Not long ago I received a phone call from a friend. She was crying and this is what she told me. Apparently her dog, “Mia”, who was in their yard, was hit by someone’s car. The person who did this kept right on going, never stopping to see if Mia was still alive or to explain to Mia’s family how their vehicle swerved into the yard, running Mia down. If you are the one who did this, God saw what you did. He knows our hearts and He saw into yours when you did this. If it was an accident, then I believe you have forgiveness. But, if it was not, you should repent and make things right.
Do you remember there was a sign posted on New Cut Road for a while for whoever hit that family’s dog? I know the man who posted the sign. He did receive a phone call from the one who did it. From what I understand he apologized and I hope my friend forgave him.
There was another incident where a cable man came to service the cable in my parent’s area. While he drove up to the pole he hit the neighbor’s dog. How he did this I will never understand because you can’t drive that fast where he was at for all the potholes. My parent’s neighbor went ballistic and went to get his gun. He loved that dog. My Mom was able to assist in keeping the cable guy from getting shot. Needless to say I don’t think he did such a good job on the cable that day. In fact, he left a dust cloud and probably did some damage to his van that day leaving.
So, when you run over a dog, what do you do? Do you callously drive on? Do you stop and see what you can do for the animal and their family? The few times I have run over an animal, I have always stopped and attempted to help. What do you do in a situation like that?
Here is what I suggest. You stop and see what can be done. It is natural that if the family is upset that they might be angry with you. In this situation don’t tell the family they should have kept their dog put up. You are asking for trouble if you do. If the animal passes away and you know the family, you should help them deal with the situation the best you can. If there is a vet bill, you should pay for the fees unless it is the family’s fault for not having their dog put up.
Now, to the families, you should always keep your pets safe. Use a fenced in yard or runner to keep them out of the road. You are just as responsible for their well being. If your pet were to cause an accident or even the death of someone and it could be proven, you could be held responsible. So, take care of your Family Canine.
Lastly, my heart goes out to all of you who have lived the nightmares I have mentioned above. I pray that the Lord comforts you and remember you will see those Family Canines again.
“Remember to love your dogs because they love you. Maybe not the way you want them to, like chewing up your favorite shoes or what not, but that is just love chewing. Be thankful for the time you have with them always.”
By: Joel Allen