Sunday, July 15, 2012

Dog Safety

Good afternoon my friends~I had planned a lighthearted post this afternoon but I have a warning for all you dog owners.  Today, Hubby and I along with Hunter took a drive out in the country to see the destruction of the High Park fire and to support businesses that are trying to stay afloat amidst the devastation.  We were traveling behind a long line of cars when I noticed a older man on the side of the road taking photos. The next minute is one I won't forget for a very long time, a moment that still brings me to tears and makes me physically ill.  A beautiful black shepherd mix dog ran out into traffic and was hit by a van; we watched the horror of seeing the dog go underneath the van.  The lady driving immediately stopped and pulled of the road; the dog got up and hobbled crying towards the gentleman. I am still not sure if it was his dog or a local dog, but hubby said it if wasn't dying it would need to be put down.  Another car stopped too and leant a hand; the man who I presume was the owner looked so confused.  There were no doors open to his car so I'm just not sure who the beautiful dog belonged to.  Thankfully there is a vet nearby and hopefully they were able to get it emergency help.  I can tell you I was ill witnessing this and felt compelled not to post my original idea.  You may wonder why we didn't get actively involved-sometimes more people make a situation worse and it was clear that there were at least two other cars, directly involved, that were aiding the dog.  My caution is that no matter how well trained you beloved dog may be, please don't let them loose on roadways.  It truly broke my heart to see this and I can tell you I prayed for the pup, the owner and those involved the whole way home.   When it comes to dogs, my heart always breaks when I see one injured; today was no different.


  1. How very sad for the dog and its owner. That's why Mom never lets us off leash except in our yard with its five foot fence and combination-locked gate. And another reason she doesn't like invisible fences.

    Hope that pup will be OK or at least didn't have to suffer too long.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  2. I'm sitting here reading your story with a sad story of my own.
    Our son's dog got hit by a truck.

    A week later, Cooper is still paralyzed from the waist down. You don't even want to know the details about daily life.

    I'm happy that you posted this because it is SO IMPORTANT that we take care of these pets.

    A brief moment of freedom bring sadness to everyone!

  3. So sad, and I'm so sorry you had to witness it, Nor. A cat bolted out in front of me when I was taking Maddy to church, and I would have lost it if I had hit it!

    Blessings and hugs, sweetie.
    Ask God and He will remove the images from your mind.
    Love ya,

  4. Oh- That makes me feel just sick to my stomach reading those words. My hubby backed over my much loved dog many years ago...because he was in such a hurry to leave he forgot to check. I was angry for such a long time over that act. My heart aches for everyone involved and I hope they were able to save the poor dog. xo Diana

  5. I sure hope the dog will be OK. How terrible to witness it.
    And that is good advise you gave. Even the best of us can get distracted and wander or fun into a road.

  6. I'm so sorry you saw that.....I have a similar incident in my memory, too.....and it's awful to relive it. I hope that poor dog didn't suffer long.

    It always scares me to see a dog running free near the road, or even on one of those extendable leashes, and the owner has it out the full length. You just never know if the pup will get scared and dart out!

  7. Sorry you had to see that, mom. :(

  8. Oh my gosh Noreen! How awful! I have witnessed something similar and if horrified me. I hope that doggin' was able to receive medical aid immediately. Maybe he did, and will make it.
    : ( Kris

  9. Oh Noreen, I can't even imagine. Peace to you my friend...peace.

  10. Dear Noreen,
    I am really sorry you got to witness this. I understand your trauma, having seen the effect on my friend when she watched this happen to one of the 'guide dogs in training'. It makes one ill to the bone, but it can happen to anyone - even those who think they are taking extra care....
    A small mistake can be life-changing...
    Lotsaluv to you all

  11. Oh my, Noreen. How awful ... how heartbreaking. It makes me sick to my stomach just to see a dog loose, wandering, especially around busy roads.

  12. Yes, it is an awful thing to witness. My peeps witnessed such an accident many years ago and still remember it. No matter how well a dog is trained we are still dogs and will do things you do not expect.

    Your friends,

    Murphy & Stanley


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