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Martha Stewart head-butted to the hospital by her dog

January 14, 2011 |  1:13 pm

Martha Stewart head butted by French bulldog Franceca Martha Stewart wound up in the hospital Tuesday night with a split lip requiring plastic surgery, courtesy of a head-butt from her dog Francesca that came as the domestic diva was whispering goodbye to the dozing French bulldog.

"I must have startled her," Stewart wrote Thursday, "because she bolted upright with such force that she hit me in the face like a boxing glove hitting an opponent's face."

Like many people these days, she blogged about her experience, including pics from the hospital visit. Unlike many people, her blog post included references to having just returned from Cartagena, Colombia, and calling the police "to ask for a ride to the hospital, forgetting that Carlos, my driver was waiting to drive me into the city." (She was heading into Manhattan from her Westchester, N.Y., home the night before TV appearances scheduled for the Wednesday morning.)

"The cut was through the skin and through the muscle of the lip," plastic surgeon Dr. William Nolan told People, "so it wasn't just a little, itty-bitty cut." Stewart's wound required nine stitches.

Hey, if Martha's going to do something, she's going to do it right, yes?


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Photo: Martha Stewart with French bulldogs Francesca, left, and Sharkey, in October 2009. Francesca head-butted Stewart this week. Credit: Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia / Associated Press