Grand Rapids, Michigan

It’s not unusual to hear about a dog saving someone’s life, but it is a bit odd to have one do so by biting off a man’s toe. Kiko, a terrier belonging to Jerry Douthett recently bit off his ‘master’s’ big toe, potentially saving his life.

Even though Kiko is not aggressive, police are monitoring the dog to make sure he’s not “a menace.” Poor dog—after what he did he should be feasting on steak for life!

Jerry Douthett: Dog Eats Man’s Toe, Saves Life?

Jerry Douthett, 48, is a musician living in Rockford, a northern suburb of Grand Rapids, Mi. with his 40 year old wife, Rosee (Rosie), and their dog Kiko—a Jack Russell terrier. Rosee is a gerontology nurse and had urged her husband to see a Doctor about his infected big toe. Anyone ever married to a stubborn man knows how that goes—you can urge, plead, beg, threaten and nag, but men won’t usually go until they have no choice. Such is the case of Jerry Douthett and his dog bitten toe.

Douthett admits he had been hiding his smelly, infected toe from everyone, including his wife—and said he was afraid to go to the Doctor, fearing the diagnosis. Jerry had lost a brother to diabetes years ago. He also acknowledges that his dog as well as friend’s dogs were constantly sniffing his big, infected toe.

A few weeks ago, Jerry and Rosee (Rosie) went out celebrating—Rosee had just become an American citizen.

Douthett said “I had probably five or six beers,then we went next door. They have these huge margaritas, think they’re 32 ounces, and I killed it.”

To say he was a sedated when he fell asleep later is an understatement. Rosie ( Rosee) was in another room when Douthett awakened to find blood everywhere.

“I woke up and the dog was laying alongside my foot, then I looked and blood was everywhere,” Douthett told 24 Hour News 8. “I ran to the bathroom and screamed for her (Rosie) to come in. I went to the bathroom, rinsed it off and it was gone.”

Rosie Douthett said “Maybe he thought it was not part of Jerry’s body, that it was a dead animal laying on the bed. But he chewed off the infected part so he knew when to stop, which was great.” and Jerry admits he probably would not have ever gone to see a Doctor if Kiko hadn’t bitten off his toe.

Jerry Douthett spent four days in the hospital— where Doctor’s amputated the rest of his toe (Kiko only bit off the infected part).

When Douthett arrived at the hospital, his blood-sugar level was 560. A normal reading for most people is 80 to 120. He now knows he has Type 2 diabetes.

I wonder if Kiko biting off half the toe will lessen the surgeon’s bill? Maybe he should be awarded an honorary degree!

Douthett admits he thought of having Kiko euthanized but changed his mind once he realized that the dog probably saved his life by biting off his toe.

Jerry Douthett is a very fortunate man and has sworn off drinking—for now, anyway.

Man’s best friend ( and woman’s, too ) have up to 220 million olfactory receptors, compared to 50 million or so in humans. They sense many things that humans do not. So do many breeds of cats. People should heed behavioral changes in their pets—when they start excessive sniffing, pawing, whining, scratching—around any part of your body, go for a check up!

What do you think of ‘Jerry Douthett: Dog Eats Man’s Toe, Saves Life’? Did the dog really know there was something wrong or do you think he was being aggressive? Has a pet ever alerted you to something amiss?

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