Thursday, May 30, 2013
Close to Nowhere
Animals are family
My youngest brother Danny, who recently moved to a new apartment in Memphis, Tenn., was bitten by a dog last week. The worst part, for him, was that his dog Maggie was also injured.
Danny has been in bad health for several years now and being single again and having no children could have made him feel somewhat lonely.
But he has Maggie Mae Duke, who even has her own Facebook page.
Anyone who tries to say that animals are just animals, probably doesn’t have any furry friends.
Danny has had Maggie since she was born. He was babysitting her mother when Maggie and her sister were born. He would have kept both puppies, but unfortunately, the sister ran out in the road and was hit by a car.
Maggie is totally devoted to Danny. When he feels bad, she comforts him and makes him get up and go outside and at least walk. She keeps him motivated and moving.
She’s stayed with us (her “grandparents”) a couple times when Danny was in the hospital. She’s a really good dog and likes being with us just fine. She has a goal at our house, she wants to taste a cat! We have several outside who taunt her through the glass doors, smirking and meowing at her.
But if she’s at our house with Danny, she wants to be in the room where he is. She wants him to take her out and him to feed her and him to wait on her hand and foot. Which he does.
Which all leads up to last week -- Danny was sitting in his truck in the driveway and Maggie Mae was tethered in the front yard.
A strange, big dog ran into the yard, barking and growling, etc. Maggie, of course, was growling and barking back. She is not a timid soul.
Danny opened his truck door to get out and the dog jumped in the truck with him, still in “fight mode.” Maggie went bonkers. No other dog was going to hurt her “Daddy.”
Danny said in the frey that ensued, he’s not really sure what happened between the blur of furry bodies and eventual blood.
The aftermath is that he was badly bitten in the fleshy part of his hand between the thumb and index finger and on his arm. His arm is now badly bruised from the wrist to his elbow.
The worst part for Danny is that one of Maggie’s legs was badly wounded. He thought at first it was broken.
While it’s healing nicely now, Danny was nearly beside himself for a bit.
When a family member is injured, it’s terrible!
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