Friday, 17 August 2018

William RTA


Early yesterday evening William was hit by a car.
He'd slipped his lead on his early evening walk, and ambled into the road as I was grappling with the other dogs' by the back gate
He walked three steps into the road, his blind eye to the upcoming traffic which never really comes...
But this time  it did come...
The small hatchback car stopped only a half inch too short. It was a good natured young man from down Cwm Road
And William was knocked over with a yelp.
The boy went white
My heart broke but my nursing head took over.
The boy in the car held the dog's leads as I rushed the old boy into the kitchen to check him over on the kitchen top.
He shook like a leaf, had some bleeding from his nose and mouth and clung to me fearfully but all of his limbs and abdomen looked alright and after we all eventually returned to my living room chair  he lay on my knee like for an absolute age, like a floppy shocked baby.....As I cried,a few grateful tears
I'm sick of this bad luck,
But at this time of typing , old William is fine, and sleeping a grateful sleep.

104 comments:

  1. Oh thanks goodness!!!! Give William some extra hugs and pets tonight.

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  2. I'm so glad William is okay. Poor John, though.

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    1. Both ok . He.s in bed with me now it's 3.30 am

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  3. Oh John.
    I am so glad he is ok. Sending gentle hugs to you both.

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  4. Oh God..I send you and William get well thoughts and prayers.
    Bless his sweet heart ..many kisses from me and my little cat family

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  5. Kitty in the forest3:37 am

    Poor William! So relieved that he seems to be all right. You don't need any more...

    Hugs to you all.

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  6. Oh my heart. So glad it was this outcome. We love our animals so dearly.

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  7. I hope you both get some rest and feel better in body and spirit in the morning. Gentle hugs from Michigan.

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  8. Such a close call. So glad you still have your sweet old boy. Hugs.

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  9. Thank God. May only good things happen to you from this point on.

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  10. Oh John....what else?! Thank the Lord he is okay. Poor Baby...

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  11. Oh, I feel your pain as I read your story. I hope he's ok....they are complete heart breakers, our old dogs....sending love to you both!

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  12. My heart is aching for both of you. I hope William is truly okay, and that things start looking up for you. xx

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  13. Poor William! Brings up horrible memories - let us know in the a.m. that he's still good, huh?

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  14. He had an angel looking out for him and you. So glad he's alright. Take care and say a few prayers whether you believe or not.

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  15. So glad he is doing well.......So glad.

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  16. He is OK and that is very good luck, considering the circumstances.I know that your heart took a flutter when this happened, but hopefully, all will be better tomorrow. I also was inches from an accident today, but I am grateful to be here to tell about it.

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  17. Oh my heavens, the poor sweet pup! I'm so glad he seems o.k. now and getting lots of care and attention no doubt. Breath again. -Jenn

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  18. Poor old lad. Hope he makes a full recovery. Sorry you are having to deal with more shizzle. Better times are just around the corner. X

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  19. My heart !
    Sweet sweet William.
    Hug him tight tonight.

    cheers, parsnip and badger

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  20. Oh, thank goodness William is okay! What a scare for all concerned!

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  21. Poor old boy. As much as they see those big wide tarmac paths of ours, they never really understand how dangerous they are. xx

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  22. Poor William. You are having a hard time of it, no doubt about it.

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  23. Hells bells I'm in tears,sending gentle love to all.

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  24. Oh John, I knew, I needed to check on you. I’m thankful your sweet William is okay!! This is scary. Daddy would say to me chin up sister. Me don’t want to. Personal family struggles of my own weighing me down. Hugs .. Gabs

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  25. what can one say?

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  26. My heart's in mouth, JayGee. Dreadful, dreadful. Thoughts with dear little Wills and yourself. So much hope your next posting will be to tell of his continued recovery. Bless you both.

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  27. Do hope he bounces back, and you too. Very traumatic, when you least need it.

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  28. I can only imagine the trauma and shock to you both. What a relief he seems to be ok. I think it’s every dog owner’s nightmare. Holding you both so very gently in my heart.

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  29. Oh John, so sad to hear but so grateful that he's recovering. You're strong and he needs you just as much as you need him. He's got the best medicine right now, the love of his Daddy! Hugs to you both!!

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  30. I am so sorry for the accident. I am relieved that William seems to be ok. I hope he will continue to get better. I hope you also get better. I am thankful that he survived and is on the mend. It may not seem so now, but it is a blessing that he is still here with you.

    What I wouldn't give for another chance and more time with loved ones who passed on. I will keep you and William and your clan in my thoughts. Sending y'all best wishes and saying a prayer for y'all. Take care.

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  31. I am so glad he is ok. At that moment when you saw the car coming and William in the road, your heart must have just dropped with fear.

    My Fuzzy Pom is almost 14 and he still can't be completely trusted not to run right past me and take a joy "run" down the sidewalk and across the street. He is deaf now, so I worry about this happening, because he wouldn't even hear a car coming, plus it would be hard to get him back in the house quickly, because he won't be able to hear my offers of cottage cheese, he'll always return for cheese. He is very dis-obedient when he goes for a joy run and won't mind me and come to me without offers of cottage cheese. I'm a bad dog trainer, even though he is usually a very good little dog.

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  32. Oh no! I'm so relieved he's OK and I hope he recovers soon. Terriers are made of strong stuff. X

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  33. Heart in mouth reading your post..hope he had a good rest. Possibly will be stiff and sore for a bit. They can be like kids even at Williams age.. slipping her collar is one of Bellas tricks when I least expect it. A relief he was not badly hurt .. think of it as good luck John..he is OK Higs Elle ((:)) xx for William

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  34. Thank goodness William is fine. We don't handle it well when one of our fur babies is in distressed or injured. You have a lot to care for so take care of yourself, John. Hugs from California.

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  35. OMG I'm so glad he is okay and you can both rest and cuddle tonight. Enough, enough, enough! You don't need any more.

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  36. I can imagine how you felt. Poor William. Time you had some good luck now. Take care.

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  37. Good job the young car driver was alert and stopped quickly. I hope that Sweet William blossoms once more.

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  38. Oh poor William, poor you and the poor driver. Hope he gets better soon.

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  39. Oh John, it never rains but it pours. It's hard to see better days ahead when life keeps throwing sh*t at you but they will come. I hope William makes a full recovery, he's in the best hands. Look after yourselves x

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  40. Harrowing John.... the photo speaks a thousand words♥♥♥ So relieved to hear you are both doing well xxx

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  41. Good to read that he's doing well again. And hopefully you too of course.

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  42. Hope all is well this morning xx

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    1. He's been to the vets and has lost a tooth. I was worried about his blind eye but that's ok, a few scrapes that's all. He's had painkillers and a few cocktail sausages , and is stiff as aboard

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  43. Oh gosh ... hope he's feeling much better this morning. Big hugs.

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  44. Poor William and what an awful shock for you. I know you will give him lots of tlc and his favourite treats to help him recover quickly. Take care.

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  45. My worst nightmare John. When you are down and life looks grey for ever I know how much my dog means to me and i am sure it is the same for you. I do hope it is just recovery for him now with lots of love from you and the rest of the gang. Hugs and licks from this end.

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  46. Poor William and poor you, love and hugs to you all.

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  47. Poor old fella. In need of a big hug. So does William.

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  48. That’s not bad luck John, that’s good fortune - the best of outcomes! xxx

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  49. What a shock for both of you, give William a thousand kisses from us all;)X

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  50. Poor both of you. Hope things are looking brighter this morning.

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  52. Yikes! I felt a bit sick when I started to read, but it ended well. Hope his ok this morning. Hugs to you both from Lincolnshire.

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  53. Oh John. Just keep hanging in there and keep on keeping on, it will all come good in the end, it really will.

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  54. I feared the worst - hope he feels better and only a little bruised after his bump. Hugs to you x

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  55. Oh no.. I am so sorry. What a scary thing to have happen. I am so glad that the young man was able to stop quickly. I hope William continues to be fine and heals quickly. I bet you were terrified. Big hugs to you and William.

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  56. Poor william, poor you, and that poor young lad. I hope you're all OK

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  57. I hope that he is OK this morning.I nearly couldn't bear to read on after the heading. Could you think about getting him a harness when out walking? My dogs always wear theirs when out so cannot slip out of collars ! We have some lovely soft fabric ones so not uncomfortable. Very reasonable online ..lots of different colours. And, no I am not on commission !

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  58. Oh John....what a shock. I hope everything is OK with you both this morning.

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  59. Talk about "it never rains but it pours". Glad to hear you are both bearing up. It must have been an awful shock. Give William a big cuddle from me. Take care. Xx

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  60. I got such a shock when I started to read this that I'm surprised you didn't have a heart attack on the spot. Poor William! Lots of cosseting right now and hopefully that's all that's needed.

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  61. Having been hit by a car myself (long ago and far away) I know exactly how the poor old lad must be feeling...

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  62. I read this post with my heart in my mouth. Thank God for your "nursing head", it stopped you panicking, as I'll bet you felt like doing. And relief too that poor William seems to have sustained only minor injuries. Please post tomorrow morning (evening your time!) so we can all stop worrying. How are the other animals taking it?
    Big hugs to you, and gentle strokes for William. You didn't tell us how the Fat Club went, but I don't care, and anyway, with what you've been going through a weight loss would astound me! I'd've been hitting the chocolates big time!!

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  63. Morag9:07 am

    Awful as it was, imI so glad your heading contained RTA and not RIP.. thanks, no doubt to the youthful quick reactions of the young driver. A bit more than a near miss, but still so much to be thankful for and I hope you and William can have a good rest today, and thankful cuddles.

    Sending hugs xxx

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  64. Oh gosh - I stopped in my tracks when I read the title of this post. Poor, poor William. I am SO SO glad that he seems to be OK (and I hope you are to after that awful shock).

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  65. Oh my my heart was in my mouth reading this! So relieved the dear old thing is ok, even though you are both shaken and stirred. xo

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  66. William Update half way up , see Rachel's comments

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  67. Just read the update. Poor boy. A soft diet of all those things he enjoys most and keeping close to you will help you both (thinking a scotch egg!!)

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  68. Sorry to hear it. I don't know how many times I asked one of my cats (the one you could have real conversations with - no bull) whether she had a death wish. Eventually it was fulfilled. Sunny Sunday afternoon I receive a phone call from a friend. Odd coincidence. She found Fleury lying on the curb, no visible damage. Took her to the vet where Fleury died of heart failure. The vet checked the microchip (can't recommend those enough) for owner's name when my friend realized it was my cat. The vet left her to it to give me the sad news. Couldn't believe it. Eight years old. Still, cats only have nine lives so better be prudent instead of squandering all capital. Ten years on I still miss her and our "conversations".

    The twist in this strange little saga full of coincidences that not long afterwards (again a sunny Sunday, the sun momentarily blinding me) I tripped up into a pothole at the exact spot where Fleury was found on the kerb, collapsing like a puppet on a string; breaking, yes, John, not one but both arms and wrists. I won't even mention my leg. Call me Mummy(fied). Not that it's much comfort to you but "luck" doesn't really come into it. Stuff just happens. Without rhyme, though often with reason.

    Best to William,
    U

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    1. U your post was very poignant about Fleury. But for you to break both arms and wrists and a damaged leg as well... that would have been terrible. Having just broken my right shoulder I found that hard enough. You must've had a hell of a time recovering from that.

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    2. Thanks for the sympathy, Elle.

      I wouldn't say the breakage was "terrible"; being the laughing stock wherever I went - what with plasters and bandages - gave me an insight into human kind. So kind I didn't even wish Karma on the guardians of Schadenfreude. Worse, when I opened the door (with difficulty) to the Angel (my son) who'd been to his first open air festival over the weekend, him shaking his head in disbelief: "Look at you. Can't leave you for five minutes."

      The really funny thing (do indulge me and my narrative) that after two boys had helped my up and I had limped back home (just round the corner) that I went into denial. Ever the optimist. Next morning there was no denial. I called a taxi, left the house barefoot because I couldn't put any shoes on - unlike John, I don't wear flip flops - and what do you know? First thing on entering A&E (Disaster and other emergencies) the receptionist admonishes me for wearing no shoes. IN A HOSPITAL. The place you are more likely to leave with bugs than having entered. Anyway, when the doctor said yes, your left arm is broken, I still managed to smile. When they told me the other one too, I shed a tear. Being incredulous does that to you.

      Back to you. I can only hazard a guess but dare say that a broken shoulder has more overall impact than a broken wrist/arm as the shoulder involves the back/spine. Commiserations. Read a book on stoicism. It'll stand you in good stead. And watch Bette Davis films back to back. Preferably with an eight kilo black cat (Fleury's son) pinning you down - providing the soundtrack (purring).

      Before I forget: That breakage taught me even more patience than I already had.

      Best wishes,
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  69. Hugs John for you both. Glad William is Ok xx

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  70. Oh poor William and poor you.

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  71. OMGoodness, my heart is still beating hard. So glad all is OK. Hugs to you and William. xx

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  72. Bless you, darling. So glad William is unharmed. We're going thru hell at the moment. My son is currently being detained under section 2 of the MHA with suicidal depression. (He is a careworker for vulnerable adults!) He is under review now and responding well to medication but will never go back to the job. His girlfriend is now living with us as her parents are fucking fuckwits and insisted she broke up with him. (she has now disclosed to us her and brothers mental and physical abuse by dad/not stopped by mum).
    Our elderly dog Alfie has Mite. We now have Scabies. We took him to two vet practices but neither vet tested him nor warned us, but treated Alfie sympomatically. It has been painful (financially too!!) and distressing for all.
    We must be Bad Luck Twins, or are being visited by The Shit Fairy as my mate calls it.
    Hope that our luck changes and we all start to feel better soon.
    Love to you and all your dear animals,
    Susan x
    PS I am eager (nosy) to hear about your p/t job. Can you tell?

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    1. Bloody hell.....

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    2. Yep, hell is bloody, and itchy too! We are being 'cheerful' and 'positive' and seeing the 'funny' side of stuff to keep A's girlfriend mood up. Bless her heart. We gave her a safe caring home.....with added scabies. What larks, Pip! x

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  73. John! What a shock for you and poor William and the lad who knocked him down. I really wish you some respite. By god you need it. x

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  74. I was so relived to read the more recent post. A life well-lived brings a lot of good and a lot of bad. Wishing you a whole bunch more good this year!

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  75. A gut wrenching experience, so glad William's injuries weren't life threatening. Sometimes, we just have a shitty run of luck or whatever it is, but the tide will turn, hopefully very soon.

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  76. Just read the update. Phew! so glad he's ok and no major damage to anyone. Sending more virtual ((HUGS)) to you all. xx

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  77. Oh my . . .Feel terrible . . .
    Read update, then came here to find out . . .
    Be ok Winnie . . .

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  78. OMG John!!!!!!! Glad to read he is ok. How awful. Sending bug hugs to all

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  79. Sending warm hugs to the lot of you.

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  80. Oh God, poor William and poor you.

    By now you are probably reliving the scene over and over in your head. William will just be remembering his Dad caring for him, loving him and feeling safe in his Dad's arms and home.

    Send all my love to you and your wonderful furry family. Xx

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  81. Ah, John. There are times in our lives when as an old neighbor of mine used to say, we are "reaching up to touch bottom."
    It goes without saying that William being okay makes us all so very happy but still, the accident, the scare- just more things to add to your hard time. It will all get better. Know that.

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  82. What heartache! Poor laddie. Just read ahead so can celebrate that he is okay.

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  83. When it rains, it pours...

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  84. Lucky William, bruised, but lives to tell the tale. I agree with Ms. Moon’s old neighbor. You are reaching up to touch bottom. I hope your cry over William was deep and included other grief with it. I’m happy it turned out okay. As Scarlet said “ tomorrow is another day”. It can only get better.

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  85. Poor boy.William and you. Love to both.

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  86. Oh so sad for William dogs are so dependent on us and he looks to you to heal his pain and sometimes I wish they could talk but love will see him through, glad that he is doing better as I have read on your next post, best wishes to you both.

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  87. So glad he is ok and so easily done. I lost my old boy last night, went to sleep and didn't wake up. Today I am in bits, I feel for you and great to see no major harm xx

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    1. So sorry dearheart

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    2. Thanks John, only another dog parent would understand my sadness xx

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    3. I'm really sorry Lisa about your old boy.I'm tearful as I read it as I too am missing my Scruffy-12 weeks today & I'm still in bits xx

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    4. My condolences to you Lisa.It never gets easier but one day you see this adorable puppy or kitten and your heart relaxes a little and you find yourself smiling...

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  88. Oh, John. I'm glad William is ok, but how are you???

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  89. I teared up as I read this and thank goodness William is ok. Poor guy, for him the car came out of nowhere on his blind side and what a shock for you in these difficult days.

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  90. My heart was in my mouth when I saw this headline! Thank goodness William is ok.. what terrible luck you are having at the moment John. I hope William recovers fully and is not too bruised. Sorry I haven't been commenting recently, I have been reading though, bit of a tremulous time over the last month or so for me so I have been a bit out of sorts myself.

    Jo in Auckland, NZ

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  91. Oh no! SO sorry William was hurt. Sending healing thoughts. xx

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