His Alsatian, I think.
I don't remember ever getting the benefit of that, but I once got a slice across the back of the knuckles with a steel ruler from EO. I bore the welt for weeks. Unfortunately, it didn't interfere with my writing ability, so I couldn't get off work.
No stress counselling, no child protection officers, no outcry, ... but no, I can't look back with nostalgia on that particular incident. Perhaps it went towards making me the man I am today - in which case, EO has a lot to answer for ....