Hey all. It's taken me awhile to be able to get on here and talk about this. Last night while I was at work, (I'm a nurse and work 7p-7a), our female Newf, Digit, was hit by a car and died almost instantly. We have over 5 acres of woods & field, and my husband was out playing with them & the 3 remaining pups. Digit caught scent of something, found a rabbit, and proceeded to chase it down the lane before my husband could stop her. We don't live on a busy road, but it's a country back road where no one feels like a speed limit is necessary. She ran out to the road, chasing the rabbit, and a car came flying by and clipped her head, knocking her to the ground. By the time my husband reached her, she was barely breathing and had a smell trickle of blood coming out of her mouth. He picked her up (mind you, she weighed around 125 lbs.), ran her back to the house (our lane is about a football field in length), and by the time he dialed the number to the vet, she was gone. The thing is, the a** that hit her didn't even stop...Kole (my husband) said they lingered at the stop sign, but never came back. I found all this out this morning when I came home...I haven't been able to sleep, I can't eat, I'm a God-awful mess right now. She was my baby and I don't know what to do with myself. She was an obnoxiously affectionate Newf, alsways wanting belly-rubs and constant petting :) She'd put her head on the kitchen table when she knew she wasn't allowed, just an ornery thing, which made me love her even more, she reminded me of myself, if that makes sense... Dozer can't figure out where she is, he keeps wanting out and barks continually; they have been together since she was 8 wks. and he was 6 months. The pups are 9 weeks tomorrow, but they kepp looking for her in all the rooms and going to her blanket and whining. We were all set to add another pup ( a grey girl Newf) on March 17th, but now I don't know what to do. All of her pups are spoken for, but I feel like if I let them all go, I'll never have a piece of her... I guess I'm really looking for some advice on what any of you did when you lost a pet...I'm just a wreck. Sorry so long, everyone. If you want to see some pics of her,
I'm so sorry about Digit. She was a very beautiful girl.
All you can do is let yourself grieve. Ride the pain out and just wait for it to subside.
What really chaps me is the jerk that hit her. I can't believe the gall of those people who hit an animal and just keeps on going. I really believe they would do the same thing if they hit a person and they thought they could get away with driving away.
I am sorry for your loss. I know what you are going through, I lost my Charlie during the Christmas Holidays 2 years ago and I was devastated. The person that hit him also didn't even stop. My Charlie, I will never forget you!
Huggggs, I know it feels like your heart has been ripped from your chest.
I also know that when its your time she'll be there waiting to get her belly rubs from you..
As far as the pups, I think I know what you are thinking? Asking should you keep one to have a piece of her.. I would be tempted too, but even if the pups are from her no one can ever live up to what she was to you. They can't fill the hole for her in your heart its impossible. They can only add to the joy of loving something and it loving you. Clip some hair, and get a nice pic of her and place the hair in the frame or a locket or tie it and put it in a jewelry box.
I would take some of the money from the pups and make a fenced in play area off the back door so you never have to go through this misery again.
I wish I could wave a wand and make the pain go away, I at least hope you feel the long distance hug..
Our Chuka was hit by a car too, we live in town and the people still didn't stop and what was worse was that while she was sitting there screaming in pain, (she did not die intantly but rather died slowly of internal bleeding) OTHER people actually DROVE AROUND her!!! She was less then a block away from our house when she was hit, she had scaled over our 6' kennel and took off. She passed away on the way to the vet, I sat in the back of our van holding her in her last moments.
We posted a ad in the paper to the person who hit her and kept driving. We told them how they took away our family member and our daughters' friend. We explained that if they had just stopped we would have understood since it was "technically" our fault that she was out but how wrong it was to possibly let her die a slow painful death alone. I also asked that ANYONE who hits an animal to stop and try to find the owners or at least drop the animal off at the vets.
I miss my Chuka girl so much.......may she rest in peace....(this has happened over two years ago)
loosing a pet is never easy...and loosing them this way always tough..
I too live in the sticks..I have 10 acres and in my mile there is 4 houses in total...We walk our dogs in our field and if we are not certain they stop on a dime..they are always leashed..I have a fenced in play yard as well as individual runs that have a roof and heat on the inside if they choose to go indoors..we do this for the health and safty of our dogs..Sure...you think in the country they can run free..but when i was young growing up I lost many pets on the roads..and I vowed i wouldnt lose any more to the road...and ( knock wood) God has been kind to us and we dont test things..Im not trying to be rude or brash...I have been there believe me..Its just many times we need to look out for our furry friends..There is no excuse for not stopping..but the end result is the same..Im sorry and my heart goes out to you and yours..I too suggest fenceing
Im sorry to hear about your beautiful baby. Maybe u could talk to one of the people wanting your puppys and explain what happened Im sure they would understand if u wanted to keep one.I think the idea of the picture frame and all would be great too .It is really up to how your heart feels and how u can deal with the pain.
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. She was beautiful and looked so happy with her puppies. I lost my springer to lymphoma 5 months ago and I still miss her terribly. We never bred her, but if we did, I would have to keep one of the puppies. If I was one of your buyers, I would give up a puppy so you could keep part of your Digit, so if you do decide to keep one, I'm sure one of your buyers would understand. My prayers go out to you and your family.
Like all on here, I am so so sorry for your sudden loss. Try to focus on the time you had with her and how lucky she was to have such a loving home. Keep her in your heart and take her wherever you go. Remember to cry too. Don't keep it in as the good times are remembered when you let the bad out. All the best, will be thinking of you. Sending you strength.
Thank you, to all on here. As of right now, we have a gate on the lane, and are digging holes for the new fence we're putting up on the whole 5 acres. Dozer and the pups are in thier big pen when they are outside now, if they are not with us on a leash, and seem to be happy with each other. It's going to be hard without her here. Thanks again to everyone. Some of the people we know don't understand why we're doing all this "just for a dog"; I'm glad I have a place to go (TP) where people DO understand. I'm looking at a putting a memorial stone to put in the flowerbed where she used to love to lay on hot summer days...I miss her so much!