|My beautiful Sadie!|
When the next morning came and there was still no Sadie, I was concerned and so was Bill. He spent most of that day driving around the farm and up and down the roads, checking the ditches, looking for her. No luck. Wednesday, April 16th came and went with no sign of Sadie. On Thursday, April 17th, Bill enlisted the help of a friend and searched the woods and neighboring fields. Nothing. By this point, I am beside myself. Where did she go? What happened to her? I had Good Friday off, so I was determined to find her. Libby, my other lab, and I took the Gator and went on a 5 hour search...still no Sadie. By that evening, I had given up hope and started to accept the fact that something tragic had happened to my precious pup.
Saturday morning came and Bill had gone into town. Libby and I were sitting on the front porch when he came home. As he came up closer to the house, he was pointing in the back yard. I thought he was nuts UNTIL I figured out that Sadie must be back there. I ran to the backyard and there she was. A bloody mess. She had been hit. Her back right leg appeared to be broken, her front left paw was split wide open, there was a huge gash in her side and part of her right arm pit was hanging down. She looked awful and all I could do was cry and tell her I loved her as I tried to comfort her.
Bill got the truck and pulled it up in the yard to where she was, I got a blanket and a towel to wrap her in so she wouldn't get blood everywhere and Bill lifted her in the truck. She never made a sound, but I could see the pain in her beautiful brown eyes. My baby had come home, but she was hurt.
The next few hours were so stressful. We took her to Country Acre Animal Clinic where Dr. Nathan Rich said he would check her over and call me. We were sent home. Within the hour Dr. Rich called and gave me a detailed report of her injuries. Bill and I talked and discussed putting her down...but she was our first pet together as a couple and we love her so. No, that wasn't an option. We would do what we could to save her.
I urge anyone who hits an animal to STOP and tell someone. If we had known Sadie had been hit, we could have provided care for her wounds a lot sooner. Accidents happen, but driving off and doing or saying nothing is not acceptable.
I must warn you that the following pictures are a little gross and little ones should not look at these. When I was finally able to visit Sadie, this is how my poor baby looked (but she was alive)!
|Sadie, with the cone of shame. She hates that thing.|
|This is the huge gash in her side that they had to stitch up.|
The thing that looks like bone sticking out, is actually a drain tube.
|This is the leg she had surgery one because it was broken.|
She now has a splint on there as well because she keeps trying
to put weight on it.
|This photo shows her armpit and again the things that look|
like bones are actually drain tubes. You can see they have
wrapped the left front leg with a wet/dry bandage.
|This is my baby once she finally came home.|
She needs a bath, but that will wait until she is better.
She likes for us to rub her belly while she lays on the floor and snores!