I am heartbroken

by Curt
(Monterey, California)

Jack

Jack

I ran over my 11 year old Basset Hound (and my best friend) Jack. I have been crying constantly ever since. I was getting ready for a party and racing to town to get more food and I forgot that Jack went out, came back in...... and possibly went out the opened garage door again (he did). I'm guessing that he ran to the car from the side (he loves to go to town) but I never saw him. As I turned and started to go forward I felt a thud and crunch and wonder what that was....I thought to myself that maybe someone left a toy in the road. Then I heard the howling over the radio and stopped immediately. When I opened my car door, I heard a loud howling of my basset hound and I ran back to the terrible nightmare. I leaned down to assess him, holding his face and he bit my hand. It was a large laceration to one leg and his legs were split flaccid. I scooped Jack and ran to the car, put my emergency blinks on and raced to the emergency animal hospital as fast as I could. When I arrived, Jack was very shocky. They started an IV, gave Jack pain medication, IV fluids and packed the laceration. I then raced Jack to the animal trauma center about 30 miles away where he spent 3 days in the doggie ICU. He is now home and this is day 7. He's eating (but it takes encouragement), he's drinking and had several small stool. He can stand (Thank you God) but he is still weak and wobbly and prefers not to walk at this time. This is tearing me up because he is such a vibrant happy dog. Jack eats voraciously then usually gulps a lot of water....then runs outside to pee several times and poops (I know his routine). Jack is my baby and I love him so much......I am soooo stupid for allowing this to happen. I have spared no expense in his care and have taken him back to the clinic many times for pain shots....or what ever he needs. Jack sustained 2 pelvic fractures (but I was told not in weight bearing area) and a complete sacral fracture.....so I'm watching bowl and bladder control as well as his ability to walk. Jack's once extremely energetic tail is now floppy. I know that I am very very lucky that Jack is alive and I still have extreme anxiety when I think about that horrible night.......When I thought that I killed my baby and he was going to die right in front of me. Please help me with helpful, encouraging stories, thoughts and prayers.

Curt@redshift.com

Comments for I am heartbroken

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Sep 16, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Your Blog
by: Anonymous

Hi – Will you please post a link to your Blog at The Bassett Hound Community at vorts.com? Our members will love it.
Members include: Bassett Owners, Breeders, Trainers, Rescues and Lovers.
It's easy to do, just cut and paste the link and it automatically links back to your website...
You can also add Photos, Videos, Rescues and Classifieds if you like.
Email me if you need any help or would like me to do it for you.
The Bassett Hound Community: http://www.vorts.com/basset_hounds/
Thanks,
James Kaufman, Editor

Aug 30, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Thanks for the update on Jack...
by: Virginia from just-basset-hounds

Sorry to hear that Jack, passed away. I'm so glad that he recovered and that you and your 'best bud' had more time to spend together. You really took good care of him.

Aug 30, 2012
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Addendum & thank you and God bless you all
by: Curt

Jack remarkably recovered "thank you God." Jack was never able to wag his tail again and lost some strength in his back legs but was able to walk without difficulty. Jack lived happy for another 3 1/2 years. Jack passed on August 8th 2012 at my home after rapidly bloating. I suspect Jack developed cancer and I had been struggling for months to keep him alive (several vet visits with IV's and meds). Jack just stopped eating. I loved Jack so much and I really miss him. His last night, I was so tired yet got up at 1am to wash him and brush his teeth in the bath tub. Jack was having diarrhea and had some poop on his back side... I thought, if I love him then I won't leave him like that: I didn't. When I was done, I kissed his nose again...and again... And again; we both loved that. That is a beautiful memory. I hurt all the time and Jack's passing has left a huge hole in my heart but I'm such a lucky guy to have had Jack for so many years. I miss my pal.

Dec 07, 2011
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
I Had A Bassette Named Jack
by: Charlie Bales

I also had a Bassett nemed Jack B. Winston Elvis Bales that was his AKC name But I just called him Jack. The (B) in his name stood for BOOGER ...my wife wouldn't let me name him BOOGER so I snunk it in on his AKC name.I just had to put Jack down he was born on Nov. 25 2000 we got him in late Jan.2001 me and the wife couldn't have kids so Jack was our Boy! On mid Sept. the vet found he was full of cancer she gave him 2 weeks max....he lived aprox 2 and 1/2 months longer in fairly good health with Predazone drugs untill this morning it hit him with aggression ...he couldn't pee and was showing he was in pain so I had to take him back to the vet to put him down,. He was the best dog I ever owned.I know how it is to loose yor best friend especialy a Bassett there is something special about them they are unlike any other dog. Bassetts are special. I feel your sadness and pain ...may God comfort you. When or if you are ready to get another go to the pound and get a pup they make the best dogs and you save a life.

Feb 24, 2010
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Jack
by: Angie

So sorry to hear your news. At least Jack is still with you. We had our little "Bella" for only 4 months and then my hubby ran her over in our driveway at home as well. How do you teach a puppy not to run in front of the car's tyres when its moving into the garage? I suppose she was just so happy to see her daddy that she couldnt contain herself. My hubby cried so much and felt so guilty. Little Bella died instantly (or so the Vet told us when we rushed her there). We have now installed fences next to the driveway area so that we never have to go through this ever again. We miss you our beautiful Bella!

Dec 19, 2009
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Sincerly
by: Lori

I am so very sorry for you. I couldnt imagine going through that. I work at a vet and just a few hours ago someone brought a dog in with a similar story. we are also worried about its rear functions. Bones can be set. and lots of situations can be mended. There was a dog he was hit by a car when he was a puppy he was a Cavliar King charles spaniel named Max. From his accident he no longer has the top of his femur. his legs hang free. and he lost control of his bodily functions in the read end. The Vet told them Max would never recover control of his functions. A friend of mine practices VOM Veterinary Orthapedic Manipulation. he started to work with little Max. and after a few weeks he started gaining control of his BMs and getting better with the urination. He did a complete turn around. and now little Max can run and jump and almost back to normal. There are many stories like this linked to VOM. it doesnt work in all cases. but if your Jack has a problem regaining some of his functions, you might want to ask about it. Remember dogs are beautiful creatures. they dont have the self pity humans have. they take what they have and enjoy it. Especially basset hounds. You make my heart glad to know there is a person out there that truly cares for her dog. You would not believe some of the people who come into the clinic. Thankyou for being a good pet owner =-) accidents cant be avoided sometimes. I hope for a recovery from Jack, good luck and thanks for being a shining example of a good pet owner! - Sincierly LC

Dec 13, 2009
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
I'm really sorry...
by: Virginia from just-basset-hounds

Jack looks like a beautiful Basset Hound. I'll pray for his recovery.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Basset Hound Stories and Information.

 

Like this page?