Our friends have a VERY hyper, untrained 8 month-old English Bulldog/Shar-pei mix who has a terrible habit of door dashing. They have four kids who are in and out of the house constantly. My friend has been saying for the last two months that she needs to get a trainer to the house ASAP to fix this before she gets herself killed by a car. The trainer was on his way to the house when one of the kids opened the front door to let a friend in and the dog dashed out. She was running around back and forth in front of their house but as soon as some well-meaning neighbors started trying to catch her, the chase was on and she ran up to the main road and was hit All 4 kids (ages 3-10), plus my friend and her husband watched in horror as it happened. The trainer arrived about 3 minutes after she was hit. She is currently in surgery for a broken spine and they are unsure if she will ever walk again. If that is the case, they will have to make the devastating decision to euthanize her.
It's such a terrible situation for everyone involved. I am a nervous new puppy mom to a 15 week cockapoo and have been trying my best to teach him recall. This just reinforces the importance of a solid recall. I am only a few blocks from them and off the same major road so want to make sure Jasper never rushes the door. I don;t even know where to begin with that.
Anyway, just needed to share/unload since I am feeling so sad about it. My friend's husband told me this morning when he saw me out walking my puppy and I haven't been able to stop thinking about it.