Well 2018 isn’t ending so well for my family. Spent last night in the ER looking at the insides of mom’s arms while the surgeon tried to figure out how best to piece them back together. A couple hours earlier she was sitting on a friends living room couch after delivering her friend some homemade soup. The friend left the living room, let her big dog in the housevia the breezeway, and didn’t come back inside. This was a rescue dog that apparently had shown warning signs of aggression in the past year. The dog (lab/pit/??mut) ran into the living room growling showing teeth and attacked mom on the couch. Mom protected her face/neck, escaped through the front door and called my brother who later showed up to the scene; her sweatshirt/pants/shoes covered in blood and flesh. 3 county sheriffs police and an ambulance arrived soon after. PRAYING for minimal infection (potentially the most dangerous part of this event). Dog owners — PLEASE personally introduce your pup to strangers (people the dog doesn’t know) and let them know they’re friends, especially those that come into your house. When I visited the shop a few weeks ago @VANCE left Andy’s tiny dog in the office....because he gets it. They need to be introduced properly. Mom is the biggest dog lover on the planet. Every day she wears a rubber wrist band with dog prints on it. I’m Sittng here right now looking at her xmas tree that is covered in dog ornaments. There are even dog figurines climbing a ladder to get on the tree!! Shehas two small dogs. Hospital staff left the bracelet on her right arm during the surgery. The irony. The impact on us. I can’t imagine the additional horror, had my 2.5 year old been there with nana. When I was in 1st grade, a neighbor dog tried to bite off my arm but settled for a chunk of my shoulder. It had bitten a neighbor girl in the face a week prior to that. It’s so important to address warning signs early. I’m not trying to instigate arguments about how to handle/train dogs but I know this was preventable and hope this post somehow helps prevent a future dog attack.