IN just eight days more than $16,000 has been raised for dog attack victim Brendan 'Bear' Clark who says the experience has left him feeling overwhelmed.
On June 21 the Coonamble man was savagely mauled by several large dogs - his right arm required amputation and he received bite marks and scratches on his left arm, cheeks and neck.
By his own description, Mr Clark is a "boy from the bush" - he's capable, self-sufficient and loves a good joke and a beer as much as the next person.
He is not a person who usually looks for help, instead preferring to get in there and do it himself.
But in the weeks following the attack the 43-year-old has been hospital-bound and facing a future where he can no longer work as a mechanic.
He was working on a vehicle at a Coonamble property at the time of the attack and was set upon by two large dogs, that he's labelled "mongrels" bred for pig hunting.
"I could hear the bones breaking and the meat being ripped off ... they were eating me alive," Mr Clark said.
"Remembering the two dogs on top of me, stripping the flesh from the bone, hearing the bone snap, and feeling the rush of blood down my body ... that's the worst part of the flashbacks."
He spoke to Australian Community Media from his bed at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle where he was rushed following the prolonged attack.
"I have not been out of pain since I got here," he said.
While it has become easier talking about what happened during the attack, the right-handed Mr Clark said his inability to perform everyday tasks has been very tough.
"As far as doing chores, feeding myself, going to the toilet, even putting my pants on is hard," he said.
"I've got a pad of paper and I've been learning how to write."
Mr Clark has been overwhelmed by the attention from his friends, the community and the media since the attack.
He has, however, praised his good mate James Everitt for setting up a Go Fund Me accountant which will help Mr Clark with his medical and living costs once he leaves hospital.
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