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MatildaTheMalevolent 03-03-2014 06:09 PM

"Car ride!" turns to crash
 
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A few weeks ago Tilda and I were running errands; a mundane Wedsneday. We were about one mile from our exit ramp as light flurries had just begun to coat the highway.

One moment we're jammin' to the radio. The next moment "Black ice" has us spun completely sideways. I try to correct the wheel, but we fishtail violently. Wide-eyed, I peer through the driver's side window as we barrel towards a creek-bed. My "OH SH*T!" meter is officially maxxed out. I raise my my shoulder in an attempt to brace for impact.

My truck rolls through the air like Paris Hilton hopping in and out of beds. A few seconds later, the ride is over. Instantly I call out for Matilda. No response. The cab windows have disintegrated. I climb out to face my ultimate fear, a pup severed/pinned by the truck.

Miraculously, she had been ejected and ran across six lanes of highyway (witness told me). I was grateful but heartbroken. She hadn't been micro chipped and she didn't have a ID tag on her collar.

I thank God I found her and we walked away unscathed. I just wanted to share an important lesson I learned; the hard way.
CHIP YOUR DOG/ID TAG ON THE COLLAR
LEAVE THE LEASH ON THE HOUND DURING RIDES
CONSIDER DOG RESTRAINTS OR AIR KENNELS

KathrynApril 03-03-2014 06:16 PM

Yikes I can only imagine how you must of felt. So glad to hear you and your girl were okay.

Msmaria 03-03-2014 06:20 PM

I'm so glad you both are okay.

Lilie 03-03-2014 06:24 PM

Thank God you and your pupper are ok! I kennel my dogs in my truck and secure the kennel to the bed. If we have a roll over, it's going to be bad for the both of us. But if it's a wreck with out a roll over, I feel they stand a better chance secure in the bed.

Wetdog 03-03-2014 09:56 PM

I'm glad you both came out OK.

middleofnowhere 03-03-2014 10:41 PM

Glad you're OK. Pretty amazing that you could roll and come out only shook up.

Had an adventure of my own with cruise control, patch of ice on a nice clear autumn day last year. I didn't even have time to think of a curse as I delt with the 'exciting' ride.

Mine are almost always seatbelted in the cab with me. I was very glad that the one with me was seatbelted in the back seat of the truck. I'm sure she was happy of that too. If I kennel dogs in the bed, I'd have tie-downs on the kennels. And that wouldn't do much for a roll-over.

Just so glad you were lucky in that regard...

Loneforce 03-03-2014 10:55 PM

Very scary. I am glad you 2 are ok.

MatildaTheMalevolent 03-03-2014 11:18 PM

Thanks everyone. We were really fortunate. I know a car wreck scenario can play out a million different ways. That day opened my eyes the importance of contact info attached to a dog. It's a "no-brainer", that I overlooked because she has a great recall.

Daisy&Lucky's Mom 03-05-2014 04:22 PM

Oh Man I was terrified just reading . Glad you and puppy are safe and sound!


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