• Fri, May 30 - 12:01 pm ET

Lena Dunham Defends Her Dog For Biting Her, Not Herself For Being A Bad Pet Owner

Lena Dunham and her dog LambyIf you aren’t as glued to the internet on a daily basis as I am, you may have missed that Lena Dunham‘s dog bit her on the ass. It’s the story of the century, so I don’t know how you could have, but whatever.

Everyone got really riled up about it, because it wasn’t a playful nip. She posted a photo to Instagram of the aftermath, and it’s very obvious that Lamby — for that is the name of this dog — drew blood, presumably through a pair of pants. Although this is Lena Dunham we’re talking about, so it’s just as likely that she was lounging around in her underwear when this took place. All T no shade. She’s since pulled the photo, but we live in a world with screen grabs, gurrrrl, so here it is:

Lena Dunham after dog bit her butt, wearing Hopeless Romantic frilly underwear Instagram photo

See what I mean? That’s a serious bite, with kind of a lot of blood! Not something I’d be laughing about, and definitely not something that animal control would be laughing about if the dog had done that to someone who wasn’t his owner. That’s a scary thought, but it’s also a very real one, and the internet reacted accordingly, expressing reservations about Lamby The Dog’s general wellness. Whichhhh didn’t sit too well with Lena The Human, so she took to Twitter to jokingly defend her wee pup.

And then she realized that people weren’t quite as ready to laugh it off as she was, so she doubled down.

Solid points all around, but she missed a couple things. For one thing, that she was the one who shared the photo of her bitten and bloody ass in the first place, but more importantly that she might have failed her dog a little bit as well — by not taking his biting seriously. She says he has a great trainer, and that’s a relief to hear, but it’s important to bring those elements of training and structure into your own regimen as a pet owner as well, otherwise it’s confusing to the wee beastie.

Not that he knows his antics are being posted to Twitter, but if it’s being presented to the internet as amusing, I can’t imagine it’s treated any differently in the house. And that, my friends…is an excellent recipe to make it happen all over again.

(Photos: Instagram)

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  • Elizabeth Aspen

    Ugh, Lena Dunham. Another untalented, narcissistic weirdo celeb I don’t understand.

    That said, owning a living thing is called SLAVERY, so let’s dispense with the “pet owner” jazz and say “pet parent” instead. Just because it doesn’t have a vocabulary and a drivers’ license, doesn’t make an animal any less of a living creature that needs all the nurturing and love that a human baby does.

    • Korine

      Lol no. I do not parent my cat. I paid for my cat and I own my cat. I feed her, cuddle her, take her to the vet…but make no mistake I’m her owner, not her damn parent. Words mean something… I can only be a parent to a human baby. Literally. It’s a really weird point you have.

  • Jenni

    Also, how much did that hurt?

  • Nbl

    If a dog bites its owner when scared there is a problem. I’ve owned many traumatized dogs and I have never been bitten when they were scared. My “worst case” would hide behind me when scared because he knew I would protect him. If you have a dog who scares that easily and bites you, it’s not training of the dog that’s the problem. It’s the owners lack of providing a safe feeling for that animal.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Exactly! Well said.

  • gothicgaelicgirl

    I have no idea what she is famous for…or who she is…

  • grumpycat

    IDK I have a former feral cat who becomes very difficult to contain when cornered but is otherwise very sweet-natured; I can’t speak for Lena Dunham’s dog and obviously no one is ever in a position to handle my cat but… on the occasions when I have been injured by her (ER, once, for an infection) it has often fallen to people who barely know me to tell me to get rid her. Thanks so much, strangers! I have no kids, live alone, and do not expect other people to deal with her. When I get hurt handling her it has universally been my fault for doing it badly.

    The risk is hers to take so long as she’s responsible with it when it’s around other people, imo.

  • Me

    You folks need to get lives. Including the author of this article. I can’t believe I wasted the couple of minutes it took to read that dribble and post my comment.