...that if you ever see a dog by the side of the road you will stop to see that it's okay. Don't keep on going and just assume everything's fine. I am going to sound like a total crazy person here but I just had a pretty awful experience tonight and I really need to talk about it. God I'm still shaking. I was on my way home from the movies and about to make a left turn when I saw a small dog in the road, not quite on the street but way too close. I slowed my car, waiting for the dog to move out of the way but he didn't. It was very dark out and he was making me nervous being so close to the cars that I couldn't just let him stay there. Once I was out of the way of traffic I got out of my car and slowly approached the little mischievious darling only to notice he was bleeding. Oh my God my heart just about stopped. Someone had hit him.
I realized that he might feel threatened so as I got closer I held my hand out and started talking to him. He didn't react, and when I picked him up, he was shaking. From the streetlights I could tell he was a Yorkie and that his muzzle was covered in blood and both his eyes were also rimmed in blood. At this point I started shaking myself, so I brought him into my car and just held him for a few minutes, petting him. I found his tag and managed to dial the phone while holding him. No one answered. I dialed the second number. Same thing. I tried to see the address but his head kept lulling to the side, so as gently as I could I tried to manuveur so I could read it. I wasn't too sure of the residential streets but this one I'd heard of, I just couldn't remember where. So I turned my car around and started driving. Luckily it was only a few blocks away. I got to the door and a bunch of teenagers answered. When they saw the dog, the girls squealed and laughed, relieved to see him until I had to tell them that he was bleeding.
After wrapping him in a blanket they asked me what happened. I told them how I'd found him, and then they drove him off to the emergency vet. Instead of following them I slowly drove home and ended up bawling in the car all the way to the house. When I pulled into the driveway I called a friend and bawled all the way through our phone conversation because I was still so upset and scared. I haven't felt this awful in a long, long time. And I didn't go to the vet but now I wish I had as it's been a few hours and I still haven't heard anything. I know I'm not going to sleep tonight until I know he's okay. You have no idea how awful I felt when I got home and realized my clothes were covered in blood. It got me crying all over again.
So please, if ever, EVER, you see a dog or cat on the side of the road, don't let them stay there. Get help if you have to but don't just drive away and let someone else worry about it. We should all be looking out for the furbabies.
UPDATE: he's going to be okay! Oh thank You, God! He's staying overnight in the emergency room but he'll be just fine. You have no idea how utterly relieved I am right now. At this minute, everything is completely right with the world. Please would you give your beloved pet a big hug for me today, 'k?