It is sometimes difficult to describe how close we get to our pets. They may start out as an addition to our family, but before long, they are a family member without comparison.
Perhaps that is why we are so devastated when we lose a pet. Regardless of whether they pass away or if they just disappear for some reason or another, it can really take the wind out of our sails.
One woman who knows this all too well is Hannah Smith. Her 4-year-old golden retriever, Gunner, was in the backseat of her car when she was driving home from a friend’s house in Indianapolis.
When Hannah got in an accident, she described it as her car spinning out and flipping. Fortunately, she was able to walk away with only minor scrapes but that is when she realized that Gunner was no longer with her.
Because of the devastation of the accident, Gunner had disappeared through a broken window. He was panicked and ran, and she couldn’t find him anywhere.
She spoke about how she had raised Gunner from a five-week-old puppy. She said: “He’s just a ball of lovingness as every Golden retriever is and he’s a big scaredy cat, most importantly. I know if he’s alive, he is petrified, he cries and screams if I take him in a car wash.”
Gunner also needed medication because he had been through surgery just two weeks before the accident. Without the medication, he was even in a more precarious situation.
Hannah did what she could by reaching out on social media to see if anyone had found her dog. She also posted flyers and got assistance from the community.
Although she tried, nothing happened for a while, but then, something took place that made her feel good. On Sunday after the accident, a woman found the dog hiding under a tree that had fallen. She was walking her own dogs at the time.
She let Hannah know that Gunner was safe and exhausted. Hannah said it was the best day of her life and she thanked the people responsible for finding her dog profusely.
In speaking with W RTV, she expressed how thankful she was the daughter was not seriously hurt, although he did have some scrapes and was dirty. He got his medication and the bath and now he is doing much better.