Home » ART » Currently Reading:

Police Dog Bite

June 29, 2006 ART 1 Comment

Something rather unusual happened to me this morning. I was attacked by a police dog.

I was walking my dog Gizmo in the park, as I do most mornings at about this time. Ahead of me, I could see a large alsatian snuffling around in the undergrowth and a man who was mostly hidden by the trees ahead of me. As we got closer, the alsatian turned, saw Gizmo, and set off after him. Now, Gizmo loves getting other dogs to chase him, because he knows that none of them will ever catch him, so I wasn’t too concerned.

By this stage the man had come into view and I could see that he was wearing full police uniform. He called his dog back, and ordered me to stand still, which I did. His dog turned back as soon as it was called, but instead of going back to the owner it lunged at my hand as it passed, and latched on with full force. I was completely shocked. It hurt. A lot.

The policeman ordered his dog off and thankfully it responded to his command. When I took my hand out, it was oozing thick blood. The sight of it made me feel weak. There was a large puncture on the middle finger of my right hand, a hole splayed open at the edges inside which I could see a big loose vein and other bits and pieces of gore. Up the side of my index finger was a raking cut, again fairly deep and with little bits of mincemeat hanging out. The policeman brushed it off as “not a very bad one”, and took me back to his van where he gave the cuts a quick wipe and put a dressing on my middle finger, while two plain-clothed detectives hovered in the background. He told me that they’d been searching for a purse which was stolen and probably dumped around there. Only a couple of months before I’d found a rucksack dumped in exactly the same spot, which I’d taken to the police station. Not long before that, I found a mobile nearby and got to hear a part the sad story of what happened to its owner. I’m starting to have my worries about walking home late at night in this area.

Subsequently I had to go to my GP’s for a tetanus jab, then to the hospital to have the wound checked over, sellotaped up (it needs stitches but they apparently don’t stitch animal bites in case they seal in any infection), and pick up some antibiotics. And now, I’m finding it very hard to type, and to take photographs.

Anyway, Mark wanted me to show these photos which Gill took for me. Are they art? A depiction of the artist’s suffering, perhaps?

177648048 ecd3b7b01a m Police Dog Bite

177648009 d9412168bb m Police Dog Bite

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. SNAWSI says:

    Hey there,

    this is the first time I stop by your blog, seems like a nice blog ;-)

    I hope you’re feeling better after this dog bite. My own dog bited me once and it definetly hurts, man !

FAD NEWS

Daniel’s Value and Ideas #41: A Polke in the Eye

October 31, 2014

Daniel’s Value and Ideas #41: A Polke in the Eye

The career of Sigmar Polke is the restless search for the optimum means of expressing the truth of the static past in the fluid present.

Winners of Young Masters Art Prize 2014 Announced

October 30, 2014

Winners of Young Masters Art Prize 2014 Announced

Juergen Wolf and Matt Smith announced as winners of the Young Masters Art Prize and Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize 2014

Flying car approaches liftoff as most advanced prototype yet is unveiled

October 30, 2014

Flying car approaches liftoff as most advanced prototype yet is unveiled

Its almost here ! At last the Flying Car !!

ART NEWS: ‘Stolen to order’ theft from a young and vibrant contemporary art gallery in the heart of London.

October 30, 2014

ART NEWS: ‘Stolen to order’ theft from a young and vibrant contemporary art gallery in the heart of London.

On the evening of Saturday (25th October) FOLD Gallery London, a young commercial gallery in Clerkenwell, was the victim of what appears to be a ‘steal to order’ theft of four sculptures by popular young artist Tim Ellis.

INTERVIEW: Peter Peri : I holed up in a garage in Roehampton for five years, painting on my own.

October 29, 2014

INTERVIEW: Peter Peri :  I holed up in a garage in Roehampton for five years, painting on my own.

So I’m heading to Hackney to see the English artist Peter Peri for a studio visit / interview.
He’s about to have his first solo show in Asia with one of the region’s biggest galleries, Pearl Lam.

Louise Hearman wins 2014 Moran prize, Australia’s richest portrait award

October 29, 2014

Louise Hearman wins 2014 Moran prize, Australia’s richest portrait award

Painter’s portrait of photographer Bill Henson takes $150,000 Moran prize, which attracted more entries than the Archibald

Paul’s ART STUFF on a train # 79: ‘Battle of the Behemoths’

October 29, 2014

Paul’s ART STUFF on a train # 79: ‘Battle of the Behemoths’

London currently features something of a battle of the German behemoths.

FAD DAILY

FAD DAILY

Want brilliant, exciting and interesting art and culture news in your inbox every day? Course you do. Sign up to our newsletter below.

ADVERTISING