Dog Days of Spring

It was my nightmare come true.  Over a year ago we sat at a plenary meeting and came to consensus on a pet policy.  At the time I brought up the concern of a dog attacking a child. I thought of the toddlers and preschoolers, I never thought it would be my child.

Yesterday my ten year old was riding his scooter like he normally does when a big herding dog jumped up, nipped him, and then went right back to sitting cooly in the mulch.  My son was shocked and started crying. A neighbor found him and gave him a clean cloth and ice to put on it. She told one of the little children to knock on my door “until someone answers.” My 15 year old got there and for some reason, called me to get me.  I was in my room in the attic but my boys keep thinking I’m not around even though they know it’s a quarantine and i”m working online.

As I walked down the two flights of steps, I called my sister, who is a doctor, to know how to treat a dog bite. (FYI putting a clean cloth is the right thing – to stop the bleeding.  And then antibacterial cream and watch for an infection). Luckily, no skin was broken but he does have a perfect set of dog teeth ringed in his leg – maybe a bruising?

Of course the dog parents were horrified.  I later learned that breeding dogs instinctively chase moving objects and the scooter must go faster than the children on bikes that ride by the dog all the time..  Now the dog will be tied up during scooter time.  

But, there are issues with pets. It’s one of the biggest in cohousing.  Before this, neighbors have complained that they find dog poop all over the property from some dogs being left to wander.  I hadn’t even considered that problem when we discussed whether pets could roam or not. I’ll keep you posted on more pet policy conclusions.

My son is fine. He was happy to hear his tetanus shot is up to date since that is another way to treat a bite. I don’t know why dogs carry tetanus – do they eat rusted metal?

About CJ

I was a Spanish teacher for 5 years in the Public School system in 3 different states. I homeschooled and taught at a democratic free school. I heard about cohousing in 2010 and wanted to move in right away. I met a group building one in 2018 and got to move in the summer of 2019. It only took a year to want out.
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