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    Thanks everyone for the warm wishes, I couldn't look at this thread anymore last night because I think I went into shock and I just couldn't get the image of him running towards the car out of my head. Unfortunately neither myself nor my partner got a good look at the car, they didn't even slow down and they were going so fast. It's not like we would have tried to make them pay the bill, but now they probably think they killed someone's pet last night and if only they hadn't run off they would know that he was ok. I personally would struggle to live with that. And what if it had been a child? There's a reason residential streets have low speed limits...

    But Sammy is ok. He is here with me again now. High as a kite on painkillers and finally sleeping (he wouldn't relax at the vets supposedly). I always knew he was a tough dog but to walk away from an accident like that with nothing more than a few superficial wounds and bruising (albeit very painful bruising)? He's the luckiest dog around and I am the luckiest owner. I have had his bones come into contact with my bones a few times and I always knew he was made out of rock - I hope they have a massive dent in their car. I know I shouldn't say that but I am pretty angry that they just hit and run. It's not like they couldn't have been unaware - the thud was so loud our neighbours heard it from inside their houses and I think if you hit something that weighs 45kg and is traveling pretty fast itself - well how could you not notice that?

    I am still so angry with myself for letting this happen to him but at the same time I am so grateful that I have been given a second chance.

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    Fantastic that Sammy's home with you - I agree with your thoughts about the driver of the car and hope they can't sleep over their actions, so bloody irresponsible in quiet streets, and what if it had been an adult or a child ... you should do an enquiry with local panel beaters if anyone comes in with a dent in their car.

    But just give all your attention to Sammy now, he's the important one. Hope you can relax and recover from the shock, he'll be so happy to be home with you. Don't be angry with yourself, it wasn't your fault, but a very irresponsible and cruel car owner's fault. Yay for Sammy

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    That's what I thought too when my dog got hit, 99. "It could have been a child". Even though the driver wasn't speeding (mind you, he was one of the local rev heads and just hadn't had enough time to come up to speed yet) in hindsight I wondered how on earth he could not have seen a big dog ready to jump off a truck parked right next to the road. It could've been someone's toddler suddenly running across the road. Which is why I always slow down and keep my eye on little kids near the road-side. And dogs.

    And I do vividly remember that moment of Luna jumping in front of the car too. It is horrible and it does stay with you for quite a while, playing in your head like the replay in a sports match. And it's like your heart stopped in that moment.

    I'm so happy that Sammy is now home and doing well in the circumstances. Hope he will be pain-free very, very soon.

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    I am glad Sammy is home, where he belongs

    I also agree with you about your feeling towards the driver.

    It has always worried me, when people say do not swerve to avoid an animal..because we cannot in our brain separate animal/child in that millisecond...We should automatically avoid, it could have been a child and it is someone's loved dog.

    Shame on any driver who does not stop..........Shame

    And i know how you feel, but hindsight is just so perfect, Sammy was very lucky
    Pets are forever

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    Oh no!!! I hope Sammy is going to be ok!! Like the others said, don't beat your self up! Oskar gets out sometimes by accident, then we are half way up the street chasing him. Accidents happen.

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    Yeah my partner plans to go and have a look around the neighbourhood for cars with new dents - he's angrier than I am, I'm just so relieved to still have Sammy.

    The vet said he wouldn't eat, which was of no surprise to me given he's such a fussy eater, but I decided to go and buy him BBQ chicken to try and cheer him up a little. He ate that enthusiastically which I thought was a good sign, but now his tummy is making lots of loud noises, quite rhythmically too. Like, it makes this loud crescendo type sound and then repeats at 10-15 second intervals. Do you think this is something I need to worry about? I was the person calling the vet every 2 hours last night (and it was hard waiting that long) so I don't want to annoy them by calling about my dog's tummy making noises now but I can't help but worry.

    He had some water and drank half his huge bowl so he threw up a bit of that afterwards, but no chicken came up. Other than that he seems fine, he is sleeping on the couch next to me which is amazing because the noises are pretty loud. Poor thing is just exhausted...

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    Tummy rumbles are always better then no tummy noises....I worry when there is no noise (colic/bloat)....But be prepared for maybe some gas explosions (flatulence) or diarrhea form the fatty chicken. And maybe just rumbles.

    Good to see he ate, but maybe just a little too much of the good stuff
    Pets are forever

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    I'm glad it seems everything is okay. We all get lax. We all have brain freezes. I try to have 2 doors/gates between dangers but sometimes it's the last that fails. Sometimes, it's just an accident. I don't know why you want to find the driver, tho' they morally should have stopped, legally, he may be required to stop at an accident, but I think, if the car is damaged, you're liable. (!!!)

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    Good point. I know if any of our cows get out and are hit by a car then we are liable.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menageriemanor View Post
    I'm glad it seems everything is okay. We all get lax. We all have brain freezes. I try to have 2 doors/gates between dangers but sometimes it's the last that fails. Sometimes, it's just an accident. I don't know why you want to find the driver, tho' they morally should have stopped, legally, he may be required to stop at an accident, but I think, if the car is damaged, you're liable. (!!!)
    It's true, which is why I don't know why they didn't stop. Only thing is he was speeding, and there were several witnesses. Pretty sure that negates any liability we may have had. I guess I just didn't understand why they didn't stop, who cares who's at fault, you hit something. They wouldn't have even known what they hit as my neighbour pointed out - for all they know it was a child.

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