The domestic doyenne makes a late-night trip to the hospital following the incident

By Helin Jung
Updated January 14, 2011 06:30 PM
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Love hurt – and caused a trip to the emergency room for Martha Stewart this week – all because she wanted a little kiss with her dogs.

Tuesday night, Stewart arrived at her Westchester, N.Y., home after trips to Cartagena, Colombia and Florida, but she had to leave again for New York City for work. Despite being rushed, Stewart wanted to spend a moment with her beloved French bulldogs, Francesca and Sharkey, who Stewart said on a recent episode ofThe Martha Stewart Show“were all a little upset with me” for being gone so long.

“As I leaned down to whisper goodbye to a dozing Francesca, I must have startled her, because she bolted upright with such force that she hit me in the face like a boxing glove hitting an opponent’s face,” Stewart wrote on her blog.

The goodbye kiss ended up causing much more trouble than Stewart expected, and moments after the clash, she felt blood gushing from her lip. But the crash was unintentional and definitely an accident. “Frannie was as upset as I was and cowered in her bed,” wrote Stewart.

Instead of heading straight to New York City, Stewart had to go to the hospital emergency room, where Dr. William Nolan, a plastic surgeon with the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery, treated her wound and gave her nine stitches.

“She got hit with a pretty good whack,” Nolan tells PEOPLEPets.com. “The cut was through the skin and through the muscle of the lip, so it wasn’t just a little, itty-bitty cut.”

Dr. Nolan says that as he was putting the sutures in, his patient was following right along. “Most people try to think of something else, but she was obviously really focused in,” Nolan says. “She asked how many stitches there were, and when I told her, she said, ‘Yes, that’s what I counted.’”

When she talked about the incident on her show, Stewart said, injury in full view, that she was in “agony.” Still, the pain will eventually subside and so will the visible signs of the accident. According to Dr. Nolan, Stewart’s lips will stay swollen for several weeks, but the scar will be small.

“I think I’ll end up being all right, facially,” she said. “But I’ll tell you, I’m not rushing to have a facelift.”

In the meantime, Stewart will have to wait to indulge in one pleasure: laughing. Until the nine stitches come out, the chuckles will have to stay in her belly.