Pick Me Up! Special - - Real Life Fur-bulous! -

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.

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