sroles83 Posted April 6, 2014 Report Share Posted April 6, 2014 Our Duke had just turned 1 year old two weeks prior to the accident..I made him a birthday cake, wrapped presents for him and videotaped him opening them..during the two weeks after his birthday, 1,he had a sore foot, (which he made well known by putting it in our faces all the time, we felt so bad for him and wanted to take away his pain), 2, we had brought him to the vet to get neutered because we were always so afraid he'd run off..He was so strong-willed, like a child to us, and our best friend..That fateful day, I took him out swimming, I felt so bad that he had been cooped up in the house for almost two weeks straight, and I just wanted to take him out and let him swim and get rid of some of his energy..I always worried something bad would happen since this swimming hole was right next to a highway, but he loved it there..He swimmed for maybe a couple minutes and then took off running down the road. I seen a truck coming, so I called him to me and he came..I had him by the collar and said "good boy", as the truck drove by..The truck went by so I let his collar go, never thinking he would still go after it..but, he did......he went down the road after this truck at what seemed like was 100mph..I screamed at him to come, but he didn't listen. I jumped in my car quickly to chase after him, blaring my horn, praying the whole time that there would be no oncoming traffic! I finally caught up to him, about the same time I seen a red pickup truck approaching, Duke was standing on the side of the road preparing to lunge at and catch this pickup that he saw approaching him..( many times when he was riding in the vehicles with us he would see a car approaching and lunge at the window, but we didn't think anything of it at the time....we didn't know that this behavior would eventually lead to his death)...He lunged towards this pickup and was struck by it..my heart immediately sank..i thought " THIS IS NOT HAPPENING".."THIS CANT BE HAPPENING"!!! I seen him get hit by this truck, it happened so fast. I remember him standing on his hind legs and then falling over onto the highway.. I got out of my car, calling out his name, saying "oh no,oh no"..I think he was still breathing when i got to him, but i'm not sure..I scooped him up in my arms, i clearly remember the smell of him, and i knew he was gone at that point. the red pickup truck never stopped or even slowed down after hitting him.. after hitting my beloved friend, how could someone be so HEARTLESS..i carried my beloved friend to my car and drove to the nearest vet clinic, hoping that when i got him there that there would be something they could do to save him..The whole car ride to the vet clinic i was rubbing his back, saying "duke, wake up, PLEASE WAKE UP"..i arrived at the vet clininc stating my dog had been hit by a truck, so they called the vet to come there..the vet told me duke was gone..they carried him from the car to the clinic while i was on the phone with my husband...i went into the clinic and seen duke laying on a blanket on the cold hard floor..the vet and the technicians tried to comfort me.. they gave me some time alone with duke..i was on my knees crying, telling him how sorry i was as i took his collar off..i kissed him on the cheek and said goodbye... a few days later we picked him up to bury him, it was so horrible seeing them carry his body to my car in a black plastic bag. he didn't deserve this! he did nothing but love us! Why did i take him out that day!? I should've kept him safe at home! I'm sorry my dear friend. I will never forgive myself. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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