Post Attack Update

It has now been over a week since Mavis and I were attacked by our neighbor’s dog, so I figured it was time for an update on how everything is going. First, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who commented, texted, and emailed me about the attack. That meant so much to me!

Black lab and cocker spaniel cuddling

Mavis no longer seems to be bruised and sore, which is such a relief. I hated knowing she was in pain. For the most part, she is back to her normal self. Jimmy and I took her to her puppy training class on Monday (Which my parents came to! They wanted to see their granddog in action :)), and she was a bit fearful around the other dogs, but warmed up a little by the end of the class. We are going to keep working diligently on socializing her!

The only issue is that she is now growling when we pick her up or even approach her to pick her up when she doesn’t want to be held. I’m not sure if she associates being handled and touched in certain places with pain, but we are definitely going to be addressing this issue.

Brown and white cocker spaniel puppy sleeping

Mentally and physically, I am also doing much better. As I mentioned, I found out the dog that attacked us isn’t up to date on its shots. The police came to our house to let us know, and I made a visit to MedExpress afterwards. The doctor at MedExpress advised me to go straight to the emergency room to get the rabies shot series, a tetanus shot, and a round of antibiotics.

Not wanting to spend the day in the emergency room, I talked with Jimmy and we decided I’m not going to seek any medical care unless my bite wound gets worse. It’s honestly not bad at all and healing really well. We’re also 99.9% sure the neighbor’s dog doesn’t have rabies. My sister has me sending her pictures of the wound each day so she can do nurse things, like check for inflammation and signs of infection. Thanks, Hannah 🙂

So, we have some work to do with Mavis, but she is doing much better than she was a week ago! Thank you again to everyone who has shown so much love and support through this tough time. I really appreciate it!



  1. It’s great that the dog doesn’t have rabies and that the cut is healing! I’m so happy you are both doing better. Hopefully Mav gets less and less afraid of being picked up or approached to be picked up. She’s too dang cute to not cuddle 🙂

    1. Yes! Lots of good news with the dog and how we are feeling! We are working hard with Mavis and helping her be comfortable with being handled. I agree, she’s way too cute not to cuddle and touch!

  2. She is doing sooo much better, thank God!! She is so sweet and adorable, it was hard seeing her struggle with being hurt both physically and mentally. I’m glad she has you and Jimmy as ‘parents’; taking such great care of lil Mavieee. Love you baby girl ~

  3. Hey Allie, in the midst of hurricane preparations, I missed the original post and this is the first time I’ve seen this. What a scary experience, and I’m so sorry about the attack. I’m glad that things are healing and the dog does not have rabies. I know mentally it will take much longer to heal too, for you and Mavis, but am glad she is doing better.

    1. I hope you were safe in the hurricane! I have blogging to catch up, so I’ll have to read your posts and make sure all was will with you and Clay! It really was a horrible experience for Mavis and I, but we’re both doing better and better every day 🙂

  4. The good news is that as long as the neighbor’s dog doesn’t show signs of rabies after 10 days then you won’t have to get the vaccines! As long as the dog can be quarentined for observation you should be fine. We generally recommend antibiotics but if it’s healing well and you’re keeping an eye on it, not a big deal. Also, tetanus shot is super important! Sorry to hear that this happened but it sounds like you guys are recovering well!

  5. I’m so glad to hear that Mavis is doing so much better. I’m sorry to hear that she’s still a little fearful of being held. Poor think. She has a lot of trauma to work through. Good for you guys for making sure to continue to socialize her!! And I’m so glad to hear that the bite is healing! I hope it continues to healing well! *hugs*

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