nevada and later for MST&T and more recently as a home inspector. In what must be thousands of encounters, including one with a police K9, I have never been bitten! I talk to them almost constantly, maybe I bore them into lassitude, and most often pet them starting as Bob suggests above.

Sorry for your bad luck though. If your shots are not up to date GET IT!

Posted by Marshall Brown, BSEE, CHI (Mid America Inspection Services, LLC) over 7 years ago

Hi Jay,  You make this a very funny read.  Sorry about the hand.  Had an unplanned greeting by the world's largest German Shepherd that ended up biting both buyers !  Hope your Holiday Season is the best ever !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 7 years ago

That's the reason I don't trust dogs. When I show homes with dogs, I always try to stay away or ask the sellers to put the dogs away. 

Hope you feel better!!! 

Posted by San-San Wardojo (Abacus Properties, Inc. North San Diego County 760-889-6495) over 7 years ago

Wow, something must be in the air, I was biten by an associates "friendly dog" on the top of my right thigh a few months ago. I almost fainted at the Doctors office with the numbing shot to clean out the wound. I feel for you. Hope you feel better!

Posted by Debbie Barrera, Your Austin Texas Connection (REALTY AUSTIN-Austin, TX www.RealtyAustin.com) over 7 years ago

Point taken. And I know it's true because I had a wonderful very well behaved and trained Border Collie named Jake that had never bit anyone right up until the day he leaped up on a repair guys shoulders going for the back of his neck. Thanks goodness in those two seconds as Jake was leaping I screamed and the repairman heard me and felt Jake's paws hit his back, he flung around throwing my dog across the room. Thankfully he hadn"t been bit.

I sure learned a good lesson that day. Even though a dog has never bitten one of the thousands of men, women, and children that he has come across doesn't mean that he wont - for some strange reason. I keep my hands to myself and try not to turn my back on them. Especially if they are an aggressive or large breed.

I hope it doesn't get infected and get all full of pus. When was your last tetanus shot? :}

Posted by Linda Christopher, Property Manager & Real Estate Sales over 7 years ago

First let me say I've done dog rescue for 20 years, one of which was a pit bull from a fighter line.  The only  dog that ever bit me was the one I have now, a 12 yr old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix I raised from a puppy, and he didn't mean to bite me, it was my fault.  I put him in a situation he didn't want to be in and ended up in the middle of it.

I can't imagine being bitten as many times as you talk about here, but I think if I was you, I would have a policy with dogs that you have owners contain their dogs before you will enter a property.  As an owner of a dog, if someone told me that "dogs don't like me and I've been bitten too many times" I would be grateful to protect you and my dog from a bad situation.

I hope you went to the hospital to have your hand looked at.  More than a tetnus issue is infection.  They gave me super antibiotics and I still ended up with a nasty infection.  In California they had to report the bite to animal control, who took my word that the dog was harmless and let him stay quarantined with me.  This is the other reason I would prefer a heads up if someone tended to get bitten for no reason, to protect my dog from the system.

Posted by Carol Neu, SFR, RCS-D - Big Bear Foreclosures (Evergreen Realty) over 7 years ago

Jay, have you thought of carrying some A-1 sauce next time? ...for the dogs, of course! Another "LOL" moment for me. Except this time, it is not in the office but in my house, waking up everyone! Sorry but you most be sweet?!!

Merry Christmas to you and I hope you did get that Tetanus shot!

Posted by Lydie Ouellet Dickinson, Realtor (Realty Executives Tri County, Bellingham MA) over 7 years ago

Jay,  Sorry to hear this.  I hope your hand is feeling better.  The lady should have offered to pay for your medical bills!

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL - (561) 716-7824 - CRS, ABR, GRI (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Somewhere in the subconscious you must be afraid that you'll be bitten. Dogs can sense fear and they react.

Sending wishes for you to heal quickly, with no complications!

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 7 years ago

Barbara-Jo - yes, that is the first thing the lady said.  This was a very large and expensive house.  I am sure those dogs have regular care.

Thanks Wendy!  Sorry that happened.  Interestingly I have never had a St. Bernard greet me!

Geez Eric.  That's a bummer of a way to lose a deal - high estimates usually don't fly!

Richard - I wonder if sometimes people actually think they are believed!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Eve - the true man revealed!  I am quick to get away too, if I can!

Bob - that's all really good info, thanks!  I thought they had had a good smell of me and had already licked my hand.  But I did reach over the gate!

Cynthia - I am way up to date with the tetanus.  But I haven't been bitten again in a couple of days.  What's wrong here?

Thanks Dave.  I don't even have a mailman costume in the closet!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Joyce - that is probably very sound advice!

Kimberly - there were two dogs and this one had a ribbon in her hair.  Very well cared for.  I wouldn't know who to report a dog bite to!

Joetta - Cujo is probably a worthy assumption!  I will remember the follow-on line!

Thank you Leigh Ann, and I'm sure my eyesight will come back any time now!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Kathy - sometimes I don't have to pet them to receive their gifts!

Thanks Jeremy, but I was assured she had all her shots.  Wow, $1800, what a bummer!

And thanks Marshall.  Your technique sounds a little like Davy Crockett grinning down the barrr.

Wow, Bill - that sounds like a dog that needs to be reported to somebody.  But don't call Congress - they will just throw your money at it.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

San-San - you are obviously much smarter than I!  Slow learner this one...

Debbie - those pain-killing shots are extremely painful and worse than the bite!

Geez Linda!  That's quite a story.  Glad it worked out well, but you retain that memory, huh?

Carol - that's all very good information.  I have no infection yet - I washed my hand right away and put anti-biotic creme on it under that bandage in the picture.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Lydie - no, but Billy Jays has already come up with a product, just in time for Christmas!

Elyse - there were no bills.  And my eyesight should be returning any day now...     ;)

Marte - I can tell you definitely that it is not in my SUBconscious!  It's in the forefront, but I am a very slow learner!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

I have had this happen twice in 20 years.  Once as an Insurance Adjuster and another time as a Realtor.  It is not fun.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) over 7 years ago

So, it looks to me like you're a "blog" master and not a "beast" master. We all have our place and apparently yours is to be bitten by dogs. Enjoy the holidays Jay, and may next years dog bites be minimal.

Posted by Sam Fischer over 7 years ago

I've done fairly well with dogs.  Generally I can tell if they are going to be aggressive and I stay away. Many are docile compared to the sound of their bark.

I do appreciate when I am warned in advance that there are dogs at the showing, caged or otherwise.  I've even received instructions telling me to give the dog a treat that is on the counter. :-) Joy

Posted by Joy Carter & Jeff Booker Brother and Sister Team, Trust Your Family's Move To Our Expertise! (Keller Williams Parkland/Coral Springs Realty-GreatFloridaHomes Team) over 7 years ago

Jay, I hope the hand heals well and fast.  I've been there and been bit also. 

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 7 years ago

No, Gene, it is not fun!  Bummer when it happens too.  I really did feel like a dope.

Sam - well, somebody has to do it!  Not sure why I got picked though.

Joy - this one had lured me into a false sense of security!  I have the treat suggestion in another post!

Gabe - it's fine, it really is.  The hospital told me that since I am within 5 years no tetanus is needed.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Strange but certainly a good warning for all of us ...

Posted by Tina Gleisner, Home Tips for Women (Home Tips for Women) over 7 years ago

It was strange, Tina, but not so strange as the response it got from Billy Jays...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay, with all your experience unknown to a dog owner client that says, "Go ahead it will not bite", just program yourself to whisper, "Yeah right"!!  Be your own advocate!  Happy New Year!  

Posted by Robert Courtney, Century 21 All Islands, RA, CDPE, MCRE, CIAS over 7 years ago

Bob - I am a slow, but very trusting, learner!  And a dope!

Happy New Year to you too!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

My attorney sister worked for a company that published a book on Dog Law...one of their best sellers...know your rights....and the dog's !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 7 years ago

So, S&D, should I just throw them a Choose Yer Chews! ?  Is that within everyone's "rights"?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Whenever you enter a dog's territory, you can't predict their behavior. I find the best tactic, not to get bitten, is to ignore the dog and act as if you belong there.

Posted by Catherine Marrone, West Newbury MA real estate, Essex County (Integrity Residential Brokerage LLC) over 7 years ago

Catherine - I have done that, even in groups, and sometimes they pick me out of the crowd!  I have telepathic dog radar - get me, get ME!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

My father hauled garbage for several years back when the gabage men went back behind the house to get the can. Dad always said it was your additude twoard the dog that got you in or out of trouble. You have to establish control immediatly no fear. I dont knowif that helps or not but he was real good with animals.

Posted by Brad Hornshaw, Realtor, Listing Agent, Buyers Agent, Investments (Brad Hornshaw Realtor Lynnwood, Bothell, Everett) over 7 years ago

Well, Brad, obviously I would NOT have made a good guy to go into anyone's back yard!  When I was a kid the gas man used to come into the basement to read the meter!  They don't do that anymore.  I wonder how many were eaten!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Sounds like lesson learned the chewy way. Better luck next time. :-)

Posted by Beverly of Bev & Bob Meaux, Where Buying & Selling Works (Keller Williams Suburban Realty) over 7 years ago

B&B - that's exactly what inspired this post!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Oh, that's my absolute favorite line from dog owners..."Oh, she wouldn't hurt anybody.  She doesn't bite"  Yeah, she doesn't bite you...but she doesn't know me.  After watching Roy Horn get his throat ripped out by his own tiger, and that chimpanzee (cute & cuddly) rip that lady's face off...I'm a little skittish around animals.  Just last week I read an article about a pit bull killing a pregnant woman. 

If there is a dog at a buyer or seller's house, they put it away, or I don't come in.  Even if it won't attack me, I don't want it jumping on my nice clothers, or licking me.  Dogs are like kids...I only like mine...I can do without yours.

Posted by Matt Robinson, www.professionalinvestorsguild.com (Professional Investors Guild) about 7 years ago

Well put Matt!  You found an oldie but a goodie!  Did you see Billy Jays's response?

http://activerain.com/blogsview/2037447/choose-yer-chews-

Billy is always trying to help.  And make a profit!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

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