When Bentley, my Pitbull Terrier, was only 1-year-old he got hit by a car and survived. It wasn’t really anyone’s fault. The problem was that Bentley was an escape artist. As a puppy, a week couldn’t go by without him breaking out of the backyard through a hole in the fence or running out the door when someone was coming or going. And once he was out, it took a long time to get him back.
One time he broke free from his collar on a walk and ran around the street in circles. Quite a few people in my neighborhood saw me trying to get him and tried to help. Bentley thought we were all playing a game of tag. He would run circles around everyone and dodge their hands at the last second. About ten people and fifteen minutes later, he got tired enough to let me leash him back up.
The day that he got hit by a car, he snuck out the door as someone was leaving. He immediately ran into the street and was struck by a car. The driver didn’t bother stopping. Who hits a dog and doesn’t stop to make sure he’s okay?
“Who hits a dog and doesn’t stop to make sure he’s okay?”
I was at a friend’s house at the time and when I received the call I rushed home. On the sidewalk, I could see bloody paw prints. When I walked into the house, Bentley jumped up and down in greeting as if nothing happened. He was missing chunks of fur on his back and his paw pads were bleeding. I insisted on taking him to the vet, knowing that even though he seemed fine he could have internal injuries.
After cleaning his wounds and taking an x-ray, the vet determined that he didn’t have any serious injuries. This news surprised me. From his bloody paw pads, I thought that he might at least need stitches. However, I wasn’t complaining. I took Bentley home and held him tight that night.
Bentley is now 5-years-old and no longer a flight risk. I’ve found that if he manages to get off leash, which is rare now, I can always get him back by saying “Bentley, wanna go for a ride?” It’s not the nicest thing to do, but it keeps him safe.
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