A dog who has been seriously injured will not tell you that he is in pain or how seriously wounded he is. Never assume that your dog is fine, just because he is quiet. ***
In this hospital, the veterinarians, doctors who are specially trained to care for animals, gave me oxygen and fluids so that I would feel better and calm down. They checked out my heart and lungs. They gave me some shots to calm me down so I wasn’t in pain. They also gave me a lot of attention. I’m sure that the oxygen and fluids helped, but the main thing I liked getting was the attention. That is another one of my hobbies, getting attention.
Afterward, the doctors came out from the surgical room and told my mom that I had been hit by a car, and that she needed to drive me to the big 24-hour animal hospital named “Angell” immediately. These doctors had already called Angell and told them to expect me. When the doctor said to my mom, “You have to get him to Angell immediately or he could die”, she gulped a big gulp and looked her straight in the eye. The doctor said something about my heart and my internal organs. My mom was surprised, and not surprised. She was surprised that I was so wounded, because I had been so quiet and hadn’t complained, because I was able to run all the way home after my injury, and because many of my wounds were hidden from her view. But she trusted the doctors, and did exactly what they told her to do without hesitation.
And she was not surprised because countless times before I had escaped and each time come home safely. But I think that she and my dad always worried that the next time could have a different outcome.