we are dog-sitting my mom's blue heeler, silver, this week, while rude jude is off on adventures in hawaii. sadly, our french bulldog/boxer, stella bell, is not very accommodating to her furry guest. growling and teeth gnashing have ensued and poor karl has been bitten THREE TIMES (by his own dog) trying to break up brawls. the tussle at 4am on saturday morning that woke us out of slumber ended us in the emergency room, with the tip of karl's right ring finger flapping and bleeding. i watched as they pulled off his fingernail - ouch! that's like a torture method! apparently due to bacteria in animal mouths, it is not common to stitch up wounds caused by dog bites, as the medical professionals feel it is safer to not sew up the germs inside of the human body. alas, karl is left with a flappy finger and no nail to protect it. i'm taking good care of him and stella sent him an apology.