It was his own fault. Once a week, he participates in a bus ministry with another church. The man who runs the ministry is very sweet and cares a lot about the kids that take part. They go to different neighbors and offer rides to anyone who can't get to church. Today, they got out of the bus and was standing by a six foot tall fence. A large german shephard was jumping at the fence, standing on his hind legs and snarling. My son's friend said that the dogs hair was standing on end so high that he looked like a lion. OF course, that was probably hyperbole but it does show that this was an unfriendly dog. For reason that I don't know, my 17 year old, normally mature, intelligent boy decided to reach over the fence to pet the dog. Why? Of course the dog bit him. Luckily it was only a small part of his upper palm that was bitten. My brother is a PA and told him to come into the office for a tetanus shot and some antibiotics just to be safe. I feel like doing this. to my son. He has good grades and is a smart child. Where was his common sense? On a slightly funny note. when he arrived home from bus ministry, Chris ran in and said that the man who runs the ministry needed to talk to me about how stupid my son was. He had apparently sprinted ahead fof the man so that he could prepare me. The man did not say that my son was stupid. He did say that he saw my son stretch out his hand but he assumed that my son was too smart to touch the dog. Apparently not.