Dog Eats Sleeping Owner’s Right Foot, Saving Him

dog-eating-toesAn inspiring case of everyday-life heroism, as an Oregon man awoke to find that his likely-gangrenous foot had been gnawed off and consumed by his pet dog — there have been reported similar cases in the past. Via the Huffington Post:

A diabetic Oregon man with no feeling in his feet woke up to find his dog had eaten part of his right foot, including three toes.

The man told emergency responders that he fell asleep on his couch and woke up to find pieces of his foot missing.

Roseburg veterinarian Alan Ross says that the dog may have been trying to rid his owner of dead tissue, and says he may have been attracted to the foot if it were infected or gangrenous.

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  • Renehto

    But isn’t gangrene easily preventable?

  • Renehto

    But isn’t gangrene easily preventable?

    • justagirl

      not for diabetics. sadly, loosing lower extremities is common for them.

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      Not with diabetes inducing diets and “modern” medicine trying to combat it.

  • justagirl

    not for diabetics. sadly, loosing lower extremities is common for them.

  • Thejakeyl88

    I think not having any feeling in his foot should have been a good enough sign.

  • Thejakeyl88

    I think not having any feeling in his foot should have been a good enough sign.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Not with diabetes inducing diets and “modern” medicine trying to combat it.

  • Drewhempel

    Yeah this happened last summer in the southeast somewhere.

  • Drewhempel

    Yeah this happened last summer in the southeast somewhere.

  • Payrollpinky

    Pretty weird coincidence that this happened last year, or is this the same story?

  • Payrollpinky

    Pretty weird coincidence that this happened last year, or is this the same story?

  • Payrollpinky

    Pretty weird coincidence that this happened last year, or is this the same story?

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Who knew cannibalism could be so darling?

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Who knew cannibalism could be so darling?

    • Synapse

      Unless dogs are a species of human, it’s not cannibalism.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        I get your technical point. But there is also the considerable practical point to be made that house dogs are a domesticated species–who assign to humans the leadership role formerly occupied by a member of their own species. And so to the extent that they treat humans as members of their own species, and vice versa, such behaviour truly is ‘cannibalistic’.

        But that was just a throw-away comment, ‘kay? I get your point. Hope you get mine.

        Just yuks, folks. Just yuks.

        • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

          No this is serious talk, for serious time, and serious people. No time for silly!

          Now i’m going to go talk serious about serious things, like Laughology, or Bigfoot costumes.

          Also that picture of a puppy is seriously cute, I thought someone had to say it.

        • trollguy

          Nope. Pretty sure regardless of the dog’s relationship with the man, it isn’t cannibalism. Unless you consider your pets human? In which case, a whole slew of other acts become acceptable. Bestiality? Hell no, just a couple of humans messin’ around.

          • Liam_McGonagle

            Guess what: I don’t fucking care.

            Lighten up. Why the hell are you wasting so much gunpowder on a goddamned joke article, an isolated incident with no possible serious implication.

            Has America so totally lost it’s appreciation for the relevant that we’re wasting hours of our lives on this? This is good for some gross out humour, and that’s about it. Spend some time on something relevant for a change, like how people treat each other.

          • Grek

            After reading this exchange, it’s obvious that you are the one who needs to lighten up. So what if the poster took issue with your use of the word “cannibalism”, no need to get offended and act all defensive. And if you really don’t fucking care, then don’t bother responding to this.

        • AAisbad4U

          Its not technical. its factual. no matter how the dog sees the human it’s still not the same species. I could see a chicken as my dad, but if someone kills it, plucks its feathers, butchers it, fillets the breast, dusts it in a flour, eggwashes it, covers it in 12 herbs and spices batter, deep fries it in canola oil, cools it, puts it in a kaiser bun with tomatoes, lettuce, mayo. and i should enjoy it..??? its still not cannibalism. just a delicious sandwich, anyways im off to KFC.

  • Synapse

    Unless dogs are a species of human, it’s not cannibalism.

  • Anonymous

    I get your technical point. But there is also the considerable practical point to be made that house dogs are a domesticated species–who assign to humans the leadership role formerly occupied by a member of their own species. And so to the extent that they treat humans as members of their own species, and vice versa, such behaviour truly is ‘cannibalistic’.

    But that was just a throw-away comment, ‘kay? I get your point. Hope you get mine.

    Just yuks, folks. Just yuks.

  • AnonymousAss

    You’re an idiot.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    No this is serious talk, for serious time, and serious people. No time for silly!

    Now i’m going to go talk serious about serious things, like Laughology

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4K3KM67XITZTXUE45K42KS4OEE brian

    Interesting take on this…..Another story I read painted this in a much darker “oh my god the dog ate this guy’s foot” light. The thought that the dog was actually possibly saving the guy’s life didn’t even come up in that version….though neither did it blame the dog. Nice to see someone at least trying to put a positive spin on the news, rather than making it all out to be some huge horror show.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4K3KM67XITZTXUE45K42KS4OEE brian

    Interesting take on this…..Another story I read painted this in a much darker “oh my god the dog ate this guy’s foot” light. The thought that the dog was actually possibly saving the guy’s life didn’t even come up in that version….though neither did it blame the dog. Nice to see someone at least trying to put a positive spin on the news, rather than making it all out to be some huge horror show.

  • trollguy

    Nope. Pretty sure regardless of the dog’s relationship with the man, it isn’t cannibalism. Unless you consider your pets human? In which case, a whole slew of other acts become acceptable. Bestiality? Hell no, just a couple of humans messin’ around.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EFEOWJZQXEMA6ZWGI4RW4MOGVY Kessiah Guerrini

    The article tells to us about that we are not safe also from our pet Dogs or puppies. But i still remembers this incident had happened in somewhere also .
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  • Liam_McGonagle

    Guess what: I don’t fucking care.

    Lighten up. Why the hell are you wasting so much gunpowder on a goddamned joke article, an isolated incident with no possible serious implication.

    Has America so totally lost it’s appreciation for the relevant that we’re wasting hours of our lives on this? This is good for some gross out humour, and that’s about it. Spend some time on something relevant for a change, like how people treat each other.

  • Grek

    After reading this exchange, it’s obvious that you are the one who needs to lighten up. So what if the poster took issue with your use of the word “cannibalism”, no need to get offended and act all defensive. And if you really don’t fucking care, then don’t bother responding to this.

  • AAisbad4U

    Its not technical. its factual. no matter how the dog sees the human it’s still not the same species. I could see a chicken as my dad, but if someone kills it, plucks its feathers, butchers it, fillets the breast, dusts it in a flour, eggwashes it, covers it in 12 herbs and spices batter, deep fries it in canola oil, cools it, puts it in a kaiser bun with tomatoes, lettuce, mayo. and i should enjoy it..??? its still not cannibalism. just a delicious sandwich, anyways im off to KFC.

  • Jimmy James

    C’mon. Can’t we get better health plans than that?

  • Jimmy James

    C’mon. Can’t we get better health plans than that?