Gladys enjoys her walks, but she prefers a run out off the lead. Teresa never lets her off the lead because Gladys does not respond to being asked to return! I have always taken the view that the risks are manageable and up to last Sunday no harm had come to Gladys. However, on a Sunday morning walk along a tow path with little or no traffic about she took off and doubled back towards the boat. Surprising turn of events but no drama as she crosses the bridge on the pavement but again this day was different and she dashed across the road and picked a fight with a speeding 2.5 ton truck. Unsurprisingly she lost and was struck a passing blow to her head and knocked out.
I got to her quite quickly as she lay flat out in the middle of the road, but the truck had not stopped and I did not want to move her in case she had some serious damage. after a minute or two she woke up and stood up. and I was able to walk her back to the car. She was obviously in distress a hole in her head and blood from her mouth. From then on the good news kicked in, we found a vet in town who was able to attend his surgery on a Sunday and I drove Gladys in to meet up with him. He was brilliant and turned up in his working overalls and explained he was plastering a wall when I called!
He cleaned the wounds shaved her head around the damage stapled the holes shut and used lots of iodine and silver synthetic skin over the wound and injected with pain killer and antibiotics. He gave me 10 days worth antibiotics and pain killer injections. and asked me to return in 10 days time to remove the stitches.
The good news is that she is 99% back to her normal self, eating drinking and sleeping well. The history of Gladys is that she had a poor start in life having been abandoned as a pup and left to fend for herself on the streets for months before being picked up and housed at a dog refuge, before we found her 6 years ago , despite her spending nearly all her life with us she still has a bit of street dog in her and will always have that rebel side that takes off for the smell of any sort of food. She is a great dog , lovable kind and gentle with anybody and any other dog , but I doubt if this experience will change her so we have to be even more careful with her from now on.
This post was written by Terry Barrett
Photographs by Tes