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The Bloodiest Birthday EVER
Published on Saturday, December 3, 2011 by

It all started innocently enough.  I woke up and began my birthday by driving the kids to school and going to work.  After work, I got the kids back home and decided to do something completely crazy for myself on my special day.  I decided to go to the gym.

Perhaps this is where I made my fatal mistake.  By leaving the house.  Or perhaps not.  Maybe it was my stop at 7-11 on the way home from an amazing workout that was when it all went downhill.

Yes, I purchased some healthy items.  But then I eyed the champagne.  And bought it.  And made plans to have a glass after all my night “at home” work was done.  One should never make plans for oneself on one’s birthday.  This, I soon discovered.

Just as I pulled in to my driveway, my son called my cell.

“Mom, where are you?”

“In the driveway.  I’ll be right in.”

“OK.  I was thinking about dinner and… oh wait.  Why is there so much blood on the floor?”

“ ………..”

“What the?  Ummmm.  Oh wow, there is SO MUCH BLOOD.  I wonder… OHHHHH.  Ummm Mom?”


“I accidently closed the door before the dog got completely in the house.  It hit her tail and I heard her yelp but… oh look at all that BLOOD!”

There is a moment in your life when you find you have to make a difficult choice.  Do you run like hell or do you throw yourself in to what will obviously be something very-very-bad?

Slowly, I reached for the keys and nearly turned the car back on.  But then I stopped.  Fate was staring me in the face and would still be waiting for me no matter where I tried to hide.

Indeed, it was time to face the music.

My son and dog greeted me at the door.  Nothing appeared to be out of the ordinary.  With tail ferociously wagging, the dog seemed none the worse for wear.

Then I felt something wet hit my leg.  And something else.  And then something liquid began to pour down my leg.  Looking further at the scene in front of me, the reality of the situation came slowly in to focus.

The dog?  The end of her tail was stripped off on one side and bleeding.  Funny things, dog’s tails.  They bleed just like human head wounds.  And apparently, the dog had been bleeding long enough to have run multiple times through every room of my house.  Wagging her tail.

Do you remember the Saturday Night Live commercial skit for Big Red?

THAT is what a dog’s tail does when it bleeds.  I am NOT KIDDING.  AT ALL.

First things first.  I had the kids take Emma in to the kitchen to minimize the blood spray around the house.  The kitchen was already covered from the floor to the cabinets to the appliances.  What’s a little more blood, right?  I had to race to the neighbor’s for gauze and tape.  Then I ran back, praying my night would not be spent in an emergency vet’s office.

My daughter stood in front of the dog with a huge spoonful of peanut butter.  My son straddled the dog in order to hold her.  Then I straddled the back of her, facing her business end.  Catching the tail was a job in itself.  Once secured, I wrapped, taped and wrapped some more.

About three minutes later the bandage flew across the room on another wave of blood.  FAIL.  The next flying bundle of gauze came a few minutes later.  By now the dog’s breath smelled like she had recently killed and devoured Mr. Peanut himself.

“That’s IT.  I’m using BAND-AIDS!”  After all, what else would stick?

stop dog bleeding

Seven twisting and turning Band-Aids later, the dog’s tail was secured and the bleeding finally slowed.  With this blood-free opportunity, I hesitantly took a tour of the house.  The bloody, bloody bloody house.

Every single thing I saw was covered in sprays of blood.  EVERY.  SINGLE.  THING.

wall blood

bloody dog

the twins shining


With a bowl of detergent and water, I began scrubbing things down with a towel.  The TV.  The laptop. The floors.  The walls.  The pictures.  The carpet.  The backpacks.  The shoes.  The furniture.  The lamps.  The vertical blinds.  Every surface of the kitchen.  EVEN PARTS OF THE CEILING.

And then I took a look at myself.  I even had blood down my legs and on my clothes.

Looking at the clock, I saw it was 11:00.  I had not eaten, done my nightly chores or fed the other animals.  Do I cry?  Or do I laugh.  It was my birthday.  And I had cleaned up blood for the last few hours.

Can you guess what I did?

I laughed.  And then I grabbed a piece of cheese, poured a glass of champagne, got in my bed, turned out the lights, raised my glass and spoke, “Happy birthday girl.  Happy bloody birthday.”

The dog?  She is perfectly fine.  No infection, no more bleeding, and she now sports a furless area on her tail that she can brag about to the neighborhood pack.  Now THAT is a good birthday gift, indeed.

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  • Ron

    OMG, Katherine, what a HORROR story!!!!!

    But I have to tell you, you wrote it BRILLIANTLY! 

    LOVED the video – HA!

    And I’m so happy to hear that the dog is fine and healing well.

    I think this will be one birthday you NEVER forget.

    “I laughed.  And then I grabbed a piece of cheese, poured a glass of champagne, got in my bed, turned out the lights, raised my glass and spoke, “Happy birthday girl.  Happy bloody birthday.”

    Happy Belated Birthday, my friend.

    Cheers! X

  • What a mess, but at least you approached it the right way.  All that clean up and on your birthday too.  I’m sure the dog was very happy to have you render first aid.

    Have a terrific day.  🙂

    • I was SO SCARED for the dog… I saw that blood and had to focus so I would not panic.  Having to think through what would stop the bleeding helped.  It made me stop the emotion and put me in to thinking mode. 🙂

  • Circulo de amigos

    Hahahaha, I loved the last picture to escenify the story.  Seriously, you will never forget this day!

  • LOVE that last picture! LOL. I’m sorry your birthday was a bloody disaster, but I’m glad you were able to laugh about it. And just think, the dog gave you the gift of a blog post for your special day! 🙂 Happy birthday Katherine.

    • I know!  How SAD is it that I am washing up blood and I stop to take pictures???!!!! 🙂

  • YIKES!!

    Happy Birthday, Katherine.

  • I don’t think I’ve every laughed that hard a blood spatter.   Your son definitely owes you another birthday.   

    • I FOUND MORE BLOOD TODAY!  It was all over the front door and storm door – I hadn’t seen it during the day.  He DOES owe me… but probably the dog first! 🙂

  • John Sealander

    This sure brings back memories.  One day I came home from a business trip and saw blood everywhere. It was all over the walls, the floor, the bed.  I thought an axe murderer had been in the house. Apparently, when Dalmatians injure their tail, they don’t quit wagging it. Spot was OK too, but it did give me a scare.  Hope Emma is OK. Happy Birthday too…

    • John – I had NO idea tails did this!  I love the name SPOT… perfect for a dalmatian!  We considered naming one of our Stripe ha ha!

      In telling my story at work, a friend said they came in to their house and saw blood all over the white furniture… they were horrified.  Then they realized their dog had learned how to open the fridge, had grabbed a roast and eaten it on every piece of furniture!  Dogs are so funny.

      I am still putting antibiotic cream on Emma’s tail.  It isn’t infected, but is slow to scab over.  I’m making doubly sure she will be OK.  I’m glad Spot was fine!

  • the dog gave you the gift of a blog post for your special day! 🙂 Happy birthday Katherine.

  • This happened to my exSIL one Christmas morning. The dog had a bloody tail and was so excited she wagged it all over the living room getting the tree, presents, people, everything, covered in blood. 

    Happy Birthday, a little late.

  • Rkinfo In

    wow what a beautiful photo shoot very nice keep posting

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  • Jay

    Ah, the notorious Happy Tail injury with ‘welcome home to a murder scene’ thrown in for good measure!!  We in the greyhound world know ALL about that! 

    Some repeatedly injure their tails so often that they have to have the end removed, but luckily my ‘Happy Tail’ artist only did it twice, and (even luckier) she did it while in kennels.  She looooved shouting at all the other dogs so much while she was ‘on holiday’ that she would split her tail open while wagging furiously in the process.  Once home, and she stopped smacking it on concrete or steel bars, it healed uneventfully, both times.

    It’s necessary to keep the bandage on for a while, usually, and with greyhounds it’s sometimes necessary to protect the injury with foam hair curlers or pipe insulation over the bandage.  *Sigh*

    It happens with ears, too, BTW.  Just sayin’ … 

    • OH WOW! After reading this, I now remember that greyhounds have kind of a thin skin, right? CURLERS! WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!!! Did you come up with that or did someone tell you about it. I never would have thought of that and it would have been PERFECT!

  • Oh Good Lord,Girl!  What a bloody mess!  What a nightmare!  I’m so glad you got your glass of champagne!  But I’m so sorry this happened to Emma and to you.  Thank goodness she’s fine.  Oy vey!  You know how much I can relate tot his.  The bruises I have are ugly, but not as ugly as that scary blood!

    • Honestly Linda, it all ended up OK because I was able to stop the bleeding and NOT have to go to the vet! THAT would have been a birthday nightmare! I am still to this day finding little specks of blood everywhere. To this day, Emma has a bit of area on her tail with no fur. Every time I see it I think of our “special” night. What was funny is she smiled her doggie smile through the whole thing!

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