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With Love & Wags
2OCT
Dog Humping:  Dash Proves Humping to be Dangerous

Dash is a humper. He humps dogs. Only dogs. Usually boy dogs. I can spot which dog he’ll try to hump the minute we walk into the dog park. It’s the shy, unconfident dog that stands a little too close to its owner,  that looks just a little too unsure.  Dash makes a bee-line for that kind of dog and away he goes.

Yes, Dash is neutered. Yes, I have desperately tried to break him of this habit. I’ve noticed that other owners’ reactions varies from dog park to dog park.  Some owners were absolutely horrified by this little Yorkie who humped away on a Great Dane’s leg. Other owners thought it was hysterical and took pictures. At one particular dog park, the owners told me to just “let the dogs work it out.”

By the way, Dash takes humping as well as he gives it. In case you were wondering.

Anyway, there was one fateful summer day that we went to the dog park. There weren’t many dogs there, but Dash managed to find a fellow little dog to hump. Actually, they were trying to hump each other. I kept trying to intervene (by this point I had graduated to using a spray bottle every time he went to hump) until the dog’s owner told me not to worry about it and to just let the dogs work it out. So we all watched while these two little dogs humped each other for about 1/2 hour. People took pictures.

Finally, enough was enough and I decided to go home. Dash was absolutely exhausted. So exhausted he refused to walk.  So I picked him up and carried him home. All the way home I noticed people were laughing at me and pointing. I figured they just thought Dash looked cute.

However, when I got home, I noticed that Dash had…an erection.  Yup. Full on. Now, we all know that some dogs get erections when they are excited so I figured that’s all it was. Until an hour passed and he still had an erection. I began to think of the Viagra commercial warnings. Another hour passed, still full on. Something inside my head told me that this wasn’t good and to call the vet.  (By the way, at this point it was almost midnight).

I called an emergency vet clinic and spoke with the on-call vet tech. She told me to put Dash in a dark, quiet room and to call back in an hour if it didn’t subside. Which it didn’t. I called back and she told me I needed to bring Dash in immediately because if the penis didn’t retract into the sheath, it could dry out and rot off, which would require amputation.

Seriously? 

So, at 1 a.m. I jumped into the car and off we drove. We walked into the hospital and I took notice of my surroundings:  several pet owners, crying because they are having to decide whether or not to put their pet down. I sheepishly went to the counter to check in and said, “Um, Hi.  I’m the one who called about the dog with the erection that won’t go away?” The receptionist squealed (yes, squealed is what she did) “Girls, he’s here!” and out came two vet techs to see Dash’s penis. They held him up and giggled away.

Seriously. Can you imagine?

Off Dash went into the back to be examined. I slumped in my chair, absolutely mortified and irritated that I was going to have to pay a fortune over this. I vowed that Dash’s humping days were OVER.

The vet came out and explained to me that Dash’s penis had become swollen and bruised from all of the humping. There was also a twig that somehow got in between his penis and the sheath, making it impossible to retract. The remedy?  They washed off his erect penis and then got out some KY Jelly and popped it right back in.

This was way more than I bargained for when I got a boy dog. Way more.

$80.00 later (yes – only $80 for an emergency vet visit) we were on our way home. Everything intact. The next day I shared the story with some dog owner friends . The story spread like wildfire somehow.  When I went to a different dog park and introduced him as Dash, people knew about his erection. It happened again at the little dog park near the river. Ridiculous.

I haven’t managed to “cure” Dash of his dog humping. It happened again, but this time I was prepared with KY in my medicine cabinet. I just stopped taking him to the dog park, which I think was more disappointing to me than it was to Dash.

Now he just tries to hump the cat.

 

Photo by April Ziegler

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