Archive for October 3rd, 2015


slow learner


You’d think this dog would learn, but he requires more second chances than the most incorrigible felon—but there’s nothing felonious about Max. He’s just curious.

My neighbors and I have gone a whole season without seeing a single rattlesnake, but Max has found one somewhere on the desert. A day after his run-in with the skunk, he was bitten on the nose by a snake. Normally, the head is the safest place for a dog to get bit. I got him down to the vet within a couple hours of the bite, but his face is badly swollen, he’s drooling badly, and only time will tell if there will be any further complications.

Now there is another smell about him. In addition to the skunk odor, there is a second aroma which results from the effect of the rattlesnake venom on his flesh. It is described on the Internet as the smell of roadkill, but this is inaccurate. The venom causes necrosis. I don’t know how to describe the smell, but it is definitely unpleasant.

Max will be tough to take for at least a couple days, maybe more if his flesh experiences more problems.

“The snake will always bite back.”

~ Jake Roberts (The “Rattlesnake Man”)



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