our neighbors frequently let bella out to play with their dog beau. yesterday, pete was getting ready to go frisbee golfing and the neighbors were out working in their yard so they let the dogs out to play. i have always been afraid of her running away because they do not keep the dogs on a leash and bella has not learned boundaries yet. the dogs are usually really good, and don't even leave the yard. sunday they had a different plan. the neighbors dog decided to run down the road and visit another dog who lives across the busy street. bella decided she would go too, because she loves to chase him. the neighbor ran after them and when beau realized he should run back to the neighbor they began to cross the street again. bella was hit by a car near her rear. she did not get run-over, more that she ran into the car. the neighbor thinks the car was going 15-20 miles an hour. it slammed on the breaks and honked the horn but that didn't evade her from the path she was on (chase beau). the neighbor carried her back to pete and they checked her out. she was walking around and limping a bit. we assessed the damage, and concluded that she was not in shock, does not have a concussion, and no broken bones. she lets us touch her and does not bite or yelp. she does have two sores/cuts one on her chin, the other on her front "wrist." we kept a close eye on her and she seems to be okay. she was scared and wouldn't eat or drink for a while, but now she does. she limps on the front and back legs so we try not to make her walk much. we may take her to the vet today, we'll see.
hopefully she learned her lesson, and i hope she will be tied up from now on until she learns. the neighbors feel terrible. the whole thing led to me and the neighbor's wife talking for a long time, and we even talked about church and if they wanted to come some time, so i guess that part of it is good.
so if you don't think it is too silly, please pray for bella to recover quickly and nothing to be wrong with her.