I love and have always owned dogs, which I have always insisted be well behaved towards others.
My BIL is deathly afraid of dogs (not as result of an attack, just an extreme, irrational fear.). He puts a lot of effort into tolerating my dog, and we make a lot of effort to make our dog inoffensive to him.
Last weekend we travelled to visit another sister. My sister has a blanket rule of no dogs other than her aged dachshund, but there seem to be periodic exceptions granted. Her youngest of 3 adult sons is quite the fuckup (grounds for a different thread.). Without my sister knowing, his BF brought over my nephew’s 1.5 yr old dog. Approx 25#, resembled a fox terrier. His mother was not pleased that the dog (or BF) showed up.
This dog was horribly behaved. The nephew interacted with it in a way that would be expected to rile it up. The dog ran about jumping on everyone, trying to lick faces. Many folk allowed it to. It seemed EXTREMELY friendly, but was somewhat mouthy. I did not express any comment, and did not interact w/ the dog.
FF to the “bite”. My BIL got up to leave the room, and the dog clamped around my BIL’s leg. BIL later said (in private on the ride home) that the dog bit him. Said he had a mark on his leg above the knee, but no hole in his pants.
So I ask you - did the dog “bite” him? Either way, should anyone say/do anything?
My guess is that as my BIL moved his leg forward, the dog had it’s mouth open, such that BIL’s leg came into contact w/ the leg. IMO, even tho it was not an aggressive act, it was ENTIRELY inappropriate. And however irrational I feel my BIL’s fear is, it IS his reality, and I respect that. But I’m not at all convinced that anything needs to be said/done to anyone at this point. BIL has said he will never visit that sister if that dog will be present.