The 39-year-old man said he has no feeling from the waist down, but he woke at 7:45 on Monday morning with a burning pain in his midsection.
(By the way, the man likes to sleep in the nude. That’s going to be important in just a second.)
So, the guy woke up and found the dog between his legs. He also noticed blood on the dog’s snout and paws. Upon further inspection, the man came to the gruesome discovery that the dog had eaten one of his testicles!
According to the local news report:
“The victim said the dog was a stray he had taken in about three weeks earlier. The man was unsure if the dog had been vaccinated.
Police took the dog to a local veterinarian where it was euthanized. Its head was sent to the Arkansas Department of Health to be tested for rabies.”
I actually laughed out loud when I read the next part:
“The victim was taken to St. Bernard’s Regional Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries.”
St. Bernard’s Regional Medical Center… true story!
What’s the moral? Don’t take in stray dogs? Don’t sleep in the raw? Wear a cup? Maybe.
I thought about how important pain is.
I pushed through back pain for six months and ended up blowing out a disc. I had to have major surgery. My doctor told me, “You should have listened to the pain. Pain is your friend.”
We spend so much of our time and effort trying to avoid pain. I think that’s misguided.
First, it’s impossible. The world is too jacked up.
Second, without pain, you’d never know if a dog is eating one of your testicles while you’re sleeping.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying pain is man’s best friend. After reading this story, I’m not even sure dogs deserve that title. But certainly the goal isn’t to remove all suffering from life. Rather, we should welcome it as a guide, a trainer… and look for opportunities to redeem the pain.