Blame it on the pit bull

Gracie

Just kidding. Don’t blame Gracie. It’s not her fault!

Gracie is a total wiggle butt/snuggle bug available at the Humane Society of Skagit Valley. At least she was the last time I was there, which was May 22 … !

What happened to me there, and the reason I haven’t been back yet is not her fault, but because of her breed, even though she’s a very petite pittie, the news media is bound to sensationalize it and place the blame on her.

All right. Here it is. I fell down.

Somebody that I told my story to, before I even told him how I got hurt, before he knew it happened while walking a dog, asked “Did your dog pull you down?”

Seriously, I swear. No.

I was walking Gracie between a fenced play yard and a berm. The ground was uneven; I think I was walking on fist-sized gravel. Smooth rocks. I’ve walked Gracie before and she is flawless on leash. A larger dog was in the yard, one I haven’t walked because his sign says he’s not available because he’s “working on his manners.” He raced toward the fence and I thought very calmly, What a great opportunity to see if Gracie is at all reactive to other dogs.

And then I went down. It is a testament to both dogs that I don’t even remember what they did. I’m pretty sure Gracie just stood there attached to me via leash. The other dog didn’t even bark.

I had simply tripped over my own feet, and when I landed on my left shoulder, the wind was knocked out of me.

That’s a phrase I’ve heard a lot – “wind knocked out” – and now I understand what it means. I couldn’t breathe. Specifically, I felt like I couldn’t get air out. I also sprained my right thumb.

My thoughts at the moment: I’m hurt. I’m hurt. No… I seem to be okay. Nothing broken. No scrapes. No one saw; thank god! So embarrassing.

So I kept on walking Gracie. Then I walked two more dogs. My thumb hurt quite a bit, but that seemed to be the worst of my injuries.

Until I woke the next morning with pain on the side of my chest. I googled “bruised ribs,” and yep that’s what it was. Even if they were cracked, the Internet says the treatment is the same: ice, rest, drugs. Six weeks to heal.

That was almost four weeks ago. I’ve mostly been functional when upright, as long as I don’t overexert myself. Walking is fine. Getting up from a lying position is hard. Sneezing was excruciating, but that has improved. I was able to do my part to separate two fighting dogs (ours).

I did wind up seeking medical help a week and a half ago when I had sharp chest pains and was short of breath. Thought I was having a heart attack, maybe a Vicodin overdose? Nope, just strain in the interstitial cartilage or something. A house call from paramedics and four hours in the ER later, I was disappointed they didn’t see any fractures in my X-rays.

So that’s my deal. I hope to be better and back to walking shelter dogs in a couple of weeks. And though I’d love to see her again, I hope Gracie’s not still there when I go back.

Heart Like a Dog

Since my injury, I have neglected not only blog posting, but blog hopping. I’m getting back up on the horse right now with the Thursday Barks and Bytes Blog Hop hosted by 2 Brown Dawgs and Heart Like a Dog

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8 thoughts on “Blame it on the pit bull

  1. Hi Y’all!

    Glad you’re gettin’ better, even if it is “little by little”. Ribs is a tough place for an injury. They move even when you’re layin’ still.

    Hope you’ll follow me to my new blog…http://www.browndogcbr.net.

    Y’all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  2. Wow! That sounds awful (and totally like something I would do–and Barley’s a klutz, too, so we’d probably both end up down for the count). Glad that you’re starting to feel better.

  3. Oh my goodness, I’m glad you are okay! Glad the dogs had no issues either.

    Accidents happen to all of us. A couple of New Year’s Eves ago I was walking the dogs in the woods. Delilah was on a 20 or 30 ft leash and we were going down a small trail into a field. I told her “easy” and she was phenomenal once we were down the hill I said, “Okay” and she took that (as she should have) that is was okay to run and I fell down on my right shoulder and had the wind knocked out of me. I totally get where you are coming from.

    Thank you for joining the blog hop and welcome back!!

  4. I’ve broken my ribs before (in a riding accident years ago), and I know exactly how much it hurts! OUCH! Hope you are feeling much better now.

  5. I too have had an injury during a dog walking volunteer stint at a local shelter. Nothing to the fault of the dog. It is so important that we bounce back and get out there again to give those sweeties some one-on-one time out of the shelter! I hope you feel fully healed soon so you can get back out there!

  6. Glad you are feeling better. I have done it both ways. Tripped over my own feet and been pulled down by a dog, (OK it was snowy and slippery). I am kind of a klutz. I can sympathize. Thanks for joining the hop.

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