My puppy chewed my big toe to the bone while I was sleeping – but it ended up saving my life
A retired construction worker told how he woke up in horror to find that his pet puppy had chewed his big toe “to the bone”.
David Lindsay, 64, from Cambridge, was startled by the screams of his wife as he fell asleep on a sofa in their home, only to find his right toe covered in blood.
A seven-month-old bulldog puppy, Harley, had broken his toe bone while he was sleeping and had a nail on his toe sticking out.
However, the horror incident turned out to be life-saving because paramedics later discovered that he had lost feeling in his feet due to blocked arteries in his legs.
Despite his injury, David, a father of five daughters and grandfather to 11 children, has no plans to get rid of the naughty puppy because he inadvertently saved his life.
David Lindsay, 64, from Cambridge, told how he woke up in horror to find his pet puppy had chewed his big toe ‘to the bone’
“I was asleep on the couch when my wife came in and yelled, ‘Dave, the puppy is chewing your toe!’” said David, who has diabetes. “
My puppy was close enough to chewing my big toe! Chewed to the bone and cracked.
“But because of all this, I find that my feet are completely numb, and I can’t feel anything.”
His wife stamped his toe on and rushed him to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where he was for nine days.
Dave was put on intravenous antibiotics to prevent the infection caused by the dog bite from spreading to his bones.
But due to the heavy beating, he discovered that he could not feel his feet.
During a CT scan of the fractured toe, doctors discovered blocked arteries.
David is startled by his wife’s screams while sleeping on a sofa in their home, only to find that his right toe was a bloody stump.
David’s foot was placed in a medical boot for weeks after his seven-month-old puppy bit him
However, the horror crash turned out to be life-saving, as paramedics later discovered that he had lost feeling in his feet due to blocked arteries in his legs.
The blockage could put the entire leg at risk of amputation if the blood was not returned.
Thanks to the mixed-colour puppy, Dave is now being evaluated for stents that would open up the arteries and allow blood flow to return to his leg.
He said he had no plans to get rid of the life-saving bulldog, after losing his two large dogs to a Neapolitan Mastiff last year.
David, father of five daughters and grandfather of 11, has no plans to get rid of the naughty puppy after he inadvertently saved his life.
David, who will be keeping the dog, hopes to be home to his wife and mellow bulldog by the end of the week
“You have to laugh about that,” said Dave, who had never owned a bulldog before. He did me a favor by chewing my toe.
“So I’m waiting to see if they can put stents in. I’m going to keep the dog.”
“I’ll try to keep my toe too, but if not, I told the doctor to cut it off and I can take it home for him!”
David hopes to be home to his wife and bulldog cheeks by the end of the week.