She's Never Bitten Anybody!

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

I do not have good luck with dogs.  Yesterday I dropped a radon test off at a house in anticipation of an inspection tomorrow.  That way I can have the results on site at the same time as the inspection report.

Arriving, two dogs were behind a gate but very interested in my arrival.

They were both happy and wanted my attention.

I put my hand beside the gate and they both licked me, tails wagging.

The lady said, "Go ahead and pet them.  They have never bitten anybody."

And, like a dope, I did.

One came at me like a missile, not only biting but ripping, contorting and twisting its whole body as it latched onto my hand.  Then it ran away!

The lady very apologetically dressed it saying, "She's never bitten anybody!"

I say I'm a dope because nobody has been bitten by dogs who "have never bitten anybody" more than I.  If I had a dollar, well, you know the rest.  If you know a dog that needs to pop its "never bitten anybody" cherry, send him to me.  I can take care of that for you.  You think I'm kidding?!  I will bet I have been bitten over 100 times. And yet I still believe people who say it's alright to pet their dogs!

That pretty much defines the word DOPE.

This is a photo of my hand 5 minutes later, when I got into the car.  It got worse.  My hand swelled a lot!

I'm really feeling faint now...  that's probably shock.

Uh, oh, I think I have whiplash.

 

 

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Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Lydie - no, but Billy Jays has already come up with a product, just in time for Christmas!

Elyse - there were no bills.  And my eyesight should be returning any day now...     ;)

Marte - I can tell you definitely that it is not in my SUBconscious!  It's in the forefront, but I am a very slow learner!

Dec 23, 2010 11:46 PM #70
Rainmaker
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Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I have had this happen twice in 20 years.  Once as an Insurance Adjuster and another time as a Realtor.  It is not fun.

Dec 24, 2010 03:31 AM #71
Rainmaker
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Sam Fischer
Coeur d'Alene, ID

So, it looks to me like you're a "blog" master and not a "beast" master. We all have our place and apparently yours is to be bitten by dogs. Enjoy the holidays Jay, and may next years dog bites be minimal.

Dec 24, 2010 05:34 AM #72
Rainmaker
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Joy Carter & Jeff Booker Brother and Sister Team
Keller Williams Parkland/Coral Springs Realty-GreatFloridaHomes Team - Coral Springs, FL
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I've done fairly well with dogs.  Generally I can tell if they are going to be aggressive and I stay away. Many are docile compared to the sound of their bark.

I do appreciate when I am warned in advance that there are dogs at the showing, caged or otherwise.  I've even received instructions telling me to give the dog a treat that is on the counter. :-) Joy

Dec 24, 2010 07:55 AM #73
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Jay, I hope the hand heals well and fast.  I've been there and been bit also. 

Dec 24, 2010 07:57 AM #74
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

No, Gene, it is not fun!  Bummer when it happens too.  I really did feel like a dope.

Sam - well, somebody has to do it!  Not sure why I got picked though.

Joy - this one had lured me into a false sense of security!  I have the treat suggestion in another post!

Gabe - it's fine, it really is.  The hospital told me that since I am within 5 years no tetanus is needed.

Dec 24, 2010 11:55 AM #75
Rainmaker
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Tina Gleisner
Home Tips for Women - Portsmouth, NH
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Strange but certainly a good warning for all of us ...

Dec 25, 2010 10:54 AM #76
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

It was strange, Tina, but not so strange as the response it got from Billy Jays...

Dec 25, 2010 11:06 AM #77
Rainer
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Robert Courtney
Lihue, HI
Century 21 All Islands, RA, CDPE, MCRE, CIAS

Jay, with all your experience unknown to a dog owner client that says, "Go ahead it will not bite", just program yourself to whisper, "Yeah right"!!  Be your own advocate!  Happy New Year!  

Dec 26, 2010 03:28 AM #78
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Bob - I am a slow, but very trusting, learner!  And a dope!

Happy New Year to you too!

Dec 26, 2010 03:47 AM #79
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

My attorney sister worked for a company that published a book on Dog Law...one of their best sellers...know your rights....and the dog's !

Dec 26, 2010 11:03 AM #80
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

So, S&D, should I just throw them a Choose Yer Chews! ?  Is that within everyone's "rights"?

Dec 26, 2010 11:06 AM #81
Rainer
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Catherine Marrone
Integrity Residential Brokerage LLC - West Newbury, MA
West Newbury MA real estate, Essex County

Whenever you enter a dog's territory, you can't predict their behavior. I find the best tactic, not to get bitten, is to ignore the dog and act as if you belong there.

Dec 29, 2010 03:32 AM #82
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Catherine - I have done that, even in groups, and sometimes they pick me out of the crowd!  I have telepathic dog radar - get me, get ME!

Dec 29, 2010 05:11 AM #83
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Brad Hornshaw
Brad Hornshaw Realtor Lynnwood, Bothell, Everett - Lynnwood, WA
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My father hauled garbage for several years back when the gabage men went back behind the house to get the can. Dad always said it was your additude twoard the dog that got you in or out of trouble. You have to establish control immediatly no fear. I dont knowif that helps or not but he was real good with animals.

Dec 29, 2010 01:33 PM #84
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Well, Brad, obviously I would NOT have made a good guy to go into anyone's back yard!  When I was a kid the gas man used to come into the basement to read the meter!  They don't do that anymore.  I wonder how many were eaten!

Dec 29, 2010 02:02 PM #85
Rainer
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Beverly of Bev & Bob Meaux
Keller Williams Suburban Realty - West Orange, NJ
Where Buying & Selling Works

Sounds like lesson learned the chewy way. Better luck next time. :-)

Dec 30, 2010 10:12 AM #86
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

B&B - that's exactly what inspired this post!

Dec 30, 2010 02:55 PM #87
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Matt Robinson
Professional Investors Guild - Pensacola, FL
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Oh, that's my absolute favorite line from dog owners..."Oh, she wouldn't hurt anybody.  She doesn't bite"  Yeah, she doesn't bite you...but she doesn't know me.  After watching Roy Horn get his throat ripped out by his own tiger, and that chimpanzee (cute & cuddly) rip that lady's face off...I'm a little skittish around animals.  Just last week I read an article about a pit bull killing a pregnant woman. 

If there is a dog at a buyer or seller's house, they put it away, or I don't come in.  Even if it won't attack me, I don't want it jumping on my nice clothers, or licking me.  Dogs are like kids...I only like mine...I can do without yours.

Aug 15, 2011 05:52 AM #88
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Well put Matt!  You found an oldie but a goodie!  Did you see Billy Jays's response?

http://activerain.com/blogsview/2037447/choose-yer-chews-

Billy is always trying to help.  And make a profit!

Aug 15, 2011 08:50 AM #89
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