My Right Hand and My Left Foot
She looks sweet, but she has a mean streak. Mademoiselle Coco Chanel, aka Coco, is our 7 year old chihuahua. Chihuahuas are known for being a nasty breed, but Coco is actually very sweet. Except to me. Dogs in general like to know where they stand in terms of the pecking order of their pack. They don’t care if they aren’t the top dog, they just need to know where everyone in the pack stands. Apparently, I am not in a dominant position in the pack as Coco will show me her teeth, growl at me, and bite me. She won’t do this to the other members of the household or pack. I think she has an awareness that I am different than everyone else because I am disabled so she can capitalize on my handicap to elevate her position in the pecking order.
The left side of my body is affected by damage to the right side of my brain due to a stroke 20 years ago. Oddly, Coco prefers to bite only my well functioning right hand, and my malfunctioning left foot. When she gets in the mood, she will viciously attack one or the other. If I present my spastic left hand to her in the middle of an attack, she shows no interest. She often lunges at only my poorly functioning left foot when I walk, ignoring my right.
I can’t quite figure out what Coco senses about one perfectly functioning half of my body vs. the other side that is affected by injury that makes her prefer to consistently favor trying to dominate me in a crossed pattern. I would think it might make sense for her to not have an affinity for just my malfunctioning limbs, but for some odd reason she likes one of each.
Don’t worry, Coco only weighs 7 lbs. and has yet to actually cause me any harm. Sometimes she is sweet to me, too, which is why she gets to live with me.
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