Trauma in the Woods

July 19, 2008

After a VERY busy, stressful, and dramatic week at work, I was very excited for a relaxing weekend without any drama.  The last few days of this week was so crazy that I was thrilled to climb onto the MRI bed yesterday for a little time to lay still and relax(!)  I won’t get the results of that until my next appointment but I was happy to check that off the list for this week.

This morning began with a relaxing walk down to the pond with my coffee and my dogs.  The sun had just come up and the morning was so darn fresh it was amazing.  Not surprisingly, D, our neighbor-friend was already down at the pond having just finished a morning kayak session.  We hung out for a while and then walked up to the house together.  While we were chatting on the front steps, Pumkin (D’s dog) and Jack and Finn were wrestling up a storm.  Suddenly there was growling and the most high-pitched blood-curdling dog screaming I have ever heard.  Jack had somehow gotten his teeth caught on Finn’s collar.  Finn in a panic had apparently done a 360, thus tightening the collar in such a way that he was being completely strangled and was making this crazy screaming noise.  Both dogs were in a complete panic and Finn was really struggling for air.  I was freaking out and D and I were trying to untangle them but there really wasn’t much we could do.  The collar was too tight to get anything in there to cut it off and the dogs were writhing all over the place making the most god-awful noises I have ever heard.  After a while Finn’s tongue started to loll out of his mouth and started turning  blue.  I was yelling that he was going to die and I couldn’t think of any way to solve the problem.  I’m not sure how it happened but during this enormous struggle, Jack eventually freed himself and oxygen was promptly restored to poor Finn’s body.  As you can imagine I collapsed in an emotional heap and I don’t think D knew who to comfort first – me, poor horrified Jack, or terrified Finn.  It was a pretty shocking event and made me realize how much these gosh-darn dogs mean to me.  I literally thought Finn was going to die right there in front of me while I was completely helpless.

Anyway, we all sat around and recovered for a while and at some point my arm started hurting.  I guess I sustained a puncture wound during the drama which I had not previously noticed.  Once the adrenaline wore off it was brutally painful and kind of nasty looking.  I went to urgent care just to get it checked out and they put me on preventative antibiotics given that it was from a dog’s teeth, albeit my own dog.  Unfortunately, the bruising is so significant and my movement is compromised enough that I do think I will be able to swim tomorrow and I’m sure I won’t be able to ride a bike, so that pretty much rules out tomorrow’s race.  I think the Universe might be trying to tell me to sit this one out and I think it might be time to listen.

The dogs and I are committed to a low-key day at this point and are hanging out comforting each other about this morning’s horrible experience.  The significant upside is that we are lounging on brand new, laminate flooring.  GB comes home tomorrow and we are all feeling happy about that.

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5 Responses to “Trauma in the Woods”


  1. OH MY GOSH!!! I hope you and the dogs are ok…phew! Scarey. you are nothing short and action packed up there, Ness….:) Enjoy your downtime. Hope you and the doggies are ok.

  2. Candace Says:

    Glad you and the dogs are okay. How scary. And, can I just say, you must have had a very stressful week if you think laying in an MRI machine is relaxing! Geez! You need to tell your coach to give you a break 🙂

  3. marit c-l Says:

    Oh Ness! I am so sorry – but really glad the puppies and YOU are okay… 🙂 Emotionally its probably a bit tougher to recover from – but hang in there. Hopefully GB will have made things much better. Hang in there – I’m sending you good vibes!

  4. rachel ross Says:

    Hey Ness,

    I’m sorry the leg is still an issue, I hope the MRI is all clear.

    So glad the dogs disentangled themselves before it was too late! So scary.

  5. Danielle Says:

    Hi Ness,
    Are you out there? Hope all is ok.
    -Danielle


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