PZ Myers linked to a tale of brown recluse spiders. We have a spider story of our own to tell.
Back in 1999, we were living in San Diego, California. Diane had some agility equipment set up in the backyard so that she could practice with Farli, our Vizsla, who was then six years old. After Farli went through a tunnel obstacle, Diane noticed that Farli’s face was swelling up. Here’s a picture from a couple of days into Farli’s ordeal:
(Picture is a frame-grab of a videotape.)
The spot ventral of the right ear is the bite site. As you can see the swelling has spread quite a bit. Much of the skin around the bite site necrotized. A veterinary surgeon used the normally loose skin a Vizsla has in the throat area to fill in the missing skin. Farli lost her right salivary gland to that bite, too. Farli ended up having two surgeries, since the stitches put in during the first surgery were lost in spreading necrosis.
Just to put you at ease, here is Farli in a picture taken in the last couple of months:
Farli has so far survived the spider bite, a broken foot, a rattlesnake bite, and a burrowing foxtail seed, plus having a tumor removed twice.