Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sookie vs. the neighbors car

Sookie got hit by a car Monday night and thankfully (being the beast that she is) wasn't horribly injured or killed, but instead got a nice battle scar with some staples up her leg and lots of road rash. However, it was certainly a terrifying experience.

Monday night around 9:30 p.m. I was laying in bed with Sawyer trying to make him go to sleep. Josh was at his town council meeting so I let Sookie hang in our fenced-in backyard so she could have some extra freedom until Josh got home from the meeting and would let her in for the night (she sleeps in the laundry room).

Around 10 p.m. Josh finally got done with his meeting and came in the bedroom laughing and saying, "Sookie got out, and was just hanging in the front yard when I got home. I just got her inside." I thought nothing of it, she has managed to pop open our double fence gate before and we've had to chase after her in the car with a box full of bones to get her home, what I can say, she's a wild chocolate beast.

Just as Josh was getting settled and out of his work clothes, someone came knocking at our front door. Josh grabbed Sawyer's little aluminum baseball bat from the playroom and ordered me & Sawyer to stay in the bedroom, because you never know what is about to go down that late at night when someone is at your door.

It was our elderly neighbor, Mrs. Owens and her boyfriend and they were absolutely distraught. I heard Mrs. Owens say, with a shaky voice, "Josh, we hit Sookie with our car...".

Josh was so confused at first, and said, "Are you sure? I just put her in the laundry room".

They quickly informed him that they hit her around 9:45pm as they were slowing down to turn into their driveway. I heard Mrs. Owens' boyfriend say, "She just came out of  nowhere and she's so dark and fast!". She had apparently gotten hit, and limped back to the yard and that is where Josh had found her when he got home, but hadn't noticed anything wrong with her since it was so dark.

Josh told our neighbors not to worry, that we didn't blame them and that we would get their information so we could fix the boyfriend's Buick (which was dented up pretty good).

Once they left, I came flying out of the bedroom with Sawyer in tow to check on Sookie.

Now that we could really get a good look at her it was obvious she'd been in an accident. She had road rash all over her face, legs and abdomen and her leg had a nasty gash in it that went from her "knee" area to her foot. She was also limping pretty good, which Josh hadn't noticed when he'd carried all 100 lbs of her inside (he didn't have a leash, and she is a fast one).

We immediately called the emergency vet in Greenville and they told us to bring her on in so they could check to make sure nothing was going on internally. We grabbed an old comforter to put in Josh's backseat and Sookie and her daddy headed to Greenville while me and Sawyer waited at home.

Sawyer did fine during all the activity at home, but the second that door shut and Sawyer realized that Sookie was going "to the doctor", he fell to pieces.

He cried and cried (and I did too) saying, "Is her going to die?!", "Why can't I go with Sookie and daddy?", "Why was she 'bweeding'"?".

Sookie is Sawyer's best friend and he just couldn't handle the fact that she was hurt and he couldn't do anything about it.

I didn't know what to do at first. I couldn't guarantee she was going to be okay because we had no idea if her insides were injured or not. So, I told him, "Let's say a prayer for Sookie!" And he immediately said, "Jesus, 'pwease' don't take my Sookie to Heaven, I need her to stay with me."

He calmed down and I held him until he fell asleep then I stayed up reading and constantly checking in with Josh.

Then Josh's phone died and I had no idea what was going on at the vet.

Finally, at 1am Josh came home. Sookie was fine. She got several staples up her leg for the worst gash and they had shaved her hair off around the road rash and treated it. She was a little loopy after some pain meds so she was stumbling around the laundry room sporting a "cone of shame" to keep her from biting and licking the staples and wounds but was doing great otherwise.

So now our chocolate beast is on a round of antibiotics for a week along with some pain meds and anti inflammatory drugs, but she is fine.

Sawyer woke up yesterday morning and the first thing out of his mouth was "Where's Sookie!?!".  He ran to the laundry room and loved on her for awhile then told her "don't die." before heading off to daycare.


  1. Okay, I am in tears. I'm so glad your Sookie is okay. Those little guys are so clever and can just about bust their way out of any confinement! But Sawyer's reaction to all of it just broke my heart. I'm so glad this story had a happy ending!

  2. oh my goodness Lauren! I'm so glad Sookie is okay, I could only imagine how you were feeling! Hope she has a speedy recovery!

  3. I am so glad that Sookie is okay. I can only imagine your heartache trying to explain it to Sawyer.

  4. Thank goodness Sookie is okay!!! Reading this got my heart pounding! And the part about Sawyer crying made me tear up! I hope she heals well :)

  5. I'm glad Sookie is okay! This is the sweetest story. Gene and Henry have been together for 10 plus years so I know that bond between boy and dog is fierce :)