I saw it all, and I hope God will spare me from ever seeing another living creature, man or beast, in such an awful collision of metal and flesh.
So we took the dog to the animal E.R. and they found he has four fractures in his pelvis. They recommended surgery to install a metal plate to repair the worst break, and estimated the cost to be between $3000 and $5000. Not a financial option for us.
They just sent him home with pain medication and told us to try to keep him quiet. For two days he would not eat, stand, urinate, and would barely drink. Movement that involved his right side made him cry out. I took the x-rays to our regular vet and told him how Jethro was behaving. The vet, Dr. Herron, is an older man with a wonderful combination of experience, technical skills, and compassion for animals and people. He said, for the sake of the dog, if things don’t improve, you’ll have to put him down.
So after a couple days of this we were ready to do what all pet owners dread. We had talked to the veterinary office several times in the interim, and so the next morning we were prepared.
The night before I had told our Bible study about our dog, and several had prayed for Jethro. One woman spoke encouragingly about the love of Christ even for our animals.