Finger Lickin’ Good?

August 5 | 1 Comment

Stories abound around the internet about dog heroes.

You have the ones that save families from fires, the brave few who take bullets for their K-9 partners, and of course,  the ubiquitous canines defending their loved ones from joggers, walkers and the mailmen.

I’m a hero, too. I saved two humans from a life of self-involvement and boredom. Without me they would have checked out of this game called life many years ago. I’m sure of that.

I also have a special notch on my collar from the time I saved my father.

I pointed out a pimple on his face that I suspected was more than just that. I was right. No, it wasn’t cancerous, but it did turn out to be a boil. Without my warning, he would have popped it against the mirror, sending dangerous shards of glass flying in the air…like dynamite exploding in a mailbox.

As big of a hero as I am, there’s a Jack Russell who went above and beyond the call of duty to save his owner. Check this out.

DETROIT (Reuters) – A Michigan man credited his dog with saving his life by chewing off his diseased big toe as he lay passed out in a drunken stupor.

Jerry Douthett, 48, woke up on a Saturday night in late July in his Rockford, Michigan home to find his Jack Russell Terrier, Kiko, had gnawed off his right big toe.

“The dog always lays with me on the bed,” said Douthett. “That night, I woke up and looked down at my foot, and it was wet. When I looked it was blood, and there was the dog looking at me with a blood mustache.”

Douthett’s wife, Rosee, rushed him to a hospital where doctors found he was suffering from Type 2 diabetes. His toe was badly infected and surgeons amputated the remainder of the digit.

Douthett’s wife, a registered nurse, had been urging him for weeks to have his infected toe examined by a doctor.

On the night Kiko ate his toe, Douthett said he had been out with his wife and drank about “six or seven beers” and a pair of giant margaritas “big enough to put goldfish in.”

“I was self-medicating at this point,” he said. “The moral of the story is that the dog saved my life, because otherwise I never would have gone in to see a doctor.”

The couple said they were amazed that Kiko appeared to know Douthett had an infection that needed treatment.

“He kind of chewed off the infected part and stopped at the good bone,” said Rosee. “We joked that we shouldn’t have had to pay the co-pay because he did half the job by chewing off half of the toe.”

Kiko is a braver dog than me. It’s that or Kiko’s owner is a cleaner man than my father. Well, it’s probably both.

Here’s some video goodness of the story:


One Response to “Finger Lickin’ Good?”

  1. Dogs You Love on August 5th, 2010 3:23 pm

    A guy has got to be pretty drunk to allow a dog to do that. Craziness.

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