Attacked by a Large Dog

Dear Readers,

I took a week of vacation and had planned to post a new essay this week. Unfortunately, during the course of my day job, I was the victim of a vicious attack by a Pitweiler (a cross between a pit bull and a Rottweiler). I have four bites, 13 stitches, lots of scrapes and bruises, and a concussion. It may be a few days before I can post. While, of course, I wish this hadn’t happened, I feel fortunate that I had time to turn my back on the dog and that someone was close enough to drag me to safety. Overall, my physical wounds will heal soon and with prayers, so will the trauma. Please pray for my healing but also the healing of the family whose dog it was. Thank you for understanding. Mercy and grace, Lori

**Please understand, my day job is confidential so I cannot share certain details. I did see the dog secured upon my arrival. Also, please don’t disparage dogs or any particular breed of dogs in the comments. God loves all His creatures. It’s often their training or abuse by previous owners or simply protectiveness that causes these situations. I do not blame anyone nor am I angry with any dog or individual. It was simply a terrible incident that happened and I’m certain God minimized my injuries with His kind hand. I haven’t posted this to create anger toward a breed but simply to let readers know why I may be absent for a time. Thank you.


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  1. Melissa Henderson says:

    How awful! I’m so sorry this happened. Praying for your healing.

  2. Connie says:

    Lori, I’m so sorry that happened. Praying for you, your family, and the dog’s family.

  3. Deb says:

    Ooh, praying for you and for healing. So sorry-I can’t imagine how that would feel.

  4. Missy J says:

    So sorry to hear this. I hope you feel Gods peace as you heal. I’m praying for you, I’m sure it was very traumatic. Get well! ♥️

  5. Robin Luftig says:

    Sending love and prayers your way!

  6. Doris Davies says:

    Thank you for sharing ~ praying.

  7. Carla FEMAT says:

    So sorry for you. Yes, prayers will continue.

  8. Ken and Deb Raney says:

    Lori, how awful! I am so sorry! We’ll be keeping you in our prayers!

  9. Sherry Carter says:

    Oh, Lori, I am so sorry! I was attacked by a german shepherd many years ago and I’ve been frightened of big, barking dogs since then. I pray you heal quickly and for the family who own the dog. I hope they didn’t have to put the dog down.

  10. Wen Labrum says:

    So sorry to learn of your tragedy. I will place you on my prayer list. God will provide what you need as well as the dog owners. Rest in the Lord

  11. Shelleen Weaver says:

    My goodness. Please don’t push too hard, especially with a concussion. It’s not worth it. I’m glad you are ok…or at least will be.

    Father, please heal Lori’s body and nerves. Heal the hearts of the family who likely has had to say goodbye to their pet. Thank you that you are Jehovah Rapha, the Lord our Healer. You are good. Help Lori to let go of what would normally be hers to handle and send her the help she needs so she can rest.
    In the precious name of Jesus,

    p.s If you’re reading this any time close to the time you posted this, you need to stop and rest those eyes and that brain! 🙂

  12. Pam says:

    I hope the dog has been removed from the family. I’ll pray for you not to have nightmares.

  13. Steve & Shirley Walden says:

    Please know we are praying for your healing, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Given the wounds will heal by the miraculous powers God created in our bodies and the hands and minds of the nurses and doctors to provide care for your wounds.

  14. Barbara Latta says:

    Oh my, I know that was scary. Take care of yourself as prayers will go up for you.

  15. Lynda says:

    How scary! I’m so sorry you experienced that. Prayers for healing of body, mind and spirit.

  16. Clarice James says:

    Oh, Lori, I am so sorry. I’m praying for your healing and for that of the family, too.

    “And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.” (1 John 5:14-15 NLT)

  17. Tammy says:

    Father God,
    Thank you for your healing gifts. Please heal in mind, body, and soul our dear “disturber of hobbits”. I also ask for mercy and grace for the family of the dog who attacked our friend.
    I pray these things in the precious name of Jesus Christ.

  18. Anonymous says:

    I am sooo sorry for this traumatic occurrence. Praying for your physical recovery and from the trauma caused.

  19. Micki says:

    I’m sorry that you got attacked by a dog. I pray you will heal quickly and completely.

  20. Libby says:

    So sorry to hear this! Prayers all around.

  21. Cathy Gohlke says:

    I’m so very sorry this happened to you, Lori! Praying for your rapid healing, inside and out, and for the family of the dog, as you asked. May grace abound in your life!
    Lovingly, in Christ Jesus,

  22. Anonymous says:

    Prayers for your healing.

  23. Claire Hodges says:

    I am so sorry. Of course my husband and I will keep you in our prayers until the Lord tells us to stop. We will pray for the family of the dog as well.

  24. Jerusha Agen says:

    I’m so sorry you were attacked, Lori. How awful. Praying for your healing and the family who owned the dog. So tragic.

  25. Maureen says:

    I just hate this for you. Praying for your full physical and emotional healing, dear friend.

  26. Maureen says:

    I just hate this for you. Praying for your full physical and emotional healing, dear friend.

  27. Anonymous says:

    I am praying for healing of hearts, minds, attitudes, hurts, bodies, and spirits.
    I pray the Holy Spirit replenishes you from the inside out and that you will not become discouraged in your daily assignment to serve His people.
    In the name of Jesus I give thanks for you and ask that He send another helper alongside you to keep you lifted up and confirming that He does not leave nor forsake His people.

  28. Anonymous says:

    So sorry. Praying for a speedy recovery. God bless

  29. Joanne Urbany says:

    I am so sorry to hear of your unfortunate trauma. Prayers being said.
    Love in Christ,
    Joanne Urbany

  30. Mac White says:

    Hope you’re feeling better. Fully understand. God bless and heal you sister. Love, grace and healing. We need each other in these times.

  31. Pam Halter says:

    ohmygoodness, Lori! As a former mail carrier, I can only imagine the terror and pain. We are always afraid of being attacked, even though we had been trained what to do if a dog came at us. Most dogs probably wouldn’t have done that, but there were 2 German Shepherds who definitely would have killed someone if they had gotten loose.

    Praying for healing!

  32. Cheri Hardaway says:

    Praying for you and all concerned, Lori! Get well soon!


  33. Carmen Redfearn says:

    So very sorry to hear this, Lori. Praying for complete healing. God Bless you.♥️

  34. Wen Labrum says:

    Lori…I have been praying for you, your family, the dog and the owners. God will heal all and I look forward to your return…God bless you as you rest during his restoration.

  35. Lu-Ann says:

    Oh dear, that had to be so very awful! Yes, prayers for all concerned and especially for quick healing. Rest well my friend, He has other plans for you than suffering! Sending a big virtual hug when your well enough to receive one! Hope to see you again and soon. Lots of love,

  36. Sandi says:

    Bless your heart! So thankful you were not even more severely injured! “Trouble” He warned us about in this world comes in all kinds of shapes, sizes and measures. Thankfully it is all temporary bc of what He did to make it so! I know you know all this, but it helps to be reminded of what we know when we are hurting or recovering, or both. He loves you so much Lori! You know the liar will try to convince you otherwise, so make sure you lift up your Shield of Faith and stand against his fiery darts and wiles. Remember Job. Stand in the truth of Whose you are! Trust in His love and trust Him to use it all – He will! He’s got you, so you’ve got even this! Make Him proud – yes, it’s war – but we win! Thank you for your boldness in your witness and exhorting. You are a Sacagawea guide for so many in these foreign times in which we find ourselves – helping others navigate. He is right by your side, has your hand and will faithfully lead you through this! Keep that Shield up – and close your ears to all the doubt monsters that want to dance with you! Prayers for quick recovery in every way! Blessings!

  37. Laurie Soileau Schlisner says:

    Love to you from a fellow Christian and writer, a lover of creation. I just want to say I’m sorry you’ve experienced this and will pray with you that the Father will restore every piece of you rapidly:-)
    Laurie in Nashville, TN

  38. Sandra W Fidler says:

    so sorry for your accident. I love all dogs and wish these incidents never happen.

  39. Rachel Britton says:

    Lori, hope you’re continuing to heal in mind, body and soul. Sending love and hugs.