HELP PLEASE...Doberman Hit By Car

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Ty - I am sorry to have missed this for so long. I have not gotten past the first two areas for the last week or so, and only after asking another member about the references did I find out about this. My heart and my prayers go out to you and your family, and of course that includes the girl.

Although most cannot comprehend what you are going through, I can. In Feb, 1998, I was out front installing a catch fence (about 8' in front of the house the length of the house) so if one of the dogs got out the door, they could not get loose. It was actually more for my late sister's one dog who was notorious for getting out and then cruising the neighborhood. In Hemphill in a residential area it was aggrivating, here on a country road it was dangerous.

Cindy, my then 8 month old red Dobie wanted out with me, so I let her out. I got engrossed in setting fence posts and did not watch her closely. When I heard heard the engine noise of a vehicle accelerating away from turning the corner I looked up and Cindy was in the ditch on the other side of the road. I called her and of course she was in that stage of ignoring me. However, as the Jeep got closer to her, still under full acceleration, she decided she wanted over with me and leaped out of the ditch right in front of the Jeep who hit her with the front bumper and then went over her rolling her under the body. As he went on down the road, never ever slowing down, much less stopping, she lay in the road.

Then to my amazement, she got up. standing dazed with her legs wide as I ran to her, I saw the blood dripping from her. I had been out here only about a year, and had never gotten a land line because of the delay from the then phone company. I was using a cell phone and called the vet, and even though it was after hours, one of the vets said she would meet me there at the side door. I got my neighbor to drive my truck as I was sitting in the back seat with Cindy in my lap with her hip wrapped in an old comforter. I told her to slow down when I say she was doing 110 on I-75 to get to the vets. Cindy had a deep cut, which the vet packed and wrapped, and would do the surgery on Monday. (This was a Sat) The only broken bones were the two points of her crown on the left side. The vet removed them in the surgery and removed the damaged tissue, and sewed her up with a drain.

The vet, would go in and talk with her every day. I found out from a vet tech that this young vet would crawl into the cage with Cindy (she was in the largest) and comfort her. I would go by every other day to visit her so she would not feel abandoned. Cindy spent three weeks at the vets. Considering the care, the bill was not that much, just under $1000. (1998)

When I got her home and the fur grew back, she had a big dimple there, the rust triangle was a little skewed, she had a bit of a limp and a visible scar. But, I had my girl. Afterward, in the evenings she would crawl up in my lap with her rear over my left knee and tuck her head under my right arm and go to sleep.

That vet has since left the clinic I still go to and has opened her own. I have been torn ever since, but my vet who is older is so wonderful. When I was admitted to the hospital for an emergency stay in 2006, a close friend asked them for help, and two vet techs followed him out to my house in the vets truck to help gather my dogs. My friend got Red and the Schnauzers in his Explorer (Red in the back seat) and then they all went back to the clinic to board the animals. The charge for this service? $0.00 They just charged the normal boarding fee. (My friend still talks about getting a bath by Red as they drove to the clinic.

There are good vets, and then there are bad ones. I guess I live in a good area, for I have not encountered any bad ones. When my late sister lived in Houston, she encountered a few that were in it for the money.

Hang in there Ty, go visit Athena and give her a hug and a few scritches from Red, Princess and Rick. Just concentrate on the joy of when you take your girl home. I am sure those who can, with an address to send to, will send donations. I know I will.

You might want to file a BBB report on Wheat Ridge and possibly a complaint with the state veterinary board about Wheat Ridge. Although I don't know if it would do much good. I'm not sure any checks BBB postings before going to a vet, and don't know if the vet board will do anything, except about the complaint of not really treating the girl properly (IMO).

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Ty,I luv the before pic. How'd you get that pose?! Hope Athena is still doing well. Keep in touch as we still think of her and want to hear all the progress! Hope u r still moving Athena HOME today. God Bless

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Rick, you touch our hearts with your generous spirit and incredibly kind nature.

It's people like you who help make this the "Gentle Doberman Forum"

God Bless you

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As always, thank you again everyone.  Your kind words, thoughts, and prayers really help Athena, Debra, and I through this ordeal.

 

Rick, that was such an amazing story.  I'm glad to hear Red came out OK in the end, but I hope karma catches up with the driver of the Jeep that never even stopped.  There is a special place in the afterlife for people like that.

I wish we had a Vet out here like that, although our normal Vet-Dr. Howard in Brighton is awesome....he looked at Athena immediately on Friday, took x-rays, and helped me get her transported...never once mentioned anything about payment...although he may send a bill in the mail hahaha, not sure.  He recommended 2 animal hospitals to take Athena and said Wheat Ridge was a straight shot, but I doubt he knew we would be treated like we were.  I'm definitely going to inform him next time we visit.

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I'm glad you got her out of there. I think you did the right thing, not waiting for the news trucks. It's good to hear she came out of the surgury with no problems... and contacting the BBB is a good idea. Your all still in my prayers!!

Joy

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I'm glad you got her out of there. I think you did the right thing, not waiting for the news trucks. It's good to hear she came out of the surgury with no problems... and contacting the BBB is a good idea. Your all still in my prayers!!

Joy

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Ty - minor correction that was Cindy, a red female and the incident was in 1998. But yeah, I did have a number of wonderful years with her after that point.

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What a great group of people here. I have been brought to tears on more than one occasion this week. Ty, we are all still praying for you and your precious girl, please, keep us posted

Oh my gosh, I just read this all the way through. Im so sorry for all you have been through. Im glad that she has made it through surgery and sounds like she is doing better. I do hope you will continue to post her updates. My thoughts are with her and your family.

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Hey everyone, thought I would give a brief update.  Athena is home and her and Sheba were so happy to see each other!  Never knew how close they have grown to one another until I seen it with my own eyes.

She is on a lot of meds, about 6 pills in the morning then again at night.  We are having a little trouble giving them to her, peanut butter usually works when I would give her Vit E and her coat pills but now she is turning it down.  Also tried yogurt but that only worked for about 4 pills.  I hate forcing them down her throat but I guess if I have to then it's what's got to be done.

Also she is shivering a lot....we are trying to keep her warm but she still does it.  Any suggestions?  I'm going to call the vet in awhile and ask them too.  

She has a sling we use to take her outside, they said hopefully in the next few days she will start putting more weight on her leg and we wont need it anymore.

Anyways here is a picture of her back in one of her beds =)  Besides looking like a mess, I'm sure she is glad to be home!

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I regret to inform everyone we lost our baby girl this morning.  She had a heart attack about an hour after having the chills.  We rushed her to the hospital but it was too late.

We are totally destroyed, after everything she has been through this past week, she could not hold on any longer.

R.I.P. Athena-we love and miss you so so so very much.  We will never be the same without you.

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Ty... I am absolutely so shocked and sad... I'm sitting here crying.  I can't even imagine what you two are feeling right now.

She got to come home and be with her family, for that I am thankful for and you should remember.  She passed where she was most loved and this is not always how our beloved animals get to go.

My words can't express myself right now.  

All our love, prayers, and thoughts... are being sent your way.

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Jess said it all Ty and Debra.. I can't add anything except love to you all.

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Ty and Debra I am sorry for your loss. You fought so hard to save her and now to have to say goodbye ...i so agree with jess that she was blessed to make it back home and was able to be with her family

Im so very sorry. I just read this story this morning for the first time and my heart just breaks for you. I just can't imagine the heartache you are going through. I can't see through the tears to type. I am thankful that she passed in her home where she was with the people she loved most in the world.

 I would like to encourage everyone that can to send what they can to help this couple. It will not bring Athena back and will not help with the pain of the incredible loss they are going through but it will help with the financial aspect of it and show our care and support for them. I just know that  I have been touched by this story today and want to do what I can to help even if it is just a small finacial help at this point. Please know that my thoughts are with your family.

Desiree

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I have Ty and Debra's address, if some one wants to PM me, I will be happy to give it to you.

what ever you can will help..

go hug your kids!

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Ty and Debra, I am so sorry for your loss, Take care of each other, you will be in our prayers.

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Oh my.  There are just no words to express my sadness right now, Ty & Debra.

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My deepest sympathy to you and your family I am thinking of you during this difficult time.

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Ty & Debra & Sheba we are so sorry for your loss.  Words can't express your sorrow nor ours.  Although it's hard to type through tears I had to try.  She fought hard to be able to stay with you & she had a great heart to fight as long as she did.

Please know you are all in our hearts & prayers,

Marti, Brinks & MiLady

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My deepest condolences to you, Debra and Sheba. I know the loss at this time is overwhelming, but try to remember the love and good times you had with her. Right now the hole in your heart is big enough to drive a truck through, and while over time it will shrink, but never will completely go away.

When some time has passed, find room in your heart for another. You have Sheba to comfort you, and that is one reason I usually have a second Dobie around. I enjoy having two with me, and when the time comes to release on to the Rainbow Bridge, I have the other to help comfort me.

Again, my prayers are with you, Debra and Sheba.

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I too am in shock after reading through this post.  I'm so sorry that you guys have been put through such an emotional roller coaster these last few weeks, and I can only imagine the pain and sadness you are feeling.  I sincerely hope that you do not blame yourself; that you know it was not your fault, and that you did everything in your power to help Athena. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Love, Janelle and Dakota

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Thank you everyone.  I too am having trouble typing through the tears right now.  The pain we are suffering is unbearable.  We were so happy and excited to get her home Friday, spent all night laying on the floor with her watching movies, thinking to ourselves she is finally home and out of the woods......then to watch her life slip away as I tried giving her CPR.  It still feels like a bad dream and we can't believe she is gone.  

I know it is not easy for any of us to lose one of our beloved animals; but the loss hurts so much more after you gave everything you could, reached out for anything you could, then think she is going to be OK and you are going to have many many more years with them, but it is cut entirely too short. It is a devastating blow.

In the 4 short months we've had Athena we have given her a lifetime of love and she returned the love 10 fold.  She adapted to our family immediately and you would swear we had her since a puppy.  She was such an amazing dog, it's impossible to think any dog could replace that or even fill her shoes.  It's hard for me because I think of all the things I'm not going to get to do with her now, like summer at the lake because Athena loved to swim; Sheba hates the water haha but was learning to tolerate it with persuasion from Athena. 

I know life is something to be cherished and it's certainly not guaranteed, we never know what tomorrow will bring but we often like to believe we do.

Please hug your kids for Debra and me.  These dogs mean more to us then words can every describe.

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The wind was knocked out of me when I read your post and tears immediately came to my eyes. I am heartbroken for your loss. Just know that you did everything you could for Athena and she passed surrounded by the people she loved the most. You all will be in my prayers *hugs*

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Debra & Ty how did Athena come to live with you? Was she your first Doberman?
When you are ready for another dog I hope you will find one just as wonderful. You guys survived a sad situation and showed us all what can be accomplished by networking, resources, people and prayer. You've had to change wedding plans and overcome the financial hardships and none of us really know the extent of your sacrifices to save a beautiful girl. I hope as your acceptance grows and the painful heartaches subside, you will be able to see what goodness came from this diffcutlt situation. I just read a brief quote from Roosevelt...
"when you are at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on"

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Dearest Ty and Debra, I am so incredibly sorry for your loss.  What a beautiful, beautiful girl she was.  I know how much you loved and she did, too.  I just am so sorry.  She will be waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge and you will see her again and it will be like you were never parted.  Wishing you peace in your hearts. 

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Ty and Debra

My deepest sympathies to you - I was so overjoyed to read this each day to see how well she was doing. I am crying for you right now and for Athena as well... hugs

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Ty and Debra,

   My condolences. You have touched my heart and I think the hearts of everyone. There will never be another to mend the hole she left when she crossed the proverbial rainbow bridge, but, when the time comes, and you feel your ready to love again, you will; and any of us who have lost can tell you that before you do, the edges will bleed, scab, than scar, but it will get better. Hold on to each other, make use of the human condition. Never forget. 

Hugs to you all,

Joelle  

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Thank you again everyone for your condolences.  Each time a new post appears and we read them, it makes the pain a little more bareable to see all the lives Athena touched and how many people cared for her, even if they did not know her.

We are taking it day by day.  The wound is still fresh and very painful; everything around the house and in my car reminds us of her and the house is very quiet now, even though we have Sheba, she just doesn't make as much racket as Athena did....but it was a joyous racket and we miss it dearly.

bbroyles- thank you for the quote, I really love things like that, in fact my Dad usually texts me one every morning, something inspirational.  The one you posted was great though and just what I needed to hear right now.

 

For those of you that didn't know, we adobted Athena back in Oct/Nov of 2010 from a family that posted an ad on Craigslist.  They no longer had the room or time to spend with her and also I think finances were an issue too(not that we had much more but I believe they were no longer able to afford food for her, as they had a large Rottweiler too).  She was turning 4 this month.  

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A good dog never dies, he always stays.  He walks beside you on crisp Autumn days when the frost is on the fields and the winter's drawing near.  His head is within our hand in his old way.

Mary Carolyn Davies

 

I am so sorry for your loss.  Athena was a very lucky dog to have you and Debra in her life.  You gave her the best that any dog could ask for.  A family that loved her with everything they had and then some.  You took her out of a less than endearing situation and for 4 months she could truly be happy.  The only thing that can heal your wounds is time.  The pain will never fully go away but it will become bearable.  I promise. 

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JJ & I were so sad to hear about Athena, I know it broke your heart. Just think of her running and jumping and destroying things in doggie heaven.