Hey guys, I just thought I would write this post to warn everyone not to let your dogs outside off-lead no matter how quiet your street is. Sammy ran out in front of a car tonight. I was picking parsley in the front yard for dinner and didn't close the door properly. Sammy came out, and I saw him come out but I didn't do anything about it. Our street is so quiet, and Sammy never goes anywhere anyway. But there is a dog across the road who happens to be his best friend, a GSD. And tonight he was in his front yard too. So Sammy ran across to see him. And the one car that came down our street tonight happened to come down at the same time and it also happened to be speeding. We live in a 50km area and they were going much faster than that. I didn't see it happen, once I knew what was going to happen I screamed and buried my face in my partner's back. I kept screaming until I heard Sammy screaming - I thought I had watch him die but he was still alive. And he ran to me, still screaming the whole time so loud. He was limping and bleeding and I thought for sure he would die then in my arms so I held him and tried to tell him it was ok and that I was going to help him. The car didn't even stop. But once I realised I was holding Sammy and he wasn't dead, my partner helped me pick him up and get him into the car to rush him to the vets. We got him there in 2 minutes - I didn't care if the police saw me I wouldn't have stopped.
I called the vet on the way and when we got there they were great. I couldn't believe it, but upon inspection Sammy seemed to be remarkably lucky. He had terrible cuts to his back left leg, he couldn't bear weight on his front left leg, was in shock and obviously massive amounts of pain, but his vitals were good and they couldn't even find any broken bones. He might have a hairline fracture in his front leg, but you'd have to say he is damn lucky.
He is still there now, they wouldn't let me stay with him but they needed to supervise him, x-ray his chest and staple up his wounds so he has to stay overnight and he is also on heavy pain medication.
My partner has gone home now but I can't eat and sleep is out of the question. I can't believe I let something happen to what is one of the most important entities in my life. I guess I just wanted to remind everyone how quickly these things can happen, even if you only have 1 car on your street, it's not worth the risk because it only takes one and it can all be over in an instant.
I miss him so much and I hope he's ok. I will never make this mistake again but I hate that I was such a bad owner that it took this happening for me to realise that I needed to step up.