I am always very careful when I’m out and about with the Newfies, but sometimes events catch you unawares. Our regular “everyday” walk takes us up a grassy path into the Oakhill village playing field where dogs can run around happily – and safely – to their hearts’ content. But to reach the grassy path we have to walk a little way along a busy main road before turning in through a gate. Normally this is fine and we arrive at the field safely, but not this time.
We walked down the road and in through the gate, then as usual I let the dogs off their leads – they were particularly pleased as they had spotted some furry friends. But, for some reason known only to herself, rather than charge up the grassy path into the field with her friends as usual, Daisy decided to turn around and, ignoring my frantic cries, head the other way, through a second, broken gate a bit further along the hedge and out onto the busy main road. Where … I can hardly bear to type … she was hit by a passing car. There was a bump and a bang and – my heart was in my mouth – after a few moments she reappeared with her tail tucked between her legs and looking dreadfully shocked. I checked her thoroughly and nothing seemed to be broken but nonetheless we headed for home (Ben was quite disgusted about this, and if I could speak dog I am sure I would have heard him muttering “stupid puppy”) where I called the emergency vet.
He arrived very quickly and gave Miss Daisy a thorough examination. And I am so pleased and relieved to be able to report that although her knee is swollen and her whole leg is tender and sore, she has no internal injuries and will, with rest, make a full recovery. She won’t be going off her lead until we actually reach the field in future though, that goes without saying. I have no idea what came over her and why she suddenly took it into her head to run in the opposite direction to that which we always take – but as usual, there’s always one, and it’s always Daisy.
PS I assume that thankfully the car and its occupants must have been OK as the driver didn’t stop.