Our old blue heeler/beagle/pit(?) mix just bit the water meter reader and "drew blood" . We've had him on this property for 11 years. The guy said Blue bit him (no blood) last month, but didn't tell us about it. My 18 yr old DD was the only one home at the time during her lunch break. She heard the commotion and found this to be the sirtuation. The guy said he was P.O.'d last time, and now he's REALLY P.O.'d. She asked him if he had treats, as this has always distracted and placated the dogs (we up to 4 in the yard during the day) in the past. He said he couldn't carry around enough treats for every dog on his route. I'm thinking I'll keep a waterproof bag of treats on the gate, just in case, for the future. He says he comes around "about this time every month". DD gave our phone #'s so we could get a heads-up, and put up the dogs. I read a recent post about pepper-spraying a dog by a meter reader, so this is in the same vein. We have 2 acres, fully fenced, with an 8 ft chain-link along the road. He said next time he's going to beat the dog. Is it just me, or is there some animosity between these two? In the 11 yrs he's lived with us, he's never bitten the water person or the electric meter reader before..... Well, today (1/5/10) I called the water company to find out what my options were - get a call before he comes out, etc. Turns out he's been to Occupational Health thru Workman's Comp. I'm faxing proof of rabies vaccine/vaccine history tomorrow. His supervisor said I'd be getting a call/visit from Animal Control in the near future. Wonder why it took this guy 2 weeks? I mean, if he got bit back on Dec. 22, why am I just now hearing about the fact that he's so injured he had to seek medical care and Worker's Comp?