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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.
Jasmin, Charlie's mum