Dog Survives Hit By Car

December 18, 2011 by staff 

Dog Survives Hit By Car, A family in Yelm, Wash., got an early Christmas present this year when their dog, Scamp, survived a night alone under a wheelbarrow in frigid temperatures after getting hit by a car.

Paul and Reta McKinlay brought the 8-month-old yorkie shih tzu mix home this summer because their grandchildren “had just been hounding us for a dog,” said Reta McKinlay.

Six-year-old twins Kaiden and Chevelle, who live with their grandparents, were thrilled.

“They have cats, but they really have wanted a dog,” Reta McKinlay said.

So when the dog got run over by a car on Dec. 3, the children were distraught over the loss of their family’s newest addition — but fortunately for Scamp, it wasn’t nearly as dire as it seemed.

Paul McKinlay, 61, was speaking with his oldest son in the front yard when Scamp slipped underneath the fence bordering their home and ran into the street, a dark, winding road.

“All he heard was a yelp and a thud and then a lady pulled over and my husband went running out there and found the dog,” said Reta McKinlay. “The poor lady [the driver] was crying.”

To the McKinlays, it appeared as though their dog had died.

“We checked to see if we felt any breathing out of his nose, and we couldn’t feel any heart beat,” she said. “In the meantime we were trying not to alarm the kids. They knew something was up but they weren’t sure what.”

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