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Near-Disaster at the Dog Park

I took advantage of the cooler weather this morning and took Scotty to one of the local dog parks here in Charleston. He loves being able to play with other dogs and run to his heart’s content.

Then he comes home, sacks out, and I don’t hear a peep out of him for hours.

One of his playmates this morning was a Goldendoodle puppy, about five or six months old, and already 55 pounds. (Scotty weighs in at 78.)

Goldendoodles are entertaining dogs. They’re sweet, very smart, and they have this mischievous look about them when they look you in the eye.

When it came time for the Goldendoodle and his owner to leave, she got him on his leash and into her car. She backed out of the parking place and all of a sudden, we heard this horrific screaming coming from a dog. A couple who walked out with their dog at the same time she did were pointing at the woman’s rear tire as the ungodly shrieking continued.

I immediately thought the woman had hit their dog.

It turns out that somehow, the Goldendoodle had managed to jump out of the partially open window and its paw got pinned under the woman’s tire. The moment she heard the first cry, she slammed on the breaks, which kept the paw under the tire.

Urged on by the couple, she moved the car forward a few inches, immediately freeing the poor puppy who ran to the couple and cowered at their feet. Its owner jumped out of the car and rushed to it, and I could tell she was just devastated to realize she had almost killed her own puppy. It seemed okay, but it stayed seated and shivered a bit, likely in shock over what had just happened to it.

The woman bundled up her baby and put it back in her car. I saw the puppy move over to other end of the backseat, which put it directly behind the driver’s seat. The owner said she was going to take it to the vet up the road and get it checked out; though the crying ended as quickly as the tire moved, the couple told me that they noticed a tiny spot of blood on the paw.

I hope the puppy is okay and it sounds like he didn’t suffer any major damage.

I bet she’ll be careful about leaving her car windows down in the future. Hopefully a reader or two of mine will think about that as well.

It could have ended so much worse so easily.

1 Comment

  1. ahhh..yes my new rescue just proved to me he can open the windows on his own by stepping on the window button..something he learned before he got to me…now I keep kid & puppy window lock on….

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 28 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.