Two days ago, as I was driving on a busy 4 lane highway that runs through our little town, I watched in horror as a dog tumbled out of a pickup truck bed and onto the pavement below. The truck had stopped at the traffic light I was approaching and two pitbulls were walking back and forth across the top of a large dog box that filled most of the truck bed.
When the light changed the teenage driver lurched forward. One of the dogs who had decided to peer over the tailgate at that moment did a slow motion end over end fall to the concrete below. The teenage driver rolled forward, oblivious for the moment, to his dog's dangerous and painful predicament.
The dazed dog was limping, tail between his legs, into the oncoming traffic from the north. I pulled the JEEP off the highway onto the right road shoulder and called and whistled to the dog, trying to get him out of the traffic lanes.
He didn't know me, but he started limping my way.
The teenage girls in the car behind the dog dropping truck beeped their horn to get the truck driver's attention. He went forward about 50 feet and then stopped in the median.
Meanwhile the injured dog had made it all the way to my JEEP and was safely off the roadway. I had the JEEP door open talking to him, but not getting out, since an injured, frightened pitbull is even more of a time bomb than a "normal" one.
That's when the truck driver and the girls now all parked in the median, began calling the dog back ... across two lanes of approaching traffic!
His ears went up and he looked over at them. I said, "No, stay boy, don't go, don't go, stay, good dog,, stay ..."
I wasn't really expecting him to stay, as we had only just met, but he did.
At that point, his idiot owners jumped back in the truck and drove rapidly backwards across two lanes of traffic, braking and sliding past me in the slick grass of the road shoulder. The dog left me and went towards the truck.
Great, this poor dog survives a highway tumble and now his owner is going to run him over.
The kids jumped out and began fawning over the dog.
I started up the JEEP and drove on ... too ticked off to trust myself had I stayed.