I had just let my dog sit for a second thinking she was going to stay while I get my stuff out of the car, unleashed. She usually does stay. She ended up taking off running. We found her about an hour later like 10 blocks down. Luckily someone called her in, but the downside was she got hit by a car. This happened to my friend’s dog but the driver drove off. While someone was kind enough to call my dog in and not lay her helpless on the road, I have to ask, did the drivers not see a little yellow dog trying to cross the road? I don’t know if it was the driver who called her in, but at least someone called her in. So they thought, oh, let’s hit her and let her get road rash. It doesn’t take much to paralyze a small dog’s body.
I live in a state where people get into car crashes with no snow on the ground and they still manage to total their cars. It doesn’t surprise me that some drivers wouldn’t watch for animals.
I’m glad I was the one who was with her. Another friend of mine’s dog got hit and was under the care of someone else. The dog was euthanized without my friend’s permission.
I always stop for animals: ducks, squirrels, deer. I don’t just slam my gas petal down and go as if nothing else matters. When we took her to the Animal Emergency Clinic, they were strongly suggesting that I should euthanize her to end her pain and suffering. Who’s to say something can’t change in 24 hours and she can feel her lower legs again? I am willing to take care of a paralyzed animal. She’s the one thing that went right in my life before the accident happened and I’m not going to give up on her. When this happened to my friend’s dog she euthanized her dog since he must have been really badly damaged. Maybe that is the path for some dogs, but it isn’t the path for mine. My dog is a strong girl. If a dog that was starved nearly to death by people that didn’t take care of their dogs can survive but was a rescue, mine can survive. If a dog was found thrown down a garbage shoot, starved, survived and is now healthy, mine can recover, too.
So, give up right just because her back legs don’t work even though she can move her front legs.
No. I want her to have a chance at surviving and being comfortable again. Even if her back legs may not be working and she is in one of those wheelie things, the pain won’t be there anymore and she’ll still be alive and happy. I’m already cleaning up her pee and poo as it is so I don’t mind still doing it. One of my neighbor’s dogs got into an accident of some sort. He couldn’t afford the $5,000 surgery and let his dog recover naturally and the dog is up and running around again.
Some people think that just because dogs get hit by a car there’s no chance of recovering. And maybe that is true for some dogs that they truly were severely, severely damaged, but I’m willing to go to lengths to get her to recover again and be somewhat normal. This should have never happened. Sometimes I question why things like this happen. Why does she deserve this pain? She’s just a small, little dog. We take good care of her as it is. She’s got the best of everything.
Just one minute can change everything. She probably saw something and that distracted her. She doesn’t take off without a reason.