But a few minutes later, I heard a screech of tyres, followed by a desperate cry for help.
‘Call the vet, a car’s hit Mist!’ Robin yelled.
Grabbing my mobile, I sprinted out into the road.
Mist was lying on the tarmac, blood covering her legs, her breathing laboured.
Spooked by something in the hedge, she bolted into the road.
The driver of a silver Peugeot had run her over and scarpered.
Carefully, Robin and I bundled her into the car, speeding her to the vet 25 minutes away, in Abergavenny.
Scans revealed she’d dislocated her left hip and right elbow, had several broken ribs and internal bruising to her heart and lungs. ‘My poor baby’, I sobbed. Mist was transferred to Langford veterinary hospital, Bristol, for specialist treatment. Sedated, her hip was pinned back in place and her right leg was put in plaster. After a week, she came home, but she couldn’t move around. Robin, our kids, Courtney, 23, and Zac, 19, and I took turns sleeping with her on a mattress in our front room – turning her body every hour. After six weeks the plaster was removed. And now, six months later, she’s as right as rain. She’s even been nominated for animal charity PDSA’S pet survivor of the year award. She loves walking up the blustery mountains with us, where there’s no danger of her running into the road again.