Anyone who has ever known the unconditional love of a pet knows every pet has its own personality and set of emotions. For example, dog owners can see happiness in their pets’ eyes – and tails! Some dogs give off clues that say, “Leave me alone right now,” while others may convey, “I’m sleepy, don’t touch me.”
On Aug. 3, 2020, around 11:15 pm, it was the second clue 25-year-old Marni Roberts wished she had recognized in her own dog, Nash, when she approached him to give him a goodnight kiss.
Marni was settling in for the night when she walked into her pitch-black bedroom and noticed her 70-pound lab mix lying at the foot of the bed. This was nothing out of the ordinary. Nash, 6 years old, always goes to sleep on the bed before Marni. As she kissed the dog goodnight, he was suddenly startled, snapped at her and bit her nose.
“It all happened so fast,” said Marni. “I must have spooked him awake from a deep sleep. He would never intentionally hurt me.”