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Unhappy Chalie was hit by a car! I can't believe we nearly lost him.

My beloved Charlie was hit by a car yesterday night.

We were at my grandmother's house having dinner. Her house is set back very far from the road, however, her backyard is not fenced in. When my husband and brother went out into the backyard Charlie managed to slip between their legs and he raced out into the backyard, around the side of the house and down the driveway and onto the road before anyone could catch him.

A car was coming and he hit the centre of the back tyre, but luckily he did not go under... The force knocked him unconsious and my husband scooped him up and brought him up to the house.

I was washing dishes at the time, and when they came up and told me Charlie had been hit by a car I didn't believe them.. I was in shock! My OH and I raced him to the emergency after hours vet. Charlie was in a bit of shock but came around and seemed perky and not in any pain. After a couple of hours wait at the vet, he was given the all OK. He didn't have any broken bones and he was responsive and neurologically sound...

Thank God! He escaped relatively unscathed. We are so lucky. It could have turned out so much worse. It could have gone so many ways...We could have lost him. I was (and am) still in shock, but so grateful we still have our precious bub. Today he is a little bit more quiet than usual, however, still the same old Charlie.

I've been told to rest him for the next couple of days, and Im watching him closely to see if his condition worsens at all. However, the vet didn't even think it was necessary to give him any pain killers because he was in such good condition.

But I am worried about the long term effects: he must have got a nasty whack on the head for it to knock him uncounsious?

I feel so guilty that he managed to get out and run onto the road. Im going to have to be alot more viligent. How can I stop him from racing out the door like that? Luckily at our house, we have a gate, so if he slips out, he can't get very far. When we are on our walks though at the park, I can let him off and his recall is very good and he always maintains a close distance to me. But racing out front doors is another matter!

I don't know what I would have done if I had lost him.

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So sorry to hear about your pup! A close call to losing him.

I would be looking into some sort of training class. Are you working on any commands with Charlie?



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Yes, he knows sit, down, come (always effective at the park off leash), and high five. We did go to puppy preschool where we were taught obedience.

He has slipped out the back gate at my mothers place before, but luckily it is a quiet street and hardly any traffic. He ran across the road to greet the neighbours, but I called him to come back to me, and I started running in the opposite direction to him. He ran straight back to me, no problem. So yes, he does come when called, but not quick enough to stop him from running onto the road. He tends to obey me more than hubbie.. I wasn't there when he ran onto the road, so Im not sure if he would have listened to me to come back...

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I really feel your anxiety....I have been there, when Dexter escaped. I also ran in the direction of the house, calling his name....he followed me.

Just be very careful of the doors and have your eyes on him when company is over and your dh needs to be watching for Charlie.

My dh has no clue how much I watch Dexter in the house. Dexter finds stuff and he ends up chewing on it and I am constantly using my "Trade" command to get the stuff out of his mouth.

Oh! I know what I wanted to ask you.......Did Charlie need to go potty?



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I'm so glad Charlie is okay. You must have been frantic!

Sending lots of belly rubs.... and Riley sends lickies.

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I had the very same thing happen many years ago. I know the sick feeling of thinking of all the "what if's" and the shock of it happening so fast. DH rushed our baby to the vet and she was in shock...but no injuries. I really thought she was dead when he left with her but she came home and was fine. She was 'lazy' for a couple of days and I think she was a little sore..and scared. The good thing that came from it was she would never go out that door again....and "never" go near traffic. She would plant her bottom on the floor or ground and I had to pick her up at those times. So, I later was so thankful that she learned a great lesson ... and didn't get hurt in the process.

I am so happy that Charlie didn't get hurt also and I hope he too learned a lesson about the sound of traffic. I think we all worry about them running so fast. Cicero will come when called 'most' of the time, but he will also 'ignore me' when he is really excited about something or someone. He is just like DH and has selective hearing....


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Jasmin, how scary for you all! No matter how vigilant we are, accidents can and do happen. I'm so glad Charlie is okay. He may just be a little sore for a few days - poor baby!
Cesar Millan does a thing called "owning the door" where the dog has to wait for you to give them permission to go in or out. I haven't actually done it myself but think we all need to!

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Jasmin how scary that must have been for you, my heart is racing just reading this. I am so glad Charlie is ok (((HUGS)))

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Oh my gosh - that must have been terrifying! I am breathing heavy just thinking about that. How lucky you were that he is ok!

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You must have been scared half to death! I'm so glad to see that Charlie is OK.

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