My son (11) had a friend (10) come over last night to spend the night. I have a sweet solid white medium size lab mix. He sleeps in our room. This morning the little boy was the only one awake and he was standing up on the fold out bed watching a movie. (not sure why he was standing up???) I opened my bedroom door and since I was just in my nightgown I asked the friend if he would mind opening the back door to let the dog out (as I needed to use the restroom) Next thing I know I hear him screaming. I ran out there and my dog had bit him in the face! The back door was open and he was back up on the bed. I'm not exactly sure how it happened but from what I get out of it he tried to let the dog out and the dog wouldn't come and so he went over to him and that's when he got bit. I'm thinking he must have got into his face and didn't like it. Or maybe since he was the only out there that was awake maybe the dog thought he was a threat to my son! Or maybe he jumped off the bed and my dog thought he was going to hurt him. I really don't know. Well, rushed him to the urgent care center and he ended up with 11 stiches. 7 in his lip and 4 on the bridge of his nose. His parents were really great about it and weren't really upset or anything. We know them pretty well as they've been involved with scouts and soccer with us for years. Mom even joked about how he can go to school and say, "you think this looks bad you should see the other guy!" The parents even let him come back over to our house to play (with the dog outside of course). Their insurance covered everything 100% and I kept asking if I need to do anything and they kept reassuring me no and everything's ok, it happens! stuff like that! Their daughter even got bit by a stranger's dog not long ago and even though it was more minor they weren't worried about that either. Mom was even telling me when she got bit as a kid. Dad had even told Mom that it was probably their kids fault anyway. My dog is super sweet and will hug you and is always happy to see us. However, he is very protective and will bark or growl at strangers if he doesn't know them. He would jump on someone and I have no doubt he would protect us if someone was trying to hurt us. A very good guard dog! I'm just so shaken up about this. My husband is not as concerned as he is taking the more laid back approach that it happens sometimes and things happen. I'm worried about my dog now. I had to fill out a form at the urgent care that gave my address and phone #s, and the city (or whoever's in charge of this kind of thing) will be contacted. Dog could be quarantined, etc. I'm not sure what if anything I should do at this point! Any words of wisdom out there?