In a welcome reversal of the tired ‘man bites dog’ story, a dog bit a man in Schenectady, New York at approximately 9:45 on Saturday morning. Robert Schmoulder was playing competitive fetch with Petey, a cocker spaniel, at the Dog Run in Schenectady’s Central Park when the episode occurred.

“To be honest, I was doing some trash talking,” Schmoulder admitted. “Saying stuff like, ‘Petey, when you were born, you were so ugly they called you litter.’ That sort of thing. I guess I went too far when I called his mother a bitch.”

Schmoulder suffered no permanent injuries and man and dog have recently returned to playing fetch without incident.