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Bibo
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Icon 1 posted April 03, 2006 21:51      Profile for Bibo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
So here I was driving home from work at 12:00 am down a 2 lane highway enjoying the TWiT Apple 30th Anniversary podcast and suddenly there is a large dog in the middle of my lane. I had no time to stop or swerve out of the way (there was a car in the other lane, but even if there had not been I would not have had time to avoid hitting it) and hit it at 55-mph [cry baby] . I stopped and walked to the dog, it was already on the shoulder and was dead [cry baby] I checked it and it was not breathing. It did not have a collar on so I couldn't even contact the owner. I think it was a Lab mix. It was looking right at me when I hit it. [cry baby] At least it died instantly and did not suffer.
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Icon 9 posted April 03, 2006 23:09      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
oh man, I'm really sorry to hear that. [Frown]

The other day I was driving and saw the exact same thing happen to the car in front of me. It's was awful, but nothing the driver could do, it happened in a split second.

It's really unfortunate these dogs were running loose. At least you weren't physically hurt, although I know you will be shaken up for a long time. [Frown]

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Brutal!

When I was a teen, a family friend called me in a panic her family dog had been hit and she was home alone with her young kids. I drove over and found the dog in the ditch. I don't think it was still alive, broken back and legs (among other nastyness) and we lived way out in the sticks so a vet wasn't really an option. I buried that poor old dog in their backyard with tears streaming down my face, I could hear her and the kids crying from inside the house.

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Icon 1 posted April 04, 2006 07:03      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
That's awful. And I think it's a matter of time until the same thing happens to a cat in my neighbourhood.

The cats on my road think they own the road. They'll sit in the middle of the road, you can drive up, and stop 3 feet from them, and they'll just sit there and look at you as if to say, "go around."

You can honk or inch up or anything and theyll just sit there. The only way to get 'em to move is to physically get out of the car, and shoo them away.

I almost hit a canada goose the other day, as well. A female decided she was crossing the busy street full of traffic, and she was going on *HER* time, nobody else's.

And I'll be damned if she didn't get across safely.

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Oh, that's terrible. I'm so sorry. Just remember that there was nothing else you could have done. Had you swerved, you might have caused a major accident and hurt yourself or people in the other car. At least it was quick and the dog didn't have to suffer. It would have been awful if he'd been in pain and you had to try to take him to a vet or make a decision to end his misery. It does suck that he didn't have any ID. But, at the same time, I can't imagine going to someone's house to tell them I'd just hit their dog and it was dead. My dad ran over my grandma's neighbor's dog several years ago. It was a beautiful, sweet dog that I'd known since childhood and really loved. It absolutely broke my dad's heart to tell the neighbor the dog was dead. He was crying even a day later when he told me about it. This is why I keep my dogs and even cats safely in the house, unless they're in the yard and being supervised.

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Icon 9 posted April 04, 2006 12:14      Profile for macmcseboy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Bibo

I know that really sucks. I was having coffee earlier this winter at my usual dispensery. One of the puppies that the homeless folk around here got loose. The poor thing was struck by an on-coming car right in front of us. We all saw it happen in slow motion.

The girls in the group were traumatized, as was the homeless girl who lost her companion. She was a wreck. I was not in good shape either. I had called the cops as the driver sped off without stopping.

I Applaud you that you stopped and made the effort to try and find a dog tag. Unlike the other driver, you showed compassion.

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Bibo

That's awful news. It is a tragedy that what was probably a perfectly healthy animal is now dead - but the bigger picture here is that there was no car-crash and no people injured or even killed. It must have been an awful thing to experience, but swerving at 55mph to avoid a dog would have only led to a much bigger tragedy. Without any ID on the dog there was little you could do - I hope this unfortunate incident doesn't prey on your mind for too long.

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Ouch, that WAS a bad night. [Frown]
can you put up some posters or something so somebody knows where the dog is?

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I'm so sorry, Bibo. I know it is hard even though you couldn't avoid it. Hugs
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I'm so sorry to hear that, Bibo. I know it doesn't help much, but you did everything you could -- very few people are compassionate enough to stop and check for a collar in a situation like that.

Take care, and please don't beat yourself up about a tragedy you had no control over...

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Icon 1 posted April 05, 2006 22:55      Profile for Bibo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thanks everyone, it's been a rough few days seeing it happen over and over in my head. It was still on the shoulder the next day up until 6:30pm, but was gone at midnight when I drove home from work. Either the owner or the DNR (Department of Natural Resources) picked it up.
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According to Mel Gibson in "The Patriot", dog is "good eatin".
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OH wow... I remember one of my first times driving. I was takign a bunch of friends to a park when out of no where thsi squirrel just runs in front of us. No one else saw it, so when I screamed and came to a screeching halt, they didn't quite understand what I was doing. I sat there freaked out for a bit ( I dod NOT hit it) before it finally moved. I remember I was shocked and kept yelling "OMG I almost hit it," and my friends were like, "well you DIDNT, so get the hell out of the road!" lol.
So sorry to hear that.

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quote:
Originally posted by Thorned0Fortress:
OH wow... I remember one of my first times driving. I was takign a bunch of friends to a park when out of no where thsi squirrel just runs in front of us. No one else saw it, so when I screamed and came to a screeching halt, they didn't quite understand what I was doing. I sat there freaked out for a bit ( I dod NOT hit it) before it finally moved. I remember I was shocked and kept yelling "OMG I almost hit it," and my friends were like, "well you DIDNT, so get the hell out of the road!" lol.
So sorry to hear that.

Here, while you are taking driver's ed at the school, they actually pay you something like $10.00 to hit squirrells. Not because they have anything against the squirrels themselves, but because it's safer to keep going straight and flatten a chunky rodent than to swerve out of the way or brake suddenly to save its life.

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If I had come to a screeching halt the day I hit a groundhog, the tractor trailer truck behind me that finished it off would've flattened me. So keep moving and kill the thing if you need to. It's better that than making yourself a hazard to other drivers and pedestrians, potentially killing people.

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Man, that's a bummer but it sounds like the alternatives were worse.

In driver's ed I was told to hit smaller animals. Larger ones, like deer, OTOH, are best avoided as you'll probably hurt yourself in the process of killing the deer. My mom has a friend who lost her spleen in an accident involving a deer and my boss totaled a car by hitting an elk (luckily, none of the humans got hurt).

This did not stop me from braking hard for a family of quails crossing the road once. Fortunately there was no one behind me. They were really cute too.

I have not hit any animals with a car. I did come close to mowing down a squirrel on my bike once and my brother came very close to stepping on a chipmunk a few years ago. We were walking along a trail and suddenly we heard this loud squeak and then there was a chipmunk running out from under my brother's boot, which was a few inches off the ground. We have no idea wtf that chipmunk thought it was doing. Playing chicken maybe?

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
...In driver's ed I was told to hit smaller animals. Larger ones, like deer, OTOH, are best avoided as you'll probably hurt yourself in the process of killing the deer....

I totaled a car avoiding a deer many years ago. I crested a hill one night and there she was in the middle of my lane. No one was coming the other way so I instinctively swerved around to the left. I think my back corner clipped her, though, becuase next thing I knew we were spinning into the guardrail. Luckily no humans were hurt. The deer disappeared, probably down the embankment. Maybe it wasn't even really hurt.

Anyway, the officer who responded told us it was better to hit a deer straight on. Yes, it might come up the hood, but is highly unlikely to enter the cabin. If you try to avoid there is a very good chance you will lose control of the vehicle.

I tried his advice a couple years ago when another deer appeared in the middle of a four lane, non-divided, fairly busy road and finally decided my lane was the best spot to go. Our five-month-old Honda Pilot came out with a a bit of exterior front end damage, with no other vehicles involved. Granted the Pilot is much larger and higher than the Mazda Protege the first time around, but all in all I tend to agree with the "hit it dead on" approach.

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quote:
Originally posted by Ugh, MightyClub:
I totaled a car avoiding a deer many years ago......

Maybe try changing your av [Razz]

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quote:
Originally posted by Cap'n Vic:
quote:
Originally posted by Ugh, MightyClub:
I totaled a car avoiding a deer many years ago......

Maybe try changing your av [Razz]
I had to turn on graphics to see that, but it was worth it. [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
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Originally posted by Cap'n Vic:
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Originally posted by Ugh, MightyClub:
I totaled a car avoiding a deer many years ago......

Maybe try changing your av [Razz]
I had to turn on graphics to see that, but it was worth it. [Big Grin]
Heh, I was a bit slow to catch on, but yeah, good point! [blush]

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